Sherry Yard, Wolfgang Puck


The Oscars are going to be a bit more Zen this year. I just got sneak peek at what will be going down at the post-show Asian-inspired Governors Ball on Feb. 22 at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre.

"It's East meets West," said Governors Ball chair Cheryl Boone Isaacs. "We'll have a simple yet elegant decor."

Celebrity chef extraordinaire Wolfgang Puck says it didn't take much time to create the menu, which includes yummy delights like poached shrimp, lobster salad with caviar and ginger white soy vinaigrette, and a braised short rib.

"Some people might think it would be a week, but it was maybe in like one hour," Puck said of his prep time. "I have a repertory of thousands of recipes, so it's like I have it in my head and it's very easy."

For the sixth consecutive year, Sterling Vineyards has created one-of-kind blends just for the big night. "These are wines that are blended, bottled and labeled exclusively for the Governors Ball," said Mike Westrick, Sterling's vice president of winemaking, adding, "About 1,500 bottles we believe will be consumed that evening…Of course, we're asking them to consume in moderation."

That may not be so easy. Other sponsors for the ball include the Patron Spirits Company and for the first time, Moët & Chandon champagne.

Flower arrangements from Mark's Garden will include calla lilies, bonsai trees, hanging succulents called donkey tail and orchids from Hawaii and New Zealand. Garden co-owner Mark Held said the country's somber atmosphere was a big factor in his designs: "We're creating a restful, relaxing Zen garden, so it's not like piles and piles of flowers."

Haven't been invited to the Academy Awards? Don't worry about it. Throw your own viewing party.

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