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San Francisco restaurant claims exemption from foie gras ban

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Foie gras may be on the outs in California, but at least one San Francisco restaurant plans to keep the fattened goose liver on the menu indefinitely -- and they may be doing it legally.

The Presidio Social Club, located on what was a U.S. Army base, says the fact that they are on federal land exempts them from the foie gras ban.

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The restaurant plans to put the item back on its menu this weekend to celebrate Bastille Day. In a press release, they called it a celebration of “two important independences this July: Bastille Day for the French and the freedom to enjoy foie gras for Californians.”

A spokeswoman for the California attorney general’s office said staff was currently looking into whether the restaurant is actually exempt from the ban.

A statewide ban on artificially fattened goose and duck liver went into effect July 1.

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-- Anthony York in Sacramento


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