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Middle Kingdom Cooks Collegium
October 23, 2010
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Hosted by the Shire of Vanished Wood
Welcome to our event website and come back here for more details as they are posted. Updates will also be listed on the email lists and information will be printed in the Pale.

The Middle Kingdom Cooks Collegium is an event dedicated to expanding the knowledge and research for the arts and sciences of cooking. Come enjoy and exploration of tastes and textures while enjoying the company of some truly inspiring people.

See you soon!
We're excited to be able to offer you so many different opportunities to learn more about cooking! We have classes for our newest cooks and seminars for our most experienced chefs!

We are also proud to welcome our guest instructor, Duke Gunthar Jonsson, O.L. from Ansteorra. His Grace will be leading classes on feast design and non-alcoholic drinks. Please make sure to take this rare occasion to learn from a cooking master from afar.

We are also excited to welcome teachers from Calontir, Northshield, and Atlanta in addition from our home grown talent here in the Middle. This is absolutely the event you do not want to miss!

Want to see what classes are being taught? Click to see full class descriptions! - Click for our schedule of classes!

Want to learn more about our instructors? Click to instructor biographies and contact information!

Click for our schedule of classes!

What to decide which classes to take and when? Well, the full class schedule is still forthcoming. But, we will have it soon!

Still interested in teaching? We do have some select time slots still open for classes. Please email the Event Steward directly for more information.
Event Schedule:
Site Opens 9:00AM
Classes Scheduled 9:30AM - 12:00PM
Lunch 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Classes Scheduled 1:00PM - 5:00PM
Guest Speaker 5:00PM - 6:00PM
Potluck Prep & Garb Change 6:00PM - 6:30PM
Evening Meal (Potluck) & Social Gathering 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Site Closes 9:00PM
We have so many great classes from so many wonderful teachers. And, we understand there is no way to make all of these great classes at the same time. So, we're collecting everything we can for you and will make it available to you after the event.

These proceedings will be published electronically and made available to those who specifically request it. We will not be publishing hard copies.

In addition to class notes we will also have teacher biographies and class descriptions so that you can reach out to the teachers directly for some information. It is possible that their handouts may contain information that we can not publish due to release requirements. We will do our best to note this for you and for you to contact them directly about it.

We are also welcoming papers and articles from those unable to attend. We'd like this to be a great resource. So, if you wanted to come, but were unable to make the event, you can still share your research. Contact the Event Steward at philipwhite {AT} hotmail {DOT} com for more information.
Historical Costume (Garb):
For classes during the day historical costume is welcome but not required. This is for the convenience of travelers, to welcome participation from non-members, and to help protect your historical clothing while cooking.

Evening participation, including dinner, requires historical costume. There will be changing rooms on site. If you do not own appropriate clothing please contact us so that we can ensure that loaner garb is available for your use.

Coffeehouse and Lunch:

The Canton of Foxvale will be hosting a coffeehouse and serving a lunch as a fundraiser for the Canton. They will have coffee, modern and Turkish spiced, sekanjabin and complimentary water. They will also have a limited tea selection green tea and Chinese black tea.

They will also be serving snacks and likely a hearty soup for lunch. These will be based on period recipes. Recipes and documentation will be available for anyone who requests them.

Evening Meal:

We are bringing together one of the greatest gatherings of cooks in the Known World so why not take advantage of that?

Instead of a feast we are asking everyone to bring their favorite dish for one of the best potluck meals possible. Here is your chance to show of your skills or simply cook your favorite food. Historical choices are preferred.

We would love for you to let us know what you are planning to bring in advance so that we can post it to our website. Feel free to send your recipe too so we can share that as well. Remember to print out an ingredient list to leave with your dish for those with allergy concerns.


-     Please plan to serve at least 8 - 10 people.
-     This is a dry site.
-     Local group will be providing beverages. Most likely tea, lemonade and water.
-     Please bring feast gear.
-     Kitchen has basic equipment, if you need specific utensils please bring with you.

Contact our Evening Meal Coordinator, Dame Nicholaa Halden for more information.
nhalden { at } comcast { dot } net

If you are looking for another place to eat for lunch or dinner or need to find the local Starbucks for your caffeine fix here is a map of the immediate area. There are also two local grocery stores nearby.
Registration Fees:
Adults and Children over 13: $8.00
Non-member surcharge: $5.00. Non-member surcharge applies to anyone without proof of membership.

Payment by cash or check only.

No credit or debit payments can be processed. Make checks payable to: SCA Illinois Inc. Vanished Wood.
Pre-registration for the event is not necessary. We will accept payment at the registration desk when you arrive.
Please note that there is not a site fee for children 12 and under. Children are welcome at the event but because of the focus of the Collegium we are not holding any activities directed towards children.
To help you with you attendance if you are bringing younger we are waiving the normal site fees.
Site Information:
Roselle United Methodist Church
206 Rush St. Roselle, IL 60172

Site Handicap Access:
There is a wheelchair accessible entrance on the Upper level of the Church. Entry is on the South side of the building from the Secondary Parking Lot entering into the Parlor. There is an elevator in the Parlor giving access to the Lower level.

There is wheelchair access to the Parlor, Lobby, and Sanctuary on the Upper Level. There is access to the kitchen, main hall, and one classroom on the Lower level. All other classrooms are accessed by 3 - 5 steps without a ramp.

Food Drive:
In addition to your site fee we are asking that you donate to the Church's food pantry. Please bring any non-perishable food item. Items will be collected at registration.

Site Map and Floor Plan

Did you forget any of your ingredients? Need a quick snack? Desperate for coffee?

This is a map of nearby restaurants and grocery stores.
Event Steward:
Master Philip White
(Craig W. Shupee')
philipwhite { at } hotmail { dot }com

Evening Meal Coordinator:
Dame Nicholaa Halden
(Nora London)
nhalden { at } comcast { dot } net

Registration Coordinator (Troll / Gate):
Mistress Acelina of Derelei
(Dayle Harding)
acelinaofderelei { at } yahoo { dot }com

Crash Space Coordinator:
Baroness Julienne la Follette
(Samantha King)
630-293-5851 (no calls after 9:30 pm)
jullafol { at } aol { dot } com
Please include "MKCC" in the subject line, for faster response.

Walking Tour Coordinator:
Honorable Lord Twm ap Twm
tcd3125 { at } aol { dot }com

Teacher Biographies:
Lady Felice Debedge

Web Minister:
Lord Elias the Brute
(Greg Malo)
kooshy_monster { at } yahoo { dot } com


Spicewell's is a specialty shop catering to those hard to find items for which medieval cuisine cries out. We provide those things that you wondered about in those documents while you were researching the perfect dish. Need all the spices for hyppocras? Want to know the difference between Ceylon cinnamon and Cassia? What the blazes is Poudre Forte? And what in the world does it *taste* like? Come visit and we'll talk of spices, salt and the routes from hither to yon.

Dame Alys's Traveling Sale:

Dame Alys will be offering many items for donation and some for sale. They include: Cookery Books with Photos and Recipes (Chateau Cuisine - Anne Willan, Italian Regional Cooking - Ada Boni, The Renaissance of Italian Cooking - Lorenza de'Medici), different sizes and shapes of baking pans, muffin tins, heavy moulds for shaped fruits nad vegitables, bread pans, candles, small baskets, and copies of the magazine Mail Box News.

By My Hand Designs:

In addition to many of our normal items, By My Hand Designs have made arrangements to have:
1) clay cook pots in a variety of sizes, with trivet stands
2) stainless flatware in a medieval-ish pattern
3) various forged iron cooking implements (skillets, Viking spiral pans, tripods and spit sets, etc.) from Master Danr of Irontree Works
4) carved wooden cookie / butter / cheese stamps from Baron Richard of Wandering Wood. They also plan to bring a selection of their own cooking sources (for reference) in addition to other books (for sale).

We will have a limited amount of space available for merchants. Vendors offering cooking related goods are especially encouraged to come and will receive space preference.

Walking Tour:
Sunday following the event there will be a walking tour of nearby Naperville focusing on cooking stores. All these stores and within a few blocks of each other. There are a couple of parking garages and surface lots in the area so parking is easily accessible. The tour will start at 11 am when stores open. We will post more information later about which store to start with and any lunch plans.

For more information please contact the tour organizer Honorable Lord Twm ap Twm.
Stores include:

Penzeys Spices

Sur La Table


Le Chocolat Bar

Travel Information:

Travel by Car:

View Larger Map

Travel by Air:

The event site is about 25 minutes from O'Hare Airport and about 45 minutes from Midway Airport.

O'Hare International Airport: Hub for United Airlines and American Airlines.

Chicago Midway International Airport: Hub for Southwest Airlines and focus city for AirTran Airways.

Public Transportation:

The event site is easily assessable by public transportation. The Roselle Metra Station is within walking distance.

The station is serviced by the Milwaukee District West Line which terminates in downtown Chicago at Union Station.

The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) coordinates operation of the three service providers: the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Metra, and Pace.

Crash Space:
Crash Space Coordinator:
Baroness Julienne la Follette (Samantha King)
630-293-5851 (no calls after 9:30 pm)
Jullafol {at} aol {dot} com

Please include "MKCC" in the subject line, for faster response.

We will have a limited amount of space available for merchants. Vendors offering cooking related goods are especially encouraged to come and will receive space preference.

The Incipient Barony of Ayreton is pleased to offer hospitality to our visitors. We have five local groups in the Barony, who cover areas within 50 miles of the site. (In the Chicago area, 50 miles is the nearby suburb). Plus our friends in the nearby Shires and Baronies live within 100 miles of the site (easy day-trip range).

In order to match up the crash space with the visitors, please give us some of the following information: number of people traveling together, smoking or non-smoking preferences, animal allergies or preference, small children issues, any other special requests.

Also, please tell us your city of origin and your preferred highway into Chicago. Because we have crash space in all compass directions around Chicago, we will try to give you the easiest access, taking into account your driving habits.

If you're coming in on public transportation, we may be able to suggest an alternate route that is closer to the crash space, too. At least, it's worth a try!

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson � Roselle
1490 W. Lake Street
Roselle, IL 60172
(630) 351-0101

The Roselle Country Inn & Suites is offering us a group discount for hotel reservations. Please mention the �SCA� while making your reservation and you will receive the discounted room rate. Room rate includes breakfast. They have also offered shuttle service to and from site.

Hilton Bloomingdale/Indian Lakes Resort
250 West Schick Road
Bloomingdale, IL
(630) 529-0200

Holiday Inn Hotel Itasca (Woodfield Area)
860 W. Irving Park Rd.
Itasca, IL 60143
(630) 773-2340

Extended Stay America Hotel Chicago - Itasca
1181 Rohlwing Rd
Itasca, IL 60143
(630) 250-0055

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Elk Grove
1160 West Devon Avenue
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
(847) 985-0101

Days Inn
1000 West Devon Avenue
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
(847) 895-2085

Hampton Inn & Suites Addison IL
1685 West Lake Street
Addison, IL 60101
(630) 495-9511

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