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Five fun facts about the St. Patrick's Day Breakfast

Posted by Cara Bayles  March 16, 2011 10:30 AM

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Fun facts about the St. Patrick's Day Breakfast, which will be held Sunday. Courtesy of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority:

-- The nine chefs in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center's kitchen will hand-crack 1,350 eggs and prepare 150 pounds of corned beef hash. They'll also serve 100 pounds of soda bread.

-- The exhibition center's kitchen can brew 500 gallons of coffee at one time. It also boasts 46 ovens and combination ovens, 22 ice machines and 22 walk-in refrigerator boxes.

--If you lined up the 900 three-inch sausage links, they'd cover 225 feet, which also happens to be the distance from the ballroom to the North Lot, where most of the attendees will park.

More than 10 gallons of batter go into making the 900 mini muffins … each muffin is 1.5 ounces, or the size of an American shot glass. (In Ireland, shots are smaller … the standard size is 1.2 ounces).

The convention center itself, which opened in 2004, was the second-largest public works project in Massachusetts history. It stands on a portion of the South Boston waterfront which was once part of the harbor, and was filled in during the 1800s, so the superstructure is supported by more than 4,000 precast piles and 200 drilled shafts. Almost 3,000 people from nearly 20 different trade unions worked on the project.

Also on boston.com: A Q&A with state Senator Jack Hart about how he prepares to host the breakfast.


E-mail Cara Bayles at carabayles@gmail.com.

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