Today is the start of the Oscars weekend! And today, while mere mortals like myself will page through the latest edition of HELLO! for the top Oscars gossip, in Tinseltown the nominees will be unwrapping their awe-inspiring Oscar goody bags, practicing their “I don’t mind that I didn’t win” faces – except for Colin Firth who will win, of course – and booking into their luxury L.A. suites.
In the lead up to the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, the legendary Beverly Hills Hotel will be throwing a pre-Oscar party. As a tribute to the Golden One, “the Pink Palace” will be has created a fabulous range of cocktails and delicious delicacies inspired by this year’s Best Picture nominees.
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The culinary team at the world-famous Polo Lounge have created a thoroughly entertaining range of edibles for its celebrated guests including the “127 Hours” menu which features steak that has been braised for – you guessed it 127 hours – and the “Rock and a Hard Place” cocktail made with Rittenhouse Rye, Rothman and Winters Apricot Liqueur, Apricot Brandy, and Angostura Bitters.
From the “Black Swan” menu: a black and white parfait with chocolate almond streusel and flourless chocolate cake crowned with an adorable swan. And to ruffle your feathers, it’s served with the gorgeous-sounding Odeite and Odile cocktail; a combination of Blavod Black Vodka Kahlua and cream.
If this is part of the Black Swan diet I’ve heard so much about, then I’m definitely going to try it!
The Beverly Hills Hotel has long been a favourite of A-list Hollywood stars and its pre-Oscar party has always included past Award winners and nominees. Among the many recent Academy Award-winners who have celebrated their triumphs at The Polo Lounge are Gwyneth Paltrow, Michael Caine, Dame Judi Dench, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck – all with Oscars in hand!