What's PPF, you ask? It's short of Perfectly Period Feast, where everything visible in the hall including the plates, cutlery, glassware, linens, and even proper servers (butlers, panters, carvers, etc.) are all appropriate to the time and place chosen.
We are slowly, year by year moving closer to this in An Tir, with an event in the Barony of Dragon's Mist, Carnevale di Venezia, which is now in it's 4th year. So far, documentable forks and spoons have been found, that were cast from extant originals from the appropriate time and place, and plates have been painted based on Italian examples from the late 1500's.
We are starting slowly, and first working on equiping the head table with everything appropriate to that time and place, and eventually hope to add all of the appropriate servers, who will all be dressed appropriately. We would eventually like to add a German Renaissance event that builds in the same way, although the details are still very, very tentative.
What we are hoping for is that if others are interested in either Italian, or German late period culture and food join us and work on producing material goods that they can keep, and bring to help add to the atmosphere (by using them). As we build on this we are hoping to come up with new ways to help spread the knowledge, joy, and cost among as many people as possible. :) If you have a persona that this would be appropriate for and would like to own a feasting set that is historically accurate, and potentially personalized we can not only help build toward (eventually) being able to outfit an entire feast, and spreading historically accuracy in a fun and affordable way across the kingdom.
You can contact me, Raffaella, if you might be interested in attending or hosting a work party for pottery, pewter casting (currently looking for someone with experience using Room Temperature Volcanized Rubber molds) woodworking, knowledge about German Renaissance serving and dining rules and etiquete. I live in Blatha An Oir (Tacoma, WA), but I am more than happy to travel on the weekends to help make this happen.
In joyous service,
Signora Onorata Raffaella di Contino
Courtier of Blatha An Oir