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Some Puckish fare on the menu for Oscar Sunday

Puck Just days before the Academy Awards, Jessica Contreras was busy misting 24-karat gold over an Oscar statuette. But on Sunday, that golden figurine isn't going to be presented to a winner -- instead, it might be eaten by one.

On Wednesday morning, Contreras, a pastry cook, was readying miniature chocolate Oscars for the 52nd Governors Ball. The glittering party, which was launched by the academy in 1958 to fete nominees and winners, will be held again this year at the grand ballroom at the Hollywood & Highland Center, adjacent to the Kodak Theatre.

"We actually had the molds made before I started working this party, and the academy was very unhappy about it," said Wolfgang Puck, who will be back to cater the event for the 16th year. "They're so protective of their image, you know. But now everything is good, and they take the molds back after the party and say, 'OK, can we lock these up?'"

Earlier this week, a handful of cooks crowded the ballroom's kitchen to get a head start on dicing and peeling vegetables -- including the 400 pounds of celery, 450 pounds of potatoes and 500 pounds of leeks that will be served Sunday night. This year, Puck's menu will include a potato galette with smoked salmon followed by a chicken pot pie and topped off with a Baked Alaska for dessert.

Read more about the Oscar preparations here:

Photo credit: Chef Wolfgang Puck previews the food to be offered at Sunday’s Governors Ball. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times


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My god, year after year...."Wolfgang, what are THEY eating?" Isn't it bad enough we glorify those who have it all? Do we have to stoop so low?? How many people are out there who wish they could feed their children with what goes to waste on "the stars" by them taking 2 bites and passing it on, moving the food around on the plate or simply not eating?

You want to do something good? You want to impress me and the masses? Feed the needy with the food that goes to the Governors ball, I'm sure they could really use it. Don't let the so-called stars waste it. They can surely afford to fill their own bellies.

What an unimaginative menu. Chicken pot pie for one of the top balls of the year in this town? Seriously? With all the amazing food California has to offer?

The top-rated caterer I've sometimes worked for served much more creative, varied, gorgeous fare than this every week, let alone on the Grammy & Oscar gigs we did every year.

Puck might as well stick to pizzas if this is the best he can do.

Pot pie and Baked Alaska sound a bit heavy for all those weight conscious celebs. Why not a light Chicken Marsala followed by sorbet with a biscotti?


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