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The Charlotte Convention Center hosted a record setting dinner Wednesday evening. More than 10,000 members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority ate dinner at the venue. According to organizers, this is not only the largest dinner in the center's history, it is also the largest in North Carolina.

"The plated dinner is the largest we've ever accommodated and will require more than 24 hours of prep, setup and breakdown with nearly 800 volunteers including 425 servers," Charlotte Regional Visitor's Authority Vice President of Venues, Steve Bagwell, said.

The dinner featured more than 170,000 pieces of china, glass and silver and 7.68 tons of food including 2,000 pounds of salad mix, 4,000 pounds of potatoes, 2,500 pounds of green beans, 2,500 pounds of chicken, 4,375 pounds of short ribs and 200 gallons of sauce.

"So many people are excited about Charlotte," Charlotte Regional Visitor's Authority CEO, Tom Murray, said. "We had to up our numbers and we kept adding them until we got to capacity. We think this is the most we can do in this room so we stopped it at 10,450."

The dinner was part of Alpha Kappa Alpha's biennial conference, the 66th Boule, which was from July 12-18.

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