Guess who's announcing a new foie gras menu?
Hint: It's a restaurant that sits on federal land.
One week after California's ban on foie gras took effect, the Presidio Social Club announced its intention to take advantage of its location -- a plot of San Francisco where it says state laws don't apply.
The restaurant (www.presidiosocialclub.com) will start serving foie gras July 14-15 as part of its Bastille Day celebration (seared foie gras is $18 extra) and then will "continually feature" foie gras on its regular menu, Monday's press release said. The inaugural dish will be a foie gras slider on house-made brioche, with a Sauternes cocktail, both for $20.
Which exempt properties are next?
The Ahwahnee Dining Room at Yosemite National Park?
Foreign embassies and consulates in San Francisco and Los Angeles?
The Robert F. Peckham Federal Building in downtown San Jose? (If you like your foie gras with a side of irony, the Federal Building in San Francisco is named for the late Phil Burton, brother of the lawmaker who sponsored the 2004 ban on foie, John Burton.)
How about all those Indian casinos on tribal lands? Foie gras certainly could class up the all-you-can-eat buffet and bring in a new breed of high-roller.
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