Tuesday, May 14, 2013

On This Day In…..

2008 the Chicago City Council repealed its ban on the sale of foie gras.

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The production of the bird liver delicacy foie gras (French for “fat liver") has always been under attack by animal rights and welfare activists groups.  The activists specifically contend that force feeding geese or ducks which normally occurs 12 to 18 days prior to slaughter is inhumane.  Back in April 2006 the Chicago City Council voted to ban the sale of foie gras effective August 22nd.  Several Chicago chefs filed suit.  Some even went to the length of giving their foie gras away without charge which they maintained did not violate the law.  Chicago’s mayor, Richard M. Daley referred to the ban as being the “silliest law” ever passed.  “We have children getting killed by gang leaders and dope dealers.  We have real issues here in this city.  Let’s get some priorities.”  The law was finally repealed on May 14th, 2008.

Anybody want to meet me in Chicago this upcoming weekend at the National Restaurant Show to indulge on some foie gras and wine?  My treat!


  1. Foie gras... hm mixed feelings. Force feeding geese may be unrespectful of the animals, but it stays a French delicatesse and I confess: I love it. Lovely on a slice of roasted raisin bread with a bit of chutney of fine pieces of pear.

    And for the animal lovers among us and for the Chicogo chefs looking for alternatives, check out http://fauxgras.be/fr/
    This "faux gras" is a vegetarian alternative with similar texture and colour, already for sale with most retailers in Belgium.

  2. Maybe Mayor Daley could give Mr. Bloomberg a call about priorities... As for wine and foie gras, I'm with you in spirit. A Votre Sante!

    1. Sorry to have to add that chicken, cows etc are all harmfully treated as well in that they live in poor conditions and are fed a diet that is manufactured and not at all what they would eat in the "wild". Why isn't this being regulated? It's not only cruel to the animal but there are known health implications to the person eating the animal. Seems that would be larger issue to tackle.