The get-foie-gras-while-you-can menu at Mélisse
Mélisse chef Josiah Citrin is offering a "Foie for All" five-course tasting menu at his Santa Monica restaurant ahead of California's foie gras ban. The ban was signed into law by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and is set to take effect in July.
Mélisse's "Foie for All" all-foie-gras menu will be available nightly until then. “I don’t agree that the state should regulate what we serve on our menus; I’ll comply, but until then, I feel our guests that request foie gras should be able to enjoy this delicacy while they can,” Citrin said in a news release.
The five-course dinner includes foie gras cromesquis and foie gras flan with blood orange gelée; torchon and crisp foie gras with beets and asparagus; truffled foie gras agnolotti, chicken oysters and consommé; dayboat scallop “Rossini,” Dover sole and poached foie gras with fava beans and morels; and prime beef rib-eye and braised beef cheek with cured foie gras and foie gras parfait. Don't think dessert won't include foie gras.
Available Tuesday through Saturday until July 1. $185 per person. 1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, (310) 395-0881, www.melisserestaurant.com.
-- Betty Hallock
Photo: Judges inspect ducks at a foie gras contest in southern France. Credit: Bob Edme/Associated Press.