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A Culinary Sneak Peek Into the Academy’s Official Party

Oscar After PartyWhen does the food prep start? What happens to the unserved food? Food Network Magazine dishes out the details of the Governors Ball, Hollywood’s premier after-Oscar party.

With the Academy Awards tonight, the next big event after the stars walk the red carpet and the golden statues are presented is the all-important after party.

While movie buffs and perpetual party planners were busy working on creative themes and menus of their own, Food Network Magazine went behind the scenes of one of the biggest parties in Hollywood.

Renowned chef Wolfgang Puck is the culinary mastermind behind the popular Governors Ball, the after-Oscar event that hosts 1,500 celebs and other hot shots. Puck has already been at work for several weeks preparing for the star-studded event.

According to the timeline he provided to Food Network Magazine, the menu has long been set, as it’s something he starts thinking about around six weeks before the show. Though Puck is making more than 50 dishes, you can bet mini kobe burgers, smoked salmon and gold-covered chocolate Oscars will be among them—those are served every year.

As you might imagine, when you’re serving 1,500 dinner guests, there are a lot of special requests ranging from vegetarian to gluten-free to raw to vegan. But with a crew of 300 sous chefs from his restaurants, plus culinary students from L.A., the gang’s got it all covered.

The cooks get started early—around 6 a.m.—on the day of the show and continue their preparation while watching a live feed of the ceremony. That’s so they can synchronize having the hot dishes on the table just before the glammed-up guests arrive.

Once the celebs move on to the next venue, the food served at the Governors Ball doesn’t just go to waste. Instead, it’s given to Angel Harvest, a non-profit organization that disperses the unserved leftovers among soup kitchens and shelters to help feed the community.

Not until this last generous duty is complete does Puck afford himself his only luxury of the evening. When he can finally relax, he toasts a job well done with a glass of champagne and calls it a night.


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Get Red-Carpet Ready with Deals on Magazines, Movies and Books

Red Carpet Awards DealsFrom red-carpet ready style to reliving the film greats of Oscars’ past, you’ll find deals on magazines, movies and books to capture the magic of cinema’s biggest night.

Arguably the biggest red carpet event of the year is coming up on Sunday with the 85th Academy Awards presentation. Are you ready?

Even if you’re thinking it’s unlikely you’ll be a Hollywood star, you can still look the part.

That’s why we’ve got plenty of magazine subscriptions, movies and books at deep discounts “the rest of us” can enjoy during our red-carpet worthy sale!

Fashionistas, beauty buffs and film enthusiasts will find everything they need to fit right in with the Tinseltown crowd. Here’s a sampling:

US Weekly: Our featured deal (10 issues for just $10) dishes the latest on celebrity gossip, and takes you backstage and into the after-parties for all the major awards. Plus it regularly features stars without makeup. See? They aren’t always so perfect after all.

Entertainment Weekly: This front-row perspective offers illuminating commentary and reviews on everything from films to music without all the gossip. Don’t miss the annual special double issue dedicated to all things Oscar!

InStyle: There’s a fashionable sideshow to the actual awards presentation that is all about style. Draw inspiration from this magazine’s pages to create your own stage-worthy look using its simple tips for basic beauty and easy wardrobe makeovers.

Film Comment: If you’re more interested in the filmmaking process, this magazine published by the Film Society of Lincoln Center talks the latest trends, in addition to move reviews and discussions, in its international coverage of cinema.

The Sound of Music 45th Anniversary Edition: Re-released for your enjoyment in high definition, this lovable movie musical starring Julie Andrews was nominated in 1965 for ten Academy Awards, winning five, including Best Picture and Best Film Editing.

My Fair Lady: Starring the impeccably fashionable Audrey Hepburn, My Fair Lady nabbed 12 Academy Award nominations in 1964. The film adaptation of the play “Pygmalion” won eight, including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director.

Stanley Kubrick: Widely considered one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, Kubrick and his brilliant film career are explored in this biography. He was a familiar name on awards nights with many of his films nominated for Oscars, among other awards, including 2001: A Space Odyssey, Dr. Strangelove, A Clockwork Orange and Full Metal Jacket.