Master Chef Wolfgang Puck again joins Academy governor Jeffrey Kurland and event producer Cheryl Cecchetto to create this year’s Governors Ball, the Academy’s official post-Oscar®celebration, which will immediately follow the 86th Oscars® ceremony on Sunday, March 2.  The Ball’s 1,500 invited guests include Oscar winners and nominees, show presenters and other telecast participants.
Master Chef Wolfgang Puck

Master Chef Wolfgang Puck

Puck, along with chef Matt Bencivenga, will create the menu featuring more than 50 imaginative dishes, from one-bite hors d’oeuvres to small-plate entrees that will be passed throughout the evening. The menu, which includes such signature favorites as smoked salmon Oscars, chicken pot pie with shaved black truffles, and mini American Wagyu burgers with aged Cheddar and remoulade, will incorporate local produce and sustainable seafood.  Modern presentations such as crispy lobster shrimp dumplings with five spice and bites of fried chicken with white grits will add excitement, while an expanded selection of vegan dishes, including shots of carrot orange gazpacho, taro root tacos with avocado, and butternut squash with farro and wild rice will have a more prominent focus.  This year’s dynamic pastry team includes Della Gossett, Spago’s executive pastry chef; Kamel Guechida, corporate director of pastry for the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group; Romain Lenoir, executive pastry chef of Wolfgang Puck Catering; and Jason Lemonnier, pastry chef for Hollywood & Highland.  Together these chefs will create elegant seasonal desserts, such as chocolate-dipped strawberry cheesecake pops, citrus panna cotta with funky chunky chocolate popcorn, and a celebratory cake to honor Puck’s 20th consecutive year creating the menu for the Governors Ball.
 Smoked Salmon Oscars

Smoked Salmon Oscars

As the chair of the Governors Ball, Jeffrey Kurland will oversee the décor, menu and entertainment planning, as well as design the attire to be worn by the evening’s staff.  Kurland is an acclaimed costume designer whose feature credits include “Hannah and Her Sisters,” “Radio Days,” “Crimes and Misdemeanors,” “Erin Brockovich,” “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Collateral,” “Inception,” “The Dictator,” “Beautiful Creatures” and the upcoming film “Tomorrowland,” starring George Clooney.  He received an Oscar nomination for Costume Design for “Bullets over Broadway.”  This will be Kurland’s fifth year serving as the chair of the Governors Ball.
Cheryl Cecchetto, along with her Sequoia Productions team, will work with Kurland to manage every detail pertaining to the event, including décor, entertainment, food and personnel.  With the transcendent wonder of nature as a theme, this year’s Ball will feature lush vertical gardens designed with classic, elegant lines, inviting guests to meet, mingle and celebrate under the stars. Sequoia Productions’ clients include The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, G’Day USA, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Westfield, and the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay.  This will be Cecchetto’s 25th consecutive year producing the Governors Ball.
Chocolate Oscars

Chocolate Oscars

The Governors Ball will take place in the Ray Dolby Ballroom on the top level of the Hollywood & Highland Center® immediately following the Oscar telecast.

Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center and televised live on the ABC Television Network.  The Oscars, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
2014 Oscar Menus
Pre Show – Tray Passed
Smoked Salmon Macaroons
Kale and Cauliflower Chips (Vegan)
Steak Tartare, Parmesan*
Carrot Orange Gazpacho (Vegan)*
Power Smoothie (Vegan)*
Chicken, White Grits*
Tomato Caprese (Vegetarian)
Shrimp Cocktail
Fruit Sticks
On the Bars
Crudité (Vegan)
Homemade Potato Chips (Vegan)
Tortilla Chips (Vegetarian)
Passed Hors d’Oeuvres
Spicy Tuna Tartare, Sesame Miso Cone*
Mini Burgers, Aged Cheddar, Remoulade*
Smoke Salmon Oscar Matzo
Assorted Pizza (some Vegetarian, Some Vegan)
Taro Root Taco, Avocado (Vegan)
Vegetable Spring Roll, Chinese Mustard (Vegetarian)
Crispy Lobster Shrimp Dumpling, 5 Spice
Aged Cheddar Grilled Cheese with Roasted Tomato (Vegetarian)
White Bean Quinoa Cake, Roasted Pepper (Vegan)
Bolognese Stuffed Arrancini
Table Platter
Homemade Pretzels, Pimento Cheese (Vegetarian) x2
5 Year Aged Gouda (Vegetarian)
Chilled Spanish Shrimp
Cauliflowers, Smoked Paprika (Vegan)
Parmesan Stuffed bacon Wrapped Dates*
Smoked Almonds
Seeded Lavash
Tasting Menu
2014 Oscars Governor’s Ball
Sushi & Shellfish Station
Passed Small Plates – Hot
Baked Potato with Caviar*
Chicken Pot Pie, Black Truffles*
Hand Formed Pasta, Roasted Chestnut and Truffles (Vegetarian)
Shanghai Lobster, Jasmine Rice*
Baked Macaroni and Cheese*
Wild Salmon, Ginger & Almonds
Short Rib, Goulash, Spatzle
Weiner Schnitzel, Red Cabbage*
Passed Small Plates – Cold
Chopped Vegetable Salad (Vegetarian)
Chinois Chicken Salad
Beets, Goat Cheese, Citrus (Vegetarian)
Butternut Squash, Farro, Wild Rice (Vegetarian/Vegan)*
Chocolate Buffet
Jars of Candies/Truffles, Rocher, Nougat, Marshmallow
Mini Oscar Lollipops – Raspberry Ganache, Lemon Ganache
Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Cheesecake Pops
Homemade Chocolate Spread and Warm Cinnamon Pretzels
Milk Chocolate Crème Brûlée, Spicy Whipped Cream
Citrus Panna Cotta, Funky Chunky Chocolate Pop Corn
Chocolate Cupcake, Almond Cream  (Vegan, Gluten Free)*
White Chocolate and Lemon Cream Push Up Pops
Assorted Chocolate Barks (Seeds, Nuts, Dried Fruits)
Passed Small Plates – Dessert
Licorice and Chocolate Parfait, Caramelized Tobacco Leaves (Gluten Free)
Yuzu Semifreddo, Green Tea Meringue and Sake Blueberries
Strawberry Consommé, Angel Food Cake, Olive Oil Sorbet
Carrot Cake, Raisins, Cinnamon Gel (Vegan)*
Caramel Garden – Coffee Soil, Chocolate Malted Tree, Fleur de Sel
Bonnie Carroll