The judge’s decision Wednesday to allow California restaurants to begin selling foie gras after a two-year layoff was greeted by a flood of tweets from Southern California chefs.
Seared, roasted or rolled into a torchon and poached, there’s something about that richly flavored, unctuously textured duck’s liver that makes good cooks salivate.
The ruling by U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson overturned California’s law banning the sale of the fatty goose liver. The judge ruled that the law was unconstitutional because it interferes with an existing federal law that regulates poultry products. The California law had been passed in 2004 and went into effect in 2012.
Animal rights groups immediately vowed to appeal the decision, but for now foie gras-loving chefs are dancing in the tweets. So to speak.
Banner Year! Foie Gras is back in California! http://t.co/B7fN6X5MDF— Anne Willan (@AnneWillan) January 7, 2015
It feels a little like December of 1933.— michael cimarusti (@cimarustila) January 7, 2015
A little birdie told me that as of 10 minutes ago Foie Gras is no longer illegal in the Golden State!!!— michael cimarusti (@cimarustila) January 7, 2015
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BREAKING NEWS CHEF: FOIE GRAS IS BACK & LEGAL FOR SALE IN CALIFORNIA as of 10 minutes ago!— David LeFevre (@ChefDLeFevre) January 7, 2015