5/07/2012 11:30:00 AM

5 Wild Foie Gras Dishes in Los Angeles

Photo via Melisse
As the statewide ban on foie gras grows dangerously near, a free-for-all atmosphere surrounding the ingredient is taking place not only at special dinners (like the May 14 benefit for C.H.E.F.S.) but nightly in restaurants throughout Los Angeles. With mere days left to grab that last, soon-to-be-forbidden bite, here’s where to go for wildly imaginative foie gras dishes in Los Angeles. What’s your favorite crazy foie gras dish? Let us know in the comments.

13 comments :

  1. If I want to eat Foie Gras, who is the state to tell me I cannot? Why don'they ban cigarettes which KILL poeple? Why don't they ban all the unhealthy ingredients that are allowed in every day foods? Why don't they ban deceptive and misleading package labels.

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  2. Cigarettes only kill the victims who smoke them or those who are in the vicinity. The animals used to produce foie gras are not voluntarily giving over themselves to have their necks stretched out of their shoulders and a tube shoved down their throats and force fed until their guts explode. This is a shallow consumption of a food to make those who are in denial enough to think they're being gourmets. It's damn abuse for no reason. What a sorry lot who indulges.

    to be force fed until their gut explodes while their necks are virtually pulled away from their shoulders in which a tube is stuffed down it

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    1. Ducks gorge themselves when migrating, i.e. force feeding ducks is simply a variation of what they do voluntarily. In addition, the ducks come running when its time to be fed. If you don't want to eat foie gras...don't. But please respect those of us who want to. You are not saving the ducks by banning foie gras. The ducks exist only because of the foie gras, and the breasts (magret) and the legs (confit), that people have been eating for thousands of years.

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    2. @madly - Your assessment is not correct as it follows the propaganda of how these animals are treated and how foie gras is produced. The description James Davis (above) provides is accurate. These ducks are not harmed in any way and they are not raised and slaughtered just for their liver; the entire duck is always used. This pending ban on this product is simply foolish and unnecessary and our government would do well to stop listening to every special interest group and stay out of our kitchens and bedrooms.

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    3. The Staff who created this events should know better not just for the sake of getting business

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  3. There is a ban on the production and sale of foie gras. There is not a ban on importing or serving foie gras. Some smart restauranteur is going to start selling a European greens salad for $29.95 with an optional, and complimentary, side of foie gras.

    Sales of foie gras increased dramatically when Chicago did this. Two years later the ban was lifted.

    Individuals can import and enjoy all the foie gras they want without restriction...as long as they don't sell it.

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  4. I'm extreme disappointed in Zagat's "let's have a party" attitude towards this issue. It's being banned because the force feeding, as mentioned above, involves shoving a tube down a duck's throat and forcing such intense over-consumption of food that the duck's liver become diseased and bloated. To compare this to a duck's natural bulking up for migration is just incredible idiocy.

    I'm extremely disappointed in the Zagat management for adopting this festive attitude.

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    1. Strongly agree with your comment...

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  5. I expect nothing less from the "mob rules" government of CA.
    Enough is Enough.

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  6. I can't believe Zagat would promote such a cruel process. You just lost paying subscriber to your app and blog.

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    1. Great! one less person that zagat does not need!

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  7. Foie Gras is a delicacy and Zagat is merely doing their job on reporting on the best Foie dishes, for those of us who care to enjoy. They are not taking a stance on whether it is humane or not. We are all grown-ups and we all have the right to indulge or not indulge in things which may or may not be good but it is a choice that we make.

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    1. Well put, much agreed! If you have a problem, please post that on your vegan site.

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