|Plant Museum brochure and reprint of historical brochure|
|Credit: 2012 El Scribano, page 33|
The scope of the menu surprises, and I wonder how people ate so much. Judging from old photos, obesity wasn't a problem back then. I've heard diners ate sparingly of each serving in order to survive multiple courses. Which makes me wonder what happened to the leftovers. Were the local hungry fed? Were servants allowed to take home the extra food? Was it composted? Fed to backyard animals? Official records, at least the ones I've run across, are silent on these details. The people who knew were too busy working to sit down and write about it.