We were recently told of an event in Canada where 80,000 pancakes were served to the public over a seven day period. Take it from us (we are professional crepe chefs) making that quantity of pancakes is a pretty impressive feat, no matter how many people were involved in making them. It is the equivalent of making one pancake per person for everybody in a large town or small city.
Ok, so the Canadian/American version of a pancake is somewhat different than the crêpe, but to serve that many people any kind of foodstuff in seven days takes some doing.
At a wedding or party (our normal crepe-making environment) we don’t serve anywhere near that many crepes. We never count the crepes we serve at weddings (we are too busy making them) but we doubt we would even serve that many in a year (though we have made many, many more than that during our crepe-making careers, stretching back over more than a decade.) So to make that quantity in seven days is particularly impressive.
It is claimed that the pancake batter used over the week-long event would be sufficient to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool, which is a mind-boggling thought. That is an awful lot of batter. To put things in perspective, at a guess, we might fill a couple of paddling pools per year! The thought of us making 80,ooo crepes is a terrifying one, and for us to make that many, it would have to be an awfully large wedding, lasting an awfully long time!
Some guests at weddings and parties where our mobile creperie has been hired create the impression that they are attempting to eat around 80,000 pancakes as they are keen to return for more…and more. We tend to feel quite flattered by that though as we take it to mean our pancakes are good. When guests come back for a third or fourth, we take it to mean they are very, very good.
We can only imagine how good a pancake would have to be for a guest to return 80,000 times…