[Sca-cooks] Who gets in free to feasts

Antonia Calvo ladyadele at paradise.net.nz
Fri Nov 14 15:42:15 PST 2008

Elise Fleming wrote:
> Antonia di Benedetto Calvo:
>> I think that's it's pretty terrible that royals' last-minute guests are 
>> higher on the comp pecking order than *COOKS*.
> I’m not expressing an opinion one way or the other, but remember that we
> are re-creating “medieval” times where royalty and their guests/friends
> ranked higher than those who labored in the kitchens.  

Ptooey! That's because everybody was the personal guest of the host, the 
cook was there on a professional basis, and no-one was paying for their 
own dinner.

> We often put our
> modern sensibilites into the medieval atmosphere we say we are re-creating.
> We want nobles, dukes and kings, but then we say that they aren’t any
> better than anyone else... :-)

When it comes to paying the price of admission, they are *exactly* as 
good as anyone else.

(Don't get me wrong here-- for various reasons, I don't have any problem 
at all with royals being comped, along with heirs and sometimes sitting 
B&Bs. I *do* have a problem with comping random guests.)

Antonia di Benedetto Calvo 

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

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