I left the party at 7pm with half an hour of service left. When I left 435 people dined/were still dining. I didn't expect many more. I had purchased 25 turkeys, I had three left. 100 pounds of sweet potatoes, 150 yukon gold, 70 green beans, 25 peas, 25 carrots, 45 corn, 4 cases of grapes, 1 case of tangerines, 2 cases of apples, 1 case of pears, 2 cases of honeydew, 1 case of canteloupe, 2 case of pineapple, 45 pounds of various cheeses, 35 gallons of gravy, 15 gallons of cream of mushroom soup, 14 gallons of pumpkin soup, 60 pies, 30 gallons of apple cider, 500 dinner rolls, a dozen ficelles, 4 artisan loaves which were supposed to be for decoration.
When I say there is no food left, I am hardly exagerating. I've got one pan of green beans, one pan of sauteed vegetable blend, 2 gallons of each soup, 2 gallons of gravy, 2 pans of mashed potatoes, 1 pan of candied sweets, and about 4 pies. No fruit, no cheese, and they ripped the artisan bread I used for the display at the fruit and cheese bar apart with their bare hands! Hard to imagine that lunch had ended a mere 2 and a half hours prior.
If I hit the 550 mark like I anticipated, I would have been effeciently wiped out. It was a great night, though...a huge success. The compliments were flowing from all ends, all departments, all offices.
When I got home I ate a grilled cheese sandwich with tomato on oat bread and had two drakes' coffe cake juniours, with a glass of milk. It was fabulous.
I am soooooooooooo ready for my martini