“Giddy up, horse meat is coming to Queens,” states a post on the Gothamist.
One of the feature attractions Chef Hugue Dufour plans to have on the menu is “horse tartare” or raw horse meat.
The Gothamist states:
When we called the restaurant to double check that fact — because, horse meat — we were told that yes, they would eventually be serving horse but that it wasn’t going to be happening just yet. Further, they told us it wasn’t a priority. But still, you say, isn’t it illegal to eat horses?
No, it is not illegal to eat horse meat. A lot of people think it is, but it is not. An Indiana pizza shop sells horse meat pizza when the Colts play in the Super Bowl. However, instances like this are aberrations as Americans do not typically eat horse meat, and there is very little to no market for it.
Where will the horse meat come from? “They say the horses will be American horses slaughtered in Canada,” the restauranteurs tell the Gothamist.
Well, there is no guarantee the meat that the restaurant buys from Canada will be from American horses, but there is a 60% chance according reported slaughter statistics.
MoMA PS1 has been affiliated with MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art) since January 2000. What the highly-esteemed MoMA or MoMA PS1 are thinking makes you wonder. Perhaps they do not know or even care, but the backlash is bound to be considerable. And it will not be from “Peta-types” as the Gothamist smugly puts it. Remember the Top Chef Canada incident?
Since their original restaurant folded about a year from opening, Hugue Dufour and co-owner Sarah Obraitis “have hosted pop-up food stands at MoMA PS1 while preparing to open new restaurants,” states GalleristNY.com. In May M. Wells served horse meat bologna and foie gras grilled cheese (pictures at link) at the 2012 Great Googa Mooga Festival in Prospect Park, Brooklyn.
There is a big difference between serving horse meat at food stands where you are a moving target (so to speak) and doing so at a fixed location in a high profile museum setting.
M. Wells Dinette opens at MoMA PS1 September 27.