Freedom Foie for Five in Philly
Sometimes there are things in the news that just remind you of where you come from. Here, for instance, is an article about local restaurants in Philly that have been under protest from animal rights groups like PETA and the local group Hugs for Puppies for serving foie gras. Did they say, you were right, we’re sorry for serving this even though you find it inhumane? No, they said FUCK YOU, we’re going to serve whatever the fuck we want and we’re even gonna make it cheaper so more people can try it! Almost twenty establishments are involved and so is DiBruno’s, my old cheese stomping grounds. There are tons of great moments in this article, like this one: “Two restaurateurs who support foie gras, McNally at London Grill and Georges Perrier of Le Bec-Fin and Brasserie Perrier, have obtained temporary injunctions against Hugs for Puppies to keep protesters from harassing customers. Those restaurants will participate in the promotion.” And then there was this:
Robert Reilly of Salt & Pepper in Queen Village, explaining why he is participating, said: ‘I think that with all the casualties in the war in Iraq, worrying about foie gras is kind of ridiculous. We eat pork, we eat chicken. To sympathize with these ducks, I think, is ridiculous.’
Iraq? Really? I’m not sure where I actually fall on this one. On one hand, there is a point to be made about all animals being raised as meat, but it does seem really cruel. Is it good? I’ve never had it because it’s so expensive.
photo courtesy of ulterior epicure