A simmering row between animal rights campaigners and some top chefs is coming to the boil, ahead of a looming ban on foie gras in California.
Protesters took their message to the streets this week as a series of high-end restaurants staged events to celebrate the gastronomic delicacy, made from the livers of force-fed ducks.
"Helpless ducks are force-fed, eat somewhere else instead," chanted some 30 protesters outside the Michelin two-starred Melisse restaurant
California's foie gras ban comes into force on July 1.
Inside Melisse, owner and chef Josiah Citrin offered guests at the ticket-only event a six-course menu that included foie gras (French for "fatty liver") in every dish, from entrees to desserts.
The meal, which cost US$200 ($260) a head, included pressed foie gras terrine, lobster with foie gras and salsify and, for dessert, foie gras ice-cream.