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White House Kitchen Affected by Sequestration

The federal government's budget cuts are being felt everywhere these days -- including in the White House kitchen.

In an interview with reporters, the White House's assistant chef and senior policy adviser for the healthy food initiative, Sam Kass, announced that he was being furloughed, according to the Associated Press. Kass did not mention details of the furlough or when it would take effect.



Kass joined the White House kitchen

staff in 2009 and in 2010 became a senior policy adviser for healthy

food initiatives, where he works closely with First Lady Michelle Obama

on her Let's Move! campaign to fight childhood obesity.

Kass also helped the first lady create the White House's vegetable garden and cooked for the First Family a few days a week.

Kass

is not the only casualty of sequestration. White House kitchen garden

tours that allowed elementary, middle, and high school students to see

the garden up-close have been canceled until further notice. A notice

on the White House website states:

Due to staffing reductions resulting from sequestration, we regret to inform you that White House Tours, including Kitchen Garden Tours, will be canceled effective Saturday, March 9, 2013, until further notice. Unfortunately, we will not be able to reschedule affected tours.

We very much regret having to take this action, particularly during the popular Spring touring season.



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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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