The 84th Annual Academy Awards are coming up on Sunday, and yours truly will be heading to the red carpet (or red carpet adjacent) to give you the inside scoop on ugly dresses, beautiful starlets, and if George Clooney really looks as good in person as he does on the big screen. It's a tough job, but someone (me) has to do it.
But first, I hit up a very special food and wine event courtesy of JC Penney this morning where Wolfgang Puck presented his menu -- along with some samples -- that he will be preparing for the Hollywood glitterati on Oscar night at the infamous Governor's Ball. I know, I can die happy now.
So what will the very rich and incredibly famous be eating on Oscar night? And more importantly, how does it taste?
Wolfgang Puck, Chef Partner Matt Bencivenga, and Executive Pastry Chef Sherry Yard created an entire menu of luxurious, gold-leafed, deliciousness. Did you see that dessert table? Those are 24 karat gold covered chocolate Oscars, people! I was not allowed to eat that, sadly. But I was allowed to drool over these real golden eggshells, filled with chocolate mousse and whipped cream, sprinkled with gold leaf.
Yes, they're ridiculous. Again, no one offered but I totally would have accepted. Also, check out this Chicken Pot Pie with Shaved Black Truffles and Roasted Vegetables. Notice its good friend, caviar next door.
Fancy! Nope, I didn't get any of that either.
The passed appetizers that I was invited to partake in included: Smoked Salmon on Oscar-shaped Flatbread with Caviar and Creme Fraiche, Mini Kobe Cheeseburgers with Remoulade and Aged Cheddar, Crab Cakes with Remoulade, Arrancini with Tomato, Basil and Parmesan, Assorted Pizzas, and the one thing I (as a Celiac) could actually eat -- the Spicy Tuna Tartare in Sesame Miso Cones with Masago. As seen here, in my hand that's about to go right into my mouth -
One other thing that was passed around -- and that I thoroughly enjoyed -- was the Moët & Chandon Champagne cocktail with a lovely rose petal garnish. This is it, also about to go into my gullet -
And this is how you make it -
You guys, if you get invited to the Governor's Ball this year, you should absolutely go if only for all of the gold enhanced food. Also on the menu? Gold wrapped baked potatoes with caviar and creme fraiche. They're not messing around. Just be sure to ask for a napkin, all that gold is messy.
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