La Compagnie des Mousquetaires d’Armagnac Singapore recreates the royal dinner
La Compagnie des Mousquetaires d’Armagnac Singapore held the third ASEAN annual Grand Chapitre Dinner at Chijmes on Friday, 20 April 2018. The event was graced by Aymeri de Montesquiou d’Artagnan, Capitaine de la Compagnie (Captain of the Company), descendant of Charles dit d’Artagnan the hero of the novel “The Three Musketeers”, and attended by 120 Musketeers and guests from around the world, including France, Belgium, Turkey and the Asia Pacific region.
The theme of the night was classic 17th century extravagance, complete with the recreation of a royal dinner of Louis XIV of France at the Chateau de Versailles. The preparation for the event took one whole year to ensure that the era was immaculately presented.
The interpretation was specially tailored by the talented culinary team of Royal Plaza on Scotts Singapore. For an authentic royal dining experience, utmost attention was paid to details including the ingredients used, menu, attire of servers and chefs, way of serving, crockeries and even the selection of Baroque period music pieces. Books of recipes documenting the dishes served during the period were thumbed through by the chefs before being shortlisted to be tried and finally presented for the dinner. Centrepieces of over 1-metre tall in height overflowing with ostrich feathers spruced up the tables with grandeur. Guests were also treated to a series of Opera and Quartet performances of that era.
“The evening was simply exquisite and it is the best ever Grand Chapitre Dinner,” expressed Capitaine Aymeri de Montesquieu d’Artagnan.
Mr Sean Boyle, General Manager of Singapore Cricket Club, was full of praises for the team from Royal Plaza on Scotts. “The setting and attention to detail was magnificent. The food presentation was astonishing and the precision of service throughout the evening was just incredible,” said Mr Sean Boyle.
The musketeers gathered to witness the enthronisation of eight new musketeers, who hail from various industries and professions, by Capitaine Aymeri de Montesquiou d’Artagnan. They were then presented with the sash and medal by Capitaine Lieutenant, Mr Patrick Fiat.
Other notable attendees include Escadron Lieutenant and Ambassador of Southeast Asia to France, Mr Michel Tupin, and Guest-of-Honour, French Senator, Jacky Deromedi.
“Tonight was an incredible demonstration of creativity and engagement. I would like to thank everyone involved, especially the F&B team and chefs of Royal Plaza on Scotts, for their passion, commitment and the magic they have offered. I’m sure this event will go down in history. As one of the Musketeers has put it, ‘in the years to come, I could say that I was there at the distinguished dinner’” said Capitaine Lieutenant, Mr Patrick Fiat.
Today, Compagnie des Mousquetaires of d’Armagnac advocates the loyalty and freedom that the Musketeers were known for. The objectives of Compagnie des Mousquetaires d’Armagnac are to foster friendship and camaraderie, promote the culinary art and gastronomic excellence and encourage the development of young talents in the hospitality industry. True to their objectives, there was also a live auction that night, in support of two culinary scholarships.
Some 4000 Musketeers in 5 continents have pledged their courage and duty to their respective nations, including Australia, France, Japan, Italy, China, Thailand, United Kingdom and United States of America. It is an exclusive club that counts King of Sweden, Prince Albert II de Monaco amongst its many distinguished members and many Ambassadors, former Ministers, famous Actors – including Leonardo di Caprio, well-known writers, renowned business people and famous chefs.
Today, Compagnie des Mousquetaires of d’Armagnac advocates the loyalty and freedom that the Musketeers were known for. The objectives of Compagnie des Mousquetaires d’Armagnac are to foster friendship and camaraderie, promote the culinary art and gastronomic excellence and encourage the development of young talent in the hospitality industry.