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What Hollywood will be eating at The Oscars
Photo: Carin Krasner
Oscars Menu

The 88th Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, February 28. If you aren't already gearing up for Hollywood's big night, perhaps a taste of what the stars will be served for dinner will get you excited.

Wolfgang Puck Catering gave us a sneak peek at its Oscar-night menu.

To be honest, much of the menu sounds like it hasn't been updated in a decade: Passed appetizers include a Chinese chicken salad on a wonton crisp, curried chicken salad on walnut raisin toast and shrimp cocktail. Pretty sure we were all eating that when Crash somehow won Best Picture in 2006.

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That said, other parts remind us that it is very much 2016. First, items are labeled gluten free, nut free or dairy free. Ah, Hollywood. Second, the raw bar is called "Poke, Sushi and Shellfish." There hasn't been a hotter raw fish dish than poke since tuna tartare (also on the menu). And in case anyone was worried, they'll be serving avocado toast (vegetarian, NF, DF).

We just wonder who'll go to the chocolate buffet, which is the longest section of the menu. It includes treats like tiramisu push pops, caramel Oscars lollipops, milk chocolate peanut butter ring dings, a macaron tower and the obligatory chocolate fountain.

Planning a menu that must take into account not only dietary restrictions but the constant movement of so many guests is no easy feat. Barbara Brass, vice president of catering sales for Wolfgang Puck Catering, says that chef Wolfgang Puck aimed to put his biggest hits into small-plate format for the night. "Adding variety was important, but creating more of a fluid environment where guests could mingle was the main objective."

Though the catering group updates the menu every year, certain popular dishes, like macaroni and cheese and handmade agnolotti, are always there.

See below for the complete menu.

Wolfgang Puck Catering

2016 Oscar Menus
GF - Gluten Free
NF - Nut Free
DF - Dairy Free

Pre Show - Tray Passed

Curried Chicken Salad on Walnut Raisin Toast (DF)
Chinese Chicken Salad on Wonton Crisp
Roasted Red Hummus with Jicama Sticks (DF)
Smoked Salmon Mousse on Cucumber (NF)
Brioche Crostini with Seared Au Poivre Filet Mignon (NF)
Tomato, Feta and Olive Skewer (Vegetarian, GF,NF)
Shrimp Cocktail (GF,NF,DF, Contains Shellfish)

Levels 1 and 2....
Mini Burgers
Assorted Pizzas
Tuna Cones

On the Bars

Root Vegetable Chips (Vegan,GF,NF,DF)
Homemade Potato Chips (Vegan,GF,NF,DF)

Tasting Menu

2016 Oscars Governors Ball

Governors Ball - Passed Hors d'Oeuvres

Spicy Tuna Tartare, Sesame Miso Cone (NF)
Mini Burgers, Aged Cheddar, Remoulade (NF)
Smoked Salmon Oscar Matzo (NF)
Assorted Pizza (some Vegetarian, Some Vegan, NF)
Aged Cheddar Grilled Cheese with Roasted Tomato (Vegetarian,NF)
Avocado Toast with Radish, Sea Salt and Finger Lime (Vegetarian,NF,DF)
Grilled Fig filled with Local Ricotta and Saba (NF,GF,Vegetarian)
Pork Potsticker with Ponzu (NF)
Taro Root Taco with Wild Mushrooms and Salsa Verde (Vegan, NF, GF)
Crispy BiBimBap (NF, Vegetarian)

Table Platter

Homemade Pretzels, Pimento Cheese (Vegetarian,NF) x2
5 Year Aged Gouda (Vegetarian,GF,NF)
Parmesan Reggiano (Vegetarian, GF, NF)
Deviled Eggs with Smoked Paprika (GF,NF,DF) x2
Roasted Nuts with Rosemary, Cayenne, Sea Salt and Brown Sugar (GF)
Fleur de Sel Breadsticks (NF,DF)
Seeded Lavosh (NF,DF)

Poke, Sushi & Shellfish Station
(Contains Shellfish, GF,NF,DF)

Passed Small Plates - Hot

Baked Potato with Caviar (GF,NF)
Chicken Pot Pie, Black Truffles (NF)
Apple-Celery Root Soup with Black Truffle (Vegetarian)
Baked Macaroni and Cheese (NF)
Ancient Grain Risotto with Peas, Mushrooms and Pea Leaves (Vegetarian, NF)
Wagyu Shortrib, Cauliflower Purée, Golden Raisins and Puffed Thai Rice (NF)
Artichoke and Fromage Agnolotti, Black Winter Truffles (Vegetarian, NF)
Dover Sole, Sweet Potato, Chili, Orange Miso Vinaigrette (NF, GF)

Passed Small Plates - Cold

Baby Beets, Cara Cara Oranges, Frisee, Arugula and Shallot Vinaigrette
Chopped Salad with Artichokes, Asparagus, Radicchio and Haricot Vert (Vegan, GF, NF)
Chilled White Grape and Almond Gazpacho (Vegan, GF)

Chocolate Buffet

Caramel Oscars Lollipops (GF, NF)
Chocolate Chip Cookies (NF)
Coconut Macaroons (NF)
Chewy Cranberry Meringues (Pink Color) (GF, NF)
Macaron Tower (Pistachio, Violet, Mango, Chocolate and Raspberry) (GF)
Crunchy Pearl Chocolate Dome
Raspberry Opera (NF)
Strawberry Marshmallow (GF, NF)
Bubble Banana/Strawberry Cheesecake Lollipop Freeze dried Strawberry (NF)
Rum "Baba Savarin" Raspberry Gelee (NF)
Mini Yuzu Tarte Tropezienne (NF)
Dark Chocolate Brownie (NF)
Tiramisu Push Pop (NF)
Assorted WP Chocolate Bonbons, Bars, and Barks
Strawberry White Chocolate Puffed Rice Rocher (NF)
Kalamansi Pate De fruit (GF, NF)
Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Ring Dings
Passion Fruit Mallomars (NF)
Lemon Meringue Tart Lollipop (NF)
Vanilla-Raspberry Religieuse (NF)
Chocolate Fountain

Vegan and Gluten Free Items
Coconut Cupcake
Double Chocolate Cherry Cookies

Passed Small Plates - Dessert

Chocolate Passion Layer Cake, Chocolate Biscuit, Speculoos, Banana Ice cream
Sweet Taco, Pistachio Lady Finger, Market Cherries
Raspberry Panna Cotta, Champagne Caviar, White Chocolate Décor
Vanilla Bean and Hot Fudge Sundae

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