Kale Chips and Power Smoothies on Wolfgang Puck’s 20th Oscar Menu (2014 Oscar Menu Included)

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Photo by Wolfgang Puck. Oscar-shaped Smoked Salmon with Caviar.

Per tradition, the 86th annual Academy Awards will be catered by none other than Wolfgang Puck. The chef and restauranteur, a celebrity himself, has been catering the affair for the past twenty years, and this week on Good Food he talks to Evan Kleiman about how the annual meal has evolved from a more formal black tie sit down dinner to a relatively low-key party featuring small plates.

Although the atmosphere may have become more casual, putting together the after-party is no small feat. According to Puck the event requires 2,180 man hours to put together. And Puck’s menu for the 1,500 celebrity guests calls for 20,000 pieces of California-grown micro greens, 5,000 cage-free eggs, 30 gallons of cocktail sauce, 600 Maine Lobster, and 2,000 chocolate truffles among a long laundry list of ingredients.

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Photo by Andrea Bricco. Butternut Squash, Farro and Wild Rice (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

The menu has changed over the years, but every year guests expect to see Oscar-shaped smoked salmon and Oscar-shaped chocolate.

One of the changes he’s seen is an increased interest in vegetarian or vegan options. This year’s menu, for example, features a wide swath of vegetarian and vegan options. Puck said that in years past there were only a handful of vegetarians whereas “now you have not only vegetarians, but you have vegan people so they want to eat what they want to eat, and you see people like Ellen DeGeneres (who will be hosting this year’s Academy Awards) and quite a few other ones who really feel better when they eat just vegetables in different preparations.”

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Photo by Andrea Bricco. Kale and Cauliflower Chips (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

Kale chips, power smoothies, and taro root tacos are some of the vegetarian/vegan options on the menu at this year’s Governor’s Ball, but Puck clarified that vegetarians and vegans are still a minority because  “most of the people are so hungry when they smell the truffle risotto they say just bring me two orders.”

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Photo by Carin Krasner. Oscar-shaped Chocolate (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

2014 Oscar Menus

Pre Show – Tray Passed

Smoked Salmon Macaroons

Kale and Cauliflower Chips (Vegan)

Steak Tartare, Parmesan*

Carrot Orange Gazpacho (Vegan)*

Power Smoothie (Vegan)*

Tomato Caprese (Vegetarian)

Chicken, White Grits*

Shrimp Cocktail

Fruit Sticks

On the Bars

Crudité (Vegan)


Assorted Pizza (some Vegetarian, Some Vegan)

Vegetable Spring Roll, Chinese Mustard (Vegetarian)

Aged Cheddar Grilled Cheese with Roasted Tomato (Vegetarian)

White Bean Quinoa Cake, Roasted Pepper (Vegan)

Homemade Potato Chips (Vegan)

Tortilla Chips (Vegetarian)

Passed Hors d’Oeuvres

Spicy Tuna Tartare, Sesame Miso Cone*

Mini Burgers, Aged Cheddar, Remoulade*

Smoke Salmon Oscar Matzo

Taro Root Taco, Avocado (Vegan)

Crispy Lobster Shrimp Dumpling, 5 Spice

Bolognese Stuffed Arrancini

Table Platter

Homemade Pretzels, Pimento Cheese (Vegetarian) x2

5 Year Aged Gouda (Vegetarian)

Cauliflowers, Smoked Paprika (Vegan)

Parmesan Stuffed bacon Wrapped Dates*

Chilled Spanish Shrimp

Smoked Almonds


Seeded Lavash

Tasting Menu

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Hand Formed Pasta, Roasted Chestnut and Truffles (Vegetarian)

Sushi & Shellfish Station

Passed Small Plates – Hot

Baked Potato with Caviar*

Chicken Pot Pie, Black Truffles*

Shanghai Lobster, Jasmine Rice*

Baked Macaroni and Cheese*

Wild Salmon, Ginger & Almonds

Short Rib, Goulash, Spatzle

Weiner Schnitzel, Red Cabbage*

Passed Small Plates – Cold 

Chopped Vegetable Salad (Vegetarian)

Beets, Goat Cheese, Citrus (Vegetarian)

Butternut Squash, Farro, Wild Rice (Vegetarian/Vegan)*

Chinois Chicken Salad

Chocolate Buffet

Mini Oscar Lollipops – Raspberry Ganache, Lemon Ganache

Homemade Chocolate Spread and Warm Cinnamon Pretzels

Chocolate Cupcake, Almond Cream (Vegan, Gluten Free)*

Jars of Candies/Truffles, Rocher, Nougat, Marshmallow

Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Cheesecake Pops

Milk Chocolate Crème Brûlée, Spicy Whipped Cream

Citrus Panna Cotta, Funky Chunky Chocolate Pop Corn

White Chocolate and Lemon Cream Push Up Pops

Assorted Chocolate Barks (Seeds, Nuts, Dried Fruits)

Passed Small Plates – Dessert

Licorice and Chocolate Parfait, Caramelized Tobacco Leaves (Gluten Free)

Yuzu Semifreddo, Green Tea Meringue and Sake Blueberries

Strawberry Consommé, Angel Food Cake, Olive Oil Sorbet

Carrot Cake, Raisins, Cinnamon Gel (Vegan)*

Caramel Garden – Coffee Soil, Chocolate Malted Tree, Fleur de Sel