Oscars – Day 5

Thursday is one of my favorite days covering the Oscars (along with the rest of them) because Thursday morning is the Governor’s Ball Food and Beverage Preview! The Governor’s Ball is a formal dinner held at the Hollywood and Highland Center immediately following the Oscars telecast. You have to remember the Oscars take place at 5:30pm Pacific time, so when the show is over three hours later, there is still plenty of time to party in Tinseltown! In our video for today, we had a chance to go one on one with Wolfgang Puck and get some of his perspective on throwing the official party of the Oscars. No pressure there! We also talked with Lauren Ashamalla from Sequoia Productions, who handles the logistics of the decorations and furniture for the Governor’s Ball. It is interesting to see the level of detail that goes into planning this one party! 


The Food and Beverage Preview was better than ever. I grazed the full hour we were loose in on the red carpet. Along the way, I consumed four different types of pizza: four cheese pizza, veggie pizza, smoked salmon pizza, and barbeque chicken pizza. We also sampled spicy tuna bites, salmon and caviar Oscars, crab cakes, mini-burgers, and sever other appetizers.

As you’ll see in the video, one of the sous chefs had a monopoly on desserts, bringing us cookies, raspberry torts, and two different pop-up desserts. Yum! And, as you can imagine, all the food tasted spectacular and looked the part of a five-star selection. Oh, and don’t forget the unique Champagne cocktail made exclusively for the Oscars. I can’t remember what the recipe was, but I did enough research on it!

Today we are reminded that even though we may have a low opinion of movie stars and media moguls, but when I experience the events at the Academy, it is refreshing to know that there are still people in the world who strive for excellence, want to reflect class, and show how classy things can be done if we pay attention to detail. I know that when I get back to the office next week, I will keep in mind the attention to detail and the high standards by which the Academy operates, and put that to use in my business affairs.

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