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Every year after the Oscars, the who’s-who of Hollywood heads to the Governors Ball, where Wolfgang Puck has been filling their plates with gold-studded, caviar-topped finger food since 1994. While Oscar winners, nominees, presenters, and their plus ones eat Puck's incredibly lengthy menu that contains both the high-end (truffles on truffles) and the comforting (chocolate chip cookies), you can recreate and eat the same menu at home (maybe with a few less truffles). Get ready to hand out your awards -- er, food.
We've pulled together some of the dishes that will take you all the way through Wolfgang Puck's 50-course menu -- starting with hors d’oeuvres, moving onto cocktail bites, attempting a sushi and shellfish bar, getting excited about passed hot small plates, loving the cold plates, living it up with chocolate and sweets, and ending with a served dessert (or should we say desserts). Sure, it's a little ambitious -- but the good news is you get to eat it in your comfy pants instead of your ball gown.
Tray-Passed Hors D’Oeuvres
It is only reasonable to start a highly anticipated party with hors d’oeuvres, the kind that should be passed around on a silver tray while wearing white gloves. You might be hard pressed to convince your BFF of the importance of this role, but we still suggest using an impressive tray, or two, to set the mood.
Spicy Tuna Tartare by healthierkitchen
At the Governors Ball, they will be serving the tuna tartare in a sesame miso cone. Feeling adventurous? Try it!
Mini American Wagyu Burgers with aged cheddar and remoulade will be circulating post awards but, personally, we like lamb sliders more.
You heard it here first: The Academy Award winners will be served grilled cheese.
Tarragon-Lemon Aioli Served with Grilled Artichokes by dymnyno
While Puck will be serving crispy artichokes with a citrus-chili gremolata, we think this version is perfect for black tie couch-sitting and television-watching.
Sweet Potato Parsnip Latkes with Feta and Leeks by deensiebat
The Governors Ball will be serving both beet latkes and parsnip chips, but we thought these two were meant to be together.
At the Governors Ball, these little flavor bombs will be served with spiced crab, but we are all about a light sprinkling of truffle salt.
Sushi & Shellfish Bar
If you are going for authentic, this is a must. But if you are feeling a little overwhelmed by the extravagance of this option, might we suggest this.
The pot pies at the Oscars will have black truffles. Ours will be mini and therefore cuter.
Puréed Parsnip and Cardamom Soup with Caramelized Shallots by alasully
We could whisper sweet nothings to this mac and cheese all day long, and we are glad that the award winners will get to, too.
This year, the Governors Ball will be serving a lobster salad with artichokes, asparagus, fava beans, baby beets, and citrus vinaigrette. But, to us, nothing beats a classic lobster roll.
Spicy Grilled Chicken Salad with Noodles by Merrill Stubbs
A chicken salad can make or break a party. This one will make it -- and then some.
1,500 guests will be dining on milk chocolate panna cotta with raspberries and cherries, but we think your guests will get a kick out of this tea-infused version.
The Governors Ball will be serving a "Hollywood Chocolate Mousse," but this rendition is equally deserving of that title.
We may not get Puck's Apple Millefeuille, but we can have this beautiful, rustic apple tart with brown butter sauce.