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Golden Rivers Cooks

Who we are: A group of like-minded culinary enthusiasts that enjoy exploring pre-17th century food and cooking.

What we do: Practical research and experimentation in historical cookery. We share information, recipes and techniques about cooking and feast preparation.

How can I get involved? Join us at a workshop, collegium, or event and participate! Newcomers welcome.

What if I don't live in the Province of Golden Rivers? Email us about our Historical Cooking Roadshow.

News and Culinary Events

Collegium and event classes on cooking topics:

Cynagua Spring Coronet May 26-29, 2017 in Quincy, CA Feast Organization and Management

West Kingdom Arts & Science Tournament June 2-4, 2017 at San Luis Reservoir SRA, Gustine, CA There will be an all day track of cooking classes

West/An Tir War July 4-9, 2017 in Gold Beach, OR Cook's Playdate (Experiments in cooking period recipes over open fire using ceramic cookware)

Northern Marches Arts and Sciences August 11-13, 2017 in Arcata, CA Variety of classes, demonstrations and lectures in cookery and other related subjects



Most Kingdom and Principality events host a cooking competition. Wooden Spoon is the West Kingdom competition, and Copper Spoon is the Principality of Cynagua level.

The next Copper Spoon competition for Cynagua Spring Coronet is:
"A Dish Featuring Fresh Herbs, not just as a background ingredient"

The Wooden Spoon competitions for 2017 are:
June Crown: From the Orchard (tree fruit and nuts ... also any animals that can reasonably be expected to forage in the orchard ... pigs, wild birds, etc.)
Purgatorio (in Oertha): From the Woods (game animals, mushrooms, wild foraged plant and berries)
October Crown: From the Field (fields of grain (wheat, rice, etc.) or fields/ pastures or animals (cows, sheep, dairy from those critters, etc.)
Twelfth Night: Sweetmeats ... small pretty tasty sweets; wafers, suckets, confits, etc.

Past Golden Rivers Anniversary Banquets

YearHead CookMenu
2016Edmond of SurreyItalian
2015Pádraig McMathúnaPolish
2014Gwendwyn the SilentNorse
2013Caoilinn Rose MaddoxAndalusian
2012Anna Serra and Anthony HinajosaItalian
2011ap DaffydsGerman
2010Caoilinn Rose MaddoxBritish Isles
If you have been a cook for a previous Anniversary Banquet and would like to have it listed, please contact us.