The feast came off really well this weekend. I think everyone had a good time, and the food came out pretty well, if I do say so myself.
It's the first time I've tried cooking for 50 people, and the two big takeaways so far are that I made WAY too much food, and that I should have done more prep work at home. Cooking for 50 over a camp stove with no electricity or running water was an interesting challenge. Also, note to self: many people seem to not like fennel. Thankfully it wasn't an integral part of the meal, since it was only in the sauce for the ham, but still, something to keep in mind. On the other hand, some people really like it. My son kept coming by for leftover fennel tops to chew on. Kids are weird.
I'm going to be posting the recipes I used and any changes I made to what was in the books I used over the next few days, so stay tuned.
Maybe next year I could try ancient Messopotamian (sp?) food. It would lead to some interesting decor, if nothing else.