Hollywood isn’t the only place where people meet to take in the Academy Awards action. Film buffs and celebrity fans everywhere gather around the broadcast, often in restaurants and bars, to catch their favorite stars and keep track of the winners. Need a little inspiration to mark the special occasion?
The king of the Oscar afterparty, Wolfgang Puck, shared some of his glitzy creations for the big night on his Instagram feed. Here are a few of the whimsical and dramatic dishes Puck’s crew designed for the celebrity-heavy crowd:
Vegan taro root tacos, lobster shrimp dumplings, and vegan white bean quinoa cakes
Homemade chocolate spread with warm cinnamon pretzels
Smoked salmon "Oscars"
Don't forget the drinks
Three Chicago establishments are marking the occasion with indulgent beverages:
The Pink Stiletto at Old Town Pour House combines combines 1 Tbsp. strawberry purée, ½ oz. house-made ginger beer, 4 oz. Riesling, ½ oz. lemonade, ½ oz. soda water in a mixing tin; the mix is poured over ice in a teardrop glass, topped with lemonade and soda water and garnished with a lemon wedge.
Pour ingredients into a mixing tin and shake. Pour over ice in a teardrop glass. Top with lemonade and soda water. Garnish with a lemon wedge. Price: $10.
The Boundary’s creation, the American Hustle, is a mix of ¾ oz. St Germain and 3 oz. Ensemble White Blend, topped with soda water and garnished with a lemon twist.
At the SideDoor, the Smoked Negroni consists of 1 oz. Aperol, 1 oz. Few Barrel Aged Gin and 1 oz. Punt e Mes, all combined in a beaker with ice, then poured over a smoked ice cube (made from water smoked in-house with hickory chips). A lemon peel is stuck between the ice cube and the glass, which adds another aromatic to the drink.