Medieval Banquet Catering

  • Posted on: 29 November 2014
  • By: Brian and Mick

Step back in time to the Middle Ages and party like it's 1399!

medieval banquet
If you enjoy tales of King Arthur and Camelot, damsels in distress and knights in shining armor or are fascinated with the tv show, “Game of Thrones,” you will revel in a Medieval Banquet 
catered by B&M Catering.  This is a perfect theme for a very special and out-of-the-ordinary occasion or corporate office party.
Prompted by the Crusades, society during the Middle Ages became fascinated with beautiful & and exotic objects from afar. This interest extended to dining, resulting in large gatherings with elegant and colorful food arrangements and unusual flavorings. The King and Queen were typically the hosts and a Great Table was set in the Banquet Hall. Guests were seated next to the King and Queen in order of importance. The meal began after servants presented bowls of water for guests to wash their hands. Forks were not used, instead, fingers, spoons and bits of bread were the common utensils.  And guests didn’t have to worry about where to put their bones and scraps, they just threw them on the floor!

The dishes were excessive, consisting of three, four, five, and even six courses. Everyday jellies, breads, pies, fritters, roasted pigs, and poultry, vegetable stews and soups were accompanied by unusual animals such as peacocks, seals, porpoises, and whales. Jellies and custards were dyed with sandalwood for fiery red, saffron for a hot yellow and boiled blood for blackish color. But the most visually appealing dishes at the table were unique sugar sculptures called sotiltees (or subtleties). These were sculpted into intricate forms of ships, castles, nature and famous people of the time.  Because the banquets could span many hours, there was entertainment between courses from musicians, minstrels, actors, fools, jesters, acrobats and other performers.

So, what say you fair gent or maiden? Would thou likest to eat like a queen and king?
medieval banquet catering

Here’s a sampling of B&M’s Medieval Banquet menu:
  • COARSE LOAVES WITH SHARP CHEDDAR AND FRUIT
  • POTATO LEEK POTAGE
  • (Optional Bread Bowls at $1.99 / Bowl)

Followed by:

  • KING HENRY’S LEG OF FOWL  (ROASTED TURKEY LEG)
  • BEEF ON THE RIB
  • PLATTERS OF ROASTED PORK WITH A GARNISHED PIG’S HEAD CENTERPIECE (OPTIONAL, AT NO ADDED COST)
  • SKIRRETS & PASTERNACKS - CARROTS, ONIONS, & PARSNIPS IN A LIGHTLY SPICED BROTH
  • FRESH APPLE CIDER MAY BE SERVED COLD OR WARM WITH CINNAMON STICKS
  • FRUIT OF THE FOREST PIE MADE WITH APPLES, RASPBERRIES, BLACKBERRIES, STRAWBERRIES & RHUBARB (WITH WHIPPED CREAM)
Please contact B&M’s catering and cooking specialists to help design your fairy tale medieval banquet where your guests can eat and drink to excess!  We can also provide you with some entertainment vendor suggestions.
Until then, fare thee well!
 



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