At PDRA Inaugural Northern Nationals on July 19-20, Coast Packing Roars into Ohio – and Issues a Shout-Out To Local Restaurants Featuring Lard and Beef Tallow

Industry: Food and Drink

With #FatMap 419/567 Showcasing Region’s Top Spots to ‘Taste the Difference,’ Coast CEO Eric R. ‘Goose’ Gustafson Revs Up ‘69 ProCharger Pro Mod Camaro

Vernon, CA (PRUnderground) July 18th, 2019

Unleashing his 3500 horses on Ohio’s Dragway 42 in West Salem, Coast Packing Company CEO Eric R. “Goose” Gustafson will drive Coast’s ’69 ProCharger Pro Mod Camaro at the newest stop on the PDRA tour.  Coming into this weekend’s event, Gustafson and team will compete in the Pro Boost class as part of a summer-long quest for points and glory.  For a live feed of the ProBoost class, see:

Coinciding with the PDRA circuit’s latest stop, Coast Packing, the leading supplier of animal fat shortenings in the Western U.S., has assembled online gastronomic #FatMap419/567 (, highlighting local spots where fans can “Taste the Difference” that lard and beef tallow make in popular dishes.  Proximate to Akron, Ashland and Oberlin, West Salem lies in the heart of the Buckeye state.

The 34 hot spots on #FatMap419/567 offer menu items lovingly prepared with popular animal fats.  In Barberton, Belgrade Gardens and White House Chicken serve up Serbian-style chicken fried in lard, a local staple; ditto for Hopocan Gardens in Norton, which serves up its version of the regional specialty.  At Bender’s Tavern in Canton, ask for Bender’s fries, thinly sliced potatoes fried in lard.  In Hudson, Flip Side prepares all of its fried fare in lard, while George’s Lounge in Canton embraces tradition (“We cook with real fats instead of processed oils”).  The Humble Wine Bar in Lakewood features “Lardo” Neapolitian-style pizza, and Tito’s Mexican Grill in Akron and Fairlawn does Mexican food right.

“There are real taste treasures to be mined in Wayne County and throughout central Ohio,” Gustafson said.  “In terms of freshness, flavor and texture, foods made with lard and beef tallow are natural standouts, which is why we’re so delighted when consumers taste for themselves, whether they’re in Rocky River, Chagrin Falls or Mansfield.  As we’ve done at each stop along the PDRA circuit this season, we’re sharing FatMaps that prove without doubt traditional animal fats are stoking today’s embrace of authentic, traditional flavors.”

Have a favorite restaurant that puts lard or beef tallow on the menu (or just in some of its prize dishes)?  If so, drop Coast an email at and the company will put it on the #FatMap.  Consumers can also post an image or link to via Twitter/Instagram/Pinterest, etc., with the hashtag #LardOnTheMenu or #TallowOnTheMenu

About Coast Packing Company

Now marking its 100th year in business, Coast Packing Company (, a closely held corporation, is the number one supplier of animal fat shortenings – particularly lard and beef tallow — in the Western United States. The company sells to major manufacturers, distributors, retailers, smaller food service operations and leading bakeries. The company participates actively in diverse ethnic markets – from Hispanic retail chains, with its VIVA brand, to various Asian specialty markets. Based in Vernon, Calif., Coast Packing Company is regional, national and, increasingly, global. In some cases, supplier relationships are multigenerational, extending back 50 years and more. Coast is a founding member of the Healthy Fats Coalition (

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