Chef Ludo is at it again!
The foie-loving chef is hosting another multi-course meal in celebration of the soon-to-be-banned meat treat next Tuesday. In true LudoBites style, it'll be available for one night only, and getting a reservation will probably feel as impossible as trying to win the Mega Millions jackpot.
But at least you'll have the same chance as everyone else. Starting Friday, Apr. 13 at 10 a.m., potential diners can enter their names in a LudoBites lotto to win one of 25 available tables. The five-course dinner costs $105 a pop, which is a steal considering how much the dinners will go for once foie is on the black market in California (we kid!).
Like Lefebvre's foie gras dinners at Animal and Casa Pulido, there are sure to be a few animal rights protesters picketing the entrance. If you're one of the lucky few diners next Tuesday, just tell them that a portion of the dinner's proceeds are going straight to CHEFS - the Coalition for Humane and Ethical Farming Standards.
Starting July 1, all sales of foie gras will be banned in California, so it's understandable that Francophile chefs like Lefebvre and Josiah Citrin of Melisse are going all out to celebrate the fatty foodstuff until then. While Lefebvre only seems to be doing one-night pop-ups, Melisse is currently serving a five-course foie menu every night until the ban.
After you're done making reservations at LudoBites or Melisse, take a look at these eight foods that deserve a more cruel reputation than foie gras.
There's a reason feedlot beef was included in the Center for Science and Public Interest's <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/14/the-terrible-10-worst-aspects_n_1010696.html#s408669&title=Feedlot_Beef" target="_hplink">"Terrible 10."</a> Raising animals for industrial slaughter can be harmful to the environment (pollution from methane gas), the animals (often raised in tight conditions) and humans (risks of E. coli).
Large-scale chicken farms are often just as frightening as beef. If you haven't seen <em><a href="http://www.foodincmovie.com/" target="_hplink">Food, Inc.</a></em> the film remains just a relevant, if not more, since it debuted several years ago.
Bluefin tuna is probably the most widely-cited example of overfishing. The fish are caught are<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/18/atlantic-bluefin-tuna-twice-quota_n_1017314.html" target="_hplink"> way above</a> the quota with <a href="http://bittman.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/22/more-about-disappearing-fish/" target="_hplink">little evidence of recovery</a> for the stock.
California seems to be on a bit of a food ban spree recently, but we commend the move to ban the sale of <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/07/shark-fin-trade-banned-california_n_1000906.html" target="_hplink">shark fin</a>, used in a popular Chinese soup. "The practice of cutting the fins off of living sharks and dumping them back in the ocean is not only cruel, but it harms the health of our oceans," said governor Jerry Brown.
The <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/07/girl-scouts-cookies-palm-oil-campaign_n_998437.html" target="_hplink">Girl Scouts may have recently pledged to reduce the amount of palm oil</a> in their famous cookies, but that is only one drop in the bucket. Non-sustainably-sourced palm oil destroys rainforests, and threatens the habitats of animals that live there.
GOOD didn't beat around the bush with its recent post, "<a href="http://www.good.is/post/child-slaves-made-your-halloween-candy-stop-buying-it/" target="_hplink">Child Slaves Made Your Halloween Candy. Stop Buying It</a>." Makes you think twice about stocking up on all those Reese's.
Farmed salmon just doesn't sound appetizing anymore thanks to the prevalence of sea lice and various diseases that can affect farmed salmon. To make matters worse, such infestations are <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/18/science/18salmon.html?_r=2&src=tp" target="_hplink">now affecting wild salmon</a> as well.
There's nothing wrong with allowing children the occasional bag of Cheetos. But given the staggering level of obesity in American children, it seems ridiculous to be marketing these products directly at children. Of course, the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/donald-cohen/marketing-junk-food-to-kids_b_999376.html" target="_hplink">marketers see otherwise</a>.