To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Emmy® Awards, the Television Academy has rewritten the script for the exclusive Emmy after-party celebrations: The Governors Ball will feature a star-studded reception-style after-party event at the rooftop L.A. Live Event Deck. Earlier this week the press got an advance preview of the events’ decor, menus, and inspiration for the 2018 event that was fantastic!

Star Filled Rooftop for 70th After-Party

The main Governors Ball will take place September 17 immediately following the awards telecast; two smaller events, dubbed the Creative Arts Governors Balls, were scheduled earlier on September 8 and 9. As is tradition, all three events—with a total attendance of 8,300 guests—feature the same decor, which this year is an “Emmys Under the Stars” theme.
Governors Ball Committee co-chair Halina Siwolop explained in a press release “the shift in format challenged Joachim Splichal of Patina Catering to design the ultimate small-plate dining experience,” she said. “We think guest will have fun tasting their way through nearly three dozen dishes – each a work of culinary artistry.” Stars will enjoy Sterling wines with their gourmet plates.

Joachim Splichal, Patina Catering

The Patina Group Catering expect to serve 126,000 miniature plated dishes, plus 50,400 single-bite hors d’oeuvres. Chef Joachim Splichal and his team, who are catering the Governors Balls for the 23rd year, are planning their most extensive menu yet, using 20 executive chefs and 250 chefs for each event. Inspired by Michelin-starred restaurant Patina and L.A. steakhouse Nick & Stef’s, the menu will feature small-plate reinterpretations of classic dishes, such as Patina mashed potato, brown butter gnocchi and summer truffles with bacon, crème Fraiche, chives and Maldon sea salt; hand-carved flat iron steak with red wine Bordelaise; and cave-aged mini gruyère popovers. Also on the menu will be an assortment of vegetarian and vegan offerings sourced from local farms. L.A. Kitchen will again be assisting with food preparation.

Mashed Potato gnocchi Signature Dish

Event producer Cheryl Cecchetto of Sequoia Productions is on board for her 21st fantastic year. She and her team are suspending 28,800 individual LED lights from the ceiling to create a starry effect. “Imagine adding thousands of stars to Hollywood’s night sky in celebration of Emmys’ 70th anniversary,” said Cecchetto in a press release. “It’s very exciting.”
Furniture, table linens, florals, and other decors in shades of blue, gold, white and silver metallics will grace the venue. More than 450 assorted table linens will be required for each of the three nights and will include in excess of 4,500 yards of fabric. L.A. Premier will provide florals, ShowPro will handle audiovisual production, Bright Event Rentals will provide rentals, and Resource Onewill handle textile design.

Assorted Small Plates for the Stars

The 70th Emmy Awards will be telecast live from the Microsoft Theater on September 17. Saturday Night Live’s Colin Jost and Michael Che will host. For additional Emmy® Awards information visit: www.emmyaw

About Bonnie Carroll

Bonnie Carroll has been a food/travel/lifestyle writer since 1983. She is the founder & publisher of Bonnie Carroll’s Life Bites News (, does travel, entertainment and food reporting on local Radio/TV, and contributes to a variety of national and international travel/lifestyle publications. She is a member of IFWTWA and NATJA. Contact her at