Wolfgang Puck Prepares for the Academy Awards
Preview of the 87th Academy Awards Oscars Governors Ball
I was invited to the 87th Academy Awards Oscars Governors Ball preview event. Here is what I tasted, viewed, and experienced to share with you -
Master Chef Wolfgang Puck
Governors Ball Cuisine
Master Chef Wolfgang Puck returns to prepare this year's Governors Ball, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences official post-Oscar celebration. This elite party immediately follows the 87th Oscars ceremony on Sunday, February 22.
The Ball invites 1,500 guests that includes the Oscar winners and nominees, as well as the show presenters and telecast participants.
Wolfgang Puck and Matt Bencivenga, chef partner of Wolfgang Puck Catering have created a menu of more than 50 imaginative dishes from bite-size hors d'oeuvres to stellar desserts. Some of his signature small plates include a lobster BLT; chicken pot pie with shaved black truffles; crispy artichokes with a citrus-chili gremolata, beet latkes with pastrami duck and apple mustard and slices of his famous pizzas.
Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining and pastry chef Jason Lemonnier, along with Kamel Guechida and Della Gossett are preparing elegant desserts that include coffee Oscar lollipops; peanut butter and jelly lollipops; violet creme brûlée with a blackcurrant jelly and Puck's traditional 24k gold chocolate Oscars.
Sipping Sterling Vineyard Wines
Sterling Vineyards Wines
Founded in 1964 by Sir Peter Newton, a British Knight and Oxford scholar. Sterling Vineyards in Napa Valley is modeled after a Greek Monastery.
The lucky party revelers will enjoy the exclusive, custom made Sterling Vineyards Limited Edition Gold Standard Reserve White and Sterling Vineyards Limited Edition Red Carpet Reserve Red. They will also serve Sterling Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
The wines were chosen by Alison Rodriguez to pair with the dishes prepared by Master Chef, Wolfgang Puck. She starts working and selecting wines 6 to 8 months before the Big Day.
The Gold Standard wine pairs nicely with Puck's Dover Sole with fennel, chili and orange miso vinaigrette. It's silky with bright grapefruit, pineapple and pear. This wine also goes well with Puck's smoked salmon Oscar matzo statue.
The Red Carpet Reserve pairs well with his Wagyu short ribs with hay-smoked kabocha squash puree and his mini-American Wagyu burgers with aged cheddar and a remoulade sauce. The Red Carpet Wine offers exotic spiciness and complex flavors of black cherry, plum and cocoa and a velvety finish.
Wolfgang Puck is the Disneyland of Food. Sterling Vineyard Wines is the ideal pairing.
Guests will Enjoy the Sushi at the Party
The Oscars Favorite Wine - Sterling Vineyard
10 Fun Facts about Sterling Vineyards
1. An Oscar weighs about the same as two bottles of Sterling wine - or one magnum.
2.On Oscar night there will be enough Sterling wine corks laid end to end to run the length of the red carpet.
3. For the pre-Oscar show, 600 bottles of Sterling Vineyards Limited Gold Standard Reserve, Napa Valley 2013 will be served.
4. 600 bottles of the Sterling Vineyards Pinot Noir, Napa Valley 2012 will also be served to guests.
5. At the Governors Ball there will be 250 bottles of Sterling Vineyards Chardonnay and 250 bottles of Sterling Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc served.
6. 600 bottles of Sterling Vineyards Limited Red Carpet Reserve, Napa Valley 2012
7. 2,300 total bottles of Sterling Vineyards wine will be delivered to the Governors Ball.
8. 13,480 glasses of Sterling Vineyards wine will be served.
9. 1,935,802 premium grapes creates the wines for the Oscar celebrations.
10. 3.5 tons of premium grapes are harvested to make the Sterling wines poured at the Oscars and the Governors Ball.
Sterling Vineyards - Winemaker Alison Rodriguez
The brilliant Cheryl Cecchetto is dazzling guests for her 26th year producing the Governors Ball. For this year's theme- Vintage Hollywood, she celebrates the history, glamour and artistry of Hollywood.
Cecchetto pays tribute to iconic cinema luminaries by displaying a vast collection of Oscar Moments in photographs, 3-dimensional and larger than life imagery to decorate the event.
Tables are decorated in rich auburn tweed textures, nutmeg bark and topaz taffeta.
She and her team provide the minute by minute details including entertainment, personnel, and Wolfgang Puck.
It will be a night to remember.
Celebrity Floral Designer - Mark's Garden
Mark's Garden Provides Vintage Floral Displays
Celebrity floral designer Mark Held and his staff prepare the floral designs for the Governors Ball. The jewel-toned floral collection are being designed to match Cheryl Cecchetto's contemporary spin on a vintage Hollywood look.
Exotic orchids and calla lilies rest in glass, metal and fabric covered vases, with multi-toned hydrangeas and roses in burgundy, aubergine, amber and emerald green colors.
The effect is spectacular with interesting floral vignettes for each table.
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6,500 Oscar-shaped flat bread
1,350 bottle of Piper-Heidsieck
13,000 beverage glasses
2,400 bottles of Sterling Vineyards
Flowers from around the world
600 Maine Lobsters
450 quarts of milk
Marc Friedland Couture Communications
And The Winner Is……..
Two of the most famous phrases at the Oscars:
1. The Oscar Goes To...
2. Envelope please…and the winner is….
Both are pin dropping experiences.
Marc Friedland creates high-end handcrafted stationary in Los Angeles since 1986. He once again is pleased to design the envelopes and announcements awards bearing the winners name for the 87th Academy Awards.
In 2011 Friedland created the first-ever specially designed envelopes and winner cards. He made 121 cards and envelopes for this years award show.
In 1940 the envelope was introduced as a security measure, so the winners names weren't leaked out early before the awards show.
The envelope is so beautiful that it should be saved and kept with the iconic statuette.
Champagne - PIPER-HEIDSIECK
The revered French Champagne House PIPER-HEIDSIECK is serving 1500 bottles of their prestigious Vintage cuvees Rare 2002 and Rare 1988 to guests at this year's 87th Academy Awards ceremony on Februuary 22 at the Dolby Theater.
Champagne will be served in the lobby bars of the Dolby Theater to celebrate the greatness of the event. Cellar Master Regis Camus creates a classic, structured and full bodied champagne bursting with fruit.
Inside the statuette engraving room will be flutes of the Rare 1988. It's an exceptional beverage for this year's Academy Award winners. The velvety texture of cocoa beans and mocha gives way to more powerful notes of dried fruit with a hint of eucalyptus and sandalwood. The finish offers the taste of roasted pineapple.