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Governors Ball prepares for Hollywood elite

February 9, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Each year on Oscar night, Academy Award winners and nominees are treated to a luscious post-ceremony tradition: The Governors Ball. It takes months of planning to put on Hollywood's biggest party. And no matter who actually takes home a trophy, everyone's a winner at this lavish event."The Oscars are completely separate," said Governors Ball producer Cheryl Cecchetto. "For me, that's the show and this is the ball."

The Governors Ball has always been the party for Hollywood's elite on Oscar night. And for the past 21 years, Cheryl Cecchetto and her Sequoia Productions team have made sure there's a seamless transition from ceremony to celebration.

This year's elegant motif celebrates the style of the late 1930s.

"I think the most important thing for me is when people walk in they feel grand, everyone's a winner," said Cecchetto. "When they come in here, it's about relaxing, having a glass of champagne."

And to go with that glass of champagne, a fabulous spread of food prepared once again by Wolfgang Puck.

He's done the food for the Governors Ball for 16-years. This year's menu twist offers a comfort food dish: chicken pot pie. Of course, Wolfgang fancy's it up a bit with black truffles. But he's still bringing out some of the old favorites.

"The chocolate Oscar has become such a tradition, also smoked salmon Oscar, people like them at the beginning," said Puck.

Regardless of what Puck comes up with each Oscar night, he says his focus is really one thing: service.

"To me, it's important they get served a great meal in a timely fashion," said Puck. "We have run restaurants in this city for years and we know most of the guests already. I try to do something which I think people will like and I will like too."

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards will be handed out Sunday, March 7.


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