So I have absolutely NO excuse not to post our recent event, since completed it in March and it was such an awesome opportunity. Thus here it is now! (In hindsight I realized I finally have the inspiration to write about it now that its done and gone and under our belt. With a clear head I can reminisce about it and tell you all about it.
It was with great honour that we had the opportunity to serve the young men and women of the 7th Toronto Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery (Link). In particular, our client was the Junior Mess who asked us to cater and staff their formal dinner. What made this event all the more important for me was the note that several of our guests would be going overseas on active duty. International Politics aside, it really meant a lot to me to be able to do what we love and do best for several young men and women who are Serving and risking their lives for us and our Country. For that, I am always eternally grateful that I and Simplicity had a great opportunity to work closely with them. As well I had a rare chance to briefly peek into military life and be behind the scenes for a formal military dinner.
(Above) Here J, Liz and one of our volunteers Tracey, double check the placenames for each soldier
(Right) Here is a goofy pose of the staff mid setup. I tried ducking out of the shot to get all of them in the photo. Weird pose!
As Bridget looks on, Andy does his best "Blue Steel" supermodel look
One of the great aspects of this event is that we were able to coordinate with the client to provide a volunteer opportunity for highschool students. In addition to this, though the soldiers had a fantastic appetite we were yet again able to work with Second Harvest and make a donation on behalf of our client.
We had a great opportunity to work with another environmentally responsible catering company as well. For this event we worked closely with Evelyn of Hearty Catering to provide the catering for this event. It was a great pleasure to connect with another catering company that is both environmentally and socially responsible in the choice of local produce and healthy, hearty food!
Special thanks goes out to Pvt. Best EW, (aka. Bunkerbomber) for assisting us with initial consulting work on proper military ettiquette. Though as a note to everyone. Artillerymen and Infantry are COMPLETELY different birds with very particular forms of etiquette. Suffice to say it was a real great opportunity to learn of another form of service to add to our guest service repertoire. We even had the opportunity to be a part of the event as formal military ettiquette required the staff to line up to receive a toast from the soldiers we served.
Finally, our very special and sincerest thanks goes out to Bdr. Ross VPMC and Bdr. Laplante Treasurer/VPMC of the 7th Toronto Junior Ranks Mess. It was truly an honour and a privilege to serve you!