Host Your Own Governors Ball

Host Your Own Governors Ball
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Host Your Own Governors Ball

Are you planning an Oscar-viewing party this year? With these delicious and tasty recipes, you can host your own Governors Ball.

Salmon Pinwheels

Wolfgang Puck will be serving two salmon hors d'oeuvres: smoked salmon "Oscars" with dill crème fraiche and caviar as well as smoked salmon "pizza" cones. Quick, easy and savory, guests will love how much flavor these salmon pinwheel appetizers pack.

Get the recipe: Salmon Pinwheels

Kale and Apple Salad with Pancetta and Candied Pecans

Guests of the Governors Ball will be served kale salad with grilled artichoke and lemon vinaigrette. For a similar kale dish, try this elegant, savory salad full of healthy and fresh ingredients.

Get the recipe: Kale and Apple Salad with Pancetta and Candied Pecans

Roasted Garlic Guacamole with Garnishes

If Puck's kombu chip and edamame guacamole sounds appealing, this guacamole recipe is a great quick alternative. Pair with a side of pita chips or fresh veggies.

Get the recipe: Roasted Garlic Guacamole with Garnishes

Bacon-Wrapped Rice Cakes with a Jalapeno Ponzu

2,750 bacon-wrapped dates will be served on Sunday after the Oscars. We love these zesty bacon-wrapped rice cakes with a spicy jalapeno ponzu.

Get the recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Rice Cakes with a Jalapeno Ponzu

Bacon and Gorgonzola Cornbread Sliders with Chipotle Mayo

For the 1,500 guests of the Governors Ball, Puck put mini kobe-style burgers with aged cheddar and remoulade on the menu. For your guests, make these gourmet bacon and gorgonzola sliders.

Get the recipe: Bacon and Gorgonzola Cornbread Sliders with Chipotle Mayo

Mashed Potato Spring Rolls

While Puck will be serving baked potato and caviar, we love these fun and unexpected appetizers for your Oscar-viewing party. When mashed potatoes are involved, you can never go wrong.

Get the recipe: Mashed Potato Spring Rolls

Zucchini Fritters

For a delicious vegetarian-friendly version of Puck's shrimp fritters, experiment with these zucchini fritters.

Get the recipe: Zucchini Fritters

Butternut-Squash-and-Sage Wontons

Puck may be offering duck wontons with orange mustard, but butternut-squash-and-sage wontons are absolute crowd-pleasers with sweet, savory and zesty flavor.

Get the recipe: Butternut-Squash-and-Sage Wontons

Rodriguez Mac and Cheese

This beloved macaroni and cheese dish is topped with grated Reggiano parmesan cheese and ready in 30 minutes or less. Compare it to Puck's truffle macaroni and cheese.

Get the recipe: Rodriguez Mac and Cheese

Asian Pear and Arugula Salad with Goat Cheese

Serve this dish (similar to the Japanese baby peach salad served at the Governors Ball) tossed in a dressing of olive oil, lemon juice, honey and chopped thyme.

Get the recipe: Asian Pear and Arugula Salad with Goat Cheese

No-Bake Raspberry-Lemon Bars

For dessert, the Governors Ball menu features yuzu-lemon bars. For entertaining at home, this no-bake raspberry-lemon bar option is quite possibly one of the easiest treats to prepare. Just make sure you whip them up in the morning so they have time to refrigerate and set.

Get the recipe: No-Bake Raspberry-Lemon Bars

Creamy Lemon Squares

Like the no-bake raspberry-lemon bars or the yuzu-lemon bars, these creamy lemon squares offer a burst of intense flavor and are a perfect way to end your Academy Awards-viewing party.

Get the recipe: Creamy Lemon Squares

Dark Chocolate Truffles

Another dessert you may want to make in advance only requires three ingredients! Coat these dark chocolate truffles in shaved almonds or nuts of your choice and serve them with toothpicks. These make great treats in place of Puck's violet velvet truffles.

Get the recipe: Dark Chocolate Truffles

Red Velvet Cupcakes

For a related dessert, make these red velvet cupcakes at home. Topped with cream cheese frosting, serve these with a fresh cup of coffee at the end of the evening.

Get the recipe: Red Velvet Cupcakes

Check out these cocktails that pair perfectly with the dishes on your viewing-party menu. They will keep all of your guests in high spirits throughout the show.

The Blue Steel

Fresh lime and passion fruit juices help create a sweet and invigorating drink.

Get the recipe: The Blue Steel

American Beauty

Who can resist a dazzling pink drink? Grenadine, orange juice, brandy, vermouth and a touch of creme de menthe blend together to create a sweet, fruity martini.

Get the recipe: American Beauty

Haymaker's Ginger Switchel

This non-alcoholic beverage packs powerful flavor into every sip. To spike, try a splash of vodka or gin.

Get the recipe: Haymaker's Ginger Switchel

Smuggler's Coffee

This coffee comes with a little kick of cinnamon, orange zest and dark rum.

Get the recipe: Smuggler's Coffee


The Oscars are right around the corner, and if you are playing host, consider a menu based on the food at this year's Governors Ball, a celebration after the Oscars. The Governors Ball menu, created by Wolfgang Puck with Chef Matt Bencivenga, features appetizers like duck wontons, small plates such as chicken pot pie with black truffles and baked potato and caviar, sushi and desserts including huckleberry macarons.

Get a taste of what it is like at the elegant after-party by preparing dishes based on the cuisine of the Governors Ball. Check out the slideshow above to learn how!

For more hosting tips, check out Throw the Ultimate Award Show Watch Party from our friends at Homesessive, and visit Moviefone for a great printable Oscars ballot or StyleList for a fun Oscars style ballot.

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