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Planet Dailies, located at 6333 W. 3rd Street, is a de je vous of Planet Hollywood in LA. Planet Dailies is on a mezzanine at the Original Farmers Market. No more Hollywood decor glitz, but the focus remains on the great American chic accompanied by mixology masterpieces. The menu offers a Chinese section, a pasta section, deli section, vegetarian favorites, pub specials, pizza creations and more. Its a something for everyone offering, including a shake made with chocolate animal cookies from Dylan's candy bar.

Cocktail delights prepared at two bars, it seems more about the cocktail. Salvatore Calabrese insired cocktails creates a focus on mixology. The menu offers a variety of great cocktails, including non-alcoholic cocktails. The crowd is what you would expect, hip twentysomething darlings who love to drink anything new. This place ios a great addition to the Original Farmers Market, and parking is plentiful. For reservations call 323-370-6560.


Award-winning Washington-based Chef José Andrés is transforming the menu in the National Gallery of Art’s Garden Café with signature Catalan dishes beginning May 1, 2012. Since 2006, when the Chamber of Commerce of Marseilles brought chefs from southern France to promote regional cuisine at the Gallery during the exhibition, Cézanne in Provence, the Gallery has collaborated with foreign and local chefs to offer visitors a destination dining spot that is thematic with selected exhibitions or parts of the permanent collection.

Andrés, who was inspired by Joan Miró: The Ladder of Escape, on view from May 6 through August 12, 2012, spent his formative years in and around Barcelona and is chef and owner of ThinkFoodGroup restaurants in Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Miami. His restaurants include Jaleo, Zaytinya, Oyamel, minibar by josé andrés, and The Bazaar by José Andrés. Andrés is also the host and executive producer of the PBS culinary series Made in Spain. The Garden Café Catalonia menu is presented in partnership with Restaurant Associates and Executive Chef David Rogers at the National Gallery of Art.

The sense of Catalan identity evident throughout the exhibition is also reflected in the Garden Café Catalonia. Andrés' pride in his native Spain and in the distinctive culinary traditions of the northeast province of Catalonia is highlighted in the Garden Café menu. He incorporates traditional Catalan flavors, combining sweet fruits and nuts with savory meats and vegetables, and features classic dishes such as escalivada catalana, the roasted vegetable dish which takes its name from the Catalan verb escalivar, to cook slowly near embers of a fire.

Sopa freda de cireres de Santa Coloma de Cervelló (cold cherry and tomato soup), one of the dishes featured on the buffet created by Chef José Andrés for Garden Café Catalonia at the National Gallery of Art. Photo by Rob Shelley © National Gallery of Art, Washington. http://www.nga.gov

Recipe cards for selected dishes are offered to guests free of charge.

Join us May 25th, 2012
8:30 – 11:00 pm
300 Bourbon Street
Royal Sonesta Grand Ballroom

NOWFE flashes it's wild side and goes Head over Heels with Burlesque, Cake and Champagne for it's 20th!

Trixi Minx & the Beauties from Burlesque Ballroom will join us as we toast 20 years of wine, food and charity with a Champagne Bar by Nicolas Feuillatte at The Big Gateaux Show, an international cake competition and tasting.

Invited pastry chefs Vanessa Fiorini of Toronto, Canada; Solandie Exantus of the Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans; Bronwen Weber of Frosted Art Bakery & Studio in Dallas; and Vinnie and Michelle Garcia of The Bleeding Heart Bakery in Chicago will join in the festivities and create their own signature version of an anniversary cake inspired by the Burlesque Era of New Orleans and paired with Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte.

This ticketed event is hosted by celebrated pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini, Sucre's Tariq Hanna, and the Royal Sonesta Hotel. The winning design and pastry chef will be awarded with a $5000 prize sponsored by Valrhona Chocolate. All attendees of the Saturday Grand Tasting will have an opportunity to view the cake entries in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Tickets for this "Sweet" event may be purchased at www.nowfe.com.

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