For Those Who Delight in Praising the Lard, Coast Packing Announces First-Ever #LardLovers Recipe Contest

In the belief that there’s good eating – and perhaps a little gold – in those classic family recipes, Coast Packing Company, the West’s largest supplier of healthy animal fat shortenings, today announced the first-ever #LardLovers Recipe Contest (

Have a favorite recipe that uses lard? Perhaps for a pie crust that people can’t stop raving about? Or a special bread or cookie recipe that friends and relatives swear by, thanks to the lard they may or may not know is in there? Maybe you’re the keeper of a family secret for a memorable fried chicken concoction or for mind-blowing tamales that never fail to wins hearts, minds and palates. Any unpublished lard-laden recipe – sweet and/or savory – is fair game.

Contest entries will be accepted online starting today, September 5, at midnight Pacific time. All online entries must be received by midnight Friday, November 3. To enter, contestants can use the online form posted at Alternatively, entries can be submitted via Facebook:

The panel of judges for the contest includes Evan Kleiman, host of KCRW’s popular “Good Food” radio feature and longtime Los Angeles restaurateur; OC Weekly editor Gustavo Arellano, author of Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America; and LA Weekly food editor Katherine Spiers, host of the podcast “Smart Mouth.” The lineup of prizes, with identical awards in both the sweet and savory categories, includes the following:

  • First place: KitchenAid® Professional 600™ Series 6 Quart Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer (estimated $600 retail value)
  • Second place: Le Creuset Stoneware 6-piece Heritage Bakeware Set (estimated $250 retail value)
  • Third prize: Gotham Steel Titanium Ceramic 9.5” Non-Stick Copper Deep Square Frying Pan (estimated $50 retail value)

Winners will be announced on December 8, the first (unofficial) National Lard Day. The first official observance is set for December 8, 2018, according to Chase’s Calendar of Events ( The contest is open to those 21 and over, and no purchase is necessary to enter.

Members of the Coast Packing Co. staff will determine the finalists in each category. Recipe finalists will be determined based…

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