Friday, March 6, 2009

Chow: Foie Gras for Grown-Ups

San Francisco restaurateur refuses to pander to knee-jerk food fanaticism.

Sadly it seems that too many debates surrounding food ethics are dominated by the shrill voices of nut jobs on the fringes. Sure, important issues and difficult problems engender strong opinions and passionate argument—but shouts, insults, and even threats are unlikely to help anyone to find solutions.

Thank heavens then for people like Mark Pastore, the owner of San Francisco’s Incanto restaurant. He has published an open letter on the topic of food sustainability in general and foie gras in particular that is both eloquent and mature. You may not agree with his point of view—a fact he openly acknowledges—but his firm repudiation of the scare tactics being used by some extremist campaigners is much harder to find fault with.

Thanks to the Noe Valley, SF blog for bringing Pastore’s letter to our attention.

By Keith Laidlaw. Read this article in its original setting here.