Spotted on the red carpet: Wolfgang Puck and his menu for the Oscars
On Sunday afternoon I was in the press bleachers on the red carpet at the Oscars. The glut of celebrity was so overwhelming that I became numb to the whole thing. There's Nicole Kidman and Gwyneth Paltrow with their arms around each other; there's Justin Timberlake; there's Colin Firth; and so forth.
As my eyes glazed over and my feet turned to ice (it was cold out there!) I suddenly caught a glimpse of Wolfgang Puck and his son Byron, with a whole crew of white-clad chefs, carrying a sample of the dinner Puck planned to serve at the Governor's Ball after the show. The delicious-looking food shook me from my star-induced stupor.
Word on the carpet was that Puck's smoked salmon Oscars are amazing. Best of all, he liberally doled out Sherry Yard's signature gold-plated miniature Oscar chocolates to everyone he saw. Also on the menu: a sushi and shellfish station, black truffle pizza with ricotta and thyme, a trio of salads, pan-roasted Dover sole, vegetable risotto paella, and asparagus with Iberico ham and black truffle aioli.
Puck said he was cooking for 1,500 guests and that he had 12 chefs just working on the special requests of the stars.
The Governor's Ball was the last in a series of Academy Awards dinners helmed by celebrity chefs. Joachim Splichal regularly caters the Emmys; Suzanne Goin concluded her second year catering the SAG Awards last month; and, for the first time ever, Ludo Lefebvre catered Elton John's Oscar party. I'm told that food went really fast.
For more on Wolfgang Puck on the red carpet, check out this post on Ministry of Gossip.
-- Jessica Gelt
Photo: Wolfgang Puck, left, and son Byron on the Oscars red carpet on Feb. 27, 2011. Credit: Jessica Gelt / Los Angeles Times