Foie Gras Still Served at Hot's Kitchen in Hermosa Beach

Two eating establishments in Manhattan Beach that served foie gras before its ban on June 25 are not serving the delicacy anymore unlike Hot's Kitchen in Hermosa Beach.

If you want foie gras, head to Hot's Kitchen in Hermosa Beach where the restaurant is serving the banned delicacy as a side dish to Chef Sean Chaney's new Balsamic Onion Burger.

"Technically, we're not breaking the law," said Chef Chaney's assistant Christina Parrott, explaining that the foie gras is served, not sold, as a side. If a customer doesn't want the side of foie gras, the $13 burger price remains the same.

"This [foie gras on Hot's menu] isn't going anywhere," she added.

The Balsamic Burger made its debut this week, and Parrott expects it to remain on Hot's menu, which is printed daily.

Beach Cities restaurants, including Cafe Pierre and Izaka-ya by Katsu-ya in Manhattan Beach, that served foie gras before the statewide ban took effect July 1 reported a run on the delicacy.

"The last three days [before the ban] we had a lot of people who wanted it," said Victor Salceda, manager of Cafe Pierre in downtown MB. "They thought, 'This is our last time to try it.'"

Animal rights supporters and others were successful in their bid to ban the sale of the goose liver delicacy usually prepared from the force-feeding of ducks and geese.

However, that legislation is the subject of a lawsuit filed on behalf of plaintiffs that include Hot's Restaurant Group which operates Hot's Kitchen, the Canadian duck-farming trade organization Association des Eleveurs de Canards et d'Oies du Quebec and New York-based producer Hudson Valley Foie Gras

Cafe Pierre's Salceda said the restaurant is not being adversely affected by the ban since their menu includes such a large variety of dining options. 

As for foie gras, he said, "We don't serve it anymore."

Izaka-ya by Katsu-ya manager Mitsu Takeno was intrigued by the lawsuit, noting that the downtown MB location is one of five Izaka-ya by Katsu-ya locations.

"Maybe we're willing to participate as well," she said.

Takeno said the Japanese restaurant sold out of its foie gras the Friday night before the Sunday ban.

"A lot of people are still calling [to see if we have foie gras]," she said. "A lot of people loved it."

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bev July 08, 2012 at 05:52 PM
i think many gourmets/gourmands can survive without foie gras, especially since it is now known how these animals are force fed every day of their liver-fattening lives before being killed so others can eat those bloated livers. truly - how healthy can it be for humans - physically and mentally?
Daniel H. Scherotter July 08, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Bev, you ignorant slut. They're only fed that way for the last 2-3 weeks of life before SLAUGHTER. Let's make a deal, I won't involve myself with your choices thT don't affect me, and you won't involve yourself moth my choices that don't affect you, because it's all about CHOICE.
Liz Spear (Editor) July 08, 2012 at 11:36 PM
Daniel, Calling someone a "slut" is not acceptable. Please keep your word choice appropriate.
Daniel H. Scherotter July 09, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Sorry to offend Liz, that was clearly paraphasing Dan Ackroyd from SNL news. I can't stand people who publish blatant untruths. Opinions, fine, but open displays of ignorance are just as offensive to me. Deciding what I can and should eat for me is at least as offensive to me. Taking away my right to choose is offensive to me.
George Kostanza July 09, 2012 at 06:09 PM
the jerkstore called and they are all out of foie gras
Always Right July 09, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Daniel, Amen to that !!! I knew exactly what you meant when using the dreaded S word. There is nothing wrong with practice, and, what you stated is true. Just remember, liberalism is a mental disorder.
Alice Richardson July 09, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Thanks, George. Eating Foie Gras must make you into a jerk, besides torturing animals for the sake of some people's poor taste. I suppose pit bull fighting is the activity you attend after you stuff yourself with no conscience. The government needs to protect us from people like you, Daniel.
Martin DiGrande July 09, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Torture, Alice? Really? You mean the same device Animal Rescue uses to SAVE the ducks caught in oil spills? You mean fattening for slaughter, just like every bird or meat you'll ever eat other than something you might shoot yourself? Poor taste, if you'd like to call it that, isn't and shouldn't be against the law. If you're arguing that it should be, who, in your expert opinion, should be the one who decides and where does taste defining end? For the record, I don't stuff myself most of the time, I do have a conscience, which is why I never order chicken, which I consider nasty, and the government does protect you from me. You are not a duck. I am not an unborn human baby. Get over it.
Always Right July 10, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Very well said Martin. You summed it up perfectly.


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