Hollywood stars are busy preparing to give their winning speeches, and cry happy tears or grit through announcements of rivals bagging the coveted statuette. But they’re also mostly starving, avoiding all kinds of food and drink that could interfere with their efforts to look their best on the red carpet. In fact, the whole world is going to be watching and when the fuss dies down over who wore what designer, who won which award and which film snared the Best Picture biggie, everyone’s going to make a beeline for the food at the after-party.
Also known as the Academy's post-Awards Governors Ball; this is the event that everyone at the ceremony looks forward to. And with Austrian-born chef Wolfgang Puck at the helm of the catering (he became the official caterer of the Ball back in 1994), there’s little doubt that the 1,600 guests present are going to be spoilt for choice. With 30 different dishes to choose from, the celebs and other Hollywood denizens will be dining on fare prepared by 300 chefs and served by 600 waiters.
Maddening Mains: The menu features achingly beautiful and taste bud tantalizing items. Some of them are the Chinois lobster in ginger curry sauce served with emerald green rice, individual pot pies with black truffles, baked potatoes topped with caviar, parsnip soup with white chocolate, pears, and rosemary, as well as a lobster salad with artichokes, asparagus, fava beans, baby beets, and citrus vinaigrette. And then there’s the poster child for clean eating: the exquisite-sounding, crispy artichokes with a citrus-chili gremolata.
The army of chefs will also be able to serve up vegetarian or vegan versions of whatever the guests fancy from the extensive menu.
Decadent Desserts: If you thought these incredible mains would make it impossible to follow with equally decadent desserts, you have nothing to worry about. Chef Puck will be serving plenty of options to indulge all the celebs’ sweet tooth. The cutest perhaps are the home-made donuts that are not fried but prepared using a unique Japanese method and then flambéed with raspberry brandy. But while several of the confections will be chocolate-based such as the bonbons, there are plenty of others like the creamy vanilla caramels, Apple Millefeuille, milk chocolate panna cotta with raspberries and cherries, and dark brownies with a little Mexican spice that are paired with a scoop of earl grey ice cream and a sprinkle of cocoa crumbs.
But it doesn’t matter whether they are sugar addicts or not, everyone at the party is going to want to get their hands on at least one of the 5,000 mini golden Oscar statuettes. Made from chocolate, they’ve been dusted with 24 karat edible gold dust.
Be Inspired: If you’re inspired by chef Puck and are in the mood to try some Oscar after-party food magic at home, why not give these seven similar but still healthy recipes a shot?
- Grilled Cheese
- Strawberry Doughnut
- Lobster & Spanish Mackerel Ceviche
- Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream
- Parsnip Pear Soup With Chocolate Nibs & Drizzle
- Chicken Pot Pie
- Artichokes With Lemon & Dill
- Goat Yogurt Panna Cotta
- Lamb Sliders With Tzatziki Sauce