The 2017 Governors Ball after The Oscars

Governer's Ball

Photos Credit: Jill Weinlein

The 89th Oscars Governors Ball was once again produced by Cheryl Cecchetto of Sequoia Productions. For 28 consecutive years, she and her team have created a luxury experience for the event. Oscar nominees, A-list celebrities and a select group in the movie industry walked into the space at Hollywood & Highland, where the room had been transformed into a magical party filled with delights.  “I’m in the business of creating experiences and memories that linger long after the last dance,” said Cecchetto.

This year 1,500 guests were entertained by award-winning singer and songwriter Cynthia Erivo. Other entertainment included recording artist Jo-Jo, five-time Emmy nominated music director Rickey Minor, and husband and wife deejays DJ M.O.S and DJ Kiss.

Guest sipped Coppola Family Director’s Cut “Cinema Premiere 89th Edition” red wine blend and Russian River Valley Chardonnay. The red wine blend is made with Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot and Petite Sirah.

To toast the evening, the revered French Champagne house Piper-Heidsieck served their Limited Edition 89th Oscars Champagne. Magnum bottles are enrobed in red and have a design of gold encircling the bottle. It’s a beautiful blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay offering sparkling light gold and fine bubbles. The aroma of pear and apple dominate the flavor profile. 

They also  offered a rare 1998 Magnum made from 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir. This black and gold bottle has an elegant essence of sandalwood, gingerbread and orange blossom.

Governer's Ball

For the 23rd consecutive year, a glamorous menu was prepared by Wolfgang Puck and his Wolfgang Puck Catering team including VP Culinary Eric Klein and pastry team Kamel Guechida, Monica Ng and Jason Lemonnier.

In keeping with Wolfgang’s culinary passion, the menu consisted of Wolfgang’s Eat, Love, Live (WELL) philosophy of providing fresh, natural and organic ingredients and celebrate local farmers, sustainable seafood and humanely treated animals.

This year the red to silver and gold themed party offered more than 50 culinary whimsical dishes, starting with one-bite hors d’oeuvres to small-plate entrees that were passed throughout the evening, including Puck’s signature smoked salmon Oscars.

New menu items include Moroccan spiced Wagyu short rib topped with a parmesan funnel cake; taro root tacos with shrimp, mango, avocado and chipotle aioli; lobster corn dogs; made-to-order sushi, poke and a shellfish station.

The ultimate dessert buffet featured Puck’s sought-after 24-karat-gold chocolate Oscars. Wolfgang Puck Catering CEO Carl Schuster directed more than 900 event staff for the party of the year.

On every table was an arrangement of exotic flowers by Mark's Garden. The beloved celebrity floral designer acquired flowers from South America, Holland and a few from Italy. Local flowers from California include blossoms on branches to give arrangements height and colorful Ranunculus. His favorites are the stunning Italian anemones that tie in the red color theme.

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Jill Weinlein

Los Angeles based Jill Weinlein covers travel, food and lifestyle destinations for multiple newspapers, magazines and websites. Her areas of expertise include, luxury travel, culinary reviews, cruising and family travel destinations. Born in Los Angeles, Jill studied Communications and Theatre Arts at UCLA. She has a a Dine and Travel blog - and she writes a weekly restaur...(Read More)

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