[Sca-cooks] Minor rant - allergies and following directions

Stefan li Rous StefanliRous at austin.rr.com
Tue May 8 20:13:41 PDT 2012

> So, with it being four days before the event, and people still not  
> filling out the form as requested...when do I just say "It's not my  
> problem", even though they gave the information someplace
> else?

Handling allergies at feasts has come up multiple times in the history  
of this list.

While some people may still disagree or wish to handle things  
differently, the consensus seems to be that the best solution is to  
provide a detailed, accurate ingredients list and let folks make their  
own decision.

There have been many stories of cooks going, to me, extreme measures  
to provide something special for someone who mentioned a problem ahead  
of time, and then the person not showing up at the event or even  
alerting the headcook that they wouldn't be making it after all. Or  
people who showed up on the day of the event and expected to be served  
something special because of their problems, either a real medical  
allergy or simply because they didn't like something.

The cooks side of this arrangement is to publish or make available an  
accurate ingredient list before the event. And to STICK TO that  
ingredient list. No adding new ingredients simply because they were on  
sale the week before the event! Also, taking reasonable care to avoid  
cross-contamination between dishes.

Royalty apparently get special compensation from having to follow  
these rules and whole feasts get changed to meet their whims.

In the FEASTS section of the Florilegium:
ingred-lists-msg  (18K)  4/ 6/07  Posting ingredient lists at SCA  


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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