By Bonnie Carroll
The 90th Academy Awards on Sunday 4 March at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles will be a big huge night for the cast and crew behind The Shape of Water, having been nominated 13 times, and Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk got eight nods. And once again, Jimmy Kimmel will return to the stage as host.
The Governor's Ball is the official post-Oscars celebration, which immediately follows the awards ceremony. It is hosted by Academy governor Lois Burwell, event producer Cheryl Cecchetto, and master chef Wolfgang Puck. It will be a world of culinary wonderment at the Governor's Ball, the official after-party of the Academy Awards, hosted in the Ray Dolby Ballroom immediately after the awards ceremony. An estimated 1,500 guests have been invited to the event, including this year's nominees and presenters. In honor of the special 90th anniversary of the awards show, the Governor's Ball is set to pay tribute to the history of cinema with original artifacts and music from every era of film.
Included among the more unusual dishes Chef Puck and his staff will serve are caviar parfait dusted with 24-carat gold, caramel passionfruit lollipops. The coup de gras are always those famous chocolate Oscars – handmade by Wolfgang’s team and covered in 24-carat gold dust. Meanwhile, the chef has ensured he is bringing back some of his signature dishes such as Wagyu beef sliders, pizzas and chicken pot pie, which he says is a particular favorite of Barbara Streisand. Caviar, lobster, and truffles are all also on the menu for the Governor's Ball after the 90th Oscars ceremony, which is created by Wolfgang Puck each year. When the Oscar party gets started more than £1,400 bottles of Piper Heidsieck Cuvee Brut will be poured.
The menu starts with delicious nibbles such as wagyu beef tartare, puffed black rice, and spicy tuna tartare. The stars then feast into the small plates including white asparagus soup, caviar, truffle pot pie, black bass, and scallops. There is even a raw bar which has oysters, sea urchin, caviar parfait, and crab claws and legs.
2018 Governors Ball Menu
Compressed cucumber crostini
Mini tuna Nicoise
Tiny taro taco with spiced eggplant and lime pickle
Miyazaki Wagyu tartare
Scallop crudo, blood orange, finger lime, lovage (scallop shell) and urchin plate
Crab-stuffed hibiscus with lemon and pomegranate
Frozen beets with ginger milk curd, yuzu and ice lettuce
Brussels sprouts and pea shoots with mezze flavors
Mini ravioli of pea and carrot with black truffle and cipollini onions
Black bass with eggplant, salsa verde and teardrop peppers
Mango-lime pate a fruit with Tajin pop
Macarons - Negroni, mojito, piña colada
Ruby chocolate strawberry and cream
As Chef Puck points out, by the time they get dinner, they’ve been so busy getting ready they won’t have eaten all day. He said: "They might have had an espresso, a cup of tea in the morning. That was it. So they are all really hungry.” Kudos to Wolfgang and his staff and congratulations to all the winners, presenters and nominees of the 2018 Oscars. Visit: www.wolfgangPuck.com