Churchill Downs is serving a lavish Kentucky Derby feast for premium guests

Contrary to popular belief, the Kentucky Derby is much more than mint juleps, outrageous hats and betting on thoroughbred racehorses (though it certainly is those things, too). True fans of the “most exciting two minutes in sports” know that one of the best parts of the event is the delicious fare.

Ahead of the 144th Derby on May 5, Churchill Downs’ executive chef David Danielson divulged to Fox News the modern twists he’s made on the traditional Southern menu, which will be served to some 22,000 merrymakers in the premium dining area.

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“The Derby is an all-day party and no celebration is complete without the right food and drink.”


“Here in Louisville, our passion for food goes hand-in-hand with our love of bourbon, and we are thrilled to give the world an intimate look at our authentic cuisine, with dishes like cornbread with bourbon honey butter, chef-carved roasted turkey breast with bourbon peach glaze, and bourbon caramel crème brûlée,” Danielson said of the feast.

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Over 22,000 people will dine on the official fare of the event.

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Though the “Run for the Roses” is an all-day party, the catering is serious business. Chefs will prepare up to 14,000 locally made bourbon balls, 7,600 pounds of potatoes, 5,640 pounds of turkey, and 4,075 pounds of braised pork through the day-long event, a Derby representative told Fox News.

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Chefs will cook up 14,000 locally made bourbon balls, 7,600 pounds of potatoes, 5,640 pounds of turkey, and 4,075 pounds of braised pork through the daylong event.

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If that’s not tempting enough to spur one to book a plane to Louisville, additional menu highlights include peach and tomato caprese salad, buttermilk and chive smashed potatoes, mushroom braised pork medallions and apple cranberry crisp. 

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The menu aims to cater to “Southern tastes and specialties for which Derby-goers travel near and far.”

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“We carefully curate the Derby menu each year to raise the bar on offering an incomparable culinary experience, catering to the Southern tastes and specialties for which Derby-goers travel near and far,” Danielson said of the offerings, which he has curated since 2013.

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The celebration wouldn’t be complete with bourbon.

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This year, local ingredients from longtime vendors like Dohn and Dohn Gardens will be specially honored.

“The Derby is an all-day party and no celebration is complete without the right food and drink,” Danielson added.


Whether you’re lucky enough to view the Derby in the Bluegrass State or from the comfort of your own home, be sure to salute the first leg of the American Triple Crown with a deserving bite to eat. 

Janine Puhak is an editor for Fox News Lifestyle. Follow her on Twitter at @JaninePuhak

Waymo releases dash cam video of autonomous vehicle involved in crash

Video was released Friday showing a car jumping a median and colliding with a Google-owned Waymo self-driving minivan in Arizona.

Police in Arizona are now investigating the crash, which occurred fewer than two months after a self-driving Uber struck and killed a pedestrian in another part of the state. Waymo uploaded the 5-second video to YouTube.

Chandler Police say the accident happened around noon Friday, when a driver heading eastbound in a Honda sedan swerved to avoid a vehicle and drove into the westbound lanes of Chandler Blvd., where it struck the Waymo minivan. The Waymo was reportedly travelling at a slow speed and in autonomous mode with an occupant in the driver’s seat.

According to the police, injuries were minor and both the Waymo and the Honda were towed from the scene.

In March, a woman, Elain Herzberg, was fatally hit by an Uber vehicle that was in autonomous mode in Tempe.

Uber settled with Herzberg’s family for an undisclosed amount, but was suspended from testing its self-driving cars in Arizona as a probe into the accident continues.

Charlie Lapastora is a multimedia reporter based in Phoenix, Ariz.

The origins of tequila: A shortage of rum and some thirsty conquistadors

As the old saying goes, “One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor.” But before they hit “floor,” most tequila fans would likely be curious to know where their favorite spirit actually comes from.

To answer that question, Fox News consulted Guillaume Cuvelier, tequila expert and co-owner of Astral Tequila, and he took us all the way back to the 16th century.

“The Scotch were distilling Scotch, the French were distilling cognac, the Russian and the Scandinavian folks were distilling vodka, the Spanish were distilling grapes to make brandy, and the Mexican people started to distill the agave plant to make mezcal,” said Cuvelier.


Cuvelier steered tequila’s history to the Spanish conquistadors who, he explained, “ran out of brandy, which is a problem when you have an army of thirsty soldiers, so they wanted to drink something, and discovered mezcal.” 

So, are tequila and mezcal the same thing? Not quite.


Tequila production is now confined to certain locations in Mexico — and only from distillers who use Blue Weber Agave plants. Anything else is a mezcal.

“All tequilas are mezcal, but not all mezcals are tequila,” said Cuvelier. More specifically, it works like this: Mezcals can be made anywhere in Mexico from multiple agave plants, but tequila can only be made from the Blue Weber Agave plant. Therefore, all tequila is technically mezcal, but only mezcals that are made to certain specifications — and with a specific agave plant — can call itself tequila. 

Tequila production is also confined to certain locations in Mexico, including the Mexican state of Jalisco and particular municipalities in the states of Tamaulipas, Nayarit, Michoacán, and Guanajuato, according to Cuvelier. 


There’s one other qualifier for a great tequila, according to the Astral co-owner: “One of the things critical in the making of tequila is a the roasting of the agave.”

To see more about the process, along with Guillaume Cuvelier’s full interview, watch the video above. (And beware of that pesky floor, while you’re at it.)

Vanessa Trump’s family earned millions thanks to pasta sauce, report says

The story of Vanessa Trump and Donald Trump Jr.’s divorce just took a saucy turn.

Following news that Don Jr. filed a “defendant’s demand for statement” of Vanessa’s net worth last week, Page Six is reporting that Vanessa’s family recently came into millions of dollars thanks to her late father’s investment in a pasta sauce company.


According to sources for Page Six, Vanessa’s father, lawyer Charles Haydon, had invested “as much as $1 million” in Rao’s Specialty Foods, which was founded in 1992 by restaurateur Frank Pellegrino Sr. — the owner of Rao’s restaurant in NYC — and mutual friend Ron Straci.

Haydon’s investment reportedly gave him a 30-percent stake in the company, but the venture was sold for $415 million in 2017 and served up a “juicy payout” to Vanessa’s family, according to Page Six. A firm called Sovos Brands reported at the time that it had acquired Rao’s Specialty Foods, which continued to offer sauces, pastas, olive oils and dressings, among other condiments and prepared foods.

Later in 2017, Vanessa’s mother, Bonnie Hayden, reportedly purchased a Fifth Avenue penthouse for $6.4 million after receiving what one Page Six source described as a “life-changing” windfall.


A lawyer for Vanessa Trump has not returned requests for comment from Page Six.

Vanessa originally filed for divorce from Donald Trump Jr. in an uncontested proceeding in March of 2018, after 12 years of marriage. They have five children together.

Men arrested at Starbucks settle with city for $1, plus promise of $200K entrepreneurship program for students

Two black men arrested for sitting at a Philadelphia Starbucks without ordering anything settled with the city Wednesday for a symbolic $1 each and a promise from officials to set up a $200,000 program for young entrepreneurs.

The men’s lawyer and Mayor Jim Kenney outlined the agreement to The Associated Press.


“I am pleased to have resolved the potential claims against the city in this productive manner,” Kenney said. “This was an incident that evoked a lot of pain in our city and put us under a national spotlight for unwanted reasons.”

The arrest of Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson on April 12 touched off a furor around the U.S. over racial profiling. They were led away in handcuffs after the manager called police, saying the men refused to buy anything or leave. After spending hours in jail, they were released and no charges were filed.

The men said they were waiting at the coffee shop in the city’s well-to-do Rittenhouse Square neighborhood for a business meeting with a third man about a potential real estate opportunity.


The mayor said Nelson and Robinson approached the city about working together to “make something positive come of this.” The entrepreneur program will be for Philadelphia public high school students.

“We thought long and hard about it and we feel like this is the best way to see that change that we want to see,” Robinson said. “It’s not a right-now thing that’s good for right now, but I feel like we will see the true change over time.”


During the uproar, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson came to Philadelphia to apologize to the men. He also announced that more than 8,000 Starbucks stores in the U.S. would close on the afternoon of May 29 so nearly 175,000 employees can get training in unconscious bias.

School creates ‘Modesty Poncho’ to give out to ‘inappropriately’ dressed girls at prom

A Catholic high school in Michigan has created “Modesty Ponchos” to hand out to female students considered inappropriately dressed for prom.

The ponchos are displayed on mannequins at Divinity Child High School in Dearborn, along with a note: “If your dress does not meet our formal dance dress requirements — no problem! We’ve got you covered — literally. This is our Modesty Poncho, which you’ll be given at the door. :)”


The Modesty Ponchos come in different patterns and are all designed to be worn over the shoulders and dress of female students — like a poncho.

“We are trying focus on the inner beauty and not draw attention to something that doesn’t need attention drawn to it,” theology teacher Mary Pat O’Malley said to FOX 2. “It was really intended as a deterrent and a lighthearted one at that.”

O’Malley came up with the idea for the Modesty Poncho as an addition to the school’s already detailed formal dress code agreement, which students and parents have to sign as part of the dress guidelines.

O’Malley and the high school principal told FOX 2 that no parents have complained about the proposed cover-up, but students are saying the poncho is a form of body shaming.

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A student who wished to remain anonymous out of concerns of retaliation by the school, told FOX 2 that she is concerned about the clothing item.

“I do believe the school has gone too far with this,” she said. “As we walk into prom, we are to shake hands with all the teachers and if you walk through and a teacher deems your dress is inappropriate you will be given a poncho at the door.”

“Who knows what will happen to those who try and speak out against it?” she added. Her classmate was allegedly disciplined for criticizing the new poncho on social media. The administration neither confirmed nor denied the claim to FOX 2.

At least one parent agrees with the students’ upset over the Modesty Poncho.

“It’s a method of shaming, a method of building and degrading to females,” the parent, who also asked to be anonymous, said.


The school’s prom is scheduled for May 12.

Alexandra Deabler is a Lifestyle writer and editor for Fox News.

Twin sisters pass driving test on same day, buy identical cars

Twin sisters are celebrating after both passing their driving tests – on the same day.

The pair even stuck to the traditional order – with first-born Becky Dodson passing hours before her sister.

The 24-year-olds faced adversity when Man United fan Nicky dislocated her shoulder six days before the test – celebrating a winning goal in the Manchester derby.

And even the date – Friday, April 13 – was a bad omen they were unfazed by.

Nicky and Becky of Swindon, U.K., both bought 2016 plate Peugeot 208s after passing their test and drove to work for the first time today.


The Peugeot is a popular subcompact car in the U.K.


Dad Melvyn, 55, said the girls “share each other’s pain and joy” and “leapt into each other’s arms” after learning they’d both passed.

The twins, who were born eight weeks premature, work for a firm which supplies wiring for other businesses. They even started on the same day.

Becky smashed the test – achieving a perfect pass score – while Nicky also scored highly with just three minors.

Melvyn, who drives buses for disabled people, said: “It’s brilliant news – they are exactly the same in all areas of life and now even drive the same cars – accept Becky went for white and Nicky blue.

“They also share each other’s pain and joy and were ecstatic at both passing. They leapt into each other’s arms.

“I remember I once started shouting at Nicky and Becky started crying which shows how close they are.

“Becky sat the test first and had a really great drive, returning without a single error.

“I took Nicky away for a drive before they came back so she wouldn’t know how her twin had done.

“We were put in a nervous a situation the Friday before the test when Nicky dislocated her shoulder.

“She loves Man Utd and was watching the game against City.

“When Smalling scored she jumped up so quickly that he arm kept going and popped out of her shoulder.

“Nicky was in hospital for five hours and feared not being able to sit the test – but she wore a special sling for the next few days and was ready to go again on the day.”

Becky, who has an older brother and sister, praised her instructor, adding: “We both felt very nervous on the morning of our test.

“It was Friday the 13th but we tried not to think about the date too much.”

Chick-fil-A employee surprised at work with $25K scholarship check

A North Carolina Chick-fil-A worker had quite a shock while she was working at the fast food chain last week.


Jacqueline Murphy was working the drive-thru last Thursday at a Chick-fil-A in Charlotte when the restaurant operator and company leaders rolled up with a giant check for $25,000 made out to the young employee. Murphy’s friends and family were waiting nearby to surprise her after the company presented the award.

The generous check is part of Chick-fil-A’s scholarship program called “Remarkable Futures.” The program awards $14.5 million to worthy team members nationwide each year.

According to WSOC, Murphy, a seasonal manager at the fast food chain, took the job to overcome her shyness.


While she has been employed at the chicken restaurant, Murphy has reportedly gone above and beyond by coming to work on her days off to shadow team members and learn how to become more engage with guests.

Murphy attends Wingate University’s School of Pharmacy.

Alexandra Deabler is a Lifestyle writer and editor for Fox News.

Spring cleaning: 10 tricks for saving money all year

The spring season may be short, but taking the time to truly clean your home now will reap benefits all year. Add these ten tasks to your household to-do list and save big on emergency service calls all year.

As Family Handyman says, “think of these small steps as vitamins for a healthy home.” Happy cleaning!

1. Drain the hot water heater

“Sediment builds up over time at the bottom of the tank, causing corrosion,” says John Bodrozic, co-founder of HomeZada. “Partially draining it removes the sediment and keeps the heater running more efficiently—and keeps it running longer.” 

2. Check ductwork connections

Ducts in either the attic or crawl space can sag over time, and then the connections become loose. “If this happens, you end up spending more on utility costs because the air you’re paying to heat or cool is escaping from the loose ductwork into the attic or crawl space, not into your living space,” Bodrozic says. 

3. Clean out the dryer vent duct

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The back of your dryer is connected to a vent that leads outside. This duct gets lint buildup over time, which not only causes the dryer to work harder, increasing energy costs, but it’s also a huge fire risk, as backed up lint is extremely flammable

4. Update home inventory

Knowing what you own is crucial. “We accumulate things over time, and you want to make sure you are properly covered in your insurance policy for not only the contents of your home, but the structure itself,” Bodrozic says, “especially if you invested in it with home remodel projects.”

5. Review your homeowner’s insurance policy

When doing yearly checks, many homeowners don’t think of their insurance. “Make sure that your policy continues to cover weather hazards like hail and wind,” advises Renee Tarnutzer of Understory.

“Be sure to review your deductibles. A homeowner will want to determine the cost of replacing your roof, for example, if it was damaged in a storm and an estimate of their out-of-pocket costs for that repair or replacement.”

6. Inspect the roof

“A roof inspection is critical because roofs are the most commonly damaged part of a home during severe weather,” Tarnutzer says.

“Roof longevity can erode quickly and cause leaks, stains on walls, and even flood damage.” Kyle Gesuelli, home improvement expert at Handy adds, “Take a good look at your attic for signs of water damage, because if there are water stains on the ceilings or walls, it’s a sure sign that your roof needs some attention.”

From the ground you can check for missing shingles or misplaced tiles. Dimples on the surface of the roof can indicate damage from hailstones. Any missing or damaged tiles should be replaced immediately to avoid leaks reaching the inside your home. It’s also helpful to find out when your roof was last replaced.

7. Clean the gutters

Buildup from fallen leaves and pine needles can rot and eventually clog the downspouts and even damage parts of the gutter.

“As gutters help the home to cope with heavy rain flow, they’re bound to accumulate debris throughout the year that can obstruct the flow of water and lead to overflowing,” Gesuelli says.

Hire a professional if your gutters are high enough to require a special ladder.

8. Check the foundation

“A failing foundation can be the biggest and most costly problem,” says Steve Wadlington, president of WIN Home Inspection. Look indoors for the warning signs, including gaps and cracks in hardwood floors, or cracks at the corners of door jambs and window frames.

9. Look for water damage

“Existing water damage can lead to big problems if left untreated,” Wadlington says. “Look for evidence around sinks, plumbing fixtures, and under windows for mold, broken caulking and leaking around sinks, or bubbling paint on drywall.”

10. Clean out the garage

Garages are often home to much more than cars. Not just extra sports equipment and a backup fridge, but possibly rodents and bugs too.

Sacha Ferrandi, founder of Source Capital Funding of San Diego, California, recommends cleaning your garage once a year by taking out everything and deep-cleaning the space, “which will not only maintain the longevity of your garage, but will keep you organized and active as you use your newly cleaned space,” he says.

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Should you fix up or break up with your car?

You’re looking at a $1,200 repair estimate for your ailing car when an ad catches your eye: a brand new set of wheels for a mere $450 a month.

At first, dumping your old car might seem like a no-brainer — and you can’t help picturing how good you would look in that new car. But automotive experts say you’ll almost always come out ahead — at least financially — by fixing old faithful. There are, however, other important considerations when deciding whether it’s time to say farewell.


“Even though the repair cost might hurt, you really have to think about buying a new car as a tremendously more expensive proposition,” says Jim Manelis, head of direct lending for Chase Auto Finance.

At the very least, for a reliable used car, expect to spend a minimum of $2,000, plus tax and registration fees, says Mark Holthoff, editor at, a community website for used car enthusiasts. Depending on the severity of your car’s problems, “You can buy a lot of repairs for that kind of money,” Holthoff says.

Of course, there does come a point when it isn’t worth pouring money into a beater.


“Start with the scale of the repair,” Manelis says. “Is it a $1,200 fix or is it a $5,000 fix?” Then, look up the current value of your car using an online pricing guide like Kelley Blue Book.

When repair costs start to exceed the vehicle’s value or one year’s worth of monthly payments on a replacement, it’s time to break up with your car, according to automotive site Edmunds and Consumer Reports, the product review site. As an example, say you’ve already spent $1,500 on repairs and now need a new engine for $3,500, and instead you could get a new or more reliable used car for $400 a month ($4,800 a year).

Beyond repair costs, Consumer Reports says to factor into your decision the savings from a new car with better fuel efficiency and the new car’s loss in value over time. Manelis also suggests thinking about your current car after repairs. Once it’s fixed up, what will it be worth and how long will it continue to run reliably?

To help answer the question of fixing a car or buying a new one, do a cost-per-mile comparison with the “Fix-it or Trade-it” calculator created by the Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association.

However, Ron Montoya, senior consumer advice editor at Edmunds, says there’s another equally important consideration: peace of mind. “If breakdowns become frequent and you feel unsafe on the road, that’s the time to replace it.”


To make the best decision for your situation, consider the pros and cons of both options.


— Faster than shopping for and buying a new vehicle.

— No change in insurance costs.

— The car’s history is known.

— You won’t waste time and money advertising and selling your car.

— But your repaired car might soon need more repairs.


— Purchase can include warranties and sometimes maintenance.

— Recent cars have advanced safety features.

— Younger cars are more reliable.

— You’ll stop wasting time schlepping to the repair garage.

— But a new car loan is a long-term financial commitment.


“It’s imperative to have a mechanic that you trust” before you move forward with any repairs, Holthoff says. For example, the service department at a dealership might be more interested in frightening you with repair bills to get you to buy a new car.

Once the car is purring again, Holthoff says to continue driving it long enough to make up for the cost of the repairs. Later, if you decide to sell, you can do so with confidence once the car proves itself reliable again, and you’ve reaped the benefit of the repairs.


Even if you decide to part ways with your car, you’ll have to get it running again or sell it as-is for less money. If you can, make the repairs, then repay yourself after you sell the car.

“Honesty is the best policy,” Manelis says about selling a car with issues. Get an estimate for repairs and show that to a prospective buyer, then tell them you’re willing to reduce the price of the car by the amount to fix it.


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Pro-gun student sues school over dress code, claims it violates First Amendment rights

An eighth grade student in Reno, NV, has filed a lawsuit against the Washoe County School District after he was punished for wearing a pro-gun shirt that violated the district’s dress code.

The Washoe County dress code prohibits depictions of “anything that promotes weapons … or violence,” according to its website. In the lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday morning, the student – identified as G.M. – alleges that the school district is violating his First Amendment rights.


“This lawsuit challenges, at its core, the school district’s policy which we believe is unconstitutionally overbroad and violates the First Amendment on its face,” Brandon Combs, president of the Firearms Policy Coalition said to the Reno Gazette Journal.

G.M., who attends Depoali Middle School, was reportedly disciplined twice for wearing pro-gun clothing – once in November 2017 and again in March on this year.

In the initial incident, G.M. was wearing a shirt from a local gun store, Spark Black Rifle, which depicted the store’s logo of a rifle and handgun silhouette, according to the report.

The second time, G.M. was disciplined for wearing a shirt supporting the Firearms Policy Coalition. The t-shirt featured a coiled rattlesnake with the words “Don’t Tread on Me,” as well as references to the Second Amendment. Though the shirt itself did not include any imagery of guns.

According to the lawsuit, the student was instructed by his teacher to cover the shirt. The student allegedly replied that he could express himself through how he dressed. G.M. claims he was then warned of further disciplinary action if he wore the clothing item again.

“The shirt did not promote or advocate illegal activity; it contained no violent or offensive imagery; nothing on it was obscene, vulgar or profane … And yet (the student) was prevented from wearing his shirt based on school officials’ disagreement with the message they believe it conveyed,” the lawsuit states.


The lawsuit was reportedly filed by G.M. through his parents, identified in the suit as mother Audrey Guardanapo, a local police dispatcher, and father Shaun Guardanapo, a former law enforcement officer and U.S. Marine veteran. The Reno Gazette reports that the nonprofit organizations Firearms Policy Foundation and the Firearms Policy Coalition back the student’s lawsuit.

School District spokeswoman Megan Downs said school officials are reviewing the allegations but don’t have any immediate comment.

Alexandra Deabler is a Lifestyle writer and editor for Fox News.

Malibu Beach to sell for more than Playboy Mansion, break Los Angeles price record

Hard Rock Cafe co-founder Peter Morton is poised to sell his Malibu estate in an off-market deal for $110 million.

Morton was expected to be sealing the deal in a closing on Tuesday, selling the home to natural gas billionaire Michael S. Smith and his wife, Iris, Mansion Global has learned. The estate, consisting of a five-bedroom main house and three-bedroom guest house, will set a new record for the highest price ever paid for a home in Los Angeles County — surpassing the Playboy Mansion, which sold for $100 million in 2016.

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Architect Richard Meier, whose signature white-clad contemporary mansions dot Malibu, designed the residence in teak wood and glass, according to a 2006 profile of Morton in The Los Angeles Times. Morton, 70, could not immediately be reached for comment.

The custom teak shell, which draws back like shutters to let the light into floor-to-ceiling glass — reportedly needs daily oiling to keep its warm, rich hue.

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The teak-embellished property sits directly alongside the Pacific Coast Highway.

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The home will smash Malibu’s record sales: a tie between David Geffen’s Carbon Beach compound and powerbroker Kurt Rappaport’s beach mansion, both of which sold for $85 million, Mansion Global previously reported.

It is believed the Malibu residence will also break a national price record in terms of price per square foot, a source said. The house — modest compared to its ultra-luxury neighbors at about 8,000 square feet — will sell for $13,750 per square foot.

By chance, Smith, CEO of Freeport LNG, paid the exact same price for a beach home on the opposite coast in 2016. He shelled out $110 million for 6.4-acre estate in East Hampton, New York.

But the off-market Malibu deal may not hold its record status for long. Los Angeles currently boasts the country’s most expensive listing, a $350 million estate owned by late billionaire Jerry Perenchio, in addition to a handful of newly built mega-mansions with nine-digit asking prices.

Agents Rayni and Branden Williams of Hilton & Hyland represented the seller.