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California Foie Gras Ban

linus Apr 15, 2012 03:14 PM

(Note: This thread was split from another thread at: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8261... -- The Chowhound Team)

has there been indication of how they intend to enforce the law? for example, a similar law was enacted in chicago, and i believe everyone kept serving foie gras anyway.

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  1. Peripatetic Apr 15, 2012 05:46 PM

    The ban in Chicago was repealed in 2008: http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/05/14/chicago-overturns-foie-gras-ban/

    Not everyone kept serving it during the ban. A brief history may be found here [third paragraph]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foie_gra...

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      ns1 Apr 17, 2012 10:19 AM

      So where is the best place in LA to get some seared foie?

      melisse is too expensive and animal is already on the list.

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        J.L. Apr 17, 2012 11:37 AM

        Ludobites' Foie Gras Night is tonight.

        I hope you've already procured your reservation!

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          ns1 Apr 17, 2012 11:42 AM

          I'm not looking for foie events, just foie entrees. Any suggestions!?

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            Servorg Apr 17, 2012 11:55 AM

            You should check with Hatfield's to see what they are doing with foie. Also, this might be good time to give Patina a go if foie is on your mind.

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              TailbackU Apr 17, 2012 01:48 PM

              Mezze has a really good and generous seared foie dish. I believe it's $24

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                ns1 Apr 17, 2012 02:06 PM

                not on their online menu

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                  TailbackU Apr 17, 2012 02:59 PM

                  hmmm, looks like they have a foie gras terrine now instead.

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                    ns1 Apr 17, 2012 03:05 PM

                    yeah everyone and their mom has a foie terrine. want seared :(

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                john gonzales Apr 19, 2012 11:39 PM

                Try Jiraffe. If it isn't on the menu, it could be a special. I'm a foie-fan and find theirs one of the best seared anywhere. Occasionally Josie does a good version too.

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              FoodHasTheRightToMe May 18, 2012 01:35 AM

              Animal has it several different ways. not the BEST but… im sure you will get your fill of Foie

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              JudiAU Apr 20, 2012 08:28 PM

              Last month we had some terrine from Little Next Door and it was superb.

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                digitalretouch Jun 8, 2012 07:10 PM

                Hearing about this got me more riled up than anything has in years. I felt psychotic ranting about this earlier. I guess it's just something so fundamental as having somebody tell you what you can eat. That and the face that Alicia Silverstone was majorly behind this and is a bit of a dipstick and was bragging about it on her idiotic blog. Then I visited this forum and realized that while I might be losing my mind, my reaction to foie gras is not representative of that fact. LOL.

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                  david t. Jun 12, 2012 11:24 PM

                  All is not lost. You just have to order online and cook it yourself if you live in California. Hopefully, Texas or some other state takes the opportunity to open a farm so that we don't just have one supplier all the way over on the east coast.

                2. The Chowhound Team Jul 4, 2012 11:36 AM

                  Hi Hounds, sorry to interrupt the chow talk, but our regional boards have a very narrow focus on where to find food in a specific region -- general discussion about ethical eating is off-topic for those boards. We're leaving this thread here so that people can become aware of the foie gras ban in CA. However, per our site etiquette, we don't get into "big picture" issues. There are myriad online forums for debating politics, ethics, and other hot-button issues; please use Chowhound not to debate but to share news and tips.

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                    kevin Jul 4, 2012 11:39 AM

                    I wholeheartedly agree.

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                    bhungry Jul 5, 2012 03:24 PM

                    I read news from OC register that a restaurant in San Clemente is still serving foei gras after the ban.

                    Haven't been there yet, but you can try.

                    1. huiray Jul 19, 2012 05:24 AM

                      Suit against the ban proceeds.

                      1. mariacarmen Feb 5, 2013 09:31 AM

                        Friends of mine just ordered, and the order went through (not received yet), a full lobe from D'Artagnan. They're in CA. So, there you go.

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                          RicRios Feb 5, 2013 12:42 PM

                          "The law does not prohibit the consumption of foie gras, giving it as a gift, or its importation from outside California."


                        2. fgrade Feb 12, 2013 04:28 PM

                          it's only fair that people are fed the pate' the same way the ducks are fattened up.

                          so who's hungry???

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                            c oliver Feb 12, 2013 05:30 PM

                            Five seconds wouldn't be nearly long enough for me :)

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                              kevin Feb 12, 2013 06:11 PM

                              Sign me up. :)

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                                ns1 Feb 12, 2013 06:12 PM

                                nom nom noms.

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                                  MissBubbles May 2, 2013 02:32 PM

                                  We have a gag reflex, geese and ducks do not. Ever seen a bird swallow a fish whole? Could you do that?

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                                    c oliver May 2, 2013 03:50 PM

                                    Thanks, MissB. It's nice to remind people of the facts.

                                2. Porthos May 2, 2013 03:31 PM

                                  Foie is alive and well in LA. I've been to one restaurant serving it and heard of another.

                                  My lips are now sealed.

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                                    MissBubbles May 2, 2013 03:45 PM

                                    LOL glad to hear. It's so easy to make at home I stopped ordering it out years ago but I am happy to hear one can if need be.

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                                      Porthos May 2, 2013 03:51 PM

                                      Honestly, I probably eat the stuff once a year or less and I could do without it.

                                      It's the principal. State legislature has much more pressing issues.

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                                        kevin May 2, 2013 04:00 PM

                                        Yes. I would think that they would have bigger fish to fry.

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                                      c oliver May 2, 2013 03:51 PM

                                      Interesting. I had read early on that neither SFPD nor LAPD were going to enforce the law.

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                                        JAB May 2, 2013 05:37 PM

                                        In OC as well. Mumms the word.

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