[Sca-cooks] Feast costs/budgets

Amy Cooper amy.s.cooper at gmail.com
Tue Feb 19 09:52:12 PST 2008

I personally have only seen breakfast provided at two events I've
attended (having gone mainly to Midrealm and Ealdormere events). It
was provided for those who were camping at Northern Oaken War
Maneuvers (the one time I camped it), and is also provided for the
competitors at Quest for the Golden Seamstress.

So no, I don't think it's universal to the SCA. It might be a Meridian
thing though....


On Feb 19, 2008 12:47 PM,  <PKSARGE at aol.com> wrote:
> Concerning the cost for feast:  I find it reveling that the same folks who
> often quibble at the cost of a multi course, well prepared meal, usually with
> entertainment, will soon after leaving the site stop for lunch at a chain
> restaurant (i.e. Denny's or Cracker Barrel) and spend two or three times what they
> spent on feast.
> I have done a couple of small feasts (80-120) and  helped keep the cost down
> by using some of the following:
>     1. Talking with the manager of the meat department at my favorite store
> and ordering in advance.
>     2. Shopping "specials", 2 for 1 and seasonal close-outs (lamb after
> Easter)
>     3. Soliciting donations of game or fish. (give recognition to donors and
> others often step-up)
>     4. Purchase in-season fresh fruit and vegetables directly from local
> farmers.
> If the groups we are working with are unwilling to increase fees for feast to
> cover the costs then we have an ethical obligation to inform them that
> quality and quantity will suffer. (you get what you pay for)
> On another but related topic. The first feast I did on my own I had done all
> the research, planning and most of the purchasing (using up most of the
> budget) when I was informed, the weekend before the event, that I was also expected
> to prepare breakfast for Saturday and Sunday, all out of the same budget. When
> I questioned this I was informed that it was a standard expectation in our
> Kingdom (Meridies). I satisfied this commitment but it was an extremely long day
> and if not for a very dedicated staff feast would have suffered. I have done
> a couple of more small feasts since then and have made accommodations for
> breakfast. Is this a standard practice throughout the SCA? I find that this really
> impacts my focus on feast and would like to find some way to pass on
> breakfeast. Should I consider a written contract that specifies my "services" for for
> feast?
> Mykael Halfdan
> AKA Dennis Olson
> Shire of Thorngill
> Kingdom of Meridies
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