1,450 Pounds of Lobster?: Wolfgang Puck’s Governor’s Ball Menu and Shopping List

By ABC News

Feb 24, 2012 7:39am

ABC News’ Sarah Kunin reports:

Wolfgang Puck, celebrity chef and owner of over 70 restaurants across the country, will be creating the Governor’s Ball Menu for this year’s Oscars  for his 18th consecutive year.

Instead of the traditional seated dinner Puck was used to doing, he will prepare over fifty small dishes that will be passed throughout the evening to 1500 guests.  This undertaking required a culinary staff of 350 people along with 950 other staff members.

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At the event, guests will dine on some of Puck’s old classics like smoked salmon, as well as new dishes like Shanghai lobster with coconut curry.  The wait staff, decked out in four different uniforms, will pour 12,000 glasses and 1,000 bottles of Moët & Chandon Champagne, roughly 200 bottles less than last year’s event.

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The design of this year’s ball is more modern than in the past.  750 LED lighting fixtures will catch the light of 1,400 strands of Swarovski crystals and the ceiling will be covered in 21,000 square feet of fabric.  More than 2,000 yards of fabric were used to create 476 pieces of custom-made furniture.

Jonathan Jacobs, aka the “Vintage DJ,” will add to the event’s ambiance by spinning original 78′s, 45′s and 33′s on two Audiotronics Classroom record players.

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Read below to see the full Oscar menu as well as how much food goes into producing an Oscar-worthy dinner.

Governor’s Ball Grocery List

How much food goes into planning such a large event?  Take a sneak peak at the some of the outrageous amounts of food required for such a grand event.

  • 1300 Farmed Oysters
  • 5 kilos of American Farm Raised Caviar
  • 1450 pounds Maine Lobster
  • 7500 Individual US Shrimp
  • 30 gallons Cocktail Sauce
  • 1250 Stone Crab Claws
  • 10 pounds of Black Winter Truffles
  • 20,000 pieces of California Grown Micro Greens
  • 6000 pieces of Mini Brioche Buns
  • 5000 Cage-Free Eggs
  • 200 quarts Heavy Cream and 200 quarts Milk
  • 800 pounds L’Etoile du Nord Bittersweet Chocolate
  • 25 pounds Edible Gold Dust

 

84th Annual Academy Awards® Governors Ball Menu

Tray-Passed

Smoked Salmon on Oscar® Flatbread with Caviar and Crème Fraiche

Spicy Tuna Tartare in Sesame Miso Cones with Masago

Mini Kobe Cheeseburger with Remoulade and Aged Cheddar

Pork Belly Dumplings with Soy and Ginger

Crab Cakes with Remoulade

Arrancini with Tomato, Basil and Parmesan

Tempura Shrimp with Wasabi Glaze

Vegetable Spring Roll with Sweet Chili Sauce

Assorted Pizzas

 

Cold Appetizer Platter

Lobster Taco with Tomato and Pickled Shallots

Caprese Skewer with Bufala Mozzarella, Tomato and Basil

Potato Latke with Smoked Sturgeon and Horseradish

House Made Pretzel Bread with Beer Cheddar Fondue and Mustard Aioli

Prosciutto Grissini

 

Small Plates

Chicken Pot Pie with Shaved Black Truffles and Roasted Vegetables

Fuji Apple Salad with Crumbled Blue Cheese, Arugula, Shaved Red Onion and Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Beet Tortelloni with Goat Cheese and Toasted Hazelnuts

Gold Wrapped Baked Potato with Caviar and Crème Fraiche

Slow Braised Short Rib with Polenta and Romesco

Crab and Lobster Louie with Horseradish Panna Cotta and Marinated Tomatoes

Macaroni & Cheese with Aged Cheddar

Shanghai Lobster with Coconut Curry, Jasmine Rice and Pickled Ginger

Chinois Lamb with Cilantro Mint Vinaigrette

Beet Salad with Pistachio Butter, Burrata and Citrus Balsamic

 

Seafood and Sushi Buffets

Sushi with Wasabi, Soy and Ginger: Rolls, Nigiri and Sashimi

Shellfish with Mustard and Cocktail Sauce: Prawns, Lobster, Stone Crab and Oysters

 

Passed Dessert

Almond, Orange-Brown Butter Cake with Blood Orange

Date Cake with Sticky Toffee Pudding and Toffee Orange Sauce

Chocolate in 3D

Golden Candy Apple

Banana Cream Pie with Candied Popcorn

Tart Tatin with Pretzel Pastry and Caramel Gelato

Chocolate Mousse in Golden Egg Cups

 

Dessert Buffet

Raspberry Rose Eclairs

Strawberry Shortcake Push-Up Pops

Red Hot Macaroons

Star Shortbread with Silver Sugar

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pops

Brown Sugar Lemon Meringue Cones

Chocolate Pudding Push-up Pops

Long Stem Strawberries

Chocolate Buffet

Chocolate Fountains with Farmers Market Long Stem Strawberries

Chocolate Paninis

Triple Chocolate Cupcakes

Warm Coulent Souffle Cakes

Chocolate Dobos Torte

Earl Grey Tea Truffles

White Chocolate Coconut Rum Truffles

Milk Chocolate Caramel Truffles

Chocolate Dipped Pop Rock Cakes

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Triple Chocolate Toffee Crunch Cookies

Chocolate Coffee Cups

Chocolate Toffee Cups

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