Outlaw Dinner: 7-Course Meal of Forbidden Food

— by Caroline on Crack

Kylie as Green Fairy

Did you know that New York banned sous vide preparation and that Chicago has an impending law against foie gras? Yeah, I didn’t either and I have to say that until this very second when I googled those food terms, I didn’t even know what any of that meant. But apparently foie gras involves the torture of ducks and geese while sous vide could give you botulism if the food isn’t prepared under controlled conditions.

And yet naughty naughty Noé Restaurant & Bar will be presenting a seven-course Outlaw Dinner with that scandalous cooking method and ingredient, including other forbidden foods like morel mushrooms, absinthe, hemp seeds and gasp! unpasteurized cheeses.

The point is to savor the flavor of these forbidden foods before they’re shuttled off the mortal cookbook by this approaching food Prohibition.

From Gayot:

Sip an absinthe cocktail while enjoying swordfish sous vide and a morels and harvest mushroom terrine. Foie gras bookends the meal with three appetizer preparations and foie gras hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows for dessert.

Offenders in the lawless lineup:

  • Absinthe aka The Green Fairy: allegedly responsible for the demise of many Parisian artists during the late 19th- and early 20th-century for its addictive hallucinogenic effects.
  • Hemp seed aka Mary Jeh-haayne: The seed of cannabis, an illegal drug said to cause hallucinations and give you a severe case of the munchies.
  • Morel mushrooms: A fungal delicacy which grows in post-fire forests. In 2005, the U.S. Forest Service banned commercial picking of mushrooms.

Remember when the apple was the only forbidden food?** **


Noé Restaurant & Bar at Omni Los Angeles Hotel
251 S. Olive Street
Los Angeles, California
(213) 356-4100

Amount: $95 per person; reservations strongly recommended.