Based in Seattle, Washington, the Madrone Culinary Guild is a group of people interested in the history of food from Rome to the Renaissance, with a primary focus on the food of Western Europe. Some of us are chefs, some of us are culinary historians, some of us just like to hang out with fun people and eat good food.
The Guild meets frequently, commonly holding two or more meetings each month. At one regular monthly meeting we discuss current projects, and at another meeting we get together and try to recreate dishes, working from actual historical recipes. Among other projects, we try to cook at least one banquet of historical food per year, we host an email list for the discussion of culinary matters, and we produce a series of pamphlets – cookbooks of 30 to 60 pages, where we publish results of our research on various historical cuisines.