Say no to #foiegras pic.twitter.com/KSJ3cjJdyyA group of H Street restaurants teamed up to participate in the second year of a multi-day friendly competition to create the best dish based around a single ingredient...foie gras. Needless to say, this did not sit well with everyone. The competition is titled Foie La La. Last year seven restaurants participated, but this year started out with nine competitors before dropping down to eight (Micho's withdrew from the event a few days ago). The hash tag #FoieLaLa began appearing in tweets criticizing the event as well as those publicizing and expressing excitement about it. PETA got involved with a protest involving participants dressed as waiters serving up bloodied ducks on platters in front of Boundary Road (chef and owner Brad Walker came up with the idea for Foie La La).
— Bruce Friedrich (@BruceGFriedrich) December 23, 2014
Here are a couple of articles discussing the controversy (the Washingtonian piece contains an open letter from Brad Walker):
Roll Call: Liver Let Die
Washingtonian: Bloodied Waiters Will Protest H Street’s “Foie La La” Foie Gras Competition
Here's PETA, right on time. Thanks for the info! @Bourdain, save us! #FoieLaLa pic.twitter.com/D7bul3Mf19
— Boundary Road (@boundaryrd) December 23, 2014