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Cast Iron Chef Sunday, August 12, 2018

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Greetings Caid! Once again it’s time for the exciting annual competition, Cast Iron Chef Lyondemere where, at this event, up to four teams will compete to see whose medieval meal reigns supreme and which head chef will win the esteemed title of “Cast Iron Chef 2018.”

Huzzah! We will not be charging a site fee for this year’s event. As per usual, for those folks who are not cooking, the day will be filled with activities, games, demos, and the kitchen tours, of course, where you can interact and ask questions of the cooks. We will again have the popular, “Eat with the judge’s raffle,” and so much more fun! The proceeds for this year’s raffle will be donated to charity, to help those affected by Cancer. More details will be released as we get closer to the event. Again, there will be a donation lunch served. More info on this will follow later.


West Grove Park
5372 Cerulean Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92845
Cross Streets: Near the intersection of Cerulean Ave and Casper St
Off of the 405 and 22 Fwys

For you interested in competing, registration is now open (June 27) and will close either when all spots are full or July 27, whichever comes first. Here is our scenario:

It’s the early 1500’s on the Isle of Islay, Scotland. Here is where we find our heroine. A lovely lass with dark hair, a song in her heart, and a feisty tongue. Brave and courageous she is, with talents to match the best of men. Known for her fierceness and loyalty, from a young age, she was a force to be reckoned with. Although she was born the daughter of a nobleman, she strove to have her own way and build the life she wished. As a young lass, she could often be found learning how to fight with a sword from those who would teach her. As she grew, she could drink in the local tavern and gamble with the men, all while earning the respect of the town. By the time that she was past what would be considered “the marrying age,” she was a woman beyond compare. Still, wanting to please her family, she married, after finding a man who would accept her as she was. They were well suited and blessed with each other. While still keeping her manor home, she also runs a inn and gambling parlor. This is where we find her now. A large group of travelers have arrived seeking hospitality and she is happy to oblige. She will cook them a meal like they have never seen and then take them for all they have at the gambling tables after they have stuffed themselves. But wait, she has overheard a few of them whispering in the corner about plans against King James V. She then hears the voice of her beloved seanmathair, telling her from the great beyond, “Wee bairn, dinnae lit dese blengenges gie th’ best ay ye.” She was raised primarily by this strong woman, whose family had originated in Germany. This is where she got her tenacious spirit and her talent for cooking. With the memory of her grandmother in her mind, she vows that she will use all her talents to be sure that these scoundrels will not succeed in their devious plan.

Now will you take up the challenge and be her team of cooks?

Each team can have up to four members, with one named as Head Chef. There is a $20 entry fee per team which goes towards the cost of the food given to you to prepare. There will be a minimum of three dishes but no more than five dishes to be accepted for judging.

If you wish to compete for the title of Cast Iron Chef, please contact us at between June 27 and July 27, or until the team slots are all reserved (maximum of four teams).

DEMO: basic period frytors

This year, one of last years winners will be holding a hands on class/demo on basic period frytors. Yumm, come be a part of it. Thank you to THL Tomaso da Barbiano.

Additional Baubling Competition

We will be adding a new twist to the cooking competition this year. Each team will be able to add an additional person to their team to compete in a baubling game run by Lord Wulfric Forlong Falconhurst. At the end of the game, each team will be able to add a point to the team score with every bauble that they walk away with. Baubles will be provided.

Event Details

  • No Site fee
  • Site opens at 8:00 AM
  • Event starts at 9:00 AM
  • Opening Court at 9:30 AM, with cooks starting immediately following
  • Closing Court at 4:30 PM or at Their Excellency’s pleasure

Your in service,
Your Event Steward: Baroness Eva filia Edeneweyn

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Lyondemere Anniversary – July 21, 2018

The Barony of Lyondemere invites one and all to celebrate its 40th Birthday!

Yes, we’re turning 40 and we’re having a party! Come enjoy the cool breezes as our guest in the barony by the sea. Everyone is invited! We’ll have food, games, prizes, and of course a TOURNAMENT!

Harken back to the days of Lyondemere of old with fun and games from “the olden days.” We’ll have a flat cap toss, poetry and posies, the ever-popular “Inferno Tourney,” and a guess-that-heraldry contest.

There will be lists in armored and rapier combat to determine the baronial champions. Specific format will be decided on the number of entrants. A Champion is the Baronial representative to the martial community; prospective champions should be prepared to answer questions, respond to challenges, and likewise represent their martial art to the Baron and Baroness. Lyondemere champions are given an honorary position on the Baronial retinue and their Lyondemere gate fees are covered for the length of their service. Please consider these responsibilities and privileges when making your decision to enter the list, especially if you are already the champion of another barony.

Lunch will be provided free of charge to everyone in attendance!

Lyondemere Anniversary wouldn’t be complete without our Basket Drawing fundraiser. There will be many beautiful items, most of them handmade by our talented artisans, on which to use your tickets. And since there is no registration fee and we’re providing lunch, we hope you’ll be generous with your ticket purchases! Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. We are grateful for your participation in our annual fundraiser.

Lyon Bard

The Lyon Bard position was created to encourage excellence in historical performance arts and in original compositions done in an historical manner. The competition is open to singers, poets, storytellers, actor-playwrights, and musicians. The primary responsibilities as Lyon Bard include: to take their place in Their Excellencies’ court and to perform at the required events, to encourage new bards and bardic activity in the barony as well as the kingdom, and/or to compose new material at the request of Their Excellencies (possibly in honor of or in praise of the Kingdom, Her Monarchs, The Barony, and other praiseworthy topics). The champion’s deeds must reflect honor, the talent and knowledge of which they have earned their position should be used for the greater glory of the Barony of Lyondemere and the encouragement of their art.

For this year’s competition, come prepared to perform one piece of your choice. Documentation is not required but may earn bonus points. Lyrics/words should be included wherever applicable. The piece may not exceed 10 minutes.

This honor is for a single person, not a group, though one may perform with backup musicians or singers. The holder of the title may not be their own successor. If the Lyon Bard is unable to fulfill the responsibilities of the position, then the position will go to the first runner-up, at the discretion of the Baronage.

Event Information

Event Site: North High School, 3260 W 182nd St. Torrance, CA 90504

Registration: FREE TO ALL

Event Steward: Mistress Finella Harper

Time: 8 AM to 6 PM


  • 8:00 AM – Site opens for set up
  • 9:00 AM – Lists and Gate open (there is no Gate fee, but EVERYONE must sign the waiver form)
  • 10:00 AM – Opening Court
  • 30 minutes after Court – Lists Close
  • 1:00 PM – Populace Lunch
  • Lyonbard Competition during lunch
  • After lunch and Lyonbard, Baroness Seraphina will start her progress to greet and welcome everyone. Presentations will be during her progress.
  • Between Rounds 2 & 3, we will have the Flat Cap Toss and the Inferno Tourney
  • Heraldry identification contest will be going all day
  • Basket Raffle drawing will be AFTER finals so all can participate (fundraiser)
  • “Poetry & Posies” will run all day (fundraiser)
  • Merchants will be at this event
  • Lyondemere’s 40-year display will be set up, so please be sure to stop by and have a look.
  • We will have Archery and Thrown Weapons!

Setup Up Raffle Tickets: We need all hands on deck during set up! Anyone who is not a member of the Barony who shows up to help with setup will receive 10 FREE raffle tickets! See the seneschal (Maestra Claudia) or the autocrat (Mistress Finella) for a sticker to receive tickets.

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Planning Meeting – June 28

Tonight, we will gathering for a planning meeting for Anniversary at 7:00 PM.

The location is Round Table Pizza in Torrance:
4330 Redondo Beach Blvd, Torrance, Ca.

If you have any duties or are willing to help with anything at Anniversary, please be there!

Upcoming Baronial Progress

Baron Conchobhar mac Cionaoith and Baroness Seraphina Arlotto
(photo by Ercil Howard)

Our Baron and Baroness have the following events currently on their schedule for attendance. Members of the barony are always invited to be part of the baronial presence at tournaments and events.

  • Saturday, December 9, 2017 – Lyondemere/Gyldenholt Yule
  • Saturday, January 6, 2018 – Coronation