Top Chef’s Nyesha Arrington To Host Solidarity Dinner Against Foie Gras Ban
If you’re a chef in California, the cool thing to do this month is host a fundraising/solidarity dinner to fight the looming foie gras ban. All the cool kids are doing it. Michael Voltaggio’s doing it. Ludo’s doing it. And now Top Chef’s Nyesha Arrington is throwing the latest party in the game, according to The Daily Meal.
Arrington, along with four other local chefs and one mixologist, will host a dinner with foie gras as the starring ingredient at her Santa Monica-based Wilshire Restaurant.
“I enjoy foie gras immensely,” Arrington told The Daily Meal. “If this law goes through, it opens the door for regulation on more foods. I think we need to trust the chefs to make the ethical choice.”
Tickets cost $110 per person, and proceeds from the dinner will go to the backronymed group C.H.E.F.S. (Coalition for Humane and Ethical Farming Standards), which is hiring lobbyists to try and prevent the law from going into effect on July 1st. That is, if animal rights activists don’t go about trying to downvote Arrington’s restaurant on Yelp or releasing her private information or anything.
On the menu, that we know of: Arrington is making “a foie gras terrine with candied kumquat and toasted brioche,” and participating chef Micah Wexler of Los Angeles’s Mezze is making a “a foie gras terrine with cherry, pistachio, and lebne.” NOM. Delicious, ethically-sound, humanely-raised, guilt-free, fatty NOMS.