Vegan pizza, smoked salmon Oscars on offer at post-Oscars ball

Wed Jan 23, 2013 4:19am EST
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hollywood's elite will chow down on vegan pizza and kale salad in addition to the traditional smoked salmon Oscars at the annual Governor's Ball after next month's Academy Awards ceremony, celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck announced on Tuesday.

Unveiling his menu for the year's biggest movie party, Puck said chicken pot pie with shaved black truffles, mini Kobe burgers, Japanese baby peach salad, steamed red snapper with Thai spice, Tuna Nicoise and his signature gold-dusted mini-chocolate Oscars also would be served.

Some 1,500 guests are expected at the ball immediately after the February 24 Oscars ceremony, including nominees such as George Clooney, Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain.

Puck's menu could be the first chance for many of the attendees to eat since breakfast, as nominees and presenters stave off food in order to squeeze in to fitted gowns and tuxedos for the televised red carpet arrivals and ceremony.

"Nobody eats lunch that day, so by nine o'clock, anybody who would be on a diet is no longer on that diet," Puck said.

With Oscar-nominated films ranging from dramas to comedies and musicals, guests at the ball - the Academy's official celebration - will be dining on dishes just as varied.

"We have so many great nominated movies from 'Argo' to 'Les Miserables' to 'Silver Linings Playbook," Puck told Reuters. "It's a really great year for movies with lots of variety, so we are going to serve a variety of dishes."

Puck, who this year is marking his 19th year catering the ball, and chef Matt Bencivenga will serve over 50 dishes from hors d' oeuvres and entrees that will be served on small plates throughout the evening.   Continued...

Chef Wolfgang Puck takes a bite of a 24 Karat Chocolate Oscar dessert during the food and wine preview in preparation for the 84th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California in this February 23, 2012 file photograph. Puck unveiled the food for the 85th Academy Awards January 22, 2013. The Oscars will be presented in Hollywood February 24. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok/Files