A new era of Prohibition is upon us, but before the July 1 doomsday, enjoyers of a soon-to-be forbidden delicacy are eating their fill, sometimes surreptitiously.
It's the era of foie gras speakeasies.
The sale of fattened duck and goose liver will be banned in California as of July 1, and so diners are joining for last meals, sometimes in secret, sometimes on the sort-of-sly, and sometimes in the wide open, according to the San Jose Mercury News -- which is drawing protesters to disrupt some diners.
In Oakland, the Bay Wolf restaurant canceled its plans for foie gras feasts after "very, very disruptive" protesters showed up to crash the party, according to chef-owner Michael Wild, who told the newspaper he couldn't "ensure the safety" of eaters and staff.
Chef Russell Jackson, at Lafitte restaurant on San Francisco's Embarcadero, is taking a different tact: he's hosting "FU Foie Gras" dinners, which are always protested.
Other diners are responding to private and semi-private invitations to dine with other foie gras-lovers in the last 100 days the delicacy will be allowed in California, the newspaper reported.
The ban is praised by animal-rights groups.