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Kitchen LARPing: Food-based fun for your favorite shows

Posted by Melissa Massello  June 11, 2013 10:00 AM

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Rosewater "Loras" Lemonade and Tyroshi Honeyfingers.

Sunday was the season finale of HBO's fantasy hit, Game of Thrones. For the few hours beforehand, I was in my friend Rebecca's kitchen, frying up Roman-style fried dough balls as she mixed rosewater lemonade. We may not have dressed in Lannister golds or Stark greys, but we had our own sort of role playing going on — through the menu. Kitchen LARPing (live action role playing) doesn't take place on a field with wooden swords or with a 12-sided die, but reimagines your favorite shows onto the plate.


"Flayed" peaches, poached in red wine, for everyone's favorite torturer.

I'm no stranger to theme parties. Yet over the past few years, interest in entertaining at home has risen in tandem with the cult status of period pieces and fantasy shows, so that now blogs and magazines abound with suggestions for Downton Abbey tea parties and True Blood premiere menus.

Game of Thrones is a particularly perfect fit for this trend, with author George R. R. Martin's verbose descriptions of food, from simple breakfasts to fantastic wedding feasts have been making mouths water since the first book of the series was published in 1996.


Gluten-free Roslin Frey cupcakes and the House Tully catch of the day.

Rebecca and I weren't the only ones inspired to cook the books & show. The founders of Inn at the Crossroads, a blog dedicated to recreating meals from the A Song of Ice & Fire series, kitchen LARPed themselves to a cookbook deal. The recipes I used for Tyroshi Honeyfingers and Sweetcorn fritters come from the book, A Feast of Ice & Fire.

Have you ever kitchen LARPed? Did you watch Game of Thrones on Sunday? Tell us in the comments or tweet us at @DIYBoston!


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