Chicago's Foie Gras Ban May Itself be Banned
From the Chicago Tribune's Clout Street blog:
Dozens of animal-rights activists blasted Mayor Richard Daley's push to repeal Chicago's year-old foie gras ban at a rally at City Hall before this morning's City Council meeting.I blogged about the fantastic Chef Didier a few months ago while in Chicago, where I met and interviewed him. Right now I'm working on a piece for Doublethink magazine on Durand (he runs the top-notch Cyrano's Bistro and founded Chicago Chefs for Choice), the ban, and two ways it could be repealed (either via the City Council or a creative lawsuit filed by the Illinois Restaurant Association). The piece should be online next month -- hopefully after the ban is no more.
Ald. Richard Mell (33rd), a Daley ally, said he expected a measure to rescind the ordinance against serving the goose-liver dish would be introduced at the council today.
After the activists displayed poster-sized photos of force-fed fowl and enlarged goose livers for TV cameras, French restaurant owner Didier Durand stood in the 2nd floor lobby in a tall chef's hat to tell reporters that foie gras is magnifique.