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Jun 21, 2012 09:05 PM

Foie Gras? Loopholes in the law? [moved from San Diego board]

So....apparently it's only illegal to sell it. Does that mean we can still get it "free" with other menu items that will cost about the same as a foie gras dish? This law is such bs. Not to get off topic, but I am so over this tell-me-what-to-eat nonsense. If anyone needs me I'll be in the kitchen with some TRANS FATS.

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  1. There are a number of possibilities how foie gras will be also available in restaurants in the future including the "free" version. Just google it and you will find some suggestions how to work around the law

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      1. In Chicago it popped up as a free item pretty quickly.

        1. As the clock strikes Midnight on June 30th, many restaurants on the "Left Coast," are working with "foie gras" special meals.

          I have this feeling, that anyone, who wishes foie gras will be killed, though the same folk will never recommend that for serial murderers. Same for large soft drinks in NYC?


          1. I'm not a legislator or lawyer, but I believe the backers of this piece of legislation foresaw people trying to use loopholes, so it's worded more generally so as to prohibit the SERVING of the liver of any bird which is overfed purposefully so as to increase its liver size.

            The word "serving" includes free portions.

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            1. re: J.L.

              What if there was a buffet table of foie gras and it was "self-serve"?

              In all seriousness, the law will not be enforced in CA -- either by law enforcement for PETA-type organizations.

              Plus, it is only illegal to sell foie gras produced in CA -- not the foie imported from out-of-state, and it is certainly not illegal to possess such imported foie.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                What, there will be no "Bird Liver Police" force?!

                Envisioning Eliot Ness deputizing a whole new breed of gastronomic cops, trained to bust foie gras speakeasies all over our fair metropolis...

                1. re: J.L.

                  Look for a sketch on Saturday Night Live at some point -- I am sure it will happen.

                  1. re: Tripeler

                    Was thinking the same thing -- a sketch about foie narcs by some Bay Area-based comedy troupe. They confiscate the "goods" but back in the squad car have a George Forman grill hot-wired into the cigarette lighter for cooking and chilled Sauternes in the cooler.

                    1. re: maria lorraine

                      Hey, in SF, a fine cigar is evil and is reason to have one banished to the "outer regions," but if you are toking a doobie, regardless of what your witch doctor has prescribed, you are OK.

                      Nah, though I have to be in that "odd city by the bay," I just pay zero attention, and just dine elsewhere on this globe. Such is life.


                      1. re: Bill Hunt

                        who thinks a fine cigar is evil? i know people who smoke 'em here, and they co-exist just fine with the pot-smokers.

                        and you'd have to pay some amount of attention to know that there is a ban here - and um, not just here, but in all of CA.

                2. re: ipsedixit

                  I asked Hudson Valley a short while back if they would ship their stuff to private customers in California and they said they would not but are working on it. They filed suit (with two others) in CA immediately after the ban went into effect. (I believe you would have read that other thread as you posted there after your post here. This is for others reading this thread.) (