Ariane has been preaching the gospel of foie gras since the earliest days of D’Artagnan. She started the company to sell the first fresh foie gras raised in the United States. Today she is the leading expert on the subject.
Erin Mosbaugh at the blog First We Feast interviewed her on the controversial topic, visited Hudson Valley Foie Gras, our partner farm, and came away with a better understanding of foie gras.
We share their post and hope that you will share it in turn. Foie gras is a topic that excites a lot of passion on both sides. We only ask that people consider all the facts before drawing conclusions about foie gras. Lucky for those who want to do that, First We Feast does a fine job of explaining and debunking the common myths.
For those who want to learn more about foie gras, try the Artisan Farmers Alliance. And if you want to order some foie gras, we have plenty available on our website, along with recipes to inspire. (Yes, we can ship foie gras to citizens of California. The prohibition on foie gras applies only to sales and production in the state.)
On Monday, we hosted one of our famous field trips to Hudson Valley Foie Gras farm. Around 200 chefs from New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Washington, DC and Boston traveled in a tour bus caravan, along with D’Artagnan staffers, a brass band and members of the press.
With the looming California foie gras ban attracting a lot of attention about this misunderstood product in mainstream media, we thought it was the perfect time to let chefs see Hudson Valley’s humane practices first-hand. Once a chef sees the process, it’s pretty hard for animal rights activists to convince them that it’s inhumane.
And chefs took to Twitter to share their farm experiences:
“Good to see that the animal rights people have it completely wrong!”
“A great afternoon in the Hudson Valley. Humane practices at a foie gras duck farm.”
“Thanks for having us up to the farm today, an amazing experience. Proud to support them.”
We excel at turning an educational trip into a party. After touring the barns, meeting the ducks and witnessing the feeding, chefs “gavaged” themselves with a lavish duck-centric picnic, Colombelle wines courtesy of Producers Plaimont and Sixpoint craft ales. There were games, live music, and there were photos… enjoy.
The California ban on foie gras will be in place this July. Food lovers all over the country need to pay attention, because it’s the first state-wide ban on foie gras in our country. It sets a dangerous precedent, and it’s a wedge that animal rights activists will use in their campaign against these artisanal products and meat in general. Sure, it’s foie gras now – but what’s next?
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