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Eugene Restaurants Serving Foie Gras

Below are 2 restaurants in Eugene serving Foie Gras. I'm sure there's more, but these I know of for sure.
Sweetwaters
Valley River Inn
1000 Valley River Way
Eugene, OR 97401
800-543-8266
541-743-1000
FAX 541-683-5121
 http://sweetwaters.valleyriverinn.com/

Marche Restaurant & Cafe
296 E. 5th St, Suite 310
Eugene, OR 97401
541-342-3612
 http://www.marcherestaurant.com

(the latter is particularly disheartening - they advertise how they use local, organic ingredients, etc. and even came in 3rd for "Best Eco-Friendly Restaurant" by Eugene Weekly readers. Sounds like they need to hear from those readers again.)

Background on Foie Gras:

Foie gras literally means "fatty liver" in French. Foie gras is an expensive "delicacy" made from the enlarged livers of ducks and geese. To produce foie gras, young ducks or geese have as much as seven pounds of corn mush forced down their throats through a metal pipe each day for weeks until they can barely move and are on the verge of organ rupture and death. The force-feeding process causes the ducks' livers to swell tremendously, inducing a disease that veterinarians call "hepatic lipidosis." These fattened, diseased livers are what gastronomes eat as foie gras.

homepage: homepage: http:// http://www.stopforcefeeding.com/


think of the Frogs 20.Nov.2004 13:21

Froglover

I know it seems cruel (perhaps it IS). the farmers say that their geese "look forward to" their feedings... but having visited the Dordogne region of France more than once, I support the small farmers located there that produce fois gras. Like family farms everywhere, French farmers struggle against corporate encroachment, and fois gras farmers are a bastion. Ironically, it's the force feeding itself (that hasn't yet been mechanically automated) that so far has helped protect these farmers.

Not contradictory 20.Nov.2004 15:52

Mike stepbystpefarm <a> mtdata.com

"(the latter is particularly disheartening - they advertise how they use local, organic ingredients, etc. and even came in 3rd for "Best Eco-Friendly Restaurant" by Eugene Weekly readers. Sounds like they need to hear from those readers again.)"

"Eco-friendly" and concerned about animal welfare are NOT the same thing. There is nothing about "foie gras" that means it couldn't be "organic" and "locally produced". The same is true in reverse. Being concerned about the treatment of animals as individuals does not mean concern for them as species (a "species" is not alive in the same sense that an indiviudal is, cannot feel pain for example).

This is not to say that there aren't plenty of people who concerned BOTH about the welfare of individual animals AND the environment as a whole. Just pointing out that there is no NECESSARY connection and one can be one without the other very easily.

froglover 20.Nov.2004 16:45

biocentrist

in response to froglover's comment:

"the farmers say that their geese "look forward to" their feedings"

I've also heard that the jews imprisoned at Auschwitz looked forward to their showers...

your right 20.Nov.2004 16:56

go ducks??

I agree with Mike that organic/local does not mean they are concerned with animal welfare. I was mostly pointing this out because many people patronize this restaurant based on the fact they think it is a "good" restaurant they can feel right about spending their money at. However, it is not right or good to support such an awful torturous procedure in order to have a meal. Maybe those folks that support Marche based on the fact that they are organic will rethink their decision and ask them to remove foie gras from their menus, and not return to the restaurant until they do. Because, as you say, plenty of people are concerned with BOTH the welfare (and rights!) of animals and the environment as a whole. These are the people that should be calling Marche.