What do you serve the world’s most powerful celebrities whose taste buds are accustomed to Michelin-grade fare, luxury ingredients and champagne bubbles? On Oscar night, you top chicken pot pie with shaved black truffles and cover chocolate Oscars with 24-karat gold.
For the 22nd year in a row, chef to the stars Wolfgang Puck will oversee the menu for the Governors Ball, feeding 1,500 guests including Academy Award winners, nominees and presenters.
The theme for this year’s party will be “the art of making film,” and feature 170 newly commissioned drawings of filmmaking legends, past and present.
The setting will draw inspiration from two of the most iconic restaurants for Hollywood celebrities: Sardi’s in New York’s theater district, whose walls are lined with hundreds of celebrity caricatures, and The Brown Derby in Los Angeles, a restaurant shaped like a derby hat which has become synonymous with the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Puck, meanwhile, will be orchestrating a show of his own in the kitchens of the Governors Ball, sending out convoys of servers with trays bearing 50 types of hors d’oeuvres, small-plate entrees and desserts.
Here’s the menu:
– Sriracha-candied macadamia nuts
– Braised short rib with cauliflower puree and golden raisin puffed Thai rice
– Tortellini with artichoke fromage
– White grape almond gazpacho
– Rye berry risotto with peas and asparagus
– Poke, stone crab, made-to-order sushi
– Smoked salmon Oscars
– Chicken pot pie with shaved black truffles
– Mini American Wagyu burgers with aged cheddar
– Pistachio crepes with strawberry-Champagne foam and crumbled pistachio
– Caramelia shot with maple cream, muscovado couscous and coffee sorbet
– Chocolate passion layer cake with chocolate biscuit speculoos and banana ice cream
– Chocolate dessert bar featuring 24-karat-gold chocolate Oscars
The 88th Oscars air February 28 from the Dolby Theatre on ABC at 7 pm ET/4 pm PT and will also be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories.