Last Thursday evening brought one of those rare events where you feel that you have been transported to another dimension in time. I attended “A Chef’s Affair/Paint It Black” Gala at Nellcote, a restaurant that has been refurbished in the style of Villa Nellcote in Southern France where The Rolling Stones created Exile on Main Street in 1971. (Oh, the chandeliers!) The evening raised money for chef Art Smith’s wonderful charity, Common Threads which is dedicated to educating children on the importance of nutrition and physical well-being and fostering an appreciation of cultural diversity through cooking. Read More>>
Lady Gaga’s parents will open Joanne Trattoria next Wednesday.
By MATT FLEGENHEIMER
Lady Gaga’s few mentions of the restaurant and her appearance at a party there on New Years Eve have generated buzz that top chefs could only hope to attract. Art Smith, the chef and a partner at Joanne, met her at a taping of Oprah Winfrey’s show. (Mr. Smith was Ms. Winfrey’s personal chef for many years.) Read full article>>
The Lady’s in the kitchen and Russians are serving goldfish. This year in dining is going to be a hoot! ITALIAN IN A BROWNSTONE
Yes, Joanne Trattoria is owned by Lady Gaga’s father, Joe Germanotta — whose longtime dream has been to own a restaurant in his neighborhood — but chef Art Smith insists it will be a local haunt through and through. “The Upper West Side is known for its itty-bitty restaurants, and Joanne’s is just that, a tiny restaurant with a Southern soul and an Italian heart,” explains Smith, a former personal chef for Oprah and a Lady Gaga pal. Read More>>>