Immediately following the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 26, Oscars winners, nominees and their guests attend the official Oscars celebration: the Governors Ball.
Located on the top floor of the Oscars venue, Hollywood & Highland Center, the normally empty space is turned into a palace fitting Hollywood’s divine.
The Governors Ball menu is created by Wolfgang Puck and his talented staff. Puck carries a tray of Ball samples along the Red Carpet on Oscar Sunday.
The Wolfgang Puck Governors Ball Menu: 89th-gb-wolfgang-puck-menu
Chef Wolfgang Puck displays Governors Ball samples along the Red Carpet. Photo by Lindsay Teed
1,500 guests are served by a team of 10 maitre d’ staff, 950 service and support staff and 300 culinary staff.
Additional fun facts:
Unused prepared food will be recovered to support the local community Chefs to End Hunger, an organization established to create awareness, educate and offer ways to contribute to end hunger.
More than 10,000 blooms, designed by Mark Held and his team at Mark’s Garden, grace the tables at the Ball and nearly 300 individual speaker cones customize the sound for each table. The Ball sound system is so fine-tuned that the electronics in a single wireless microphone are more advanced than the AGC computer that NASA used to send men to the moon. The Ball’s audio system has $1,000,000 worth of equipment that will be operated from an iPad.
Floral arrangements will be composted and floral containers will be recycled. A percentage of floral arrangements will be donated to homes for the aging.
Mark Held of Mark’s Garden during the Academy’s Governors Ball preview held in the Ray Dolby Ballroom on the top level of the Hollywood & Highland Center. Photo Matt Petit / A.M.P.A.S
Drinks to go with all that food
As a fourteen-time nominee and six-time Oscar winner, including being the recipient of the Irving G. Thalberg Award for his lifetime achievements in film, filmmaker and vintner Francis Ford Coppola has a decades-long relationship with the Academy.
As an expression of gratitude, Coppola created two special wines for the 89th annual Academy Awards and Governors Ball: Director’s Cut Russian River Valley Chardonnay and Sonoma County Red. Oscars home-viewers can order their own bottle of Coppola’s Director’s Cut wine here
Marlow Bruce, PR Director Francis Ford Coppola Winery, and Corey Beck, Director of Winemaking Francis Ford Coppola Winery, during the Academy’s Governors Ball preview held in the Ray Dolby Ballroom on the top level of the Hollywood & Highland Center. Photo by Matt Petit / A.M.P.A.S
THE HILHAVEN LODGE OLD FASHIONED
1.5 oz. The Hilhaven Lodge Blended Straight American Whiskey
0.5 oz. Demerara Simple Syrup
1 dash Angostura
1 Orange Peel
Preparation: Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and stir until chilled.
Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice, mist with orange oil and place twist decoratively.
For the vodka drinkers among Tinseltown’s best, CÎROC will be offering a modern twist on the classic French 75 made with CÎROC Vodka, fresh lemon juice and simple syrup topped with champagne.
CÎROC FRENCH 75
1.5 oz. Cîroc Vodka
0.75 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
0.5 oz. Simple Syrup
Splash of Champagne
Preparation: Combine Cîroc, lemon juice and simple syrup in cocktail shaker over ice. Shake gently. Roll in
champagne and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Mist cocktail with lemon oil and garnish with a twist.
The Lodge is a one-of-a-kind serve with The Hilhaven Lodge flash infused in a Japanese drip tower and then combined with Sweet Vermouth, Sherry and Chocolate Bitters for a show-stopping pour.
photo by Richard Harbaugh / A.M.P.A.S
89th Governors Ball Theme
Each year, the Governors Ball goes with a different decor theme. In years past, a 1940’s theme was used. The 2017 event producer, Cheryl Cecchetto, has designed a mid-century modern look.
The ballroom foyer where guests will enjoy pre-dinner cocktails, will be dramatically draped in red fabric with red flowers with splashes of white decorating the tables. Inside the white draped Ballroom, guests will see white centerpieces with accents of red. Thousands of roses, amaryllis, carnations and orchids will be incorporated. Flowers will be flown in from South America and Holland arriving at the Mark’s Garden studio early in the week to be ready for the Sunday event.
The Academy’s Governors Ball will be held in the Ray Dolby Ballroom on the top level of the Hollywood & Highland Center. Photo by Richard Harbaugh / A.M.P.A.S
The Academy’s Governors Ball has a mid-century modern look for 2017. Photo Matt Petit / A.M.P.A.S
Example of wait staff attire reflecting the Ball’s mid-century modern look. The Academy’s Governors Ball will be held in the Ray Dolby Ballroom on the top level of the Hollywood & Highland Center. Photo Matt Petit / A.M.P.A.S
Coverage of the Oscars
Barb Teed, Jeff Rutherford, Lindsay Teed and Kelley Teed have extensive coverage of Oscars and the Academy Awards season, including Nominee Luncheon, Red Carpet Live, Interview Room, Oscar Week Events, Hollywood Chamber events, Oscar Night America, and Governors Ball Previews.
(Above) Lindsay Teed and Barb Teed at the Governors Ball Preview one-on-one media tour in 2010.
(Above) Barb Teed going down the grand stairs into the Governors Ball preview one-on-one media tour in 2010.
(Above) Jeff on the Red Carpet.
(Above) Kelley holds the Oscars statue that Best Actor Jared Leto gave to her to hold in the Press backstage Interview Room. Leto won Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Dallas Buyers Club.
The 89th Oscars will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at the Dolby Theatre, and televised live by the ABC Television Network.