|Montes rose of syrah has a label drawn by Ralph Steadman!|
|Takami has views that don't quit|
But the state of California has decided to ban foie -- with a $1000 fine for selling it -- effective July 1. I'm sorry for the ducks and geese, but I'm not sure it's so much worse than battery cages or beef slaughterhouses or pink slime or all the other things we mostly ignore when we agree to eat animals. And there's hundreds of years of tradition behind it, which seems to count for something. So I'm coming out in favor of foie, and like the Artisan Farmers Alliance.
|Seared foie gras, caramelized mango, rose reduction|
With foie gras set to be banned as of June 30, many restaurants around town are doing Farewell to Foie dinners which are a bit of a devil's bargain -- one really good course of the rich liver is normally preferable to many, which could easily cause a crise de foie (French for upset tummy).
|braised daikon, foie gras with shallot butter was our favorite|
|nigiri of ahi tuna & foie gras with eel sauce|
I wasn't very familiar with Chilean wine, and the Montes wines were excellent accompaniments to the rich dishes. I'd defnintely pick up their rose, Paso Robles syrah, or Late Harvest gewurztraminer dessert wine -- the perfect foil to the foie-gras infused chocolate truffles that ended the meal.