» Kamala Harris has endorsed George Gascón for D.A. Gascón has also recently won the support of Maxine Waters and the L.A. County Democrats. [Huffington Post]
» California will give residents more time to enroll in healthcare plans to avoid the state’s new individual mandate penalties. Covered California will continue accepting sign-ups through April 30. [Los Angeles Times]
» Uber has shuttered its downtown L.A. office, laying off 80 workers. The customer service employees were told on Thursday that their jobs would be shifted to a facility in Manila. [Los Angeles Times]
» The Trump administration is waiving federal contracting laws to speed border wall construction. Rules that will go by the wayside include requirements for open bidding and opportunities for contractors who don’t win to protest the decision. Critics have claimed that cronyism and inflated billing could result. [KTLA]
» Showtime has ordered a new comedy pilot from the Safdie Brothers and Nathan Fielder. Benny and Josh Safdie are hot off their success with Uncut Gems; Fielder is familiar to many as the star of Nathan for You. The show’s plot involves a married couple with an HGTV-type show who find themselves cursed. [Deadline]
» This week’s tapings of The Price Is Right have been postponed as host Drew Carey mourns the death of his former fianceé, Dr. Amie Harwick. [Los Angeles Times]
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Hatchet Hall Is Filling in Culinary Blanks this Black History Month
In the late 18th century, Hercules Ceaser and James Hemings were among America’s first celebrity chefs. They were also enslaved, property of America’s first and third presidents, respectively. Hemings (you may have heard of his sister Sally) was forced to work in Thomas Jeffersons kitchen while Hercules (widely known by his first name) labored for George Washington. Hercules would be the first black man to work in the president’s house, and Hemings the first to cook in a foreign embassy.
This month, Hatchet Hall in Culver City resurrected its Fuss & Feathers dining series, in which chefs highlight ingredients and cooking techniques of the early American South, to honor Hemings and Hercules. Collaborators Chef Brian Dunsmoor and Chef de Cuisine Martin Draluck weren’t able to work from recipes the men created because, like much of the history of black slaves, they’ve been lost to time.
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