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.

Wolfgang is preparing over 50 dishes and serving them lounge style where guests walk around the lavish displays.

One of the main things I noticed was that the guests were always milling around, looking to see who was seated where.  But the majority of the guests where not seated.

They were “schmoozing”.  Most of the guests asked me the same question, where is so and so seated.  This is the opportunity for actors to network with producers and directors after being seated in the same seat without moving for the past 4 hours in the theater of the awards show.

How do most people get their next job?  Networking…even celebrities.

84th Annual Academy Awards® Governors Ball Menu


Smoked Salmon on Oscar® Flatbread with Caviar and Crème Fraiche

Spicy Tuna Tartare in Sesame Miso Cones with Masago

Mini Kobe Cheeseburger with Remoulade and Aged Cheddar

Pork Belly Dumplings with Soy and Ginger

Crab Cakes with Remoulade

Arrancini with Tomato, Basil and Parmesan

Tempura Shrimp with Wasabi Glaze

Vegetable Spring Roll with Sweet Chili Sauce

Assorted Pizzas


Cold Appetizer Platter

Lobster Taco with Tomato and Pickled Shallots

Caprese Skewer with Bufala Mozzarella, Tomato and Basil

Potato Latke with Smoked Sturgeon and Horseradish

House Made Pretzel Bread with Beer Cheddar Fondue and Mustard Aioli

Prosciutto Grissini


Small Plates

Chicken Pot Pie with Shaved Black Truffles and Roasted Vegetables

Fuji Apple Salad with Crumbled Blue Cheese, Arugula, Shaved Red Onion and Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Beet Tortelloni with Goat Cheese and Toasted Hazelnuts

Gold Wrapped Baked Potato with Caviar and Crème Fraiche

Slow Braised Short Rib with Polenta and Romesco

Crab and Lobster Louie with Horseradish Panna Cotta and Marinated Tomatoes

Macaroni & Cheese with Aged Cheddar

Shanghai Lobster with Coconut Curry, Jasmine Rice and Pickled Ginger

Chinois Lamb with Cilantro Mint Vinaigrette

Beet Salad with Pistachio Butter, Burrata and Citrus Balsamic


Seafood and Sushi Buffets

Sushi with Wasabi, Soy and Ginger: Rolls, Nigiri and Sashimi

Shellfish with Mustard and Cocktail Sauce: Prawns, Lobster, Stone Crab and Oysters


Passed Dessert

Almond, Orange-Brown Butter Cake with Blood Orange

Date Cake with Sticky Toffee Pudding and Toffee Orange Sauce

Chocolate in 3D

Golden Candy Apple

Banana Cream Pie with Candied Popcorn

Tart Tatin with Pretzel Pastry and Caramel Gelato

Chocolate Mousse in Golden Egg Cups


Dessert Buffet

Raspberry Rose Eclairs

Strawberry Shortcake Push-Up Pops

Red Hot Macaroons

Star Shortbread with Silver Sugar

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pops

Brown Sugar Lemon Meringue Cones

Chocolate Pudding Push-up Pops

Long Stem Strawberries

Chocolate Buffet

Chocolate Fountains with Farmers Market Long Stem Strawberries

Chocolate Paninis

Triple Chocolate Cupcakes

Warm Coulent Souffle Cakes

Chocolate Dobos Torte

Earl Grey Tea Truffles

White Chocolate Coconut Rum Truffles

Milk Chocolate Caramel Truffles

Chocolate Dipped Pop Rock Cakes

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Triple Chocolate Toffee Crunch Cookies

Chocolate Coffee Cups

Chocolate Toffee Cups

24 Karat Chocolate Oscars

Image & Video courtesy of Huffington Post

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