We were invited to celebrate the 40th anniversary of La Dolce Vita, the legendary Beverly Hills restaurant where Frank Sinatra, Gregory Peck and Ronald Reagan held court. Did you know that every U.S. President, since Kennedy has dined in this elegant eatery, and that they have maintained their reputation for classic Italian cuisine and impeccable service.

The first issue features details on the Superman Returns celebration, plus a trend report on the newest L.A. venues. Being a party planner (as well as participant myself) it was a joy to touch base with caterers like Along Came Mary and the Patina Group, and schmooze with party mavens like DJ Johnny Night and LA Premier Florists. The assortment of hors d'oeuvres from Wolfgang Puck were outstanding, as usual, and who could resist the ice-covered martini bar?

Bizbash Founder David Adler formally announced that Elisabeth Familian is the President of the new Bizbash L.A. With her background as publisher of the L.A. Master Calendar, it is sure to be a smashing success.

Some of the safari clad attendees included Harry Dean Stanton, Rebecca DeMornay, Alfred Molina and, of course, Betty White, who is a huge supporter of the Zoo.