Red Carpet Cocktail Courtesy of Justine Sterling
On Sunday, star chef Daniel Boulud is hosting the only official East Coast Oscar party with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at his flagship restaurant, Daniel. The evening mirrors the West Coast’s most glamorous Oscars event, the Governors Ball, which Wolfgang Puck has overseen for the past 19 years. “I always envy Wolfgang Puck in Los Angeles, so I am very proud to be doing my share in New York,” says Boulud.
While Boulud might make it to Hollywood one day—spot his cameo in the in the film Final Recipe this spring—he’s going all-out for the Academy in New York. Boulud created nominee-inspired dishes, like the Life of Pi tiger shrimp samosas, as well as sparkling Red Carpet cocktails with a vibrant base layer of cranberry gelée, and a three-course dinner. Here, he offers tips for adapting his megawatt viewing party at home.
1. Go all-out on the drinks. “A good cocktail opens up the night,” Boulud says. His showstopping Red Carpet cocktail features a large spherical ice cube with a mini image of an Oscar statuette frozen inside. “It’s important to use filtered water or spring water because it becomes very translucent when it’s frozen,” Boulud explains. He achieves the “red carpet” with a Jell-O–like layer at the bottom of the glass, made with cranberry juice, grenadine and agar (though gelatin also works). The gelée is topped with pear-infused vodka, St. Germain and Champagne.