At the end of April, we pointed you toward Chuck Sudo’s profile of the new president of the Illinois Restaurant Association, Sheila O’Grady, who has stated that one of the primary goals for her tenure is the repeal of the foie gras ban. Well, it looks like the other shoe is starting to drop: today, Daley announced that he plans to put a repeal of the ban to vote at one of the next two City Council meetings. This was to the enormous displeasure of Ald. Ed Smith, chairman of the Health Committee, who said that he would resign were that to take place because “[his] professionalism, [his] manhood, [his] integrity is at stake.” Not to mention the birds! It is unlikely that the vote will take place at the inaugural meeting of the Council next Monday, but we’re keeping our ears to the tracks and trying not to get overly excited.
Daley targets foie gras ban [Clout Street]
[Photo: Goose foie gras with calamansi lime-smoked soy condiment, calamansi lime marmalade, pickled mustard seeds and sauternes syrup, Ideas in Food]