Bon appétit at the Oscars

Zachary Durand, ’Doah Staff Writer
March 6, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-02-28 at 8.09.09 AMLos Angeles chef Wayne Elias knows a thing or two when it comes to catering to the stars. For the past nine years, Elias has been the culinary master behind one of Hollywood’s most exclusive Oscar parties — Sir Elton John’s. John’s bash doubles as a fundraiser where all proceeds go towards The Elton John AIDS Foundation. This year, they raised about $6 million. I had the privilege of skyping Elias right after the excitement of Oscar night.

ZD: How did you get involved with John and this soirée?
WE: I was introduced to the Foundation by an Event Planner friend of mine Virginia Fout, who had recommended my company and myself after they were having bad luck with landing an L.A. Caterer.

ZD: How does one get invited?
WE: Well, you pay for a ticket. The starting ticket price, which includes the sit-down dinner and after-party, is $3,500. The more you pay, the closer you get to sit by Sir Elton and his husband, David.

ZD: How much prep time goes into the dishes and setting up the atmosphere?
WE: The event takes two months of logistics planning, and the prep time for the five course dinner, hor d’oeuvres and after-party buffets takes three days prior and eight hours on location. It took 50 chefs, and about 125 servers to deliver the 950 dishes we created for the evening.

ZD: Can you rattle off a few of the stars that attended?
WE: Steven Tyler, Kim Kardashian (who, due to pregnancy cravings, asked for dessert first!), Simon Cowell, Nicki Minaj, Kelly Osbourne, Randy Jackson, Britney Spears, Heidi Klum, Naomi Campbell, Baz Lurhmann, Jane Seymour, Miley Cyrus, Chris Brown, Quincy Jones, Lance Bass, Lucy Lawless.

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