[Sca-cooks] Officially serving modern food at SCA events

Kathleen Roberts karobert at unm.edu
Wed Jan 30 06:08:16 PST 2013

Hmmm.... let me put on my pair of cranky pants. ;)

Alcohol consumption determining whether or not to attend an event.   It is getting harder and harder to find liquor service or permission at large feast sites around New Mexico.  It's hard enough to find a venue for a large amount of people, much less with the ability to consume alcohol on site.

Some people don't attend an event because they can't drink at the event.  Forget the good food, forget the fun, just stay home because you can't have a beer.

Don't get me wrong, I drink.  I enjoy my Scotch et. al.  But I can surely stand to be at an event for four to five hours without a drink in my hand.



Kathleen Roberts

Admissions Advisor

University of New Mexico


"Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy."  W.B. Yeats

"The hand that rocks the ladle rules the world."  Nadia G.

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Subject: [Sca-cooks] Officially serving modern food at SCA events

I realize not everyone is interested in being historically accurate in everything they do. That's fine. No one is under that obligation, and people are free to do as they like in their own camps as long as they're wearing some attempt at period clothing, per sca.org.

But it seems to me that when serving food as an official part of an official event, it is much more interesting - and often tastier - to serve historical food rather than modern food. Period food definitely can be yummy. When it isn't, it's usually because the modern cook hasn't quite perfected their interpretation of a dish.

I am also often perplexed when Royalty declare that something modern is "period" during their reign. Then i wonder, how hard IS it to go for a few Saturdays within a 6-month period without some favorite modern food or drink?

Even if someone went to an SCA event EVERY SINGLE Saturday in a year, assuming 52 Saturdays, there would still be 313 other days to enjoy modern stuff.

When i've been rather broke and/or pressed for time, i admit i've sometimes eaten modern food - such as a can of tuna with mayonnaise - while in the confines of my own tent. I would never serve such things at a public or branch dayboard, potluck, feast, etc. And that's also a far cry from declaring, for example, that chocolate brownies are "period" just because i like them. There's plenty more time in a year to enjoy them when not at SCA events.

Urtatim (that's oor-tah-TEEM)
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