Wolfgang Puck plans "greatest hits" for Oscar menu

Thu Feb 23, 2012 5:58pm EST
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By Jordan Riefe

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - After the red carpet has been walked and Oscars given out on Sunday night, Hollywood's stars will dine to what master chef Wolfgang Puck calls his "greatest hits" of recipes.

Puck, who is perhaps more famous than some of the celebrities he will feed, on Thursday unveiled his menu for the annual Governor's Ball following the Academy Awards. He and his staff of 350 will serve some 1500 guests including Hollywood A-listers such as George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

"You can almost call it Wolfgang's greatest hits over 30 years," Puck told reporters about the meal. "This is the perfect menu because there's something for everybody."

An 18-year veteran of the post-Oscar party thrown by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Puck and Chef Matt Bencivenga have whipped up more than 50 dishes including hors d'oeuvres and small-plate entrees that will be offered buffet style throughout the evening.

The list of foods for the sumptuous feast is long: smoked salmon Oscars, chicken pot pie with shaved black truffles, lobster tacos with tomato and pickled Shallots, beet salad with pistachio butter, braised short ribs with parmesan polenta, lamb chops with a mint cilantro vinegar, lobster with curry ginger sauce, burrata and citrus balsamic, baked potato wrapped in gold with caviar and crème fraiche.

That should be enough to satisfy even the most finicky movie diva. And for those whose gastronomy leans toward the less lavish, there's always macaroni and cheese.

Instead of formal dining tables, guests will sit on chaise lounges and padded chairs amid 1400 hanging strands of Swarovski crystals in a lounge-like atmosphere where they can mingle and toast the winners. They will be serenaded by Tony Bennett.

"With the lounge style you can eat, you can drink, and you can be with friends instead of having something so formal you have to sit with people you don't want to be with," Puck said.   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, February 23, 2012.   REUTERS/Danny Moloshok