Skip to comments.California chefs join forces to fight foie gras ban
Posted on 04/30/2012 12:50:42 PM PDT by dennisw
Gracing the front page of the Sunday edition of the San Francisco Chronicle was this report on how over 100 of Californias best chefs (with more surely to come) are joining forces at the 11th hour to oppose the July 1 statewide ban on foie gras.
Read the article for the full story, but in short, the chefs are proposing the strongest farming regulations in the world to set a standard for foie gras production, instead of creating a black market. Led by the GGRA, the chefs are hoping to find a sponsor in legislation to overturn the ban. Expect further coverage on that when/if it develops.
As evidenced by the hundreds of comments, its an issue that people are passionate about. Will restaurants live or die by foie gras? Of course not. But as the chefs quoted in the article point out, theres more to the issue than economics. Its not only about choice, but about setting standards, about California becoming a world leader in farming ethics, and about setting priorities.
Due to space restrictions in the print edition, we couldnt run the full charter or the chefs that have signed it. But we can run it here:
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Nice to see the Democrat legislature taking care of such pressing issues
I’ve never eaten the stuff. Sounds interesting. Does anyone know what it actually tastes like?
Potted meat? Does foie gras come with that strange jelly that comes with the Vienna sausages?
First time I've seen fois gras served with black cherry jello.....yum
I once went to Picasso, the restaurant in the Bellagio in Vegas. They had a price fixe menu where you get a seven course dinner, paired with the appropriate wine. One of the courses was a seared fois gras with a cherry-flavored wine. I took a couple of bites and the flavor was extraordinarily good. Kind of like how fat on a steak tastes. But I couldn’t finish it. Nor could my date. Not that we didn’t “like” its taste, we just couldn’t get past the thought of it being LIVER.
One thing I have learned about food, no matter what it is, somebody, someplace eats it.
It makes their livers get fat and much larger than it normally would be.
They could probably just eat the livers of dead winos and get the same thing.
I feel the same way about escargots. :)
It’s possible to get it without the force-feeding. In the fall, geese and ducks will overfeed themselves naturally in preparation for winter. By timing the butchering right, you can raise fois gras humanely. It just isn’t the standard practice.
I don’t do restaurants — too particular.
So, I’ve never had foie gras, but I want some now.
What sort of store carries it? I’m in a pretty ritzy suburb of philly, and I never see it in markets.
I would prefer to get my foie gras from a small farmer who cares more about hid children than his animals. A farmer who hates big government. But I’ll take any I can find as long as it helps frustrate the banners and regulators.
"Waiter....there are snails on her plate....You would think that in a fancy restaurant at these prices you could keep the snails off the food! There are so many snails there you can't even see the food! Now take those away and bring us those melted cheese sandwich appetizers you talked me out of!"
LOL! Love that movie!
LOL! And bring us some of that fresh wine! None of this ‘69 stuff. THIS year!
Here’s some foie gras you would like http://www.ebay.com/itm/French-FOIE-GRAS-200g-4-5ppl-with-Armagnac-and-Cognac-/140510816212?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item20b718e7d4
"Can you believe this? First, they didn't have the bamboo umbrellas for the wine, and now snails on the food!"
As a group California chefs are some of the most progressive people on the planet. They have no problem with govt telling people what to do, just not them.
I've had it, served by someone who knew how to serve it, and served several kinds so they could be compared.
It's extremely delicious. The closest thing I can compare it to is the first time you have ice cream, as a child.
It's ice cream for grown-ups. It's extremely rich, with many layers of taste. Creamy, peppery, meaty. It tastes good, smells good, feels good. Dangerously delicious.
Alice Waters is one. A famous pushy lesbian (pleasant looking though) who runs Chez Paniss. Right when Obama was inaugurated she started to pressure the White House to have a garden and serve only healthy food and push a health eating initiative much like what Moochelle is doing these days
LMAO when Tony Bourdaine called her "Pol Pot in a Muumuu"
Who knows? Perhaps they are beginning to catch on.
I LOVE braunshweiger!
You can always eat the kosher version..aka chopped liver..but the secret to really good tasting chopped liver is in the schmaltz ( chicken fat )...
I have not eaten Jewish style chopped liver in eons. Wikipedia says it can be made from chicken beef or calf livers. Fois Gras seems like a better product because it comes from duck and geese who are raised and fed exactingly, who lives are dedicated to growing a liver that is fantastic when turned into fois gras.
Whereas the Jewish chopped liver is just a by product of chickens or beef. Kosher being better of course
I use to swear that I would never eat escargot, but it was delicious served in the shell with tasty juices...Raw oysters took a few drinks to get one down, but also tasty when sucked off the shell, again with tasty juices, fresh from the Chestapeake bay that morning...
Pretty much ANYTHING would taste good prepared that way.
I picked it as an appetizer, ( our friend was paying the bill and when someone tells me to order anything I want, I take them at their word...those snails were expensive
Foie Gras us one of the most delicious things in the world. I prefer the goose, but the duck is great too. The mousse de Foie GRAS is less expensive, and very good.
Dartagnan is an American company started by the daughter of a very famous French chef. All their products are wonderful, and they are great people to deal with.
Here in NY, many markets carry their products, but if you are not near a place that dies, the selection on their website is even better.
All bad things start in California. And I speak as someone who doesn’t really like foie gras all that much. Wait until Bloomberg gloms onto this!
I buy D’Artagnan ducks when I have the urge to roast a duck.
Foie gras is delicious!
I never thought I’d like it, but I tried a bit, just to try something new. I had to restrain myself from devouring the entire thing.
And it is nothing like potted meat.
I glad the People’s Democratic Republic of California is protecting the People from the evils of foie gras. (More for us!)
French for "fat liver") is a food product made of the liver of a duck or goose that has been specially fattened. This fattening is typically achieved through gavage (force-feeding corn), according to French law, though outside of France it is occasionally produced using natural feeding
Yall can have it!