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WOLFGANG PUCK AND THE GOVERNORS BALL ROOM DECOR
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The Oscar goes Organic!
Just when you thought, you've seen it all from Master Chef Wolfgang Puck, he surprises everyone by announcing, that this year's Governors Ball menu will contain all organic ingredients - a first in the history of the Governors Ball Celebration.
"The Governors Ball has always been a very special event for me, and I take great pride in creating the menu. This year's menu will reflect the celebration of the evening along with my passion for locally grown, sustainable and organic ingredients," Puck said. "I want to create a menu that is elegant and exciting, where the main ingredient is the star of the evening and the chef the co-star."
Puck and his team will be serving the Academy's 1,650 guests, which will include Oscar® winners, nominees, presenters and telecast participants.
The menu will feature favorites, including nearly 3,200 miniature Kobe beef cheeseburgers and 4,600 gold-dusted chocolate Oscars®. And yes, even these sweet miniature statuettes will be made from all organic ingredients.
Japanese dishes will be a main part of this year's menu and one specialty is already bound to stand out: Wolfgang Puck's green Wasabi Potato Puree.
Another first will be the preparation of certain foods in the ballroom itself. Puck is enthusiastic about this new feature and hopes that the delicious smell of food in the air will contribute to the relaxing, romantic and cozy ambience.
The wine served that night is a special and unique blend that is only available on Oscar night. Puck himself oversees its creation at the vineyards in Napa Valley.
"Wolf's culinary interpretation of the evening's celebration is always something we aim to match with impeccable service," said Carl Schuster, CEO of Wolfgang Puck Catering. "We hand-select our staff and begin training months prior to the big event to ensure a flawless outcome."
Working in a state-of-the-art kitchen adjacent to the Grand Ballroom at the Hollywood & Highland Center®, Puck will lead a team of chefs, pastry chefs and culinary artists who will be responsible for the cooking, presentation and execution of the evening's menu.
Wolfgang Puck Catering was created in 1998 out of Spago Beverly Hills when Puck and Schuster recognized a national need for high-end restaurant-style catering. Puck's restaurant concepts have been on the creative edge of fine dining for more than two decades.
This year's Governors Ball will capture the relaxed intimacy of an elegant supper party, Governors Ball Chair Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced.
"Guests will be able to celebrate with their friends and acquaintances without being confined to assigned tables," said Boone Isaacs. The open format, created by Ball producer Cheryl Cecchetto, will allow the Ball's 1,500 guests to choose among a variety of seating configurations while enjoying the cuisine created specifically for the event by Master Chef Wolfgang Puck.
Guests will enter beneath a wrought iron archway that will span the width of the ballroom. The archway and five decorative pergolas will be lined with a living canopy of woven vines, flowers and ivy evoking the rich and vibrant textures of the Tuscan countryside.
The Academy's Governors Ball will be held in the Grand Ballroom on the top level of the Hollywood & Highland Center®.
Wolfgang Puck's creation of the green
Wasabi Potato Puree (far left) leaves
even the Japanese TV crew speechless!
Eat - Love - Live
A showman in his own right! Wolfgang Puck's exuberance
and enthusiasm for food, life
and celebration is contagious.
No matter how many times he has to tell his story, it always sounds fresh and exciting.
Wolfgang Puck surrounded by colorful,
delicious dishes and his proudest creation, the Chocolate Oscar®
A mouthwatering Japanese Sushi Buffet presentation
The concept of this year's Governors Ball room setting and decor.