- At 12:28 AM 4/18/2012, you wrote:
I simply asked for Roman food. I forget, this isn't reenacting, it's display.
Reenactment or display, if people want authentic meals, someone needs to coordinate it and make them. In the past Merlinia did the evening feast and Allison did lunches. Since the event has grown, it is too much work for them, especially without a kitchen on site. Even with a kitchen on site, whomever does food pretty much does ONLY food and the two of them would like to actually interact with the public and talk with people instead of cook, set things up, and then clean up. Meals also take at least a couple of days of advanced prep with grocery shopping and cooking off-site. It's A LOT of work. Even dealing with catering takes coordinating with the restaurant, setting up a menu, chasing people down for money, and then hoping everyone pays lest you get stuck covering for those who don't. Then you have to meet the caterers and get them set up. This isn't a big deal if that is your only job at the site but if you are coordinating everything else for RD, it becomes too much. Thus I'm not doing it again this year and will call for pizzas Saturday night unless someone wants to step up and take over the Saturday feast.
The site provides us sandwiches for lunch and pizza is easy for dinner. Units can supplement with their own authentic snacks in camp or you guys can coordinate for a more authentic potluck. And like I mentioned, if someone wants to step up and coordinate authentic meals, go for it. This is what RD is all about. Us locals can point you at Greek/Mediterranean grocery stores for supplies or help you do a CostCo run and you can use the list and wiki to get a headcount and see who wants what. I'll even help you wrangle volunteers at RD to help set up and clean up. There are plenty of people who are willing to help out. All we need is someone to coordinate.