Me­dieval menu

Bo­real Bistro and Off the Cuff of­fer­ing old-fash­ioned feast Fri­day

Prince Albert Daily Herald - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT - PETER LOZINSKI

Bo­real Bistro and Off the Cuff Im­prov will be tak­ing res­i­dents back in time Fri­day night.

The restau­rant and en­ter­tain­ment troupe are team­ing up to host a me­dieval feast.

The event will fea­ture up­scale me­dieval food and themed en­ter­tain­ment from Off the Cuff.

“Chef Kevin Tetz used to do un­der­ground din­ners, and he ap­proached us a lit­tle while ago about do­ing themed en­ter­tain­ment along with his din­ners,” ex­plained Off the Cuff’s Adreanna Boucher.

The idea went on the back­burner when Tetz took over Bo­real Bistro. But a few months ago, he con­tacted Boucher about do­ing a me­dieval feast.

“He knew I had done some in the past and would prob­a­bly like to again,” she said.

This feast, thought, will be much dif­fer­ent than those Boucher has done in the past. Those were for a group in Meadow Lake, and mostly scripted. While the im­prov troupe has a few scenes sketched out, it will be mostly done on the spot.

“Peo­ple have this fan­tas­tic meal, and in be­tween cour­ses, Off the Cuff Im­prov is go­ing to be per­form­ing lit­tle vi­gnettes,” Boucher said.

“We’ve come up with a story and some re­ally fun char­ac­ters we’ve been work­ing on. We’ll be in­ter­act­ing with the au­di­ence in char­ac­ter as well as do­ing th­ese lit­tle vi­gnettes. It will be strung to­gether into a silly me­dieval story for them.”

Boucher’s past per­for­mances at me­dieval feasts have been well re­ceived.

Her first one was such a hit, she was in­vited to come back and do it again.

She’s also per­formed both those shows she wrote in Prince Al­bert, in­clud­ing one called #Sil­lyprinces, which was put on by Odyssey Pro­duc­tions in P.A.

There is no script for this per­for­mance, though.

“We’ve got­ten to­gether a few times to rough out some scenes, but noth­ing is mem­o­rized. There’s no writ­ten di­a­logue. Just a quick de­scrip­tion of each scene, and then the ac­tors go for it.”

This show will also dif­fer from ones Boucher has pre­vi­ously done be­cause she is re­spon­si­ble for dec­o­rat­ing the hall to set the mood.

To do so, Boucher has en­listed the help of two tal­ented de­sign­ers who have me­dieval cos­tumes to help pro­vide giz­mos, gad­gets and dec­o­ra­tions.

While Boucher has no con­trol over the other part of the event, the food, she knows it will be good.

“Kevin is go­ing to be pre­par­ing food there would have been in me­dieval times,” she said.

“We’re not talk­ing about gruel, we’re talk­ing higher class food. I know it’s go­ing to be good be­cause his food is al­ways amaz­ing. Any time he does din­ners, they typ­i­cally sell out.

Tick­ets for the me­dieval feast are $55, and avail­able at Bo­real Bistro be­tween 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. or by call­ing 306-764-1200. Tick­ets can be pur­chased un­til Thurs­day af­ter­noon, as Chef Tetz needs num­bers to know how much food to pre­pare.

Peo­ple are en­cour­aged to dress up. If they don’t have cos­tumes, a hand­ful will be avail­able to rent.

“We ask peo­ple to bring their par­tic­i­pa­tion pants, or hose as it were. This is, af­ter all, me­dieval times,” Boucher said.

‘We guar­an­tee it’s go­ing to be a fun time.”

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