700 magnums of champagne readied for Golden Globe dinner

By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES – Some 700 magnum bottles of champagne, deserts infused with rum and Kahlua and olive orange marinated sea bass will be just some of the decadent and savory dishes vying for celebrity palates at the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards on January 13.

Expected attendees and nominees such as Ben Affleck, Anne Hathaway, Steven Spielberg, Nicole Kidman and Bradley Cooper will be at the awards dinner and ceremony. It will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where executive chef Suki Sugiura has been planning the Globes menu for the last six months.

In an interview with Reuters, Sugiura said his theme for the menu for the 1,275 guests will in part reflect the Californian experience. He will visit local growers to hand pick vegetables traditionally harvested in January to make up the ingredients.

To keep things as fresh as possible, Sugiura said most of the vegetables for his dishes will be harvested no more than a day and half before the ceremony. They will be used to create such appetizers as grilled artichokes with a fennel tomato lemon mousse and California honey goat cheese on an endive pear salad.

Despite the varieties of foods on one plate – Sugiura will serve smoked flat iron beef and California olive oil orange sea bass side by side, for example – his portions will not be excessive. The movie and TV stars tend to watch their weight, and will be sitting at tables for at least three hours.

“I don’t want them (to feel) stuffed,” Sugiura said of the controlled portions. “I wanted them to feel comfortable, enjoy their meal and then enjoy the show.”

To quench their thirst and toast their wins, celebrities will be drinking Moet & Chandon Champagne, which is now in its 22nd year as the official champagne of the Golden Globes.

In honor of the 70th anniversary, the champagne to be offered will be the 2004 Grand Vintage with over 6,500 flutes expected to be served throughout the evening.

“This is the first time the Grand Vintage 2004 will be served in the American market,” Moet & Chandon marketing director Julia Fitzroy told Reuters. “Our Grand Vintage is the highest, almost prestigious mark within the Moet range. We felt it was the perfect occasion to share it for such a special celebration.”

Presidential drama “Lincoln” leads the Golden Globe nominations with seven nods including best film, followed by Iran hostage drama “Argo” and Quentin Tarantino’s dark slavery-era Western “Django Unchained.” (Reporting By Zorianna Kit, editing by Jill Serjeant) – Reuters

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