My Governors Ball Red Carpet Experience

Excitedly I walked on the 90th Oscars red carpet before the Academy Awards and the Oscars Governors Ball preview. Event producer Cheryl Cecchetto of Sequoia Productions and her team created an elegant white and gold room that “transports those who have won before, those who may win and those who will win in the future, an experience that lingers long after the last dance,” Cecchetto said. “This is the 24th consecutive year, that Puck and the Wolfgang Puck Catering team set the menu featuring 60 imaginative dishes.”IMG_8900

Trays of Master Chef Wolfgang Puck’s amuse bouche, hors d’oeuvres and small plates were passed around the room. It’s the exact same culinary delights that 1,500 Oscar winners and nominees, show presenters and participants will enjoy after exiting the televised Hollywood award show.

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Passed trays included spicy tuna tartare in sesame miso cones, crab stuffed hibiscusn smoked salmon Oscars and black truffle chicken pot pies. Every year, Puck and his team present an enormous seafood raw bar and exquisite pastries and chocolates that include caramel-passion fruit Oscars lollipops, cocktail inspired macarons and a few sweet vegan delights. The highlight of the evening was a Callebaut Ruby chocolate filled with strawberry-hibiscus mousse.

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Servers offered flutes filled with bubbly limited edition Piper-Heidsieck champagne. One was an Oscars Art-Deco limited edition, others included a rare 1998 and 2002 vintage champagne.

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Globally acclaimed mixologist Charles Joly’s presented three specialty drinks – The Protagonist, The Epilogue and The Trilogy. For those looking for a non-alcoholic beverage, The Sidekick is made with cold hibiscus tea, fresh lemon juice, tonic water, simple syrup and sliced cucumber and borage flowers for garnish.

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Glasses of Coppola’s Director’s Cut Oscars 90th Edition 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2016 Chardonnay, and a 2016 Pinot Noir were poured throughout the evening. Corey Beck, Francis Ford Coppola Winery’s CEO said “The Academy Award is a ceremony that honors daring fearless, innovative storytelling, and in that tradition, we have developed two exquisite Director’s Cut wines that reflect innovative excellence.”

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Tables and the room are enhanced by 5000 succulents with thousands of roses and ranunculus by celebrity floral designer Mark Held of Mark’s Garden. These flowers are from South America, Holland, and California. Following the Governors Ball, the succulent plants displayed will be planted at the Motion Picture Television Fund for the residents to enjoy.

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