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article imageOscars: Governors Ball Preview serves it up Special

By Tim O'Brien     Feb 21, 2013 in Entertainment
As the annual Governors Ball Red Carpet Preview takes place, the minute the curtain is open, most press head right toward Chef Wolfgang Puck.
So, why not make a slight detour first. After all, when they get their shots, some clearing takes place – albeit not much.
Wolfgang Puck is surrounding by press from all over the word so the event can be covered and disseminated. But, this year, for some, the first stop was Alison Crary, winemaker. She poured a glass of her Sterling Vintage collection, from Sterling Vineyards. A glass was poured, sipped and an interview took place. While the throngs were mashed in front of Puck, this was a time to collect some thoughts drink wine and ask a few questions.
What is it like serving to the stars? Crary said, “I love pouring wine for people who love our wine.” She went on to say “not everyone can be at the Oscars but they can drink the same vintage collection that the stars do.”
Indeed they can.
Puck, the mainstay of the Governors Ball, was in fine form. He has to stay the same speech over and over as the same questions get asked. But, with smile, he delves in and describes in detail what will be served. Some much detail that assistants are on hand, to not only serve, but handed out information describing it. To which is deeply appreciated. In an effort to grab samples, get the prime interview and photo spot, the note-taking gets in the way.
Puck likens the event to movies. He simply noted it has variety, much like movies do. Even before things got going, Puck was busy. He Tweeted: “Another busy day of interviews and photos!”
For example, for the Governors Ball menu, which is the first stop after the show, includes:
The Food
- 6,500 wood-fired Oscar shaped flat bread
- 3,500 miso cones
- 250 pounds troll-caught Atlantic bigeye
- 1,300 farmed oysters
- 600 Maine lobsters
- 7,500 individual shrimp
- 25 gallons spicy mustard
- 10 pounds of white truffles from Alba, Italy
- 5,000 mini chocolate Oscars
- 4,500 pieces of truffle an parmesan grissini
Puck likes to add something new. That would be tuna Niçoise. He also noted they always serve up a lot of hors d'oeuvres, which include the salmon-covered Oscar. But the most popular are the mini kobe burgers, plus the black truffle pizzas. He stresses the need to have plenty of vegetarian items as well.
The Ball
- 1,500 guests
- 950 event staff
- 350 culinary staff
- 12,000 glasses for beverages
- 1,500 bottles of Thienot Champagne
- Four different waiter uniforms totaling 344 specialty costumes design for the ball
- 1.78 million beads in the chandelier
That is just a sample as the glitz and glam of Hollywood is the focus as Oscar arrives. Meanwhile, there are official cocktails, too.
Patrón tequila and Ultimat vodka cocktails will again be featured at the Oscars pre-show and the Governors Ball on Oscar Sunday®.
During the pre-show reception, the featured drink will be the “Patrón Gold Cosmopolitan,” a cocktail made with high-quality Patrón Silver tequila, fresh organic juices and gold sugar rum.
“Fresh juices always taste terrific mixed with Patrón – they really complement the refreshing smooth flavor of the agave in our ultra-premium tequila,” says Patrón’s Ed Blinn.
The Governors Ball will feature the “Ultimat Blue Sunrise,” created with ultra-premium Ultimat vodka, and fresh blueberry and mango juices. (See below for the cocktail recipes.) Wolfgang Puck and Cheryl Cecchetto of Sequoia Productions helped develop and design the cocktails.
“We’re excited to showcase Patrón, and also our Ultimat vodka, an exceptional luxury spirit created from a combination of wheat, rye and potato vodkas, at this year’s Academy Awards events.”
To prepare the cocktails that Academy Awards attendees will be enjoying:
The Patrón Gold Cosmopolitan
1 1/2 oz. Patrón Silver Tequila
1/2 oz. Patrón Citrónge Orange Liqueur
2 oz. Organic Blackberry Juice
1 oz. Fresh Orange Juice
Fresh Blackberry Garnish
10 Carat Gold Rim
The Ultimat Blue Sunrise
1/2 oz. Ultimat Vodka
1/2 oz. Patrón Citrónge Orange Liqueur
2 oz. Fresh Blueberry Juice
1 oz. Fresh Mango Juice
Blueberry Garnish
Silver Sugar Rim
After the tasting today, and many consumed by press members, it seems like a winner. A smooth and refreshing mix, along with gold dust rim for one. It goes perfectly with the California sunshine in February. The information about the drink came in envelopes, too.
For all these drinks and food items, representatives were on hand to present and highlight their products. All to get ready for Hollywood's biggest party of the year.
Does that matter? "We are thrilled Sterling Vintage wines will be served at the most spectacular awards party in the world, said Harry Hansen, Senior Winemaker for Sterling Vineyards. "This is a tremendous honor and a chance to pour the best, to celebrate the brightest stars in film."
The Oscars air on ABC Sunday, Feb. 24.
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