BlackWatch Highland dinner
A night of fun, culture and tradition was what the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) had planned for us at their traditional Highland Mess dinner on February 10th, 2018.The special event was held at the
Black Watch Armoury in Montreal and greeted eighty guests. The purpose of this dinner is to showcase
Scottish culture and traditions, particularly those with ties to regimental life and those citizens
who might not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in regimental activities.
As we drank at the cocktail reception, we heard the delightful sound of the scottish bagpipes done by none
other than the Black Watch pipes and Drums who entertainined us all night.The head table was piped in and
we were invited to head to our own seats. We received a very warm and passionate welcome from Lcol Bruno Plourde,Commanding officer of the Black Watch Royal Highland Regiment and seated next to him, his stunning wife ChantaleMénard.
We were impressed by this highly entertaining event. Capt.Derrick Farham hosted the evening and gave
us information about Scottish culture and traditions and the Black Watch Regiment. Clan Logan was impressed with his demeanor because the information given was clear, easy to understand and made entertaining for everyone present. This is very important because some people attending knew little of Scottish culture. Capt.Derrick Farnham gave us a show we shall always remember.The menu we had was simply delicious from start to finish and was done within established protocol and Scottish traditions. We enjoyed the creamy wild mushroom soup, salad and beef brisket with caramelized leeks, scalloped sweet
and white potatoes with roasted balsamic brussel sprouts.A mess dinner would not be complete without the haggis and its Address to a haggis done by Master Corporal Alexandre Léger. He had a way of conveying the Address to a haggis that was inspiring.
We concluded with Dulche de Leche bread pudding with whipped cream and fresh berries. As we drank our coffee and tea we got a show performed by the fantastic Highland dancers from the Stephenson School of Highland Dance do the sword dance and scottish dancing. The lassies were amazing and danced with precision. They made us all proud. Clan Logan must really thank everyone at the Black Watch regiment of Canada, whom we are extremely proud of for their wonderful traditional Highland Mess dinner. This was an event that helped preserve scottish traditions in Montreal by sharing with others and it was done beautifully, tastefully in grace and elegance. We hope to have an opportunity to
participate in this event among others in the future.
From left to right: Chantale Menard and Lcol Bruno Plourde.
Captain Derrick Farham
From left to right: Lcol Bruno Plourde, Steven Logan, Lcol Andrea Evans of the US Army
Steven Logan with the Highland dancers from the Stephenson school of Highland dance