Fight For the Foie! Chef Ludo & Animal Chefs Shook and Dotolo Team Up for Foie Gras Dinner
Our days of being able to legally consume foie gras (fattened duck liver) in California are waning, and as the enforcement of the statewide ban nears, chefs who love the delicacy are making the most of it.
A just-announced dinner pop-up next month will showcase foie gras as Ludo Lefebvre teams up with Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo at their Fairfax Avenue eatery Animal for two nights of a special foie gras-centric tasting menu.
The "You Gotta Fight for Your Right to Foie Gras!" themed dinners place October 14th and 15th. Diners will sup on an eight-course foie gras meal. The price: $175, not including tax, tip, and alcohol. Reservations will be accepted starting tomorrow (Thursday, September 29) at 2 p.m. via phone only at (323) 782-9225.
Lefebvre is well-known for his love of foie gras on his eclectic and highly-sought menus for his itinerant restaurant, LudoBites. During a recent pop-up in Redondo Beach as part of his Sundance Channel series Ludo Bites America, the host restaurant was blanketed with anti-foie gras protesters, though it seemed to only urge LudoBites diners that evening to order the foie gras rather than eschew it.
Shook and Dotolo are also lovers of all things "animal," including foie gras, and are known for a "Foie Gras Loco Moco" dish served at the restaurant.
The ban on foie gras was passed in 2004, but will not be enforced until July 2012.