Golden Globe Guests Will Feast On, Among Other Things, Gold Shavings

Pastry chef Thomas Henzi prepares a gold shaving-topped dessert.
Pastry chef Thomas Henzi prepares a gold shaving-topped dessert.

Sunday night's Golden Globe ceremony figures to be an entertaining few hours -- too bad the cameras never zoom in on our favorite (or least favorite) celebrities while they eat dinner. Unlike at the Oscars or Emmys, Golden Globe guests feast on a gourmet meal and can indulge by drinking endless amounts of Champagne.

Beverly Hilton head chef Suki Sugiura spent six months planning a three course meal to serve the ceremony's 1,500 guests, a menu that "spans the continents." Here's the lineup...

Appetizer: Pistachio-crusted pistou (garlic, basil and olive oil mixture) ravioli with wild arugula, smoked tomato, kabocha (Japanese squash) compote and burrata (Italian cheese made of mozzarella and cream).

Main course: miso- and sake-lees-marinated pacific sea bass with grilled king oyster and mushroom, braised prime short rib of beef with porcini pine nut herb ragout (stew) in a light cream of sherry wine ginger tamari sauce with roasted fingerling potatoes, candy striped beets, baby bok choy and yellow baby carrots.

But the most extravagant kicker comes in the dessert: a chocolate delice almond crunch terrine (loaf) and acacia honey, caramel and fresh berries. To top it off, pastry chef Thomas Henzi will sprinkle each plate with edible gold shavings. Only about $1.20 worth of shavings go with each serving. Multiply that number by 1,500 and you get $1,800 -- a dessert bargain, right?

And how can we forget about the Champagne? According to Reuters, this will be the 21st year Moet & Chandon serve as the official Champagne of the Golden Globes. Each guest will be handed an imperial mini bottle when they first arrive. What a crowd-pleaser. And to accompany the three course extravaganza, Grand Vintage 2002 will be served.

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