Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Will Chicago Overturn the Foie Gras Ban Today?

The Chicago Trib is reporting that Chicago Alderman Thomas Tunney says he has the votes needed to force a vote and overturn the citywide ban on foie gras. Even better, he says he'll do it today. Joe Moore, the alderman who drove the ban last year, said he think's it's a waste of time to bring the issue up again. Tunney -- who is also close to Mayor Daley -- says it's way overdue.

The ban was passed in April 2006 by a 48-1 vote. But Tunney noted Tuesday that there was no discussion of the measure on the council floor before the vote. The ban was passed in an "omnibus" vote at the end of a meeting, packaged together with other ordinances considered to be routine.Council members have publicly mulled repealing the measure since September 2006, when the mayor said he would support such a move. Some aldermen said the ordinance had made Chicago a laughingstock.

Live video from the City Council meeting via Trib.


bhorg said...

Either way you're an asshole if you eat it.

Matt Brown said...

I had my first taste of foie gras at Tru in 2001, years before the band. It was as delicious as I had hoped it would be.

Erin said...

Do we really NEED foie gras? Jeez...

braingirl said...

Whether or not you personally like foie gras, it shouldn't be up to government to tell us to eat it. It should be up to the individual restaurant. If you are a chef and you're against it, don't serve it. If you're a diner, and you don't like it or agree with it, or think it's necessary, then don't order it.

(Personally, I love it.)

But at issue is whether or not the government should be able to ban anything they think is bad -- foie gras, fatty foods, fast food? What's next?

Biscuitcleaver said...

I like it banned in Chicago - it means there's actually something in Indy that chicago doesn't and CAN'T have.

Goose market FTW.

braingirl said...

Did you have some of that terrine with the foie and the unagi? Holy moly, that was good.

FYI, I bought a whole love of Hudson Valley foie gras from Chris a week or two ago and he even deveined it for me! What a guy.

Anonymous said...

Foie Gras, Foie Gras, Foie Gras.

It's delicious, ok. I give you that, but I'm so tired of reading about it on this blog. There ARE other foods out there. There ARE other foods to be inventive with that don't require shoving metal tubes down the throat of water fowl.

Isn't there a chef out there who can come up with an equally divine food other than foie gras?! Come on chefs. Look at it as a challenge.

Tiger penis and rhino horn are delicacies in Asia. . . they love it there. It has "mystical powers." If a government didn't step in and say "stop" we'd hunt tiger and rhino to the point of extinction for our our culinary (or medicinal) greed.

Fois gras is a specific food item, Fatty food and fast food are broad categories.

Gastroholic said...

I for one am glad that Chicago has decided to go along with this whole thing that we call democracy.

I think people who have doors on their cabinets are assholes.

No, we don't NEED it, but WE like it, and we WANT it NOW!

Challenge met! I have come up with a very creative food, but PETA doesn't like my idea of serving up Still Warm Ferile Cat Balls with a truffle nage. Even though I am helping control the pet population. I learned long ago that you can't please everyone all of the time.

Biscuitcleaver said...


Yeah - that stuff was crazy good. Just like Chris said it was.

I just slapped those on ritz crackers, do you have any better suggestions?

Anonymous said...

Gastroholic: That is hilarious. Thanks for the levity.