Au Revoir Foie Gras
By Yvonne Mason

Foie Gras

There is nothing in the world as luscious as foie gras d’oie, the fattened liver of geese and now more and more duck liver. Foie gras simply presented with toast points and fig compote it is the essence of divine. A delicacy I have enjoyed all my life both in France and on the west coast.

Unfortunately, we have a new law in California SB120 that bans production and sale of Foie Gras. As of July 1, 2012 it is illegal to force feed geese and ducks and to sell the product in California.

Sonoma Foie Gras was the only farm producing Foie Gras in California and now they have been put out of business because of this law.

Foie Gras

I have watched the tube feeding of geese and ducks in the Dordogne, France. The birds are in no pain as they have no gag reflex and birds in the wild gorge themselves before migration.

I ate as much foie gras as I could before the July 1 ban. Here are some of the really memorable experiences. Petrossian served four different dishes with foie gras, including foie gras ice cream on their Farewell to Foie Gras Menu. I loved the goose foie gras with black truffle, port wine and pepper, it was rich, full flavored and served on a brioche with raspberry jam and sprouts.

Petrossian Restaurant & Boutique is located in West Hollywood. Ray’s Bar & Starks two rectangles of foie gras were served on a plank with ginger snap cubes, frisee and a cherry compote. Ray’s Bar & Starks is located at LACMA on Wilshire Blvd behind the Chris Burden Urban Light sculpture, L. A. Aimee’s Bistro prepared a fresh foie gras a pure bliss, buttery, almost gelatinous with the resistance of the seared edges juxtaposed with two meaty scallops, two strawberry and raspberry halves, a pomegranate reduction drizzle, a halo of puff pastry and a super rich apricot. Truly one of the best things I’ve ever tasted.

Foie Gras

Aimee’s Bistro is located in Redondo Beach I am now denied these wonderful treats in my native state. I suppose the organizations behind the foie gras ban think they mean well, but they are so misinformed. How dare they tell me what to eat unless in is poison. People eat all manner of weird and revolting things. Give me back my foie gras. I’m feeling a another trip to France is necessary.

Last update Mon February 18, 2013 2:09 PM