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California Foie Gras Ban

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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. The ban in Chicago was repealed in 2008: http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.co...

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

    1. 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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      1. re: ns1

        Ludobites' Foie Gras Night is tonight.

        I hope you've already procured your reservation!

        1. re: J.L.

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

          1. re: ns1

            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.

            1. re: ns1

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

                1. re: ns1

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

                  1. re: TailbackU

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

              1. re: ns1

                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.

            2. re: ns1

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

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

              1. 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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                1. re: digitalretouch

                  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. 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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                  1. 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. 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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                        1. re: mariacarmen

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


                        2. 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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                          1. re: fgrade

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

                                1. re: fgrade

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

                                  1. re: MissBubbles

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

                                2. 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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                                  1. re: Porthos

                                    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.

                                    1. re: MissBubbles

                                      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.

                                      1. re: Porthos

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

                                    2. re: Porthos

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

                                      1. re: Porthos

                                        In OC as well. Mumms the word.