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Where can I buy a whole lobe of foie gras?

Morton the Mousse Oct 26, 2006 03:15 AM

Grade A, as fresh as possible, in SF or the East Bay. I assume it would be from Sonoma FG, correct? Will I need to order it ahead of time?


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    Karen_Schaffer Dec 15, 2006 03:06 PM

    The Made in France warehouse (211 South Hill Drive, Brisbane) is having one of their public warehouse sales today (2-6) and tomorrow (8:30-1:30).

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      jbgd Dec 14, 2006 11:35 PM

      Update: it seems that this holiday season, the butcher in the Rockridge Market Hall is selling foie gras from Canada, not Sonoma. It's grade A, whole lobes.

      1. capriana94555 Oct 27, 2006 09:58 PM

        I bought a lobe of Hudson valley Grade A foie gras from Polarica in SF @ $38 per lb yesterday.
        IT IS VERY FRESH and TASTY!!!


        Telephone:(800) 426-3872 or (415) 647-1300
        Fax:(415) 647-6826
        Address: 105 Quint Street, San Francisco, CA 94124

        1. Pollo Oct 26, 2006 04:21 PM

          I second the once a month Made in France/ Village Imports warehouse sales. Sign up for the e-mail heads-up notifications and go on the first day (Friday) of sales for best selection. They have A and B grades of foie gras and if remember correctly Grade B goes for ~$35/lb...which is quite reasonable...plus no shipping costs.

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            SLRossi Oct 26, 2006 03:58 PM

            Cafe Rouge Meat Market!

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              jbgd Oct 26, 2006 03:57 PM

              The butcher in Market Hall, Rockridge, sells whole foie gras (A grade) throughout the holiday season. Its from Sonoma. Try Robuchon's whole roasted foie gras recipe in Patricia Well's cookbook from the 1990s.

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                Karen_Schaffer Oct 26, 2006 02:53 PM

                I'd like to know what you plan to do with it once you've got it! We had a foie gras feast a few years ago where I prepared foie gras 4 or 5 different ways. My personal fave was the foie gras creme brulee which tasted fantastic and used up the scrappy bits.

                I got my foie gras (Hudson Valley, I think) from the Made in France/ Village Imports warehouse in Brisbane that opens to the public once a month or so. Here's a link. They're not showing the November dates yet, but I suspect it'll be the weekend before Thanksgiving.


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                  Morton the Mousse Oct 27, 2006 08:33 PM

                  I'm just going to sit around and drool while Mrs. Mousse does her magic. She was contemplating searing it with some sauteed apples and a side of bitter greens. We have Ginor's book, Foie Gras A Passion, which is chock full of ideas and recipes.

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                  Dissident Oct 26, 2006 05:15 AM

                  Check with Dean at Golden Gate Meats in the Ferry Plaza, they usually have decent A's on hand all the time...

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                    Sebby Oct 26, 2006 05:59 PM

                    Yes, I saw some here last weekend at the Ferry Plaza.

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                      vulber Aug 13, 2010 07:55 AM

                      anyone know current prices on their foie gras?

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                        Paul H Aug 13, 2010 08:02 AM

                        Sixty-five dollars per pound, maybe? (from memory). Polarica USA usually is much better priced (though you need to buy a whole liver).

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                          vulber Aug 13, 2010 08:23 AM

                          is that for grade A?

                          and do you know about the other grades?

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                            Paul H Aug 13, 2010 08:39 AM

                            Yes, Grade A. I don't think either place carries cheaper grades

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                              wolfe Aug 13, 2010 08:40 AM

                              You got something against getting it straight from the goose's mouth? 415-861-3800
                              7543 Foie Gras "A" (pc)
                              7545 Foie Gras "B" (pc)
                              7547 Foie Gras "C" (pc)

                          2. re: vulber
                            wolfe Aug 13, 2010 08:04 AM

                            One could always ask. 415-861-3800

                      2. maria lorraine Oct 26, 2006 03:35 AM

                        Hello, Morton, how are you and Mrs. Mousse?? I've loved your latest postings.

                        Buying foie in lobe form means you get the freshest foie and also the best buy. Foie gras does comes in grades, as you indicate (Grade A, Grade B, etc.). I urge you to read up on how to clean the lobe and prepare it for cooking. There is a lot of info on the web about this.

                        Remember to cook it very quickly in a hot pan, and I find a reduction of peach juice, 25-year-old Jerez sherry vinegar and some duck demi-glace (purchased pre-made) make a wonderful pan sauce. The fat in foie gras needs an acid to cut its richness, the reason behind using a fruit component in the sauce. To cut the richness of the foie in the mouth, remembering that you and the Mrs. are not wine drinkers, I'd suggest a white grape juice with good acid, like a verjus, or the same in a sparkling form. Were you imbibers, I'd recommend a Sauternes, or other world-class late harvest (botrytised) wine -- one with apricot, fig, and honey flavor notes.

                        Seared foie gras and Sauternes is my favorite food and wine pairing of all time.

                        Three foie gras producers stand out:

                        280 Wilson Avenue
                        Newark, New Jersey 07105
                        UNITED STATES
                        Phone: 973-344-0565 (Ext. 0)
                        Fax: 973-465-1870

                        Sonoma Foie Gras -- don't know if they're still in business, though!
                        4333 Lovall Valley Rd
                        Sonoma, CA zip code
                        Phone: (707) 938-1229

                        Hudson Valley Foie Gras
                        80 Brooks Road
                        Ferndale, NY 12734
                        Phone: 845-292-2500
                        Fax: 845-292-3009
                        Email: info@hudsonvalleyfoiegras.com

                        About foie gras: please read about the controversy in the New York Times at

                        Let me know what you and the Mrs. do, and all best...Maria Lorraine

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                        1. re: maria lorraine
                          Melanie Wong Oct 26, 2006 06:24 AM

                          D'artagnan sells Sonoma and Hudson Valley. You can also buy Sonoma Foie Gras from Joie de Vivre -

                          Used to be able to get duck carcasses and duck fat for cheap from them, don't know anymore.

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                            Morton the Mousse Oct 27, 2006 08:32 PM

                            Thank you so much for the detailed reply. Glad you enjoyed the Napa series. I've got Michael Ginor's book so I think that will provide most of the information I need to know on cleaning and preparation. I will definitely have to consider splurging on a bottle of wine for this (it's not that I don't drink wine, I'm just terrified of what developing a taste for wine will do to my budget).

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