See How This Sorority Staged the World's Largest Plated Dinner

More than 22,000 guests filled the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta as part of Alpha Kappa Alpha's biennial conference.

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Photo: Courtesy of Georgia World Congress Center

When members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. gathered about 22,000 people in Atlanta for its 67th Boule Dinner on July 13, they set a Guinness World Record for the largest plated dinner—breaking a mark the organization previously set in 2008. The dinner, which took place at Georgia World Congress Center, was part of the organization's biennial conference July 9 to 14. Levy Restaurants, Georgia World Congress Center's dining partner, brought in chefs and servers from across the United States to assist with the event.

Here's a look at the eye-popping numbers behind the event's production:

98,000 plates

22,000 guests

3,100 servers

2,800 gallons of iced tea

215 chefs 

50 equipment semi-trailers

22 refrigeration trucks

Three miles of baking sheet pans

Guinness World Records still has to certify the results, which would top the sorority's current record for the world's largest silver-service dinner, the 2008 Centennial Celebration Dinner for 16,206 people at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. 

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