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Party Like An Oscar® Nominee

Party Like An Oscar® Nominee

Party Like an Oscar® nominee. Party Like an Oscar® nominee. Here are your dinner party ideas and recipes for a spectacular evening. Brining normalcy back after this year. The evening is at the Union Station Los Angeles and the Dolby® Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®.

Party Ideas For Oscars®

You can celebrate this time with a great dinner party much like the nominees celebrities. Here are a few recipes for your dinner guests.

  • Smoked Salmon Oscar® with Iranian Osetra Caviar on Brioche
  • Baked Macaroni and Cheese
  • Chicken Pot Pie
  • The Protagonist Cocktail

Party Recipes For Oscars®

Smoked Salmon Oscar with Iranian Osetra Caviar on Brioche

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Ingredients
  • Oscar® Brioche
  • 1 loaf brioche
  • 1 cup dill cream (recipe below)
  • 1 lb. smoked salmon
  • 2 oz. Iranian Osetra caviar
  • Dill Cream
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 2 T shallots, chopped
  • 1 T fresh dill, chopped
Instructions
  1. Cut the brioche into the shape of an Oscar statuette.
  2. Toast until golden.
  3. Spoon small amount of dill cream on the brioche (see below).
  4. Layer smoked salmon on top and garnish with caviar.
  5. Dill Cream
  6. Whisk ingredients together thoroughly. Pinch of salt and white ground pepper.
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Chicken Pot Pie

(recipe courtesy Wolfgang Puck, adapted from “Wolfgang Puck Makes it Easy,” Rutledge Hill Press, 2004)

Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients

2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken, cut into 1-inch chunks

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

4 tablespoons vegetable oil

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided

1/2 pound organic red-skinned potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

1/2 pound organic carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces

1 medium yellow onion, peeled and diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes

1 sprig thyme

1 bay leaf

1 cup white wine

2 cups organic chicken stock

1 cup plus 1 tablespoon heavy cream

1/4 cup dry sherry

1/2 cup shelled or frozen peas

Approximately 1/2 pound frozen puff pastry, defrosted following package instructions

1 cage-free egg

Ingredients

Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper, and toss in a mixing bowl with 2 tablespoons of the flour until evenly coated. In a large skillet over high heat, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add the chicken pieces, reduce the heat slightly, and sauté, turning them occasionally, until light golden and thoroughly cooked, about 5 to 10 minutes. sing a slotted spoon, transfer the chicken to a plate and set aside. Add the remaining oil and 2 tablespoons of the butter to the pan, then add the potatoes, carrots, and onions and sauté until they begin to look glossy and bright, 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium, stir in the garlic, red pepper flakes, thyme, and bay leaf, and sauté, just until the vegetables begin to color slightly, 2 to 3 minutes more.

Add the wine, turn up the heat, stir and scrape with a wooden spoon to deglaze the pan deposits, and simmer until the liquid reduces by about half, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the chicken stock and the 1 cup of cream. Bring the liquid to a boil, reduce the heat slightly, and simmer briskly until the liquid reduces by about half again and is thick and creamy about 15 minutes. Remove the sprig of thyme and the bay leaf. Stir in the reserved chicken pieces and the sherry. Stir together the butter and remaining flour and stir this paste into the mixture. Season the sauce to taste with salt and pepper.

Transfer to 4 large individual ovenproof 2-cup soup bowls, 4 ramekins of the same size, or a 2-quart baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until the filling is cold, at least 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Make sure the puff pastry is no thicker than 1/4 inch. With the tip of a sharp knife cut the pastry into 4 circles that will overhang the rim of the serving bowls or ramekins by about half an inch; for a single large baking dish, cut 4 circles that will cover its top, or use one large sheet.

In a small bowl, beat together the egg and the remaining 1 tablespoon cream to make an egg wash. Brush the tops and outsides of the rims of the bowls. Place the bowls, ramekins, or baking dish on a baking tray and place the puff pastry circles on top, pressing them gently over the sides of the dishes. Pierce the tops with the tip of a paring knife. Brush the top of the pastry with egg wash. Carefully transfer the baking sheet to the oven and bake until the filling is bubbling hot and the pastry is a deep golden brown, 25 to 35 minutes. Serve hot.

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Baked Macaroni and Cheese (recipe courtesy Wolfgang Puck)

Ingredients

8 ounces elbow macaroni

6 tablespoons unsalted butter

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

3 1/2 cups milk

3 tablespoons finely chopped black truffle (optional)

1/2 medium white onion

1 bay leaf

10 ounces sharp aged white Cheddar, shredded

3 ounces Gruyère cheese, shredded

1 ounce freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Pinch cayenne

2 drops black winter truffle oil (optional)

1 cup fresh brioche or challah bread crumbs

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh Italian parsley

Thinly sliced fresh black truffles, for garnish (optional)

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add macaroni and cook until al dente, tender but still chewy, about 7 minutes. Drain and transfer to lightly oiled baking pan. Set aside.
  2. While macaroni cooks, melt 3 tablespoons butter in a separate pot over low heat. Whisk in flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 4 minutes.
  3. Add milk, chopped truffle, onion, and bay leaf to butter-flour mixture. Raise heat slightly and simmer for 10 minutes, until creamy, stirring regularly. Discard onion and bay leaf. Remove from heat.
  4. Stir in 3/4 of aged Cheddar along with other cheeses. Season with salt, black pepper, cayenne, and truffle oil if desired. Fold in macaroni. Pour into 2-quart casserole. Top with remaining Cheddar.
  5. Melt remaining butter in sauté pan. Add breadcrumbs and parsley. Toss to coat. Spread crumb mixture evenly over top of macaroni.
  6. Step Six: Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven let stand for about 5 minutes. Top with shaved truffle, if desired, before serving.
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The Protagonist

Ingredients

1/2 ounce Pimm’s The Original No. 1 Cup

3/4 ounce Fresh Lemon Juice

1/4 ounce Simple Syrup

2 ounces Tonic Water

Sliced Cucumber and Borage Flowers for Garnish

Instructions

Combine Don Julio Blanco, Pimm’s, lemon juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Gently shake and roll in tonic water.

Pour over fresh ice in a Collins glass.

Garnish: Wrap thin cucumber slice around inside of glass and top with borage flowers.

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Spring Break Staycation ~ Phoenix Arizona

Spring Break Staycation ~ Phoenix Arizona

Spring Break Staycation time. As you manage work, schooling, and a new way of living a staycation can be a wonderful adventure. Arizona is home to great history, beauty, and top resorts in the world.

Taking a staycation with your children can be incorporated with their school work – history, geography, geology, and even math. Here is a great road trip for spring break or any weekend.

Spring Break Hotel

Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort Phoenix, AZ

A glorious resort in Phoenix nestle in the Tapatio Cliffs . This resort has comfort, COVID-19 protocols, and great entertainment. The comforts of home are here. A nice sitting room, and comfortable bedroom. The location is stunning for sunsets and sunrises. The several pools are accommodating for children and an adults only pool with a pool side bar.

Relaxing and enjoyment with spa, salon, and room service available. Take a moment to enjoy a desert and glass of wine on the patio or pool side. Experience the stunning outdoors with golfing, hiking, or the sun deck for evening sunrises. This location is prefect to venture and explore the great location around the state.

Spring Break Food

Staycations really need to have great food stops along the way.

Pappadeaux Phoenix, AZ
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Pappadeaux Dining

Southern food is comfort food. Pappadeaux is a generation to generation restaurant brings fresh seafood and Louisiana-style favorite to the plate. Attention to details and tradition brings the comfort food to your dinner plate. This is a great place to get family style for your picnic or party in your hotel room. Dinner this night is Shrimp Etouffee, green beans, fried crawfish with one of the 2.27 million baguettes they make each year. Curb side pick-up perfection, not one item missed. Dinner was delish.

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Andreoli Scottsdale, AZ

This is a home take on traditional Italian restaurant is popular with local. They have had many features including Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. This quant location serves as an Italian grocer and restaurant. You can cook your own or enjoy a home cooked meal.

They make everything from scratch including their own prosciutto, desserts, and homemade breads. The food is like walking into a great Italian home on Sunday. The food is a purest approach. If you are looking to mix and match your pasta this is not the location. They portion are fitting for one person not family style.

We enjoyed the Filetto Di Sogliola alla Mugnaia (fresh seafood), Gnocchi alla Corsara, and spaghetti with meat sauce. Dessert a must, the pasta is not over filling or heavy. We enjoyed chocolate mouse, coconut cake, and almond chocolate bark. The food is fresh and organic. The hand crafted pasta and food is by chef Giovanni Scorzo. He states on the web profile, “EAT the BEST FOOD IN THE WORLD and SHUT UP.”

The atmosphere is a true antique decor replicating any Italian grandmother’s living room. The family affair is felt within the staff as well.

Eclectic Cafe Tucson AZ

Eclectic Cafe in Tucson is “Where quiche meets enchilada.” The concept is a fusion of a variety of cuisines. The meal today includes vegan gazpacho (great summer treat chilled with garden fresh vegetables, Sherry’s shrimp salad, and Chicken Quesadilla. Took home a loaf of their zucchini bread, fabulous toasted with eggs for breakfast.

Mammoth Steak House and Saloon Lost Dutchman Gold Mine

This location is inside the The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine has great views of Superstition Mountains, food, and atmosphere. You can sit on the patio, at the bar, or inside. There is always a musician performing and has the real feel of the old town saloon. Enjoy a shot and a beer at the bar or a great meal.

Sweet Country Charm Payson AZ
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Sweet Country Charm Candy Shop

The smell of sweet permeates the parking lot. It is a quant cozy welcoming candy shop in Payson Arizona. This sweet shop is in the Swiss Village Shoppes. They have homemade fudge, gelato, locally roasted coffee, handmade organic chocolate truffles, popcorn bar, nostalgic candies, handmade gifts.

Spring Break Attractions

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Tucson Mission San Xavier del Bac

This mission is apart of the wonderful history in Tucson. The missions are a big part of the culture and religion in the Southwest.

Mission San Xavier del Bac, a historic Spanish Catholic mission, is 10 miles south of downtown. This mission on the Tohono O’odham Nation San Xavier Indian Reservation. This location began with Franciscan missionary Fr. Juan Bautista Velderrain beginning in 1783. This mission has been apart of the New Spain, Mexico, and the United States since construction began.

The mission presents shells as a symbol of pilgrimage. The Baroque architecture is traditional with marbling, faux doors, and other details. The mission represents the struggles that have been with the Southwest, living in harsh conditions, the changes in governments, fire, and earthquake.

Casa Grande Domes

This is fun spot to stop and see from your car. It is a no trespassing area that is very unsafe especially for young children. This location was the hopes and dreams of many that never came true. This location was for manufacturing of computers but was never completed. There is an eerie feeling here. You can hear the walls speak as if there was life there but really the life has been one of decay and destruction.

Spring Break Payson Arizona

Payson Arizona is about 89 miles from downtown Phoenix to Payson on highway 87. It is a great drive from the Sonoran Desert to the top of the Mongolian Rim. The change in climate, altitude (from 1100 to 5000 ft.), and from big city to small town. This town offers a real homie feel and great location for adventure. A great lake and park for picnics, photos, and more. The beauty is pristine with four seasons of recreational activities.

Spring Break Tonoto National Forest

This is a great day in the old west driving up Apache Trail, an old trade route. There is so much to see and experience here. There is the Elvis Church with some old scenery from old cowboy movies, and a small replica of in the area gold mining. The actual gold mining town The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine. This location has great fun, shoot outs, and a train ride to the mine. It is the actual town prior to the mine flooding and the town shut down.

The road winds up to Tortilla Flat a small place with a gift shop and restaurant. This location was established as they built the Roosevelt Damn. The location has great water fun from boating, swimming, and kayaking. It is a breathtaking ride but well worth the journey.

Wonderspace Scottsdale AZ

Great interactive art at Wonderspace in Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall. The art here is interactive, bigger than life, and digit. You experience a new reality from the artist creations. The art changes the frame of art to an endless pallet. The children enjoyed the exhibit. My favorite is a tie from Myrkvidr and Shigeto: Hovering.
The art on exhibit at this time is:

RAINBOW ROOMS ~ Pierre le Riche

Stimulates a dialogue about identity, exploring struggles of discrimination, acceptance, and masculinity

FUJI ~ Joanie Lemercier

Focuses on projection or light in space and is influence in our perception.

SEWING MACHINE ORCHESTRA ~ Martin Messier

12 antique sewing machines presents a 3 minute concert

PLUME ~ Ian Brill

This creation is an immersive, interactive dome of synchronized light and sound gestures.

HUMAN STUDY #1, 3RNP ~ Patrick Tresset

This exhibits allows the participant to have a portrait drawn by robots.

THANK YOU BAGS ~ Reed van Brunschot

This is displaced, daily life through transitional moment one in which a a given situation suddenly and unexpectedly changes.

MYRKVIÐR ~ Yasuhiro Chida

This is a circular hoop, not linear, rotates around in the piece to create the effect of immateriality.

KILLING TIME ~ Eric Mesplé

This combines Mesplé use of ferrofluid and metal work

OUR TOP 100 ~ Jody Servon

This is a community-built playlist consisting of songs and memories about songs shared by participants 

AYAHUASCA KOSMIK JOURNEY ~ Atlas V

This is a journey is from a mind-altering visual-aural journey of an ayahuasca ceremony.

MICROMONUMENTAL MAPPING, THE ESSENCE OF CREATION ~ Limelight

Created by a group of artists who specialize in projection mapping and light art. This uses the Greek god Apollo images built into the Lille Opera House.

LIGHT LEAKS ~ Kyle McDonald and Jonas Jongejan

Created after McDonald noticed how environments that filled up his peripheral vision with light created a usually immersive mirrors.

A MIND SANG ~ Vier Nev

Short film on perception, rebirth, and transformation.

SHIGETO: HOVERING ~ Conor Grebel and 79Ancestors virtual reality

The virtual reality film inspired by how water came to earth.

A great place to visit and explore. There is so much more than just a desert in Phoenix, Arizona. What is your favorite location in the state of Arizona? Post your response here.

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Making Cinnamon Rolls ~ Foodie Ellie

Making Cinnamon Rolls ~ Foodie Ellie

Making cinnamon rolls Food Ellie is excited to create grammy’s cinnamon rolls. Ellie’s favorite treat from grammy is cinnamon rolls.

Ellie comes for a summer visit to celebrate the Juneteenth and swim for the weekend with grammy. She made her first pie crust for a sweet potato pie for the family Juneteenth dinner.

Ellie’s advice is to always check the bowl for eggshells and wash up the dishes when done. She was determined to do this herself. She measured each cup of flour to be one cup ( I usually use my senses to measure for bread). It was a wonderful day baking with her. Sharing the tradition I learned from my own grandmother.

Cinnamon Roll Tradition

My grandmothers on my mother’s side were known for their outstanding baking skills. They always used all-purpose flour, white sugar, and no eggs to make cinnamon rolls. Family recipes are fun to create.

I prefer Bob’s Red Mill Unbleached White All-Purpose Baking Flour (12-15% protein). This pastry flour is perfect for creating great yeast-raised products. Today we only had Bob’s Red Mill Unbleached White Fine Pastry Flour (8-9% protein). Getting the right flour has been a difficult product to find during the COVID-19 pandemic. This flour worked out well.

I remember reading my great-great grandmother’s story gathering sego lilies and grinding them into flour to bake bread, cinnamon rolls, and creating pies. They did this after settling in Idaho from the Mid-West and food was scare. It is a make it work moment.

Cinnamon Roll Recipe

Bread Dough

6 – 8 cups of Flour

2 pkg. active dry yeast

2 cups whole milk

1/2 cup butter

1 tsp. salt

1/2 cup sugar

2 eggs

Filling

3/4 cup butter

Cinnamon and sugar

You can raisins or chopped nuts if you like.

Icing Recipe

2 cups powder sugar

4 tbsp softened butter

2 tsp vanilla

Milk, enough to get icing spreading consistancy

In a large bowl or Kitchen Aid, mixing bowl with the bread hook attachment. Add 2 cups of the flour and both yeast pkg. on top of the flour.

In a large pot on the stove on low add whole milk, butter, salt, and sugar heat warm to the touch.

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Pour the warm to touch mixture over the flour and yeast. Mix well on low if using Kitchen Aid. When mixed well add

2 eggs blending after adding each egg.

Slowly add the remaining flour (this will vary each time how much) 1 cup at a time. Mix well after each addition. Increase speed on the Kitchen Aid as needed. The dough should be firm and start to pull away from the sides of the bowl when enough flour is added. Knead by hand for 12-14 minutes (stretch and pull using palms of your hands). In the Kitchen Aid mix for two minutes on setting 8. This is equivalent to 12-14 minutes needing by hand.

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Raising Cinnamon Rolls

Butter the sides of a large bowl. Place dough in a buttered bowl and cover with plastic wrap. My grandmothers used a clean dish towel. This does create a slight crust on the dough as it rises. Let dough rise until double size about 1 1/2 hours. Punch down, let rest 10 min.

Next, roll the cinnamon roll dough into a circle, dust with flour if sticking, roll about 1/4″ thick. Brush the melted butter on the rolled out dough. Then sprinkle the cinnamon and then sugar till well covered. You are welcome to mix the butter, cinnamon, and sugar together then spread on the dough with a butter knife. Roll the dough each roll please pull towards you. Then cut in 2-inch rolls with a sharp knife (children can use a butter knife it will be a change the shape of the cinnamon roll some but good experience for them).

Finishing Cinnamon Rolls

Place cinnamon rolls in grease baking pan 9×13″. Let rise he cinnamon rolls rise until the are touching each other for about 20 minutes. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350° f until golden brown. Mix up the icing using a hand mixer. Cool cinnamon rolls until warm to the touch. Frost the cinnamon rolls. This is great to make ahead for a family Sunday brunch or holiday breakfast. Store in an airtight container.

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Me, Great Grandma Lucy, Grandma Ruth, and Mother Eileen
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Teaching family recipes are so important in keeping the traditions and flavors alive. Taking time to recreate and creating new alterations make a life long memory that can last for generations. We enjoyed homemade pizza with the extra dough.

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Oscars® 91st Film Celebration

Oscars® 91st Film Celebration

The Oscars® celebration is 91 years old. This year is the year without a host. Award season closes out with the top fashion, talent, and entertainment.

Red Carpet Fashion Oscars® Celebration

The best in talent and fashion hit the red carpet for a few interviews and photos. Style and fashion are colorful. Big bows on the back are in with long trains. The tulle and feminity appear to be an honor to Karl Lagerfeld. Men step up the color and look fabulous.

Lady Gaga arrives understated wearing an Alexander McQueen black gown. Audrey Hepburn last wears her $30 million diamond from Tiffany Co. that Lady Gaga is wearing.

Constance Wu is wearing a flowing yellow Versace gown with jewels by Neil J. Rodgers Swarovski.

Spike Lee brought a little bit of “Do The Right Thing” to the Oscars He posts on Instagram “Brother Prince Is Watching Tonight, Singin’ “IT’S GONNA BE A BEAUTIFUL NIGHT’ Ozwald Boateng designer of his purple suit. Congrats on the Oscar.

Billy Porter is wearing custom Christian Siriano couture. The jewels created by Oscar Heyman.

Regina King slays in a white Oscar De La Renta with Chopard jewels and Christian Louboutin shoes for accessories.

Glenn Close styling is a beautiful gold Carolina Herrea with a long train. The gown has 4 Million Beads and Weighs 42 Pounds.

Ashley Graham at the 2019 Oscars is wearing a Zac Posen gown. Accessories include Martin Katz jewels, Gianvito Rossi shoes, and a Roger Vivier clutch.

Michelle Yeoh at the 2019 Oscars Wearing an Elie Saab dress with Chopard jewels.

Richard E. Grant Suit by Brunell Ocucinelli. The touch of color down the front of the shirt is nice.

Laura Harrier at the 2019 Oscars Wearing a sustainably sourced Louis Vuitton dress as part of the green carpet initiative and Bulgari jewels.

Amandla Stenberg at the 2019 Oscars Wearing a fringed column dress.

Awkwafina is wearing a DSquared2 suit with Chopard jewels.

Danielle Macdonald is wearing a sustainable Christian Siriano dress made with cotton crepe vegetable dyed fabric and recycled tulle with Stella Luna shoes.

Brad Goreski is wearing a Brunello Cucinelli suit with Garrett Leight glasses, Cartier jewels, and Christian Louboutin shoe.

Stephan James is wearing an Etro suit with David Yurman jewels.

Adam Lambert is very traditional by wearing Tom Ford with a beautiful white flower on the jacket. Great performance.

See the full red carpet coverage here.

Entertainment Oscars® Celebration

Presenters Oscars® Celebration

This year the star-studded presenters include Elsie Fisher, Danai Gurira, Brian Tyree Henry, Michael B. Jordan, Michael Keaton,
Helen Mirren, John Mulaney, Tyler Perry, Pharrell Williams, Krysten Ritter,
Paul Rudd and Michelle YeohAwkwafina, Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Tina Fey, Allison Janney, Brie Larson, Jennifer Lopez, Frances McDormand, Gary Oldman, Amy Poehler, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph, Amandla Stenberg, Charlize Theron, Tessa Thompson, Constance Wu, Javier Bardem, Angela Bassett, Chadwick Boseman, Emilia Clarke, Laura Dern, Samuel L. Jackson, Stephan James, Keegan-Michael Key, KiKi Layne, James McAvoy, Melissa McCarthy, Jason Momoa and Sarah Paulson.

Performances Oscars® Celebration

Queen opens the Oscars® with Adam Lambert. The performance of Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper much anticipated left the audience breathless. They perform Shallow from A Star Is Born. Other performances: Jennifer Hudson, I’ll Fight from RBG; nominees Gillian Welch and David Rawlings welcomed to the stage to sing When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs; Oscar nominee Bette Midler is a special guest performing The Place Where Lost Things Go from Mary Poppins Returns.

Oscars’ Week Celebration

The week prior to Oscars is a celebration of the nominees and preparations for the Sunday event.

The symposiums present makeup and hairstyling, foreign film directors, shorts, documentaries, and animation nominees. This is a great time to get the insight to the creation of the top films.

The red carpet and Dolby Theatre undergo a creation to welcome the nominees and press for this night. The Hollywood Blvd. transforms into an elegant reception.

Recipients Oscars® Celebration

Best Picture
  • Black Panther Kevin Feige, Producer
  • BlacKkKlansman  Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Raymond Mansfield, Jordan Peele, and Spike Lee, Producers.
  • Bohemian Rhapsody Graham King, Producer
  • The Favourite Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, and Yorgos Lanthimos, Producers.
  • Green Book Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly, and Nick Vallelonga, Producers Winner
  • Roma Gabriela Rodríguez and Alfonso Cuarón, Producers
  • A Star is Born  Bill Gerber, Bradley Cooper, and Lynette Howell Taylor, Producers
  • VICE Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adam McKay, and Kevin Messick, Producers.
Directing
  • Cold War Paweł Pawlikowski
  • BlacKkKlansman Spike Lee
  • The Favourite Yorgos Lanthimos
  • Roma Alfonso Cuarón Winner
  • Vice Adam McKay
Actor in a Leading Role
  • Christian Bale Vice
  • Bradley Cooper A Star Is Born
  • Willem Dafoe  At Eternity’s Gate
  • Rami Makek Bohemian Rhapsody Winner
  • Viggo Mortensen Green Book
Actress in a Leading Role
  • Yalitza Aparicio Roma
  • Glenn Close The Wife
  • Olivia Colman The Favourite Winner
  • Lady Gaga A Star Is Born
  • Melissa McCarthy Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
  • Mahershala Ali Green Book Winner
  • Adam Driver BlacKkKlansman
  • Sam Elliott  A Star Is Born
  • Richard E. Grant Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Sam Rockwell Vice
Actress in a Supporting Rold
  • Amy Adams Vice
  • Marina De Tavira Roma
  • Regina King If Beale Street Could Talk Winner
  • Emma Stone The Favourite
  • Rachel Weisz The Favourite
Animated Featured Film
  • Incredibles 2  Brad Bird, John Walker, and Nicole Paradis Grindle
  • Isle of Dogs  Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson
  • Mirai Mamoru Hosoda and Yuichiro Saito
  • Ralph Breaks The Internet ALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET Rich Moore, Phil Johnston, and Clark Spencer
  • SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord, and Christopher Miller Winner
Cinematography
  •  Cold War  Łukasz Żal
  • The Favourite Robbie Ryan
  • Never Look Away  Caleb Deschanel
  • Roma Alfonso Cuarón Winner
  • A Star is Born Matthew Libatique
Adapted Screenplay
  • The Ballad of Buster ScruggsJoel Coen & Ethan Coen
  • BlacKkKlansman Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee Wnner
  • Can You Ever Forgive Me? Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty
  • If Beale Street Could Talk Barry Jenkins
  • A Star Is Born Eric Roth and Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters
Costume Design
  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Mary Zophres
  • BLACK PANTHER Ruth Carter Winnter
  • The Favourite  Sandy Powell
  • Mary Poppins Returns Sandy Powell
  • Mary Queen Of Scots Alexandra Byrne
Musical Orignal Score
  • Black Panther Ludwig Goransson Winner
  • BlacKkKlansman Terence Blanchard
  • If Beale Street Could Talk Nicholas Britell
  • Isle of Dogs Alexandre Desplat
  • Mary Poppins Returns Marc Shaiman
Musical Orignal Song
  • All The Stars Black Panther Music By Ludwig Goransson
  • I’ll Fight RBG Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
  • The Place Where Lost Thing Go Mary Poppins Returns
  • Music by Marc Shaiman; Lyric by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman Shallow A Star Is Born Winner
  • Music and Lyric by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt
  • When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Winges The Ballad of Buster Scruggs “
  • Music and Lyric by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings
Sound Editing
  • Black Panther Benjamin A. Burtt and Steve Boeddeker
  • Bohemian Rhapsody John Warhurst and Nina Hartstone Winner
  • First Man Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan
  • A Quiet Place Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
  • Roma Sergio Díaz and Skip Lievsay

Other Winners

Sound Mixing Bohemian Rhapsody

Film Editing Bohemian Rhapsody

Production Design Black Panther

Animated Short Film Bao

Documentary Short Subject Period. End of Sentence.

Visual Effects First Man

Live Action Short Film Skin

Original Screenplay Green Book

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Breakfast Time

Breakfast Time

Breakfast is the best meal of the day. You can enjoy it all day savory or sweet. Breatkfast time is a great time to gather and enjoy.

Cameron Trading Post

The food made from scratch daily and is a fusion of the three food cultures. This place is perfect for travelers with their lodging, restaurant, art gallery, garden with fountains, and a massive gift shop. The trading post opened in 1916 and welcomes everyone like a guest in their homes. Prior to being a trading post, the place served as an apothecary.

  • Navajo pancake this is a blue corn pancake
  • Prickly pear stuffed french toast this is French toast served sandwich style with a prickly pear jam and cream cheese
  • Warrior Surprise is a mini-Navajo Taco topped with one egg
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Ranch House Grille

Ranch House Grille

This is a great place to meet with a high school friend and his beautiful wife. We enjoyed breakfast at Ranch House Grille. It is a very local place. Many entering the grill knew other patrons and shared stories of their families and community. It is a wonderful meal. Large portions, good café coffee, and great hash browns are found here.

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Joe’s Cafe Breakfast

Orem Utah Reunion Breakfast

Meeting up with my dear friend Lisa Sherman is like we never missed even one day, even though it had been a few decades. Lisa and I have known each other since we were three. We ran the neighborhood streets as two determined little girls could. We enjoy breakfast at Joe’s Cafe. The food is so delish. Lisa even enjoyed the grits. A dish she is convinced she did not like. Joe said, “You will love them. Nothing comes between your lips and my grits.” It is so wonderful catching up with Lisa after all these years.

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3 Sisters Cafe Breakfast

3 Sisters Cafe

The first food stop of the trip is 3 Sisters Cafe in Indianapolis, Indiana, in business for 20 years. They serve a large choice of elegant breakfasts from sweet to savory and great lunch menu as well.

They have great beverages (no alcohol) with flair. I enjoyed the turmeric and ginger iced tea. It is a great flavor not too sweet or sugary. The brunch is perfect a great hollandaise sauce over Scottish lox, poached eggs, fresh tomato, and locally made English muffins with caviar on top. The English muffin is fresh with a nice sourdough flavor. The hollandaise sauce is perfect with just a little heat. The porridge is a new experience. It is creamy with a hint of cinnamon.

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The Courier Café Urbana

The Courier Café brings Champaign history and old Victorian styling in the decor. The main dining room has:

  • A large palace chandelier from the Opera House in Erie Pennsylvania
  • The cash register is  the first electric cash register
  •  The courier clock pendulum filled with mercury makes the time keeping right
  • The stained glass comes from a Danville church predating the Civil War
  • The Pullman lamps light the aisle for passengers on the Pullman railroad cars
  • The brass chimes a gift from George Malford, a Nickelodeon Maker, they are steamed powered

The Café’s name is for the Courier newspaper that operated for decades in the building. The building is almost lost to fire and remained empty for decades. In 1980, the current owners began remodeling and opened for business on November 10, 1980. They are a farm to table restaurant with the garden and bees on the property for the freshest ingredients.

The menu is a hearty all American menu with breakfast served daily until 11 AM then lunch and dinner menu until closing. The breakfast is traditional eggs, omelets, fantastic pancakes, and hash browns. Their coffee is fresh ground daily and they have special blends. The lunch/dinner menu is hearty with a ribeye sandwich, fries, soups, and steak. The food has that home cooked look and feel. They do have a few items for vegetarians including breakfast sausage. They do have one special treat “Courier water this is sparkling water from deep below the café. It is a great place for large parties and a sense of the community in Champaign.

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Scone City located in Wicker Park is wonderful for a morning after bar hopping or late night in Chicago. Jessica and Tim Canning along with chef Laurie McNamara took on the endeavor in a specialized sweet and savory scone menu. This place is a perfect stop as my sister Cherie is heading to the airport to return to her family in Idaho. It is so wonderful sharing this experience with here. Seeing places and enjoying the cross-country journey. I truly miss her every day. She enjoyed a sweet blueberry w/ lemon glaze scone she says, “It is delicious!! Sweet. Soft. Perfection!!! Soooo tasty.” They have savory scones as well. I enjoyed a hot Vanilla Bean Latte with the house-made vanilla syrup. It is a perfect start to a day of exploring Chicago..

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Kanela Breakfast in Chicago

The last morning of the road trip in the Midwest is brunch at Kanela, the Greek name for Cinnamon. This restaurant place is Wicker Park neighborhood on a street with many older shops. It is a great place, voted best in Chicago by USA Today,  for a Sunday morning brunch. The coffee tops and wonderful after an evening at Bangers and Lace.

Brunch includes California Benedict and Fried Egg Sandwich this is an exceptional meal. The hollandaise sauce perfection with a nice touch of heat, the poach egg picture perfect. The sandwich is fabulous with the chili aioli brings the flavors together. The seasoned potatoes nicely cooked not too soft or undercooked. It is a nice brunch with my sister. We do agree that this is a great place for brunch.

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Milk Bar NYC

Super excited to try crack pie and coffee for breakfast. This is a planned find in NYC. Watching Chef’s Table on Netflix. I knew I needed to try Milk Bar. This is Christine Tosi’s and is part of the Manhattan-based Momofuku restaurant. This is my first stop in the morning. The little shop has great cookies, cakes, pies, and bagel bombs. I order an iced coffee, bagel bomb with spinach, and crack pie. The bagel bomb is warm and filled with spinach and cheese. It is a nice bite for the start of touring NYC.  I save the crack pie for a little later, but it is delicious. The filling is something like a custard, but buttery. The oat crust is light and flaky. This is a must stop and see.

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What are the Elite Eating at Governor’s Ball

What are the Elite Eating at Governor’s Ball

This year the Governor’s Ball is the after party for the elite. They will enjoy an evening at The Ray Dolby Ballroom Hollywood & Highland Center®. The evening is shaping up to be a magical transformation.

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Governor’s Ball Menu

Wolfgang Puck Catering is preparing the Governor’s Ball. They will set the stage for Hollywood’s biggest night with a menu pairing glamour with innovation. The menu includes some of the classics and a few new dishes. There are vegan gluten-free desserts.

Governor’s Ball Amuse Bouche
  • Crostini of Compressed Watermelon with Citrus Feta Cheese
  • Crab Deviled Eggs
  • Avocado Tostadas with Crunch Cabbage and Chipotle Glaze (V)
  • Mini Taro Root Taco with Miso Glazed Eggplant and Smoked Soy Mushrooms (V)
  • Crostini with New York Steak, Classic Chimichurri
  • Spicy Ranch Popcorn
  • Housemade Potato Chips
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The Academy’s® Governors Ball will be held in the Ray Dolby Ballroom
Governor’s Ball Tray Passed Hors d’Oeuvres
Governor’s Ball Small Plates
  • Caramelized Cauliflower, Golden Raisin, Lime, Labneh, Pinenut, Shiso-Za’atar
  • Frozen Golden Beets, Almond Custard, Meyer Lemon, Ice Lettuce (V)
  • Snap Peas, Asian Pear, Pomelo Salad, Cacik Cheese, Mint, Walnut
  • Compressed Persimmon, Cinco Jotas Jamón Ibérico, Burrata, Wild Arugula
  • Sunchoke and Fennel Soup, Chips, Truffle Gremolata
  • Potato and Caviar 2.0
  • Black Truffle Chicken Pot Pie
  • Winter Truffle Baked Cavatappi and Cheese
  • Pea Agnolotti, Black Truffle, Peas Shoot, Parmesan Reggiano Brittle
  • Miyazaki Wagyu Beef Ny, Carrot Vichy, Spigarello, Yuzu Kotcho Ponzu
  • Loup De Mer, Calçot Onions, Artichokes, Fennel, Romesco Salsa, Espelette
  • Nashville Hot Fried Quail, House Made Pickles, Red Velvet Waffle
  • Torchio Pasta, Arugula, Tomato, Caper Berries, Aleppo Pepper, Black Olive Oil, Basil Flower (V)
  • Austrian Ricotta Dumpling, Watercress-Pea Pesto, Lemon Brown Butter
Governor’s Ball Raw Bar

  • Served on Hand Carved Ice Bar
  • Spicy Tuna Rolls
  • California Rolls
  • Vegetable Rolls
  • Made To Order Nigiri
  • Scallop Ceviche, Black Garlic, Satsuma Tangerine Miso, Micro Herbs
  • Sea Urchin with Eggless Custard, Dashi, Unagi Glaze, Finger Lime
  • Albacore Tataki, Sweet Onions, Ginger, Momiji Chili, Ponzu
  • Oysters
  • Snow Crab Claws
  • King Crab Legs
  • Lobster
  • Shrimp
Governor’s Ball Individual & Plated Sweets
  • 24 Karat Dusted Valrhona Illanka Chocolate Oscars®
  • Ombre Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
  • Pillow Cake with Coconut Mango and Passion Fruit
  • Coconut – Chocolate Bar (V)
  • Yuzu Religieuse
  • Passion Fruit Cookie with Chocolate Chunks
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies.
  • Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Milk Chocolate and Caramelized Pecan Cookies
  • Strawberry Cookies
  • Hazelnut and Almond Brownies
  • Espresso Macaron
  • Matcha Cherry Macaron
  • Hibiscus Orange Pate De Fruit
  • Piper Heidsieck Golden Champagne Strawberry Push Pop
  • Mini Wolfgang Puck Dark Chocolate Bars
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Governor’s Ball Passed Small Plates
  • Black Forest “Cherry”
  • Butterscotch Verrine with Dark Chocolate Nest
  • Tropical Pavlova with Macerated Jackfruit and Dragon Fruit (V)
  • Strawberry Ginger Cheesecake with Jasmine Gelee
Governor’s Ball Lollipops
  • Passion Fruit Cheesecake
  • Praline Almond Chocolate
  • Chocolate Oscars® with Strawberry Valrhona Chocolate
Governor’s Ball Chocolate Bon Bons
  • Chai Latte
  • Thai Tea with Young Coconut
  • Honey Jasmine
  • Earl Grey Tea Biscuit
  • Espresso Triple Shot
  • Praline Roasted Coffee Bean
Governor’s Ball Chef Stations
  • Air Bread “Sea Urchin” with Passion Fruit Caviar
  • Affogato with Housemade Ice Creams and Stumptown Nitro Cold-Brew
Governor’s Ball Vegan Sweets (made without gluten)
  • Hawaiian Superfood Spheres
  • Red Velvet Whoopie Pies
  • Cashew Vanilla Tiramisu
  • Tropical Halo-Halo
  • Sunflower Raspberry Macaron
  • Chocolate and Sea Salt Cookies
Governor’s Ball Local, ORganic AND Sustainablty

• Babe Farms
• Rising C Ranch
• County Line
• J Marchini
• Coke Farms
• Weiser Family Farms
• Pudwill Farms
Polito Family Farms
• Troy Regier
• DiStefano Cheese
• Laura Chenel
• Marin French Cheese
• Rustic Bakery
• La Quercia
• Cremenelli
• Garcia Organics
• Cuyama Farms
Heriloom Organics

Governor’s Ball By the Numbers

Governor’s Ball Numbers in the Kitchen
  • 100 pounds housemade bread and butter pickles
  • 6,500 wood-fired Oscar®-shaped flatbread
  • 3,500 sesame miso cones
  • 350 pounds Atlantic bigeye tuna
  • 300 pounds eggplant
Governor’s Ball Numbers in the Dinning Room
  • 1,500 guests
  • Team of 10 maitre d’ staff
  • 850 service and support staff
  • 13,000 glasses for beverages
  • 2,000 yards of Wine Royal Velvet and sleek Wine Satins, Textured Gold and Champagne Gold fabrics
  • • Beautiful Black and Gold Deco Dot with Black Velvet Border
  • • Ten thousand blooms from all over the world

Governor’s Ball Decor

Mark’s Garden will be overseeing the floral arrangements this year. Mark Held is creating a room of deep color and elegance for the elite diners at the event.

Held’s designs this year will feature unique floral compositions in saturated shades of deep red accented with bright gold, evoking memories of the grand movie palaces of the past. Thousands of brilliant red tulips, velvety burgundy roses, mauve orchids and dark purple calla lilies packed into a medley of mixed gold containers will line the guest tables.

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Governor’s Ball Recipes

Eat and drink like the celebrities for you Oscar’s viewing party with these recipes.

Ancho Old Fashioned – Created by Mixologist Charles Joly

Ingredients:
1 1/2 oz Tequila Don Julio Reposado
Barspoon of Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur
3 drops Bittered Sling Arabica Coffee Bitters
1/3 oz Rich Demerara Syrup (2 parts sugar:1 part water)
Orange Oil for Mist
Orange Twist for Garnish

Preparation:
1. Stir Tequila Don Julio Reposado, chile liqueur, coffee bitters, and demerara syrup over ice.
2. Pour into an Old Fashioned glass over one large cube.
3. Mist with orange oil and place orange twist decoratively.

Smoked Salmon Oscar with Iranian Osetra Caviar on Brioche

1 loaf brioche
1 cup dill cream (recipe below)
1 lb. smoked salmon
2 oz. Iranian Osetra caviar

  1. Cut the brioche into the shape of an Oscar statuette and toast until golden.
  2. Spoon small amount of dill cream on the brioche.
  3. Layer smoked salmon on top and garnish with caviar.

Dill Cream
1 cup sour cream
1 T lemon juice
2 T shallots, chopped
1 T fresh dill, chopped

Whisk ingredients together thoroughly. Pinch of salt and white ground pepper

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Lunch is Served 85th Oscar Nominee Luncheon

Lunch is Served 85th Oscar Nominee Luncheon

Oscar nominees gather for the annual lunch and class photo. The day fills with nominees reminiscing, meeting new people (seating is not by film or category), and enjoying an elegant lunch.

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Oscar Luncheon Class Photo

Luncheon Red Carpet and Connecting

Luncheon Red Carpet

The Oscar® luncheon starts with a great red carpet moment for the nominees to show off their great fashion.

Lady Gaga arrival is much anticipated. She arrives in her great personal style. She is wearing a custom Louis Vuitton floor-length, statement sleeves, and high-neck gown. She accessroes with Giuseppe Zanotti lace-up booties and a sparkling engagement ring (she is engaged to Christian Carino).

Regina King looks stunning for the afternoon lunch. She is wearing a pink satin mid-length embellished Parda dress. She adds a pair of silver sandals.

Luncheon Connecting

Amy Adams and Spike Lee are seen hugging during the afternoon. Lee is wearing a great pair of custom gold Air Jordans. The shoes had “Truth to Power,” “Speak on It,” “Resist,” and the 40 Acres & A Mule Flimworks logo on them. Adams is wearing an Oscar De La Renta dress, Christian Louboutin shoes, and Azza Fahmy jewelry.

Amy Adams, Richard E. Grant, and Regina King enjoy taking a selfie together. Bradley Cooper and Sam Elliot are seen connecting during the lunch.  Lady Gaga gives Sam Elliot a family size hug. Glenn Weiss and Donna Gigliotti stop for a photo with Oscar® nominee Diane Warren. The luncheon is a warm and wonderful tradition to connect with friends.

Luncheon Menu

The luncheon at the Beverly Hilton is a conscious menu. It includes the produce from farms close to the Los Angeles area and local fish. The menu includes:

  • Cocktails
    • Chambord Kir Royale Piper Sonoma Brut with a splash of Chambord, raspberry garnish.
    • Ultimat Blue Sunrise Ultra-premium Ultimat vodka, Patrón Citronge Orange Liqueur, fresh blueberry and mango juices, blueberry garnish, silver sugar rim.
  • Tray Passed Hors D’Oeuvres
    • Cilantro Chili Gravlax with Avacado Fritto
    • Burrata with Wild Arugula and Honey Date on Herb Canapé
    • Sesame Beef with Horseradish-Chive Mousse and Cucumber Salsa on French Bread.
  • Entrée
    • Orange Olive Miso Marinated, Pistachio-Crusted Pacific Fillet of Sea Bass with Rhubarb Fennel Ragout and Yellow Beets.
  • Desserts California -Themed Desserts Served on Platters
    • Redwood tree slab and sugar crystal Oscar® logo cheesecake pops, fudge pops, orange sanguine tart, Viennese Transchen confections, assorted truffles and pralines, Almond Cake (chocolate and vanilla).
    • Mini fruit tart, mini ganache cones, tuxedo strawberries, and macaroons.

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Elevate Your New Year’s Party with a Crowd-Pleasing Grazing Table

Elevate Your New Year’s Party with a Crowd-Pleasing Grazing Table

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner and the last holiday party. What a great time of the year. The best New Year’s Eve celebration is perfect for a grazing table with little work. This will be a great way to let the chef enjoy the evening events too. Kristen Seymour presents a step-by-step guide to the perfect party.

If you want the food at your holiday party or corporate event to be opulent and impressive—but still inviting—a grazing table just might be the answer to your culinary conundrum. And as a bonus, you probably won’t even have to cook.

This hot trend in entertaining isn’t exactly new. In medieval times, palace feasts often featured tables piled high with layers of food for guests to sample at their leisure. These days, grazing tables are more likely to feature local cheeses than, say, roasted peacock. But a year or two ago, a modern take on the grazing table began to take hold in Australia and New Zealand. Now it’s taking the U.S. by storm.

What, exactly, is a grazing table?

Typically, it’s a table (although it can also be a platter, a counter, a board, or any large, flat surface) with lots of visually appealing and accessible food. Most items aren’t contained within bowls or baskets but are instead arranged in piles that lavishly spill into each other. It’s artfully disheveled. Decadent, but relaxed. It’s a really flexible concept that can work for a wide variety of events, numbers of guests, locations, themes, and budgets. In a work setting, for instance, a grazing table is a great way to incorporate office snacks you already have on hand without the need to bring in or buy a ton of serveware and utensils.

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New Year’s Grazing Table Menu

And if all that isn’t enough, one of the best aspects of a grazing table is the low maintenance set up, which allows the host to spend time with their guests. After all, parties are much more fun to throw when you actually get to join them. Interested in giving a grazing table a go? Here’s how to build your own for your next office party or gathering at home.

Planning for Your Party

The first decision to make is the shape and size of the table. Will it be large enough to hold everything you want to include? According to New Zealand caterer Sarah Jones, who was at the forefront of this trend, you can expect a table that’s one square meter (which is about three feet by three feet) to fully feed around 15 people and allow around 30 to graze. However, you can use layers to fit more food or add decorative elements to take up more surface area if the table you have is too large.

And don’t forget about location. Your grazing table should be situated in a way that makes it easy for multiple guests to access it at once, encouraging mingling while snacking. But you don’t want it to be in the way of traffic (or dancing!). If you’ll have small children or pets at the party, you might also want to use an elevated surface to keep snacks away from little hands and curious noses.

Now, onto the food!

With a grazing table, you don’t want to choose food only for its tastiness, although, that’s an important factor. You should also think about the aesthetics. Brightly colored fruit and veggies, breads and crackers with different textures and shapes, meat slices that can be folded artfully, and vibrant dips and sauces all add to the visual appeal of the table.

Be sure to pick up a variety of each type of food. For instance, when it comes to cheese, consider a soft Brie, a hard and nutty Manchego, and a sharp Cheddar—and then think about what would pair well with each type. This planning isn’t just for your shopping list, but also for your layout because you will want to make it easy for your guests to distinguish which cracker and spread complements the cheese they just sliced.

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New Year’s Grazing Table Creation

And remember, this can be whatever you want it to be, so although the cheese, charcuterie, and crudités route is a common one, you can branch out in any way you’d like. Make big, brightly hued exotic fruits the main feature, layer your table with cakes and candies, or pick a sampling of easy-to-eat snacks from your favorite tapas restaurant. Living a healthy life? You can keep it vegan, paleo, or sugar-free, no problem. As long as you fill the space with food your guests can easily enjoy, the sky is the limit.

Creating Your Grazing Table

While it may look haphazard, a well-curated grazing table is anything but. It’s vital that you leave yourself plenty of time for the set-up process alone. Rushing to add the finishing touches as your guests arrive is no way to enhance that effortlessly chic atmosphere that a grazing table provides.

Step 1: Write out a list of all the foods you want to put out

You’d be surprised at how easy it is to forget what you’ve purchased until the party is over. A list will help you in step two. Consider whether you’ll be buying and preparing each item, or if you’ll go the corporate catering route instead.

Step 2: Plot your table

Time to decide what platters and other surfaces to put your food on. In keeping with the casually decadent feel, leave your linen tablecloth in the closet and, instead, stick with the surface of a nice, clean table, or cover it with kraft or butcher-block paper.

You can use baskets and cutting boards to organize more unruly foods, and of course, you’ll need bowls for dips or spreads. Adding a big, beautiful bowl of punch is a great way to take up space and add a pop of color, and now is the time to decide where any larger containers will go. That said, resist the urge to separate everything too precisely. You’re going for organized chaos, so just this once go ahead and let the grapes mingle with the prosciutto.

If you opt to decorate with non-food items, this is also a good opportunity to set out larger embellishments. Get creative with greenery and flowers, fresh herbs, whole fruits and veggies, unscented candles, framed art or signs, vases—anything that works with your theme and adds a bit of visual interest will increase the appeal of your grazing table.

Step 3: Use layers to create height

You can use cake stands, wine boxes, or just about anything else you have handy to add dimension to your table, but don’t use everything you have. Just a couple elements should do the trick. Place larger, more eye-catching foods—such as large cheese wheels or a pile of big brownies—on raised surfaces, and spread them out around your table. If you have large amounts of one item, such as salami slices, arrange them in two or three places around the table to break things up.

Step 4: Fill it in

Add your remaining foods to the empty spaces, making a point to separate similar items from one another. Place foods people may want to pair in close proximity (you could surround a wheel of Brie with pear slices, a crusty baguette, and a jar of fig jam, for example). The ideal grazing table will encourage people to move from one end to the other, sampling bits and bites from all areas.

Once you add your main foods, fill in the remaining spaces with handfuls of nuts, dried fruit, berries, pieces of dark chocolate, or any other small foods you’d like to sprinkle throughout. You can also scatter flowers or other decorations if you have room. Though the design is completely up to you, a traditional grazing table leaves very little bare space, so don’t be shy about adding more. Abundance is a theme that’s hard to overdo.

Step 5: Take a tour

Approach the table as if you were a guest and make sure everything is accessible (can you reach for that biscuit behind the candle without burning your hand?) and inviting. Slice a corner of each block of cheese and tear off a few chunks of the baguette to encourage guests to dig right in.

Step 6: Snap a picture before your guests dig in!

The photogenic nature of the grazing table is inversely proportional to the amount of noshing that’s been done, so ‘gram it for posterity’s sake right away.

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New Year’s Grazing Table Savings

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Golden Globes Winter Garden Dinner

Golden Globes Winter Garden Dinner

The Winter Garden is the Golden Globes theme for this dinner party. This year’s dinner brings a new Executive Chef and first ever gluten-free dessert.

Menu

Matthew Morgan, first time as the Executive Chef for Golden Globes, creates a menu using fresh ingredients from his own garden. The evening will have 10,000 meals served. The menu includes:

 Appetizer 

Sweet Potato Vichyssoise 

Wild Micro Chives, Golden Leeks, Organic Red Garnet Yams, and Roasted Pepitas 

Entrée 

Chilean Seabass 

Forbidden Black Rice, White & Green Asparagus, Globe Carrots, Crispy Herb Leaves, and Sweet Pepper Concasse. 

Vegetarian Entrée 

Stuffed Honeynut Squash 

Local Organic Honeynut Squash, Piquillo Pepper Hummus, Braised Rainbow Chard, Crispy Chickpeas, Quinoa, Golden Raisins, and Sunflower Sprouts 

Thomas Henzi, the Pastry Chef, creates the first ever gluten-free dessert. This is a flourless chocolate cake with a white chocolate cheesecake, cherry, blackberry, pistachio cream, and Amaretto.

Dessert 

Pistachio Cream Cheese Ivory 

Flourless Chocolate, Vanilla Kirsch Genoise, and Cream Cheese Charlotte Pistachio Center 

Moët & Chandon champagne, the official champagne of the Golden Globes, is serving a champagne cocktail that transports guests to South America. The cocktail created by actress Camilla Belle from her Brazilian heritage. They will serve over 500 cocktails.

Michael Uncapher, from Mark’s Garden, talks about the decor and flowers. They are doing a Golden Globe statue out of flowers, a great option for celebrity selfies. The color and flower for the night are yellow tulips and roses with a modern clean look.

Recipes

Moet Belle
  • 1oz Cachaça
  • 0.75oz mango juice
  • 0.5oz ginger syrup
  • 0.25oz fresh lime juice
  • 2.5oz Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial
  • Edible flower to garnish
  1. Shake the first four ingredients together with ice.
  2. Strain into a coupe and top with Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut.
  3. Garnish with an edible tropical flower or tropical flower decoration and serve.

The Golden Globes hosted by Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg Jan. 6, 2019 at 8 PM EST on NBC from the Beverly Hills Hilton. Stay tuned here for complete Golden Globes coverage. See the list of nominees here.

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Holiday ~ Spectacular Gift Ideas

Holiday ~ Spectacular Gift Ideas

The holiday season is here and planning is underway for many great events, discounts, and gifts. Check out our spectacular gift ideas for your home, family, friends, and yourself.

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This is a great holiday season to enjoy your friends and family. Stay tuned for new addition gift ideasat our Amazon Store here. Please feel free to contact us if you have a specific need and we will be happy to assist. tammy@4chionlifestyle.com

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