Image of Le Pigeon by Avila/EPDX
California's ban on the production and sale of foie gras went into effect two weeks ago, the prevailing notion being that force-feeding ducks and geese to fatten their livers is an inhumane and damaging practice. In response, chefs and farmers are not only contending that waterfowl swallow huge amounts of food in nature, but are also signing petitions to encourage improved farming methods.
At first, it may seem surprising that foie gras is ubiquitous in a city with a longstanding reputation for Birkenstock radicalism, but Portland's culinary community has been on the reactionary track for a little while now (bacon tattoos and all). Chefs in PDX laud foie because it's produced on a small scale and — first and foremost — because it tastes really good. For this very reason, CA foodies are finding every kind of loophole to maintain access to the good stuff, including crossing state borders — so for Californian pilgrims and Portland residents alike, eat the stuff up at the following 13 spots. Haters gon' hate.
— Taylor ThompsonRead More