[Sca-cooks] lethal drinks

Antonia Calvo ladyadele at paradise.net.nz
Mon Jul 21 13:46:22 PDT 2008

Dragon wrote:

> I've had people categorically tell me that I should NEVER use 
> ingredient X (usually nuts or mushrooms) in anything served at an SCA 
> feast because somebody might be allergic to them.


> My response when I am told such things is very reasonable I think and 
> it is thus:
> - Not more than one dish per course in a feast will contain a 
> potentially problematic ingredient. For example, almonds would not 
> appear in more than one dish per course but may appear more than once 
> in different dishes in different courses (though usually I don't do 
> that in a given feast). My list of such things includes the most 
> common allergens all types of nuts, shellfish (which I almost never 
> use due to cost), and mushrooms. A number of potential allergens are 
> not even used in anything I cook for an SCA event as they are non-period.
> - A COMPLETE list of ALL ingredients used in each dish is made 
> available BEFORE the feast is served.
> - Strict control is maintained in the kitchen to prevent 
> cross-contamination. For example, each pot has it's own spoon to stir 
> it to prevent the almond milk from getting into another sauce for 
> example. All cutting boards, knives and other prep gear are washed 
> with hot water and soap before being used for the next ingredient, etc.

Which I think is an extraordinary effort to go to.  My approach: *tell 
me when booking* whether you have allergies or intolerances and I will 
make sure, by one method or several, that you either get a good and 
varied meal or I don't take your money.  I will not try to anticipate 
what people might be allergic to or limit my use of ingredients without 
an actual indication that there's a problem. I do provide ingredient 
lists and I may issue warnings, adjust menus, provide alternates, etc., 
etc., when there *is* an issue.

Antonia di Benedetto Calvo

Habeo metrum - musicamque,
hominem meam. Expectat alium quid?
-Georgeus Gershwinus

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