Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend a “Stars Under The Stars” Oscars Preview of the Governors Ball at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Under a canopy of twinkling lights I was in awe to experience what our Hollywood Elite will get to experience on March 2.
One of the first people I interviewed was the lovely winemaker Alison Crary from Sterling Vineyards in Napa Valley. Known as one of the finest wineries in Calistoga, “Sterling is very excited to again, exclusively pour during the Academy Awards event,” said Crary. Directors, writers, actors and actresses nominated and their guests will be offered a glass of Sterling wine as they walk off the red carpet and into the Dolby Theatre. After the awards show, 1,600 Academy guests will proceed to the Governors Ball, where Sterling wines will be paired with the culinary creations of Chef Wolfgang Puck. Guests attending the Governors Ball will sip limited production of 2010 Reserve
Chardonnay and 2008 Reserve Cabernet. Sterling Vineyards is produced by Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines.
Since I wasn’t nominated for an Academy Award this year, I learned from various professional party planners at the event, some easy steps to make my own Oscar Party at home.
Cheryl Cecchetto and Gary Levitt of Sequoia Productions, Renowned Celebrity Event Producers recommended to click and print from the link http://cdn.media.oscar.abc.com/media/2014/pdf/2014/nominees_ballot.pdf to print out Oscar party ballots to distribute to my guests to predict the winners before or during the show. Have prizes on hand for the guest who selects the most winners. Alison Crary recommended a bottle of Sterling wine.
The Governors’ Ball was decorated in hues of olive, rust, aubergine, turquoise, bronze with subtle splashes of glitter. Use many of these colors as accents in your tablescape, napkins, and glassware.
Mark’s Flowers decorated the tables with garden roses, hydrangeas, moss, birch, and wisteria will be used throughout the space. Pick up these flowers at your local Farmers Market and make some arrangements or place the flowers in vases throughout your home.
Greeting & Guests Arrival
As each guest arrives, greet them with a range of wines or a signature cocktail. Don’t forget to be a responsible host and set out water and other non-alcoholic beverages! I may consider a Blood & Sand, first created in 1922 for a Rudolph Valentino movie of the same name. http://cocktails.about.com/od/whiskeyrecipes/r/Blood-And-Sand.htm
Download more cocktail recipes that the stars will be sipping: https://transfer.taylorstrategy.com/message/jumyIRynO2d0776XFtDeKx
Have John Legend, nine-time Grammy Award winning songwriter-singer playing in the background. He will take the stage at the Governors Ball.
Food & Wine Pairings
Since Celebrity Chef Wolfgang Puck, along with chef Matt Bencivenga and his team are creating over 50 of his most famous dishes that he has served throughout 20 years at the Governors Ball, I thought I would go online and pull up some of his easy to make dishes to serve at the party, from homemade potato chips, salads and assorted Wolfgang Puck signature pizzas – http://www.wolfgangpuck.com/recipes.
Set out Sterling Vineyard Wines next to the food display with notes of suggested pairings. Such as pairing homemade potato chips with Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc. The lively acids in the wine complement to the chips.
Create a pizza bar by purchasing pre-cooked pizza dough and setting out a bowl of sauce, shredded cheese, and a variety of both meat and vegetable toppings. Each guest can then pick and choose to create their own personal pizzas. To save time cooking, partially bake the crusts before everyone adds their toppings. The meat toppings pair nicely with the Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, the vegetable toppings with the Carneros Pinot Noir.
Wolfgang Puck’s pastry chefs Della Gossett, Kamel Guechida and Romain Lenoir prepared some of the most exquisite desserts for the Ball, such as chocolate dipped strawberry cheesecake pops, funky chunky chocolate popcorn and tiny golden Oscar statures. Set up a dessert bar with multiple small bites that are perfect for pairing Baileys and coffee.