LudoBites' foie gras quesadilla draws protesters
Fans of pop-up restaurant LudoBites weren't the only ones who showed up to dinner last night for chef Ludo Lefebvre's foie gras quesadillas. Protesters from the Animal Protection and Rescue League gathered at Casa Pulido in Redondo Beach, holding signs and shouting, "Shame!" to some diners as they walked into the restaurant -- where the final episode of the TV series "LudoBites America" was being shot.
A melee of protesters, police and a camera crew crowded in front of the restaurant. "People are asking if this is part of the production," Ludo's wife and LudoBites partner, Krissy Lefebvre, said. "What production? This is a restaurant!"
Meanwhile, diners were bent on getting their fattened duck liver. "At least one per table except the vegetarian table [ordered the foie gras], and many ordered two," Krissy Lefebvre said, "plus a couple of folks ordered a third."
-- Betty Hallock
Photo: Betty Hallock / Los Angeles Times