Thursday, November 1, 2012
Close to Nowhere
Six hundred slices of pizza
How long will 600 slices of pizza last? Just about two hours when you have a crowd the size of the one at the CrossPointe Christian Fellowship fall festival Saturday.
If you didn’t have anything to do this past Saturday, it wasn’t because you couldn’t find a fall festival somewhere. There were six listed in The South Reporter calendar and I’d imagine a few more festivals were scattered here and there in our area.
At the CrossPointe festival, I talked to one lady who’d already been to two and when she left ours, she was headed to at least one more, two if she had time.
I was working the food tent (yes, I asked for that!) and we had 50 boxes of pizza (works out to 600 slices) several coolers packed with hot dogs, two huge tubs packed with sacks of fresh fried pork rinds (more on that in a minute) and four movie theater-sized bags of popcorn that we had to put into lots and lots of popcorn bags.
I just knew we were going to have tons left over, and what were we going to do with it?
By 3:30, Deacon Larry and I had gone back to work filling up another 1,000 or so popcorn bags. His wife Linda was running out of pork rinds and the pizza and hot dogs were flying out of the tent. Carol and Judy hardly had time to breathe between the pizza and hot dog lines.
There were several guys cooking the pork rinds and I got to see how it’s done. I was flabbergasted! There was a box on the table with these little square pieces of “wet leather.” Someone would get a large scoop, dump a smallish amount of the leather pieces in the really hot oil and in about two or three seconds, big pieces of fluffy pork rind started popping to the surface.
After being dumped in a pan and seasoned, the pork rinds were put into bags and about as soon as they hit the table, they were gone. Hot pork rinds are a major treat!
I was so busy filling the 5,000 bags of popcorn that I only managed one slice of pizza and two hot dogs. Rodney Eggers, a world-reknowned griller, cooked them (along with his wife Tammy and their sons). He has this sauce that he squirts over the hot dogs and he will not divulge the recipe. I tried!
At the end of the day, CrossPointe had given away around 500 hot dogs, 600 slices of pizza, countless bags of pork rinds and 9,000 bags of popcorn to approximately 1,000 attendees. Last year there were about 800 people.
That doesn’t include the games, prizes, candy, cake walk, petting zoo, face painting, etc. All free, all volunteer workers.
It was a really good day!
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