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You might want to email this question directly to thirschfeld and pierino. They're pretty damn brilliant on such matters.
Do you happen to have their email address?
As for side dishes, I'm a fan of nutty grains with duck -- maybe wild rice or farro with dried fruit? And you can't go wrong with roasted root vegetables.
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