Seven L.A. chefs combine forces to protest foie gras ban lead by Executive Chef Greg Daniels of Haven Gastropub

Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck wrote a letter to restaurant owners convincing them to stop serving foie gras and S.F. restaurants that offered it were met with protesters. However, not everyone is convinced that the ban is justified. TV personality Anthony Bourdain has been adamant about his stance (watch Bourdain’s video) against the ban. With California’s ban beginning on July 1, 2012, a number of L.A. chefs are not ready to give up on the controversial and prized delicacy (goose/duck liver). Animal rights activists who see the force feeding of ducks or geese as inhumane are about to win the war. But for chefs like Greg Daniels of Haven Gastropub, who operates both Orange and Pasadena locations, believe that people should learn more about foie gras. “My response to those that are against foie gras is simple. Don’t be blinded by propaganda,” Greg said in an email statement. Read More

Chef Josiah Citrin to take over The Strand House for one night only in March

On Monday, March 19 chef and owner Josiah Citrin of Melisse in Santa Monica is heading south to The Strand House restaurant in Manhattan Beach, CA for one night. Chef Josiah is borrowing resident chef Neal Fraser’s kitchen for a four-course meal featuring dishes like Black Bass, Prime Aged Beef Rib Eye, and Braised Beef Cheek. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktail reception starts at 6:30 PM. Dinner starts at 7:15 PM. Dinner is $75 per person (add $25 for wine pairings). For reservations call 310-545-7470. 117 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. Read More

Pliny the Younger sighting at Lucky Baldwins in East Pasadena and Sierra Madre

If you don’t end up making to any of these Pliny the Younger events tomorrow or Thursday, this weekend might be your last chance to taste 2012’s release of the highly sought after Triple IPA brewed by Santa Rosa-based Russian River Brewing Co in the Los Angeles area.

On Saturday, March 10 at Lucky Baldwins Trappiste Pub & Cafe in East Pasadena will have 150 pours of the Younger. Ticket sales start at 11 AM (first come first serve) for $19 which includes a special glass for you to keep and a second beer. 1770 East Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106. 626-844-0447.

And if you end up missing that, Lucky Baldwins Delirium & Cafe in Sierra Madre will have it on tap on Sunday, March 11. Ticket sale starts at 11 AM as well (first come first serve). 21 Kersting Ct., Sierra Madre, CA 91024. 626-355-1140.