Despite the recent media attention on agri-business pig farms who mistreat their animals, it's still safe to eat pork. You just have to be careful about where your meat's coming from, which you should have been in the first place. But then there would be no "Death on a Factory Farm" documentary, and what would HBO have to air, then? "Sopranos" reruns?
Luckily, you don't have to go far to get quality and consciously raised meat. Heritage Foods USA, an online supplier with ties to Slow Food USA that aims to put fully traceable and sustainably produced foods on our tables, even provides a handy Google Map noting "Sources of Righteous Foods" and a list of New York restaurants they supply. They go about helping endangered breeds of animals in a way PETA never would though, stating: "If we want to save them, we must eat them!"
Thursday night from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Heritage Foods founder Patrick Martins will host a multi-course dinner at Palo Santo in Park Slope. The $75 feast pairs rare-breed heritage-bred pork with local New York beers. Certainly a meal worth missing a couple of first round March Madness games for. And for environmentalists it's sort off like having your cake and eating it — except, you know, with pork instead of cake.