June 27, 2014 1:33 pm

Halifax pop-up dinner scheduled aboard HMCS Preserver

HALIFAX – It will likely be a┬ámeal they will never forget: a formal dinner for guests on the flight deck of the HMCS Preserver.

On Saturday, the Navy ship will play host to the meal, organized by Right Some Good and overseen by New York City chef Ed Cotton.

Cotton will be assisted by military chefs, who will be led by Petty Officer Second Class Stephen Arsenault.

This is the first time the Preserver has hosted this type of formal dinner, and Arsenault said it will be an exciting experience for all involved.

The Preserver will be where the military and civilians collide on Saturday night.

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“It’s a very different venue for military chefs and civilians chefs to be combined,” he gushed while speaking with Global News on the ship’s flight deck.

“As far as the crowd coming here, more for them probably very different. This isn’t a venue they would have on a regular basis.”

The cook said he sees the meal as a pairing of the military and civilian sector.

All the preparation for the meal will take place at Stadacona, Arsenault said. Then the ingredients will be transferred, carefully, to the kitchen of the Preserver.

“[There will be] cooking and prepping within here,” the cook said. “We do the finishing touches here and the flight deck.”

“Everything is going to happen between both places. It’s very tricky that way because you’re moving up and down flights of stairs and ladders.”

Despite the challenges of preparing such a meal, Arsenault is thrilled to be part of the event.

“We have the conductor, which is the chef. He looks to us and we make that happen.”

“The end result is fantastic. What starts off as labour ends up as gorgeous when it’s all said and done.”

There will also be a free, pop-up food festival on Spring Garden Road on Sunday as part of Right Some Good.

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