Wichita restaurant's plans to serve lion meat cause uproar

As we continue to get lots of ballots in our Best of Lawrence contest, one category we didn't have was Best Place to Eat Lion. In Wichita, that place is Taste & See, a Latin-fusion joint that is offering an exotic, $160-per-person eight-course dinner later this month featuring a zoo of meats.

There's Scottish wild hare; alpaca from India; Aussie crocodile; water buffalo from Africa; kangaroo loin; African antelope, and the reason you're reading this, African lion.

It's like an alternate ending to a snuff-film version of "Madagascar." And, not surprisingly, Chef Jason Febres is taking some heat.

A Change.org petition calling for Febres and Taste & See to cancel the dinner has garnered more than 3,800 signatures. The restaurant was forced to take down its Facebook page after it was inundated with angry comments.

The petition claims eating lion meat is wrong - though not illegal - and a health risk. It complains the restaurant won't share where the lions are coming from. Febres says they're from a farm in the U.S.

Febres told local media that had he known there would be such backlash, he wouldn't have proposed the dinner.

"It's a special dining experience for people," Febres told KWCH. "For people to just try something else that they haven't had a chance to eat."


Jon Jambor 9 years, 10 months ago

More bullying from the oh-so-tolerant left. "We don't like what you do, so you must be ruined."

mdlund0 9 years, 10 months ago

More whining from the free-speech touting right. "We don't like what you have to say, so we'll criticize you for saying it."

ksjayhawk74 9 years, 10 months ago

I'd be willing to bet that most of those meats aren't actually what they are supposed to be. You either getting goat or raccoon.

orbiter 9 years, 10 months ago

totally! I've been eating newborn puppies for years and haven't flinched once.

meatheadwisdom 9 years, 10 months ago

ala the great Brodrick/Brando flick The Freshman, right ksjayhawk?

Horse meat is also a pretty popular item in french cuisine, especially in Canada. Very lean.

Randall Barnes 9 years, 10 months ago

come on america if you don't want to eat it then don't eat it but leave the chef alone.

Emily Hadley 9 years, 10 months ago

@rando1965--How about "Leave the animals alone" rather than "leave the chef alone"? Sorry, but by definition, slaughter can never be a 'to each his own' issue. In my view, slaughter for consumption is very rarely necessary or ethical, so I see the hypocrisy of a different emotional response to one animal over the other. However, as a meat-eating kid, I had to have something to wake me up and prompt me to examine my cultural norms and reexamine & develop my own personal ethics, and it probably started with animal testing and news like this. It is just nice to see that there is some extreme that can shake a few drops of empathy out of the clogged, desensitized veins of us factory farm-supporting Midwesterners. Maybe a few protesting this menu will even take pause for the many other animals they themselves consume.

RoeDapple 9 years, 10 months ago

When it's available at the meat counter in Checkers I might give it a try, but never at $160 per 8 course dinner.

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