Elvira Violante Ballesteros
Lady Elvira Violante Ballesteros at The Birka Fashion Show - 2017
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Lady Elvira Violante Ballesteros. Apprentice to Maestra Imigla Venture. Resident of the Shire of Quintavia. Also known as "Bearce" (Bear-say). Commonly found at any events where a kitchen is in need of help, or feeding others.
A cook in Rome, Italy. Daughter of an Andalusian silk trader (Father), and Spanish commoner (Mother).
Born in Valencia in 1466, Elvira lived comfortably as the daughter of a silk merchant. She spent her younger days learning to cook and care for a household as her Mother did. She unfortunately had to flee Valencia in 1483, after her Father was killed during the Purge of Andalusia.
Once in Rome, Elvira took work as a cook in a nobleman's home and was later "bought" as a servant to a Cardinal. After spending some years as a cook in this Cardinal's palace; the cardinal fell ill and she was questioned by the Pope's enforcers. Eventually found to be innocent, Elvira grew closer to the Borgia family and soon worked for them.
Lived from 1466 - 1519.
Cause of Death: Plague
Offices & Positions
- Apprentice to Maestra Imigla Venture
- Keeper of the Light - Shire of Quintavia 2017
- Unofficial "Hobbit of Stonemarche"
- Kitchen Assistance, Simply Allegorical - Shire of Quintavia, 11/8/14
- Security Assistance, Birka 2015 - Barony of Stonemarche, 1/29/15
- Dayboard Head-Chef, East Kingdom University - Barony of Endewearde, 04/11/2015
- Kitchen Assistance, Harper's Retreat - Barony of Stonemarche, 9/30/15
- Security Assistance, Birka 2016 - Barony of Stonemarche, 1/29/16
- Kitchen Assistance, Coronation of Kenric III and Avelina III - Shire of Quintavia, 4/11/2016
- Dayboard Head-Chef, King and Queen's Archery and Thrown Weapons - Shire of Quintavia, 6/4/2016
- Dayboard Head-Chef, Sommer Draw - Barony of Bergental, 6/18/16
- Staff Lunch Chef, EK Equestrian - Shire of Quintavia, 8/27/16
- Kitchen Assistance, Bergental / BBM Yule - Barony of Bergental, 12/3/2016
- Security Assistance, Birka 2017 - Barony of Stonemarche, 1/28/17
- Dayboard Assistant Chef, Quintavia Hafla - Shire of Quintavia, 4/8/17
- Dayboard Head-Chef, Schola of Love - Shire of Quintavia, 5/6/17
- Dayboard Assistant / Consult, Palio di Stonemarche - Barony of Stonemarche, 6/17/17
- Feast Head Chef, Feast of Five Armies - Shire of Quintavia, 8/26/17
Projects & Publications
- Personal Blog: El Ciervo Negre