RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- A gourmet food company in Reno is speaking out after a planned event at the Nevada Museum of Art was canceled at the last minute.
A food and wine tasting hosted by Mirepoix USA was originally going to take place at Chez Louie inside the Nevada Museum of Art. But at the last minute, the private event was forced to move elsewhere.
Foie gras, French for “fat liver”, is a food product made of an enlarged duck or goose liver, which is a result of overfeeding. It’s a controversial delicacy that has been banned in California and other places around the globe, but it remains legal in the state of Nevada. When word got out about the foie gras tasting, animal rights activists and many museum members were not pleased.
Amanda Horn, the Director of Communications at the Nevada Museum of Art, said the event was canceled due to the number of members who said they did not agree with the event. “We received several emails, we received handwritten letters and we listened to our members.”
Mirepoix USA Owner Laurel Pine said they were able to find a new location to host the event, but still feels as though her event was not given a fair chance, “My message to the museum would be that I would hope in the future that they would welcome with open arms, open debate and that they wouldn’t shut down one opinion over another.”
Horn says an open dialogue is always welcome when it comes to art, “We will take up a debate and controversy over art all day long, because that serves our mission, but this event was not part of our mission. We’re not a culinary institution, we are an art museum.