LAS VEGAS ( MainStreet) -- What event has 1,500 guests, 1,000 bottles of Moet & Chandon ( MC) Champagne and 1,400 strands of Swarovski crystals? Don't know? Maybe this will help: It also has four kilos of American farm-raised caviar, 10 pounds of black winter truffles and 6,500 wood-fired Oscar-shaped flatbreads. Yes. The Oscars are here.
And to celebrate, TravelsinTaste is bringing you some inside peeks at premiere parties for Oscar-nominated movies, food and drink specials inspired by films and what Wolfgang Puck has done to keep up. A veritable institution, New York's 21 Club has hosted several Oscar winners as well as 2012 nominees. Most recently, George Clooney, Olivia Wilde, Alan Cumming, Julianna Margulies, Ellen Barkin, Oliver Stone, Jeremy Renner, Sam Rockwell, Beau Bridges, Judy Greer, Frances McDormand and Wendi Murdoch attended a private preview of The Descendents here Oct. 15.
Playing backdrop to another Clooney movie -- Ocean's Eleven -- was the Vegas restaurant Picasso. Sitting at table 34 here, Clooney's Danny Ocean shocks ex-wife Tess at this beautiful restaurant in the Bellagio, home to the famous dancing fountains. There's plenty to keep your attention inside, considering it has several of Pablo Picasso's original masterpieces. (Fitting, since Tess was an art curator.) On Tuesday, Chef David Burke will celebrate with a pre-Oscar party at Fishtail, near another of his New York upper east side restaurants, davidburke townhouse. The dinner will feature a special menu inspired by Best Picture contenders such as The Artist (a Deconstructed Croque Madame with oeuf a la coque, baguette, smoked salmon); War Horse (Hay Smoked Hamachi with spicy apple sauce and oatmeal cake); The Descendants (Rainbow Roll with mango, tuna, scallop, salmon and ponzu pearls); The Help (Ole Miss Shrimp with spicy sausage cornbread, quail egg and mustard vinaigrette); Money Ball (Swordfish & Foie Gras with pretzel toast, peanut brittle gastrique and house-made Cracker Jack shots); and Hugo (Midnight Hour "Mac" n' Cheese with macaroons and mascarpone). At the end of the evening, guests are to submit ballots with their predictions. Those with the most correct votes come Oscar Night will get a prize.
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