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WOLFGANG PUCK AND THE GOVERNORS BALL ROOM DECOR Page 1,2
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Even after 14 years, Puck's excitement to create a lavish feast is clearly visible. He enthusiastically declares, that like a musician writing songs or a filmmaker making movies, he tries to create new and special dishes each year.
The menu created by Puck and chefs Lee Hefter and Matt Bencivenga will feature several Ball favorites, including Mini Kobe Burgers on Brioche with Sweet Pickles, Smoked Salmon Pizza, Tuna Cones and Tuna Tartare with Wasabi Aioli on Togarashi Toast and Chef Sherry Yard's 24K gold-dusted chocolate Oscars®.
A special treat and a perfect example of "Refined Simplicity" would be the Baked Potatoes with Caviar, or the popular Maccaroni & Cheese mixed with Black Truffles, which, according to Puck, is a favorite with Barbra Streisand. Various Salads and little Desserts complete this year's Oscar menu.
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 menu. "In keeping with the grandeur of the festivities, we hand-select our staff and begin training months prior to the big event to ensure a flawless outcome," said Carl Schuster, CEO of Wolfgang Puck Catering.
Ingredients are of highest and finest quality and products are locally grown, sustainable and organic. Wolfgang Pucks Nine Point Program is exemplary:
1. Only use and serve eggs from cage-free hens not confined to battery cages.
2. Only serve all-natural or organic crate-free pork - Crates prevent pigs from turning around.
3. Only serve all-natural or organic crate-free veal - Crates prevent calves from turning or walking.
4. Only serve certified sustainable seafood.
5. Eliminate foie gras from its menus. Force feeding swells ducks' livers up to 10 times their normal size.
6. Only serve all-natural or organic chicken and turkey meat from farms that are compliant with
progressive animal welfare standards.
7. Continue to feature and expand certified organic selections on all menus.
8. Continue to offer and expand vegetarian selections on all menus.
9. Send a letter to suppliers regarding methods of poultry slaughter that involve less suffering.
For example: Puck's famous Kobe Beef comes from the Snake River Farms in Idaho, a specialty farm with strict regulations and where cattle is under constant surveillance. This Kobe Beef is a cross of the Japanese Wagyu cattle and American black or red angus which gives it its unique taste.
Chef Wolfgang Puck is always willing to share his "secrets"
and give us a glimpse into his culinary world.
Chair of the Governors Ball Committee Cheryl Boone Isaacs
(center) enjoys a few exquisite samples from the celebrity chef..
Wolfgang Puck and his team have created 1,600 24K gold-dusted
Chocolate Oscars for the occasion.
"This way everybody goes home with an Oscar", Puck explains.
1 Black Truffle Macaroni and Cheese
2 Appetizer Platter
3 Snake River Farms Wagyu Beef
4 Shrimp, Oysters, and Crab
Cocktail Sauce, Mustard Sauce,
5 Smoked Salmon Pizza is
an Oscar special and only
created for this event.
6 Spicy Tuna in Sesame Miso Cone
7 Sushi Station
8 Sushi Station
9 Cilantro and Jalapeño Scallop
with Tomato, Orange, and Chili
(not sure if the description
matches this particular picture)
10 Aperitif / Bar
For the 14th consecutive year, master chef Wolfgang Puck has been selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to create the menu for the Governors Ball, the celebration immediately following the 80th Academy Awards® presentation.
"The Governors Ball is a singular event, and the food must be of equal caliber. Our menu will feature locally grown, sustainable and organic ingredients, providing guests with a culinary experience that will please even the most discerning of palates," said Puck. When asked, what he considered to be the biggest challenge during this event, Puck replies: "Serving everyone in a timely manner".
Wolfgang Puck Catering will be serving the Academy's 1,500 Ball guests, which will include Oscar® winners, nominees, presenters and telecast participants.
Each year, all cooked foods remaining after the event will be distributed among the homeless in Los Angeles by "Meals on Wheels".
Wolfgang Puck Catering, established in 1998, moved to its permanent home in the Hollywood & Highland Center in November 2001. The Wolfgang Puck Companies which comprise 14 fine dining restaurants, more than 80 Gourmet Express fast-casual restaurants, premium catering services in over 32 exclusive venues nationwide, and quality kitchen and food merchandise constitute a brand standing for a culinary passion for eating and dining
It's the 80th Oscar celebration and so the theme for both the food and decor is about making the simple things fabulous.