oooookay … maybe I’ve been living underwater, but … why on earth did they outlaw Foie Gras??
Actually either a Hickey Freeman suit or Carhart’s overalls. Smoking is about the only vice I have never taken up.
Have made a deal to trans-ship the evil goods. I will buy them and have them drop shipped into Chicago. The price for a foie gras app in Chicago has tripled…they just make them a special so their is not a printed record of the offering. The waiter simply tells you about it but it is not on the menu.
Oooh! You are part of the resistance! Now you will have exciting stories to tell your grandchildren. I hope you were dressed head-to-toe in black and smoking a Gitane.
I have a friend who runs a small bistro/diner/whatever place in
Chicago. His normal supplier won’t sell him foie gras anymore.
This morning I FedExed him three livers packed in dry ice. Should last him a few weeks anyway…until sanity returns.
Well, I anticipated crossing state lines…but if I have to close my eyes and think of Paris…
Thanks for the article, Willy.
I can just see it coming…
Knocking on a seedy alley door and using the password to gain entry to the basement redolent with the smell of duck fat.
Innocent girls trading their precious virtue for one more canape.
Finally, open battle in the the streets between the rival Perigord and D’Artagnan gangs.
Definiitely on the highway to Heck!
Just too funny…all over a duck’s liver. And I would bet dollars to donuts the alderman who proposed bill never visited a foie gras producing farm.
Defying Law, a Foie Gras Feast in Chicago
By MONICA DAVEY
CHICAGO, Aug. 22 On Tuesday, this city s lawbreakers were serving foie gras.
The illicit substance could be spotted in places it was rarely seen when it was legal: buried in Chicago s famed deep-dish pizza, in soul food on the South Side, beside beef downtown.
In one of the more unlikely (and opulent) demonstrations of civil disobedience, a handful of restaurants here that never carry foie gras, the fattened livers of ducks and geese, featured it on the very day that Chicago became the first city in the nation to outlaw sale of the delicacy.
This ban is embarrassing Chicago, said Grant DePorter of Harry Caray s Restaurant, which dreamed up an appetizer of pan-seared foie gras and scallops ($14.95) and a Vesuvio-style entree pairing foie gras and tenderloin ($33.95) just to buck the new ordinance. We really don t think the City Council should decide what Chicagoans eat. What s next? Some other city outlaws brussels sprouts? Another outlaws chicken? Another, green beans?
While Illinois restaurant officials, who say 46,000 pounds of foie gras was sold here last year, filed a lawsuit on Tuesday over the city s ban, those serving foie gras on Tuesday afternoon said they were unsure, and mostly indifferent, about how law enforcement might punish them for their one-day protest.
As it turned out, the city did nothing even in one South Side restaurant where the owner reported seeing a table of Chicago police officers at lunch. Tim Hadac, a spokesman for the Chicago Department of Public Health, which, unlike the Police Department, is responsible for enforcing the ban, said that although the ordinance went into effect on Tuesday, the city would begin enforcement on Wednesday.
The city gave them a day of fun, but tomorrow we ll see what happens, said Joe Moore, the alderman who proposed the ban, adding that the method by which foie gras is produced force feeding ducks and geese through a pipe inserted into their throats is clearly animal cruelty.
Even after Tuesday, though, the possibility of foie gras raids appears remote. City officials will respond to citizen complaints, Mr. Hadac said, first sending a warning letter to restaurants, then demanding a fine from $250 to $500 for second offenses.
But Jerry Stout, a lunchtime diner at Connie s Pizza, said city leaders should have more pressing matters to worry about than fattened duck liver. Hardly a foie gras connoisseur he could not remember whether he had ever tasted it before Mr. Stout, 54, tried it on his pizza and said he would recommend it because of its mild flavor. I guess we were rebels today, he said.
Breakin’ the Law
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