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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Planned Foie Gras Protest Targets Thomas Keller

Posted By on Thu, May 6, 2010 at 2:52 PM

click to enlarge Foie gras terrine at French Laundry. - ULTERIOR EPICURE/FLICKR
San Francisco Citizen is reporting on plans for a foie gras protest targeting Thomas Keller's restaurant empire this Saturday. A press release from the Animal Protection and Rescue League says its three-pronged fourchette will stab Per Se in New York City at noon, French Laundry in Yountville at 7 p.m., and the Beverly Hills Bouchon at 7:30 p.m. San Diego-based APRL says the Keller protests will be joined by "several" animal protection groups, "due to the company's sale of 'foie gras' ― liver from cruelly force fed ducks. The groups will be displaying graphic banners showing scenes from inside Thomas Keller's supplier, Hudson Valley Foie Gras, and other producers of this barbaric product."

In March 2009, S.F. Supervisors passed a symbolic resolution commending restaurants that spurn the increasingly controversial ingredient. California's total ban on the sale and production of foie gras goes into effect in 2012. Last year, APRL got local grocery chain Andronico's to 86 the stuff, and staged a clumsy repudiation by Costco.Together with Marin-based In Defense of Animals, they staged a protest in front of Jardinière that, well, backfired. Frankly, we'd be surprised if Saturday's action didn't spark a rush on Bouchon's foie terrine ― even at $48.50 a pop. Just saying.

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