Last night I had the pleasure of attending a fundraiser sponsored by Chicago Chefs for Choice. It was part of a series of events being held to raise funds in the fight to repeal the ban against foie gras in Chicago. The ban was put into effect last June. Chicago is the only U.S. city backing such a law at the moment, although the state of California is on a slower track. They will end the production and sale of foie gras in 2012.
With 48 votes for the ban, and only 1 against, there is speculation that this issue was hidden between other unrelated issues that aldermen were expected to pass. It is thought that many aldermen voted for the ban on accident. It's unfortunate.
Several area restaurants donated to the event. As Sara would say, it was an appetizer heaven. A sampling of the menu:
Smoked Salmon Crisps - Cafe Simone
Steak Tartare - Cyrano's Bistro
Marinated Olives, Spanish Omelet, Bacon Wrapped Dates - Emilio's Tapas
Braised Lamb with Foie Gras Butter (Sadly, that's all we saw of the rare foie last night. It was very tasty though.)- Rockit Bar and Grill
Gnocchi with Brown Butter Sage Sauce - A Tavola
Crostini with Tapenade or Balsamic Bruschetta - Bella Bacino's
Assortment of Cheeses - Pastoral (love these guys)
There was plenty of wine at the event, but I think there might have been even more at our private after party. Have you ever seen a fully stocked wine fridge, the size of a regular refrigerator, in some one's home? I guess there's a first time for everything! Excellent company, good eats, and a nightcap of Lemoncello. It was a good time.