2012 Academy Awards Governor’s Ball

Written by Charmaine Wilkerson

Wolfgang Puck has been the Oscar’s Governor’s Ball celebrity chef for 18 years and I  have had the pleasure to see him as I worked the event, on and off, for the past 10 years.  He has always wowed the celebrity guests with his impeccable service and impressionable dishes.

This year, for the first time, he is creating a complete buffet-style dinner instead of his traditional combination of sit-down dinner and butlered style service.

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2012 Palm Springs Film Festival

2012 Palm Springs Film Festival gala image

Liliana Wilkerson, Founder and Co-Owner of ahl EVENTS will once again, for the 5th year in a row, assist in managing the Gala Awards dinner at the Palm Springs Convention Center on Saturday, January 7, 2012.

Appoximately 2000 guests will attend this gala. The very special menu will be serviced by Executive Chef Brad Toles and his Assistans.

About 25O waiters will be at hand to service the star-studded guests.

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Emmy’s Governor’s Ball 2011

Emmy’s 2011 Governor’s Ball Video

Pictures of the Ballroom

Ballroom Video

The theme of the night was Black and White with a touch of Fun.  There were pantomimes dressed in black and white checkered head-to-toe leotards that greeted guests as they entered through a tunnel of with rotating images like a fun house.  Servers with pre-poured champagne glasses were lined up at the entrance so they could sip as they walked inside.

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Oscar’s Governor’s Ball 2011


I was very fortunate to be selected to work for the event producer of the Governor’s Ball.  I didn’t need the Oscar’s app “Backstage Pass” to get exclusive footage and behind the scenes scoop.  I was there live!
The dining room was stunning with the “Copa Cabana” theme of  Classic Hollywood with custom designed fabric linens of teal, peach, yellow and red accented with touches of sparkling threads and patterns.   Continue reading

Palm Springs Film Festival 2011

Palm Springs Film Festival 2011Liliana Wilkerson of ahl Events, for the 5th year in a row, has assisted in the Gala banquet for over 3,000 celebrity guests at the Palm Springs Convention Center on January 8, 2011. Liliana was on hand overseeing the wait-staff service ensuring outstanding service to the star-studded guests.

The catering was provided by Executive Chef Brad Toles, owner of Savoury’s.  His dishes are carefully created with the most delicious flavor combinations to satisfy the most sophisticated of palettes.

The Awards show was hosted by Mary Hart of Entertainment Tonight.  Among the celebrities were Natalie Portman, Ben Affleck, Colin Firth, more…

Palm Springs Film Festival Video