[Sca-cooks] need to draw on your experience

David Friedman ddfr at daviddfriedman.com
Thu Nov 13 11:43:46 PST 2008

Sounds like great fun.

I was recently in London, visiting the British Museum in bits of free 
time. There was a lady there who was giving some sort of 
demo/explanation on Roman cooking and had apparently recently 
published her own translation of Apicius. Interesting conversation 

>Greetings to all,
>I need to draw on your experiences as cooks, event organizers and 
>fellow SCAdians.
>We mulled over ideas for novel events in our shires and for several 
>years now we are tossing around the idea of a cook out/ museum 
>Here are my ideas:
>arrival Friday, get together, discusion, Museum booklet handout, ...
>Saturday cook out:
>Held in a school with an industrial kitchen so all who want to cook 
>their pet period recipe have space enough to do so. All dishes will 
>be eaten as expanded event lunch by the cooks and the other 
>I do not want to set a theme as the broad range of what was eaten in 
>the SCA period is what I would like to see here: 600-1600 and the 
>missive "all lands having contact to europe at that time" leaves you 
>with a lot of traditions to draw  from.
>I would only ask for categories so you will not have 20 different 
>egg appetizers or a sweet dessert lunch only.
>Food stuff will be bought in the morning by all cooks hitting the 
>various markets with local guides.
>Non-cooks can either hit the city, go on our popular textile 
>shopping spree or help and carry all the food the cooks buy. ;-)  or 
>we will find members to give classes, etc...
>These kitchens have the basic tools to work as they are educational 
>institutions, special equipment will be provided by local people if 
>possible (I alone have about 5 mortars in 3 different materials).
>A sortiment of medieval spices will also be provided before hand.
>Each dish does not need to feed all participants but must be 
>sufficent for all to taste. (will have to be determined as soon as 
>number of atendees and recipies are known).
>The fee will have to be split into sleeping fee (in Vienna hostels, 
>idealy also sleeping in the scholl will be possible, ....) and food 
>fee which will be used to buy all necessary food stuff.
>The evening program will be MUSEUM from 18:00 pm to 1:00 am in the 
>mornig in groups or alone, as every one preferes.
>We wanted to combine the cooking event with the very popular "long 
>night of museums" as Vienna has 90+ museums to visit with one ticket 
>troughout the night.
>A lot of them of interesst to SCAdians and some even have cooking 
>themed events that night.
>to name just a few:
>Globe museum
>Kunsthistorische Museum
>Austrian Museum of applied art (Tapestries, glas, lace,.., tableware)
>Neidhard Fresken (the only profan ballroom to survive from the 12th cent.)
>New Imperial palace (Armour, musical instruments, historical 
>fighting demonstrations)
>Museum of Pharmacy and chemists
>the new roman museum (had a food related theme this year)
>Treasury of the Teutonic order
>Vienna Historic museum
>museum of military history (historical fighting demonstrations)
>Sunday: people will leave as soon as they are ready (depending on 
>sleeping aranngements) or lenghten stay with local people or visit 
>additional sites assisted by local people.
>So I would realy like to hear your opinion and has someone made such 
>an event already?
>best regards
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David Friedman

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