Review of the 1st Annual Montreal FemDomme Society Dinner

Chinese Year of the Dog

Well, after so much organizing; I was quite pleased with the overall results and feedback from the FemDomme Society Dinner that was held on January 29th 2006 at the “Hot & Spicy” restaurant. The dinner was held to celebrate the beginning of the Chinese New Year, which is the “Year of the Dog“.

Originally the restaurant manager had promised that if I could guarantee 20 guests, that he could give me one of their private dining rooms for the dinner. He also thought that if it was a quiet enough night that he could still give it to me even with 15 guests. The evening of January 29th turned out to have a sizable snowfall and lots of blustering wind; something of a rarity with what has been the mildest Canadian winter on record! As a result, out of the 20 RSVPs, only 13 people were able to make it. Amongst them were some of my dear friends such as Domina Jade and Sir Marc, Lord Michael and Maddog.

Apparently, the restaurant had a small water problem and our downstairs private dining room had a flooded floor. They tried to clean it up but were not able to make it presentable in time for our dinner party, so we had to settle for upstairs in the main dining room. The staff had set up a very long table for us alongside the panoramic windows, overlooking the small Asian-style garden in the courtyard. Even with the winter weather, one could see the partially frozen koi pond and the tall golden grasses through the snow.

In order to help with introductions, there were discreet nametags for everyone, along with their Chinese horoscope animal listed in smaller writing in the corner. This was to go along with the first surprises of the evening — custom made chinese horoscopes scrolls for everyone, along with a compatibility chart so people could have fun comparing how compatible they might be with their dinner companions.

Once all our guests had been seated; I explained the legend of how the Chinese animal horoscopes came about. Then the last surprise was handed out; a traditional gift for the Chinese New Year – lucky red money envelopes each containing a replica of an antique Chinese coin, for good luck.

Chinese red envelope and coin

Dinner itself was rather interesting; especially with the variety of dishes being passed back and forth — it almost felt like a big family dinner! We even had a toast for those guests who had recently, or were about to celebrate their birthday. One of the funny moments was towards the end of the dinner, when one of the waiters came to announce that there was a phone call for someone named “Jade” and was there a “Jade” amongst us?.. Everyone started launghing out loud because there were actually *three* Jades attending dinner – myself (Mistress Jade Dragon), Domina Jade and Ms. Jade.

According to the feedback I received after dinner and by email afterwards, the dinner event was a success and everyone said they would be looking forward to attending the next one. I was very pleased to hear it and it has given me the encouragement I needed to continue organizing these dinner events.

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