Cool colors, clean lines and an elegant Asian aesthetic will mark this year's Academy Awards Governors Ball, which follows the Oscar ceremony on Feb 22. The event team headed by Los Angeles-based Sequoia Productions offered a media preview at the Kodak Theatre on Monday.
Parsons chairs with tall, narrow backs are wrapped tightly in silky stretch velvets in bronze and pewter. Rectangular tables, some featuring troughs down the center for floral, are topped with nubby linens shot with metallic strands and runners embroidered with discreet floral motifs. Clear, square chargers are accompanied by stainless flatware with bamboo-shaped handles and cylindrical stemware flaring at the base. Scenic fabrication is credited to Glendale, Calif.-based Ethos Design; tabletop will come from Los Angeles-based Classic Party Rentals and its Unique Tabletop Rentals arm. Reseda, Calif.-based Resource One will supply linen.
Sherman Oaks, Calif.-based florist Mark's Garden continues the Asian mood with organic floral. White tulips mix with blue hyacinth, succulents, bare branches and deep purple calla lilies. The centerpieces range from giant "bonsai trees" created from grapevine wood and Ming greenery to low-profile "Zen gardens."
The 1,500 guests will dine on a menu from longtime Oscar caterer Wolfgang Puck, partnering with executive chef Matt Bencivenga and pastry chef Sherry Yard. The celebrity chef will continue his tradition of offering responsible menus stressing sustainable seafood, natural beef and organic produce.
Tray Passed Hors d’Oeuvre
Mini Kobe Burgers with Aged Cheddar and Remoulade
Spicy Tuna Tartare in a Sesame Miso Cone
Wasabi Pea Crusted Crab Cake with Mango and Thai Basil
Smoked Salmon Pizza with Caviar and Dill Creme
Black Truffle and Ricotta Cheese Pizza
Vegetable Spring Rolls with Sweet and Spicy Dipping Sauce
Chicken Pot Stickers with Ginger Black Vinegar Dipping Sauce
Sushi and Seafood Station
Rolls: Tuna, Vegetable, California, Unagi, Nigiri, Shrimp, Tuna, Hamachi, Salmon
Sashimi: Tuna, Salmon, Snapper, Hamachi
Soy, Wasabi, and Pickled Ginger
Poached Shrimp, Lobster Tails, Crab Legs, Oysters, Mussels
Mustard Sauce, Cocktail Sauce, Wasabi Apple Mignonette
Asian Vegetable Salad with Maine Lobster, Caviar and Ginger White Soy Vinaigrette
Smoked Salmon Oscars, Vietnamese Vegetable Spring Rolls, Bruschettas
Pumpkin Coconut Soup with Chicken, Shrimp, Shiitake Mushrooms and Green Onions
Slow Braised Asian Spiced Short Rib with Spring Vegetable Risotto
Vegetarian Option: Spring Vegetable Risotto with Black Winter Truffles
Chocolate Bento Boxes Filled with Truffles
Photos by Special Events Magazine