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The Official Dinner- thank you

(Written 8 October 2007)

The Official Dinner, 2007 photo: Gary Buttrum

Leisure Projects would like to extend sincerest thanks to everyone who participated in the Ocotber 4th Official Dinner event at the Drake Hotel. Over one hundred guests were piped past the Royal Mounted Police (garbed in traditional royal visit attire, including black tunic and spike-topped white helmets) up the velvet carpet to dinner at the Drake.

Greeted with corsages, local sparkling wine and sumptuous Aboriginal smoked wild lake trout hors d’oeuvre, the evening began with a performance by the eclectic ensemble Quartetto Gelato. Table settings were decorated with frothy baby’s-breath bouquets, inspired by archival photographs of Queen Elizabeth’s 1950’s & 70’s visits. Ribbon and rose garlands in the dining room further emphasized this return to floral favourites of royal visits past. The menu, served with local wine pairings (inspired by John Ralston Saul’s more recent efforts in the Rideau Hall wine cellar) included squash soup with Canadian goose and cranberries, grilled filet of Ontario beef with wild mushroom jus, Yukon gold scalloped potatoes, maple galzed brussels sprouts, followed by fall apple pie.

In particular we would like to thank special guests Adrienne Clarkson & John Ralston Saul, as well our collaborators on the event, The Drake Hotel, Drake executive chef Anthony Rose, Alphabet City editor John Knechtel, artists Jo-Anne Balcaen and Pierre Falardeau, The Archives of Ontario, The National Film Board of Canada, Quartetto Gelato, Poppies florist, Reihane Marzoughi and Kerry Shaw, The Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Toronto Bagpiper Doug Swann.

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