[Sca-cooks] kitchen tips
lilinah at earthlink.net
Wed Aug 20 15:51:04 PDT 2008
> > I have a question - does the food for the kitchen helpers come out of
> > the feast budget, or is the Feast Cook supposed to front the money or
> > are the helpers supposed to pitch in for pizza or Chinese delivery?
> > I've never had money to spare to spend on lunch for my helpers. I
> > usually recommend they eat breakfast and bring a lunch for themselves.
> > I do make sure they can eat the feast dinner.
> > So i'm wondering how it's done in other kingdoms.
>I've never had pizza or Chinese food delivered, and I'd have to say
>that's a bit extravagant.
Well, pizza's usually cheap and Chinese generally is too... But they
were just to suggest something the cooks wouldn't have to cook in
addition to everything else they're cooking. Our feasts are generally
in a hall in a town or city, so having a pizza delivered wouldn't be
Speaking of pizza delivery, i remember one camping event that was in
a county park on the edge of a town - and somebody *did* have pizza
delivered for dinner. Sigh.
>At an event where there's lunch served, I get some chocolate and other
>snacks and some cold drinks. At events where lunch is not served, I get
>some bread, cold cuts, cheese, fruit, etc., for lunch. It comes out of
>the feast budget.
Yeah, but we don't have events with lunch served. And until i was
inspired to do dayboards at our twice yearly principality wars, there
was no food there beyond what people brought themselves, and often
the fighters would drive off in mid-war to get fast food.
Now that i don't have a car, i won't be cooking for the war in
September, since i can't get there. I sure hope the city gives me
enough to get another car before our spring events begin. I know they
won't process my claim this fall or winter. Well, anyway...
Our feasts are generally just dinner, but we cooks (or at least, me,
as Head Cook) are often in the kitchen from 8 AM until 10 PM or
later. So we need a lunch.
I'll have to talk to other cooks and some exchequers and see if
there's any precedent. I've helped in others' kitchens (10 AM to 10
or 11 PM), and i don't recall being fed lunch, but i expected that.
And when we were, it came out of the Head Cook's own pocket.
I know when i first started cooking, i was told the kitchen crew
didn't get to eat the feast unless they paid full price for it. That
seemed extreme to me, given how much hard work they were doing. I
eventually negotiated so that those who really put in a full day of
work got reimbursed.
I know when i'm Head Cook i can't really eat the feast, but i may
need a little food during the day. As far as hydration goes, I just
drink tap water.
Urtatim (that's err-tah-TEEM)
the persona formerly known as Anahita
More information about the Sca-cooks