Anti-Foie Gras Protesters Threaten Chris Cosentino

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It was bound to happen at some point: the anit-foie gras protesters have now threatened Chris Cosentino. After getting a video and a letter in the mail from unknown activists, Cosentino received a phone call, demanding he stop serving foie gras. Of course Cosentino refused, and the response from the activists? "We are coming to protest be prepared."

Cosentino is not backing down — he writes on his blog:

After a few conversations with my business partner, Mark Pastore, we have come to agree that this will be our “Alamo” if they come to fight. But here is something to mull over, after tons of research, Mark has made our argument in a much more educated and thoughtful way than I ever could, in our “letters from Incanto”.

In the letter, we learn that Incanto doesn't even serve foie gras all that much anyway:

After all, Incanto is an Italian restaurant, not French. And the brand of carnivorism we espouse at Incanto tends toward championing the lesser-appreciated offal cuts, rather than the few like foie gras that are already regarded as being worthy of alta cucina. In the past, foie gras never really fit in at Incanto. Even if it had, with Incanto's daily-changing menu, it would hardly last for more than a few days.

The letter from Incanto, titled "Shock & Foie: The War Against Dietary Self-Determism," is a comprehensive, important, and thoughtful piece that delves into ethics, environmentalism, politics, the vigilante tactics of the protesters, the welfare of ducks and geese when it comes to foie gras production, and the general welfare of animals in an industrialized food system.

Clocking in at 3,000 words, it's certainly lengthy, but a must-read if you're at all interested in the topic. More from the letter:

We do not purport to have all the answers about foie gras. Incanto continues to serve it because we believe both that individuals ought to decide their own morality and that those who dedicate so much energy and animosity toward fighting it simply have their priorities wrong. If someone really wants to make a difference in the world, we can easily suggest a list of 10 other food-related issues each of which are at least an order of magnitude more significant than foie gras.

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