6/20/2012 11:12:00 AM

Foie Gras in Boston: Where Do You Stand?

Foie gras is part of Mooo's Beef Wellington dish.
On July 1, California will be the first state to ban foie gras. It's a controversial issue, and many big-name chefs seem to be coming down on the pro-foie side. Here in Boston, we're still free to get our foie on. Read on to find three local dishes that make creative use of the stuff, and be sure to let us know your thoughts on the ban in the comments!

The tenderloin of Beef Wellington at Barbara Lynch's No. 9 Park, also on Beacon Hill - a decadent ensemble in which the potato gnocchi are filled with a prune-and-Vin Santo pureĆ©, bathed in a butter-and-foie-gras sauce and garnished with lightly toasted almonds, seared foie and finely diced prunes (available as an appetizer as part of a three-course prix fixe, $69; or as a supplement on the seven-course tasting menu; 617-742-9991).

Ming Tsai fans can't get enough of the foie gras and shiitake shumai at Blue Ginger in Wellesley; the steamy appetizer on the dinner menu comes in a sauterne-shallot broth ($16; 781-283-5790).


  1. Love Foie and eat it every time i see it on a menu

  2. The suffering issue is so exaggerated. Humans choke. Ducks don't (they have a separate breathing tube through their tongue). It pretty much comes down to that very significant detail which is ignored by angry individuals who shouts me down and wish to stuff food down my throat so that I can know what a duck goes through, every time I defend eating foie gras.

    But really, it comes down to the California mindset of thinking we need more laws in every aspect of our lives.

  3. Uh, what did I miss? The lead in promised three dishes, but I count descriptions of only two.

    CA can fall in the Pacific for all I care. It will soon be bankrupt anyway. They won't be able to afford the foie gras.

  4. I agree that the suffering issue is overplayed. I eat foie gras whenever I can get it. Did you know that Whole Foods won't carry it because of the animal cruelty issue?

    1. Whole Foods also won't carry live lobsters despite the fact that they don't possess a true brain nor a distinct consciousness to even interpret pain as an experience of suffering.