Walking into the Los Angeles Convention Center last week, I listened to Cheryl Cecchetto enthusiastically reveal this year’s “Golden Grandeur” design for the Emmy Awards Governors Ball. For 20 years, Cecchetto has produced the Governor’s Ball. This year there are three balls back-to-back. The Creative Arts Governors Ball was on Saturday, Sept. 9 and Sunday, Sept. 10. On Sunday, Sept. 18, she will welcome the Emmy winners, nominees and entertainment luminaries after the televised Emmy Awards show at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Focusing on elegance and environmental sustainability, the grand room is transformed with 5,000 paper cyclinders painted in a biodegradable gold coloring as the parties’ signature overhead art installation. The piece will be recyled and reused after the event.
Rectangular tables are dressed with rich gold thread linens and set with 25,000 pieces of china with wine glasses in a space that is the length of one football field and double the width. The exquisite floral centerpieces by Kevin Lee, owner and floral designer for LA PREMIER adorn the tables. The flowers and greenery will be repurposed as mulch following the event.
This is the 22nd year that Executive Chef Joachim Splichal and his Patina Catering team including Executive Chef Gregg Wiele, Executive Chef of Patina Catering Alec Lestr and Executive Pastry Chef Frania Mendivil prepare an elegant “golden” three-course dinner incorporating seasonal ingredients. Over 250 cooks will be in the kitchen each night. Most of the main course (filet mignon) will be cooked on-site and given immediately to the 600 servers to deliver warm to the guests.The elegant menu includes heirloom tomato salads, pan roasted filet mignon and chocolate brownies.
Award-Winning Bartender Charles Joly of World Class Spirits made a signature Emmy cocktail with The Hilhaven Lodge Blended Whiskey for guests to sip before and during dinner.
Ferrari Trento will offer a variety of sparkling wines for celebratory toasts, with Jamie Alexander Stewart, the U.S. Brand Ambassador to help pour over 4,000 champagne flutes.
Tim Irwin the Global Brand Director of Sterling Vineyards will debut Iridium, a Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon in the Winner’s Circle while Emmy winners have their statuettes personalized.
Phillip Ashley owner of Phillip Ashley Chocolates will satisfy everyones sweet tooth with his beautiful artisan chocolate treats.
Musical Director Scott Mayo and the Scott Mayo Collective will entertain guests with a special performance.
Contributing Television Academy corporate partners also highlighted include: Audi®, FIJI® Water, L’Oréal® Paris, and Splenda Naturals.
The 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will air Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 8 p.m. ET and 5 p.m. PT on CBS.