Californians should ask Gov. Gavin Newsom if they get to have a proper Thanksgiving dinner if they have it at The French Laundry, a three-star Michelin restaurant.
Most of the state can’t afford the restaurant’s $350-a-person price tag or make it out to Napa Valley — after all, the state of California has issued an advisory against non-essential travel. Also, the California Department of Public Health has banned private gatherings of three or more households.
Gov. Newsom isn’t most of the state, however. On Nov. 6, when lobbyist and longtime Newsom adviser Jason Kinney had his 50th birthday, the governor, “first partner” Jennifer Siebel Newsom and 10 other people — representing three or more households, because of course they did — gathered at The French Laundry in Yountville, California, to celebrate. The restaurant is still open, albeit with outdoor seating.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Kinney representative Molly Weed