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Foie gras, or sustainable seafood?

Two important—and coinciding—events present a culinary conundrum for Seattle foodies.

By Jessica Voelker July 10, 2009

What happens when two can’t-miss food events occur at the same time? A difficult choice must be made. Next Tuesday, July 14th, Seattle’s culinarily conscientious will have to make the decision: foie gras or sustainable seafood?

On the one hand, you have the Words and Wine event at the Pan Pacific Hotel. Mark Caro, author of The Foie Gras Wars (6:30 pm; $45/person. Admission includes talk, hardcover book, wine, and apps by SeaStar’s John Howie) will be on hand to talk about his book and mediate what promises to be an awesomely charged discussion—no doubt the people who protest outside of Lark and Quinn’s will show up, as well as restaurant staff.

On the other hand, the W Hotel is hosting a screening of End of the Line —a much lauded documentary about sustainable fishing (6:30pm, $10 at the door. Free appetizers, cash bar). Local food-event organizer Traca Savadago has put together a fairly amazing panel to follow the film: oyster guru Jon Rowley; hilarious Chef Becky Selengut, who founded Seasonal Cornucopia and is writing a book about sustainable seafood; Shauna MacKinnon of the Living Oceans Society; and sustainable sushi guru (who is soon to open a sushi bar in Seattle) Casson Trenor.

Hard choice, food geeks. What’ll it be?

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