The Oscars® passed in a whirlwind for the WPC team; celebrating Wolfgang’s landmark 20th year serving Hollywoods elite. The evening was full of emotional speeches and memorable moments to cap off a glitzy award season. The real action kicked off for the catering team as the stars made their way into the Ray Dolby Ballroom for the Governors Ball, where a lavish celebration awaited them. The stars were treated to impeccable service, numerous mini entrées and a decadent chocolate buffet assembled by our pastry team.
Wolfgang Puck was in fine red carpet form passing out his signature mini chocolate Oscars® to press and fans alike between interviews and photo ops. His son Oliver joined him to share some camera time with his dad and personalities like Ryan Seacrest, Michael Strahan and Piers Morgan. We think they made quite the charming pair in front of the cameras.
While the Puck gentlemen worked the red carpet, the rest of the team worked diligently behind the scenes in a pre-shift meeting and prepped food for the hungry celebrities. It takes a village to put on such a spectacular event, and everyone was excited to make sure it was executed flawlessly. Our CEO Carl Schuster was instrumental in strategically creating our service plan. Although we served a room of 1,500 guests, the event was divided into 23 small sections, each party with its own waitstaff and VIP manager so that every attendee received the highest quality of service.
Once “12 Years a Slave” received the Best Picture Award, the Ray Dolby Ballroom flooded with jubilant guests, posing for photos and celebrating with friends and colleagues. Wolfgang greeted many of them personally, as frequent guests not only for the Governors Ball, but also in his many restaurants. Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Will Smith, Amy Adams, Charlize Theron, Sidney Poitier, and Julia Roberts were just a few of the actors who stopped to chat with Wolfgang and snap some photos.
The night’s winners were able to have their statues engraved while they mingled at the Governors Ball. Best Performance by an Actor winner Matthew McConaughey and his wife Camila Alves were spotted at the engraving station inside the ballroom.
The chocolate buffet was not only a popular feature but also a visually striking addition to the room, which already boasted an incredible number of plants and flowers in a fragrant and sophisticated display wall that reinforced the nature theme of the year. Our Pastry Dream Team delivered on conceptually-driven and meticulously executed desserts that included sculptural pieces like the licorice and chocolate parfait with caramelized tobacco leaves as well as their Caramel Garden, and capped off with the stunning cake featuring zoetrope cinema they created to honor Wolfgang’s 20th year.
Our team was beyond thrilled to participate in the Governors Ball for another year. The glamorous night was another epic success and testament to Chef Puck’s creativity and continuing innovation on such a huge stage. Congratulations to Wolfgang and everyone who helped us to put together an incomparable event!
Photos by Alex Berliner of Berliner Photography and members of the WPC team