News Release
  April 2, 2003


Students, staff and invited guests at Los Angeles Mission College will have an opportunity to eat like monarchs.

To mark the 400th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s reign, Culinary Arts instructors and students at the Sylmar community college will serve an authentic Elizabethan meal on April 9.

The students and their instructors have researched 16th century cuisine and are preparing a menu that will rival the meals served to Her Majesty.

"The meal is based on accounts in ‘Dining with William Shakespeare’ by Madge Lorwin," said Lara Brosseau, culinary arts instructor. "The difference is, where they might have served 20 courses to Elizabeth’s court, our budget limits us to a few."

Even so, the menu is definitely ample. It will includes pickled mushrooms, olives and capers and onion potage for appetizers; roasted chicken, salmon and meat pie with cheate bread as main dishes; second dishes include French beans, compound salad and potato paste; and for dessert, shrewsberry cakes, spiced bread, cheesecake, strawberries and cream, and other delights.

Visiting from the Queen’s Royal Court will be Sir William Cecil Lord Burghley and Lady Elizabeth Clinton, Countess of Lincoln. Actually, actors from the Guild of St. George will portray those royals. Sir Cecil will talk about the etiquette customs of "dining with the Queen." In keeping with the spirit of the event, about two dozen Mission College students and staff members, who will be serving and assisting at the event, will dress in Elizabethan costume.

The Culinary Arts department expects to serve between 100-150 people. Invited guests will include residents of several local homes for the elderly.

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