CENA MEMINISSE: A Culinary Exploration of the Great Roman Empire

Hosted by Canton of Gryphonwald - Edison, NJ

Event date: January 11th, 2020

Event Last Modified: December 4th, 2019

Event details

Salvete, dear Scadians!  On the eve of the 11th day of the month of Janus, you are all invited to the home of beloved citizen Faustus Julius Strabo within the Canton of Gryphonwald for a feast to be remembered!  A feast worthy of Romulus and Remus themselves and more epic than the feats of Aeneas!  A feast representing the true culinary wilds and entertaining visions of the height of the Roman Empire!

Come dine on course after course of the most decadent and dare I say surprising dishes in all of Rome.  There will be a sampling of garum to please all palates, the most savory cuts of a sow, a variety of hare, fishes stuffed for your delight, and the well renowned dish of Apicius himself.  And in true Roman fashion, cena will be followed with a commissatio filled with wine, entertainment, and revelry into the late hours of the evening!  Our host looks forward to your company for an evening that shall be remembered as long as the Great Roman Empire itself!

Notate Bene: 

This is a culinary-centric event replicating authentic Roman recipes and the historical format of a Roman dinner party.  As such, site and feast fee for the day are combined; there are no offboard reservations. 

Roman dinner parties would begin serving aperitifs or “promulsi” promptly when guests arrive.  Dinner parties would continue after the formal dinner concludes with afterparties or “comissatio” filled with wine and revelry late into the night. 

As this reenacting a private dinner party, the first course will commence shortly after the “house” opens starting at 4:30pm so timely arrival for our dinner party is appreciated.  You will not want to miss a single dish! 

After the courses conclude, we invite everyone to stay and enjoy the comissatio with your dinner companions, cooks, and host.  The site will remain open until midnight.

In order to strive for authenticity, we encourage everyone to wear Roman (or similar) garb if you have readily available.  This is, however, not a requirement.

The dinner menu will be published shortly.  Guests are also encouraged to peruse the menu prior to reserving a space in case of allergies or preferences. 
Dinner Menu:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lQ7Nx3xr2MBYt7xogkLoFVzlGhl6NSvv/view?usp=drivesdk

We welcome you all to join us; yet note that for planning purposes, seating is limited. 

No outside alcohol is allowed at the site.  This is a strict policy.  The Elks Lodge has a bar from which guests can purchase wine, beer, and alcohol.  The bar is cash only; there is an ATM around the corner but not on site. 

This is an evening to experience a true lavash Roman feast.  It will include 5 robust courses.  Recipes will not be doctored from original sources; ingredients will be sourced from all over the world.  Fish are already fermenting as you read this.  This is a meal fit for all our Scadians who appreciate historical culinary exploration, strange dishes from across the world, and simply lavish meals.  We look forward to enjoying it with you.

Site Opens: 4:00pm
Site Closes: 11:59pm

Event Location

Edison Elks Lodge
375 Old Post Road
Edison, NJ  08817
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Registration Fees

Members:  $30
Non-members:  $35
Children (under age 3):  Free
Feast:  Included in site fee

Make Checks Payable to: SCA NJ Inc., Barony of Settmour Swamp

Contact Information

Event Steward:

Megan Geyer
Lady Failenn Finn

Christopher Stanley
Lord Yagyu no Kagetoki

Send Reservations to:

THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT (as of 12/4/19). 
Thank you for everyone's outpouring of enthusiasm and support!

Reservations can be made through Paypal by following this link:

Reminder:  A PayPal invoice will be generated within 24 hours of the online preregistration information being submitted.  Online preregistration is not complete until the PayPal invoice has been paid.

Reservations by check can be mailed to:

Christopher Stanley
503 Lee Ave. 
North Brunswick, NJ 08902

Please include the full mundane names and SCA names on your check with your reservation fees.