Behind The Red Carpet (Day 4) at Governor’s Ball Food and Beverage Preview for the 83rd Academy Awards

Its the Thursday before The Academy Awards, Hollywood Blvd has been blocked off, the red carpet is down, and a tent has been put up for the special media preview. Mingle Media TV Network and Kristyn Burtt went out to the Food and Beverage preview today on the Red Carpet at Hollywood and Highland in a special tent for the preview. For the 17th consecutive year, master chef Wolfgang Puck has been selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to create the menu for the Governors Ball, the celebration immediately following the 83rd Academy Awards® presentation on Sunday, February 27, 2011. Wolfgang Puck Catering will serve the Academys 1,500 Ball guests, which will include Oscar winners, nominees, presenters and telecast participants. The 2011 menu created by Puck and chef Matt Bencivenga is inspired by Latin flavors, from classic paella to coastal seafood, along with signature favorites such as smoked salmon Oscars® and pastry chef Sherry Yards gold-dusted chocolate Oscars. Working in a state-of-the-art kitchen adjacent to the Grand Ballroom at the Hollywood & Highland Center, Puck will lead a team of chefs, pastry chefs and other culinary artists who are responsible for the cooking, presentation and execution of the menu. For video interview coverage of this event, please visit the Red Carpet Report on Mingle Media TV at For more coverage from Kristyn Burtt visit her blog at

You’re Invited: Start Planning Your Oscar Viewing Party Recipe Ideas, Ballots and More

If you’re not going to an official Oscar Night America viewing party (we wrote about them here) or one of the many “official parties” here in Hollywood like the  21st Annual “Night of 100 Stars”, why not get started and create your own special viewing party with friends and family?

Now here’s a video from Katie Lee who demonstrates some of the drink concoctions that will be served using the official champagne of the Oscars: Moet.

Here are the recipes:

Moet’s Silver Screen Punch

1 (6 ounce) can pink lemonade concentrate, partially thawed
8 ounces pineapple juice
1 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
1 cup vodka
1 bottle Moët & Chandon
1 pineapple, cut into rings and frozen

In a blender, combine pink lemonade concentrate, pineapple juice, strawberries, and ginger. Blend until smooth. Pour into a punch bowl. Add vodka and stir to combine. Just before serving, pour in Moet. Add frozen pineapple rings.

The Moet Starlet

4 mint leaves
3/4 ounce good-quality silver tequila
1/2 ounce elderflower liqueur
1/2 ounce simple syrup
1/2 ounce lime juice
3 ounces Moët & Chandon
1 slice starfruit

In a cocktail shaker combine simple syrup, lime juice, and mint leaves. Use a muddler or a wooden spoon to muddle the mint leaves. Add tequila and elderflower liqueur and fill shaker with ice. Shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Strain into a glass and top with Moet. Garnish with starfruit.

Many of you may wonder what fabulous foods would work well with these drinks? Well, here are a few of the menu suggestions from the official Oscar site: Truffle Grilled Cheese sandwiches, Deviled Eggs with Caviar, Stuffed Mushrooms, Chili Orange Kettle Corn, Goat Cheese Spread and Oven-fried Chicken Satay.

Now if you have some special Oscar Night foodie ideas – why not share them with us here on this blog.

Oscar Official BallotWhile you’re thinking of some of your favorite recipes to pull together for Oscar night, don’t forget about the official ballot! You can print this out and share with your guests and make a fun evening of who’s predictions come true!

You can download the PDF of this ballot here.

Now for all of you hard-core Oscar fans there’s a new ALL access site online where you can get even more behind the scenes Oscar access.


Oscar All Access is a new premium service that gives Oscar fans the ultimate view of Hollywood’s biggest night starting with the Red Carpet and then after at the Governor’s Ball. The price is $4.99 and will get you behind the scenes access including their new “360 cam” technology where you can direct your own Oscar experience with just the touch of a mouse. Click here to find out more about this new experience for uber fans!

Look for updates on coverage on the Mingle Media TV site and Kristyn’s blog RedCarpetCloset.TV.