- LEIF HASSELL
- HOT PORK: Slow marinated on a vertical rotisserie
Wandered out there with photographer Leif Hassell to check out what was being served. We noticed right off the back that the event was already pretty steeped in Arkansas politics, with Blanche Lincoln working the crowds. Leif went off in search of great shots while I went to sample the food.
Error on my part, of course — I was thinking that the food would be similar to what I usually get when I go to a Mexican restaurant. What we encountered was much more ethnic in nature and included a fair amount of pork.
No kidding — cracklin’ sandwiches, or as was explained to me, chicarrones, pieces of pork rind folded into a roll with pico de gallo and avocado. The good folks from El Porton actually made me up one without the fried pork skin, though I did get a few odd looks. I’m certain it was quite different with the salty, crunchy goodness but the pico was deliciously hot and nicely balanced against the avocado.
The conference continues. For more information, check out the group’s website.
Oh, and Christie — I didn't see Guy Fieri. But others say he was there. Anyone got the official word?