|Official LMB Invitation|
Note that late-comers to the Banquet
(after 3pm) won't be admitted
The following dishes were served only at the King's Table:
--Red Deer collar'd (other tables got venison, but not the animal in its entirety.)
But the aldermen seemed to get some dishes that the King didn't get.
--March Pan (Marzipan?)
And the servants, surprisingly, seem to be the only ones who get good old English "Sir Loynes of Beef" on the menu.
Why was this? At first I thought that the aldermen (who are actually organizing the feast) might be more interested in more fashionable, exotic fare while the King's table would rely on the tried and true staples of centuries past. But it's hard to tell. French terms –– "blamange" "a la Spring" and "Alamode Pyes"–– pop up often at the more elite tables, although the dinners get less and less interesting as you move down the social scale.
|Guildhall: Where the Magic Happened|
So the reader can imagine my sigh of relief when I noticed that the party-planners gave the cooks a little token of appreciation just before the big day.
ORDERED that the cooks have two bottles of canary, four bottles of white port, and six bottles of red port delivered them ... for their refreshment.