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Clarke Hall Museum, Wakefield

Posted: Sun Jun 12, 2011 11:26 am
by bonnacon
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Saturday 11th June. 4and20 blackbirds were asked to provide lunch for 50 guests at a Historic Food Day held at the museum. So me and 'erself went. :crazy:
This is what 'erself looks like after working from 0600 to produce two meat dishes, two veg dishes, a rice dish, assorted game pies, garlic and bacon tarts and spinach tarts plus a dessert, on Wood Mark 6, for serving at noon to two separate sessions of 25.

Almost serene :angel:
(............should have seen her about 1100 :sweat: )

A fantastic day - we met a range of incredibly knowledgeable, skilled and interesting people which included academics, re-enactors - including Thomas Hayman, York City Levy, Knights in Battle - lovely members of the public and Lucy the Tudor and Timbobarnacle as well !!

And Lucy DOES have long hair :o

Re: Clarke Hall Museum, Wakefield

Posted: Sun Jun 12, 2011 3:05 pm
by gregory23b
Did you meet Mr Smiley?

Re: Clarke Hall Museum, Wakefield

Posted: Sun Jun 12, 2011 5:11 pm
by bonnacon
Hi Jorge!
Mr Smiley? Who he?

Re: Clarke Hall Museum, Wakefield

Posted: Sun Jun 12, 2011 6:32 pm
by lucy the tudor
Was Mr Smiley the chocolate man, who told us he didn't really like people? He was very good, and we think he's bluffing, he's married to one, and has reproduced, so he can't dislike people too much.

The food produced by all that extremely hard work, was exquisite. And plentiful. The set up was damned impressive too.
Seriously, if anyone is looking for banqueting catering of the highest quality, these people know what they are at.
Great tasting food, served hot, and served more quickly than I have seen some people serve pig in a bun. There was a happy silence of awed munching, with the odd exclamation of delight when one of us tried another of the dishes on our plate. Even pudding was a revelation- I HATE bread and butter pudding, with a deadly loathing, only exceeded by my feelings about custard. The versions of these dishes produced were light and fluffy, spiced delicately and subtley creamy in the "not really custard" ...
Does anyone get the impression I had a good lunch?
We now need to contrive an excuse to employ Four and Twenty for another meal somewhere...anywhere... 8-)

Re: Clarke Hall Museum, Wakefield

Posted: Sun Jun 12, 2011 8:37 pm
by gregory23b
Lucy gets the banana ;-)

My little joke with Smiler

Re: Clarke Hall Museum, Wakefield

Posted: Sun Jun 12, 2011 9:30 pm
by Thomas Hayman
I can confidently say a great day was had by all. Interesting topics and displays put on by all who were good enough to share their knowledge. I have a new love for chocolate wine thanks to the Tudor cook and shall be having a faff with chocolate in the future i think.

If you ever get the chance to visit Clarke Hall you must go, there is no maybe or possibly. The quality of the items in the hall and visitor centre show that the team there really love the place and care about what they do.

Re: Clarke Hall Museum, Wakefield

Posted: Sun Jun 12, 2011 10:00 pm
by gregory23b
I hear they have a nice painted wall hanging, blue with yellow fleur de lys?

I am glad it went well, Vicky works hard.

Re: Clarke Hall Museum, Wakefield

Posted: Sun Jun 12, 2011 10:05 pm
by Thomas Hayman
It was alright, looked like some poor b**ger did it by hand.. ;-)

Yep, big thanks to the Clarke hall team!

Re: Clarke Hall Museum, Wakefield

Posted: Mon Jun 13, 2011 6:58 am
by lucy the tudor
Vicky works hard indeed,also Iona and the rest of the team. It takes a lot of hard work to pull together a day of such high quality and smooth running. Fascinating day, and thanks to the sponsorship, free too!

Re: Clarke Hall Museum, Wakefield

Posted: Mon Jun 13, 2011 6:08 pm
by Vicky
Glad you all enjoyed it - we had some amazing presenters on Saturday, it was quite a buzz.

I don't think it counts as hard work when it is so much fun! 8-)

Re: Clarke Hall Museum, Wakefield

Posted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 9:20 am
by bonnacon
This is Julia, lurking once again.

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.... completely knackered, but the opportunity to make lovely food in a lovely setting for great (and appreciative) people was amazing...and the weather cooperated as well!