[Sca-cooks] Current farm prices and affects on feast budgeting

jenne at fiedlerfamily.net jenne at fiedlerfamily.net
Wed Feb 20 18:23:57 PST 2008

> As Duke Inman MacMoore phrased it, Ansteorra is a blue collar kingdom.
> That
> means incomes are quite a bit less for many of our SCAdians and we have a
> number of people how are not particularly adventurous eaters.  Add to that
> a
> number of really bad "period" feasts over the years and there are some
> issues trying to sell the better and more period angle.  It helps if you
> have a reputation for delivering.

*giggle* I'm in the PA/NJ area. It's easier to sell period food to the
blue-collar folk here than to the bourgeois: our yuppies are more likely
to object to what they can't get at Appleby's or Friday's, while the more
working class/ethnic people will try glop and comfort food.

> The finance committee knows better, but I think some of the populace
> believes that a feast is just a family dinner for 200.

We had that, once. I put in a bid for a period meal at $6 a head, someone
else put in a bid for a family meal at $6 a head. They took the other bid.
Curiously, they've never done something like that again, even though the
other meal (I call it the Gratuitous Tomato Feast) was hot, on time, quite
edible, filling, and only took 4 people on site to prepare, all of which I
consider a credit to the other cook.

On the other hand, my group does fewer and fewer feasts because it's so
much trouble to clean up, and I don't blame them for that!

-- Jenne Heise / Jadwiga Zajaczkowa
jenne at fiedlerfamily.net

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