[Sca-cooks] Subtleties was Feast costs/budgets

Johnna Holloway johnna at sitka.engin.umich.edu
Wed Feb 20 17:36:19 PST 2008

 From my article that appeared in TI last year-- subtleties are defined
historically as
"MED defines subtleties as “A culinary decoration for the table, a 
course of a meal, or a particular dish, freq. in the form of a 
historical or religious tableau; also, a device to make a culinary dish 
seem something it is not.”
If they exist to provide a table decoration or presentation to the head 
table and are eaten by the head table, you seem
to be saying they are illegal and cannot be paid for by the feast. If 
they are not eaten, they can be paid for. If presented
to the royalty and then passed around or left on a table to be eaten by 
the peasants, then they can be paid for by the feast.
This payment is dependent on the feast having monies to reimburse people 
at all.


otsisto wrote:
> -----Original Message-----
>> But what is a subteltie that is "only for Royalty"?
>> De: When it is only presented and consumed at the head table. When there is
>> only enough for the head table. If the subteties is enough so that everyone
>> at feast can have a taste then that is fine. Ex: Making a marzipan subteties
>> for the head table with smaller marzipan something's for the rest of the
>> feasters is okay. I am of coarse only speaking of those subteties that can
>> be or planned to be consumed. If it is just for display then there is no
>> problem.
>> <If the subtletie has been displayed for all to see and paraded around to be
>> seen, does that not fulfill their reason for being?>
>> De:For whose reason for being?
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