[Sca-cooks] fancy feasts
Stefan li Rous
stefanlirous at austin.rr.com
Thu Jan 1 01:51:17 PST 2009
<<< we have had off since dec 23 and go back on jan 5. starting to get
a bit bored, even with prepping a menu for a cooks' feast event in
the barony. four or five of the (considered) best cooks in the
barony, each does a course, whatever you want, and one of them known
for baking, will do a dessert buffet with desserts requested by the
question is, how much would you pay for a five course feast
concocted by some of the best local cooks? not the autocrat, but
curious what other folks might think the going rate is. ;) >>>
I remember my barony doing something similar for our 25th anniversary
event or some such, where different cooks were cooking a baronial
favorite for each course. I don't remember the price being any higher
or any of the other logistics though.
I remember the feast that I flew up to the East Kingdom and helped
with, that Adamantius did seemed pretty fancy to me, compared to what
I was used to.
While prices vary over time and from region to region, so these
reviews might not help, I think some of the feast reviews in the
FEASTS section of the Florilegium might be useful for ideas. Here are
a few which come to mind:
Good-Fd-Feast-art (26K) 3/30/98 Description of a fancy feast done
Just-a-Feast-art (32K) 11/ 2/03 "Just a Feast" by Lady Katherine
SCA event organised around
just a feast.
Tavern-Feast-art (14K) 1/13/99 An all-day tavern-style feast.
(an all day feast like this one, with gaps between the courses
might ease the logistics of coordinating a bunch of different
headcooks and kitchen facilities and clean pots and serving utensils
I like your idea of doing the handwashing if you've got the
manpower. This is something which hasn't seemed to have caught on in
Ansteorra. It sounds like you've done this before, but just in case
you haven't or in case others might be interested, I recommend this
article by Mistress Jadwiga.
Handwashing-art (22K) 2/24/02 "Scented Handwaters For Feasts and
Dayboards" by Jadwiga Zajaczkowa
One thing that can dramatically affect the individual cost of a feast
is the number of people being comped the feast. At our last event I
was working gate and it sounded like they were comping 16 or 18
people by the time you added up all the various champions, the King
and Queen, the Prince and Princess, a retainer for each, the Baron
and Baroness, the headcook and the event steward. The feast was
limited to only 100 paying people. However, it was eventually made
clear that only the site fee was being comped and not the feast fee.
I was still a bit concerned even then since the event was only
expected to have 200 attendees. Luckily the count was actually closer
to 400 and the event made a significant profit.
THLord Stefan li Rous Barony of Bryn Gwlad Kingdom of Ansteorra
Mark S. Harris Austin, Texas
StefanliRous at austin.rr.com
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