Entrants in the Karo Perfect Pie Contest received their “just desserts” at the L.A. County Fair on Saturday, Sept. 24. Patricia Lapiezo of La Mesa and a first-time Karo pie entrant took home first.
Patricia made a stunning Touch of Raspberry Double Chocolate Velvet Pie. Her not-so-secret ingredients included a Raspberry Milano Cookie crust and raspberry coffee creamer to give a unique flavor. Ganache was also involved to the delight of the judges. Patricia received $150, an apron and a ribbon for her efforts.
Frank Szarka of La Habra was awarded second place for his Thanksgiving-inspired Cranberry Cheese Pie. The judges noted that they “loved the fall flavors and the creaminess mixed with the cranberry sauce topping.” This was also his first time in the Karo contest. He received $50, and apron and a ribbon.
Lisa Carter of Lakewood won third place for her Southern Skillet Sweet Potato Apple Pie. She made an amazing pecan crust and presented in the skillet. Lisa has won for her cooking at the L.A. County Fair before and her expertise at wowing the judges showed. She received $25, an apron and a ribbon.
The judging criteria for the contest were 25% for taste, 25% for texture, 25% for creativity and 25% for presentation 25%. Karo was generous to provide recipe booklets to all contestants and those watching the judging. The L.A. County Fair is Saturday, Sept. 3 through Sunday, Oct. 2 and is open Wednesday through Sunday and Labor Day Monday. To learn more, please visit www.lacountyfair.com.
Under the direction of the Los Angeles County Fair Association, Fairplex is home to the L.A. County Fair, the largest county fair in the world, as well as The Learning Centers which encompasses Fairtime Learning, The Child Development Center, The Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC), the Junior Fair Board, and the Millard Sheets Center for the Arts. Fairplex also operates a diverse hospitality business with the Sheraton Fairplex, McKinley’s Grille, KOA RV Park, Finish Line Sports Grill, Cornucopia Foods, and the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel and Conference Center (opening 2011). The campus is also home to the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum and the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona; horse-racing and Barretts Equine Limited; as well as the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition. For more information, please visit www.fairplex.com.