[Sca-cooks] Feast costs/budgets
morgana at gci.net
Wed Feb 20 21:26:27 PST 2008
>PKSARGE at aol.com wrote:
>>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
Up in Oertha (Alaska), the head cooks for our twice-yearly coronets
are expected to coordinate a brunch on Saturday, a feast for Saturday
dinner, and a breakfast/brunch on Sunday. Brunch is usually
soup/stews and bread and fingerfoods. Especially in the winter, the
fighters need something warm after tourney and they come inside
(unless it below -15F, they usually fight outdoors).
Dinner is a regular feast, of varying periodness and courses,
according to who is cook. Sometimes the numbers are reservations
only, sometimes feast included in the event fee (with offboard for
those who know they're not feasting). Breakfast is usually warmed-up
feast leftovers, liquids and maybe muffins/breads. We might get
breakfast, but it's not fancy, at least in midwinter. Midsummer,
breakfast Saturday and Sunday is often a donations-accepted
fundraiser for the principality, cooked by Pied Powder Inn members
and friends, which includes pancakes and fixin's, juice/coffee,
sausage (often homemade from moose), bacon. I've never donated less
than $5 and that was over the event fees.
But when you consider people routinely drive nearly 400 miles to go
to coronet (or fly from Outside or the Juneau area), it helps if you
don't have to drag camping/cooking gear with you. And we obviously do
not camp outside in the January tourney. I certainly appreciate that
I, as a single older woman, don't have to worry about the food issue.
And, our feasts seldom reach 100 people, although we come close more
often than we used to. And having up to a 100 people scatter for
lunches and dinners really breaks up the mood of the events.
Different areas and climates, different customs. We started coronet
feasts nearly 30 years ago, before we were a principality and our
numbers might have reached 50 people at the event.
Morgana yr Oerfa
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