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A TV dinner fit for the stars at the Emmy Awards Governors Ball

August 27, 2010 |  5:36 pm

The journey of thousands of meals must begin with a single plate.

That classic white china plate with a square rim pattern holds the fare that is charged with satisfying the particular appetites of the 3,600 guests Sunday at the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards Governors Ball, which, according to organizers, constitutes the largest annual formal dinner in America.

The post-Emmy fete will be held at a ballroom in the Los Angeles Convention Center, and the culinary logistics -- overseen by Patina Restaurant Group founder Joachim Splichal and Patina Catering executive chef Alec Lestr -- are staggering: 10,500 plates; 4,776 bottles of wine; 1,750 California avocados; 984 pounds of rack of lamb; 900 pounds of heirloom tomatoes; 800 pounds of dark chocolate; 300 pounds of chickpeas; 195 cooks; and much, much more.

To read the rest of Jessica Gelt's story and look at a photo gallery, click here.

Photo: Thousands of desserts are plated at the Creative Arts Emmy Governors Ball. Credit: Jessica Gelt / Los Angeles Times