E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
used at one time to mean the dessert. Thus, Taylor, in the Pennyless Pilgrim, says: Our first and second course being threescore dishes at one boord, and after that, always a banquet. (French, banquet; banc, a bench or table. We use table also for a meal or feast, as the funeral baked meats did coldly furnish forth the marriage table, i.e. feast.)
After supper a delicate banquet, with abundance of wine.Cogan (1583).
A banquet of brine. A flood of tears.
My heart was charged to overflowing, and forced into my eyes a banquet of brine.C. Thomson: Autobiography, p. 263.