On Monday, we hosted one of our famous field trips to Hudson Valley Foie Gras farm. Around 200 chefs from New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Washington, DC and Boston traveled in a tour bus caravan, along with D’Artagnan staffers, a brass band and members of the press.
With the looming California foie gras ban attracting a lot of attention about this misunderstood product in mainstream media, we thought it was the perfect time to let chefs see Hudson Valley’s humane practices first-hand. Once a chef sees the process, it’s pretty hard for animal rights activists to convince them that it’s inhumane.
And chefs took to Twitter to share their farm experiences:
“Good to see that the animal rights people have it completely wrong!”
“A great afternoon in the Hudson Valley. Humane practices at a foie gras duck farm.”
“Thanks for having us up to the farm today, an amazing experience. Proud to support them.”
We excel at turning an educational trip into a party. After touring the barns, meeting the ducks and witnessing the feeding, chefs “gavaged” themselves with a lavish duck-centric picnic, Colombelle wines courtesy of Producers Plaimont and Sixpoint craft ales. There were games, live music, and there were photos… enjoy.