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August 23, 2006

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.

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Good for them! I absolutely love foie gras, but don't consume it very often because it is so rich and so bad for you.

There's a restaurant in St. Louis called "Harvest" that has a foie gras appetizer where the liver is seared on both sides and served nearly rare (like ahi tuna). Most foie gras is a "pressmeat", where Harvest serves you the unadulterated meat. If they cooked it longer, it would basically melt into nothing but grease (a la bacon). Comes with toast points and a sauce that is reminiscent of maple syrup. It's almost worth a trip to STL just to eat there.

http://www.harveststlouis.com/
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People who eat that shit should be stuffed with it until their livers explode.

Chicago always seems to be banning something. This time they have gone to far. I hear the Capone Family is coming out of retirement.

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The ban is absolutely ludicrous and nobody except a few bleeding heart weenies will cave into it. The only reason the law went this far is because of backing by Charlie Trotter who carries a lot of weight around here. He's a great guy who despite being initially labeled a charlatan by the classic Euro chefs has won every bodies admiration.
I don't particularly like the process in which it's procured but, HOT DAMN!! it's good.
I prefer it in its terrine form as opposed to pan-seared. Leo Waldmier, Executive Chef of the Drake Hotel makes the very best of this type that I have ever eaten. Just the right amount of cognac. It literally melts in your mouth like a Hershey's bar that's been sitting on your dashboard while you sat through four innings of a Cubs game.

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Another attempt at legislating morality or a conscience.

Besides, there was a time when birds ruled the earth. Mammals were shown no pity by them! I say we kill more birds! Foul, fowl bastards!

You know, if Merck or Eli Lilly could formulate some type of hormone that would artificially fatten goose livers, we'd see the law repealed in a second.
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It's one of those laws like "No spanking of Indian elephants with an O-cedar mop handle between 6 & 8pm on Tuesdays" kind of laws. Even the mayor, a no nonsence, meat & potaytuhs' kinda guy thought it was silly.

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Another attempt at legislating morality or a conscience.

Besides, there was a time when birds ruled the earth. Mammals were shown no pity by them! I say we kill more birds! Foul, fowl bastards!

You know, if Merck or Eli Lilly could formulate some type of hormone that would artificially fatten goose livers, we'd see the law repealed in a second.
Damn right. They even shit on Mercedes. If the didn't, I'd give them a pass, but they have no taste, no discrimination. Go shit on a Lexus you fowl bitch. Die, die all of you.

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"I talked to a duck once, it said "please engorge me so my liver grows so I can produce a perfect Foie Gras"... who am I to disagree?"

And Governator says we have until 2012 to eat all the foie gras we can..
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We had to apologize to the "Indians" (native Americans), Japanese, Africans, Mexicans, WOMEN, and now the frickin' geese get a pass. Where does it end?

Doesn't pay to be a white guy on top of the food chain anymore I suppose..."Sorry that everything lets me dominate it...my bad."
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I can't tell if he's laughing or gargling choad.

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