Sir Francis Drake (1540-96) at the Table (gouache on paper). Photograph. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. quest.eb.com/search/108_1079628/1/108_1079628/cite. Accessed 16 Mar 2017.
Daily Meals in Elizabethan England were determined by one's place in social status. If you were one who had little money, or you were just an average citizen, you would receive 2 meals a day. But if you were rather a rich citizen, you would be given 4 a day. These 4 meals would include breakfast, dinner (our modern day lunch), supper, and dessert. (Singman, 132) Daily Life in Elizabethan England
Dishes and Silverware
Silverware. Photograph. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. quest.eb.com/search/126_476481/1/126_476481/cite. Accessed 16 Mar 2017.
Dishes and Silverware were also distributed based on your social class. For the common folks of Elizabethan England, you would not eat with a fork. But rather a knife and spoon. The common were given wooden bowls and plates. On the other hand for the wealthy class, they were given beautifully made knives and spoons, carried in an ornamental case. (Singman, 138) Daily Life in Elizabethan England
Parties and Feasts
London, England, Great Britain.. Photography. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. quest.eb.com/search/137_3133677/1/137_3133677/cite. Accessed 16 Mar 2017. EXPORT
When someone would host a party, a huge feast would be at hand. There would be a variety of fruits, vegetables, meats, and nuts. Fruits and nuts included, Apples, pears, walnuts, and filberts (Folger Shakespeare Library, 17). Meats included birds, fish, mutton, and pork (Folger Shakespeare Library, 14). Vegetables included carrots, turnips, and parsnips. (Folger Shakespeare Library, 18) Fooles and Fricassees: Food in Shakespeare's England
Banquets and cooks
Interior of a Kitchen, from 'Calendarium Romanum' by Jean Staeffler, printed Tubingen, Germany, 1518 (woodcut) . woodcut. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016.
Banquets were hosted meals for the wealthy. Hosts were always healthy, and would have the Lady of the house do the cooking. The maids of the host would also help as well. The cooks would cook and provide 1 course for the banquet. This course would be a nice dessert course. (Olsen 144) All Things Shakespeare Volume 1
Here is what an Elizabethan banquet may look like.