Throwing the perfect Oscar party

Sunday is Hollywood’s biggest night, with the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, co-hosted by James Franco and Anne Hathaway, at 8 p.m. on ABC. Since you can’t be there, we compiled tips from celeb chefs and mixologists on how to throw a good Oscar viewing party.

The show can sometimes run over three hours, so serve something substantial; our pros suggest hearty appetizers.

Chef Calvin Harris, a foodie advisor on NBC’s Biggest Loser, recommends cheese paired with California cabernet. His favorites: aged cheddar and gouda. The trick, says Harris, is to serve things that are “rich and full of flavor” so “you don’t eat as much, and your taste buds are satisfied.”

A Fish Called Avalon’s Chef Kal Abdalla swears by “baked brie on a bed of raspberry puree, fourme d’Ambert and gruyère cheeses” or “foccacia bread topped with grilled tomato, prosciutto, and shaved reggiano.” And make sure to have plenty of sweets (cupcakes, cookies and mousse) on hand. “Serve the mousse in a martini glass.’’

Keep things simple, says the Forge’s Chef Dewey LoSasso. “The thing about cooking for the Oscars is you don’t want to be stuck in the kitchen, you want to be able to watch!’’ His picks are Osteria caviar served with blinis and a chilled Florida lobster salad paired with an Asian-style vinaigrette. And for the Oscar halftime show (those awards you could care less about) grill up some yellowtail snapper and toss over a salad.

Start the night off with a champagne cocktail. STK executive chef Ralph Pagano’s drink of choice calls for bubbly, Chambord Vodka and hibiscus with vanilla syrup. Serve some of Pagano’s faves: canapés, small sandwiches you can pop in the oven, stone crabs, shrimp cocktail.

If you’re feeling lazy, there’s always pizza, says Cafeina’s Chef Leo Gutierrez. But please, brick oven only.

Bacardi mixologist to the stars Gary Hayward created a speciality cocktail inspired by The King’s Speech. Tested by Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter, this drink is served in a tea cup and combines Bombay Sapphire gin, Earl Grey tea, fresh lemon, egg white, lemon juice, rock candy, orange bitters with bitter orange espuma. The Fighter’s Christian Bale was the inspiration for Blood and Sand. Mix two ounces of Dewar’s Whiskey, one ounce of cherry liqueur, one ounces sweet vermouth and one ounce of orange juice.

Micaela Hood


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