You may not of heard of California Senate Bill 1520, which bans the force-feeding of ducks or geese to make foie gras (a method known as gavage) and forbids the selling foie gras products, but for many chefs and diners the impending legislation is proving too tough to swallow. The bill was signed into law in 2004 by former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and and is set to take effect in July 2012. Several chefs has expressed discontent, and some, such as [email protected] chef Laurent Quenioux, have openly vowed to ignore the ban.
Now, three of L.A.’s most prominent chefs: Ludo Lefebvre (LudoBites), Jon Shook, and Vinny Dotolo, (Animal and Son of a Gun) have announced a special 8-course foie gras themed dinner on October 14th and 15th at Animal. Seats are an pricey $175/person, with reservations available starting 2 p.m. tomorrow by calling (323) 782-9225 (reservations on the crash-prone OpenTable.com have thankfully been excluded.)
Depending on your disposition, this could prove to be one of the most enticing meals of all time, or one of the most barbaric. (Watch out for buckets of red paint—animal rights protesters will almost certainly be in attendance.) No word on whether Ludo and “The Dudes” consider this a last hurrah for the French delicacy, which features prominently on both their menus, or as the first step in a protest movement, similar to the successful effort to repeal of Chicago’s foie gras ban in 2006.