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The Eighth Year

Duke’s Dinner Page Benefit -- Province of the Mists
November 10, 1973

From The Page (September, 1973):

Dukes' Dinner ...

All persons in the West Kingdom are invited to subscribe to a charity dinner for the benefit of the Page. The guests of honour will be the Dukes of the West (including Duke Richard of Mont Royal, if he is present).

This served medieval dinner will be held at the Hillside Club in Berkeley on November 10, 1973. Persons wishing to attend should send $7.50 per person or $14.00 per couple to Dorothea of Paravel, (address omitted). All tickets must be purchased by November 1, 1973, and no one will be admitted without reserved tickets.

The Hillside Club is an equisite piece of Maybeck Medieval, with a fireplace, stained glass windows, wooden beamed ceiling, and a musicians' gallery. After the dinner there will be dancing.

One of the major features of the dinner will be meat!

For those persons who are indigent but would like to attend anyway, a number of positions are open as serving wenches and pot boys. Volunteering for these positions will net one a free dinner and the freedom of the dancing floor afterwards. Ladies (or gentlemen) who would like to supply a single dish in quantities to feed 70, or who would like to cook, will be reimbursed either in cost or with a free dinner. Those would like to cook should contact Adrienne, Lady Toledo at (phone omitted). The services of a flourish trumpeter are expressly solicited.

To further tempt the undecided, here is the proposed menu--not including such unique contributions as individual cuisineurs may supply:

From the Court of Haround al-Rashid:
Ratief Alseneyeh (meat pies)
Ataif (pancakes in syrup)

From the Court of Gloriana:
Neats Tongues in Rhenish Wine
Stuffed Leg of Lamb
Mince Pies

From the Court of Richard II:
Minced Chicken
Daryols (Madis of Honour)

From the Table of the Emperor Claudius:
Shrimp in Leaves
Dilled Chicken

From the Table of Pope Pius V:
Ravioli Fiorentina
Orange Salad
Duck with Walnut Sauce
Nun's Cake

From the Table of the Holy Roman Emperor:
Carp in Aspic
Lapin au Moutarde
Rose Cakes

Post Scriptum: Anyone who will supply Lady Adrienne with ten pounds of venison stew meat will get a free dinner--and she will make My Lord Richmond's Venison and Devonshire Squab Pie from a truly ancient recipe. (The squabs of Devonshire gather in flocks, weigh about 60 pounds, and say "baa.")

From The Page (January, 1974):

The patrons of the Duke's Dinner are happy to announce that in addition to being a memorable evening, the event was a success. The Page earned enough to get one of the mimeographs repaired, which will make the Page better and easier to get out. The Dinner took in directly $385.00, which was spent as follows: hall rental, $71.75; catering, $30.00; overpayment, $2.50; food, $132.57; meat, $83.49 (not counting the rabbit and duck which were contributed by the Page editors); wine, $18.90; total, $339.21. We had $45.79 left over. The Hillside Club returned a deposit of $15.00, which brought the amount given to The Page to $60.79. While this was not quite as much as we had anticipated, it was sufficient to make us decide, firstly, that the Dukes' Dinner will be an annual event, and secondly, that we would like to do another banquet in the Spring.

Lady Adrienne would like to thank the following: the musicians, Mike, Harold, Anne, Doris and Martha; the cooks, Dorothea of Paravel, Annette of Faire Monte, and Karina of the Far West (who created a new set of urchines when the *!?# dogs had gotten the first); the serving folk, Aaron and Sterling of Toad Hall, Steven von Behrend and Debrecini Ilona, Christopher, Robin, and Faith of Houghton, Wilhelm von Schlüssel, Mel Gilden, Julie Meredith, Questifor of Hightower, and especially Edward the Bearded Rascal and Cheri of the Gardens, who mainly stayed in the kitchen and kept me sane! Also thanks to Paul Heckel for supplying the glasses and to Cedric Clute for arranging the purchase of the meat and wine at wholesale. If I have overlooked anyone, forgive me. And to all the people who attended for sweet charity's sake, thank you very much.

The Page, for its part, would like to thank Lady Adrienne for having the idea in the first place, and then for carrying it through, planning all the details and coping with all the problems, without whom we would have had one hysterical editrix.

THE FEAST OF THREE TASTES will be another banquet. The theme will be a dinner given in 9th Century Canton by Arab traders for Chinese and Japanese officials. The food will represent all three cuisines, Chinese, Persian, and Japanese, and will be served in the old Chinese banquet manner. This dinner will be given in March, the site to be anounced later. The cost will be $5.00 per person. Anyone wishing to serve may contact Lady Adrienne at (phone). Serving persons will be assessed $1.50 each. (One of the reasons that the Duke's Dinner did not make more money was that the cost of feeding the servers was considerable.) The menu, site, date, and time will be announced in the February Page.

From the History (by Wilhelm):

Held at the Hillside Club, Berkeley. Adrienne of Toledo, Karina of the Far West, and Dorothea of Paravel (Dorothea of Caer-Myrddin) put on a sumptuous feast for the benefit of the Page.

“I think this was the “Feast of 3 Tastes”. This is where Sir Earl of Morris and his girlfriend (now wife and mother to his three sons) entertained the diners with an Iaido demonstration, in synchronous form, very beautiful and impressive. His wife’s name is Noriko.” – Henrik of Havn

“I remember the Iaido demonstration my wife and I gave, but it couldn't have been at the event Henrik mentions since we both were in Japan at the time it took place. We returned from Japan in March of 1974, so it would have to have been sometime after that; I seem to remember that we gave the iaido demonstration at a 12th Night at Mills. Anyone with a clearer recollection out there?” – Earl of Morris
“Earl, I believe both events (your demo at Dukes Dinner, and the British the Cow Palace happened a year late (1975) ...” – Richard of Havn
“My memory coincides with Henrik's to the extent that Earl and his Lady's Iado demonstration was at the Unitarian Church and it was at the Feast of Three Tastes. I can't conclusively state that the event on this date was that particular one, we had a very strong symbiosis with that Church for a number of years around this time and lots of events took place there. My memory does tell me that it was during or shortly after Andrew's first reign, he spent a good deal of time at the North-West corner of the seating where Patrice and I sat (some of it sitting on Patti's lap).
     “I have a murky feeling that Earl was back for a visit home at this time and had not yet moved back to the US (which happened after he was married). This may account for the disparity.” – Kevin Peregrynne
“The iaido demonstration could very well have been at the church you mention; I don't remember much about it except that we did it in a fairly large hall which had a nice medieval feel to it (I guess that's why I thought it was at Mills) and that people seemed to enjoy it. However, it could not possibly have happened prior to April of 1974. I went to Japan in July of 1972 and did not return until the end of March in 1974. This was also the 1st time that Noriko had ever come to the US. Phil is right though; I stayed in the US for only two years from 1974 to 1976, we then returned to Japan (with two 1 year old twins in tow, the boys are now 24, omigod) and didn't come back to the US permanently until 1985. I do not remember how active I was in SCA stuff from 1974 through 1976, so unless I get something that jogs my memory regarding an event that happened during the two years I was back, my mind is a blank for those years (my mind is usually a blank, so that's not too surprising).” – Earl of Morris

Description of this event, © Copyright 1980 by William R. Keyes (Wilhelm von Schlüssel)
This is from The History of the West Kingdom, Volume 1 (the only volume produced). When reading this text, please keep in mind the following disclaimer:

Disclaimer: This history may have errors in it, as much of the detail is “remembered” history, or as one of the cover pages of the original type-written manuscript states “The material within is derived from the information printed in The Crown Prints and in The Page, and from the memories of the participants.” The original document was typed on onion-skin paper, with hand-written notes (often in the margins). All attempts have been made to reconcile the notes with the original document.

Annotations, when they are added, are from The Annotated History of the West, Volume 1, which is the same text as Master Wilhelm's mentioned above, with commentary from members of the SCA who were active at the time of the event, and are added to help clarify questions and expand on what happened and why. This volume is copyright © Ken Mayer (Hirsch von Henford).

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