We Have the Menu to This Sunday’s Emmy Awards Governors Ball

An inside look at what Hollywood’s elite will enjoy at the post-ceremony celebration

The meal of stars

This Sunday, Kevin Spacey, Anthony Hopkins, Jane Fonda, Alec Baldwin, and hundreds of other celebrities and members of the media will be tasting dishes from Patina Group chefs Joachim Splichal, Gregg Wiele, and Frania Mendivil at the 69th Annual Emmy Awards Governors Ball in downtown Los Angeles.

More than 4,000 pounds of heirloom tomatoes, 3,200 pounds of filet mignon, 8,500 fresh black mission figs, and 60 pounds of sugar will be turned into meals for the nominees. All décor and food elements for the Governors Ball are recyclable, repurposed, or biodegradable.

The theme of this year’s ball is “Golden Grandeur.” An epic contemporary setting will be punctuated by a gilded overhead art installation forming a sea of golden waves spanning the entire ballroom. The design emphasizes recurring architectural shapes in a monochromatic gold theme.

The year’s signature Emmy cocktail, The Hillhaven Lodge Fireside, is a combination of whiskey, absinthe, spiced pear liqueur, and fresh lemon juice. Guests entering the ball will be treated to a glass of Ferrari Brut Trentodoc and enjoy flutes of sparkling Ferrari Perlé, Ferrari Perlé Rosé, and Giulio Ferrari Riserva del Fondatore. Sterling Vineyards will offer its Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay to pair with dishes at the largest sit-down dinner in America. (Guests should remember to also sip on the available Fiji water.)


Matt Sayles/Invision for the Television Academy.

How your favorite stars will cheers.

The Patina menu includes a first course called “Last of the Heirlooms,” featuring local heirloom tomatoes, dinosaur plums, red quinoa, charred leek vinaigrette, balsamic jelly, basil, and sea salt; a main course of pan-roasted filet mignon with mission figs, asparagus, purple marble potatoes, roasted red flame grapes, creamy horseradish purée, and mustard sauce; and a decadent Alunga brownie bar with dulce de leche and roasted cherries for dessert.

Splenda Naturals will add the sweetness to the coffee at the Governors Ball; guests can enjoy any of 10 flavors of Philip Ashley chocolates; Audi will supply a fleet of vehicles to chauffeur nominees and presenters to the ceremonies; and L’Oreal Paris will provide celebrity touch-ups backstage at the Emmys and for guests at the Governors Ball.


The Emmy Awards will broadcast on Sunday, September 17, from the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles and will begin airing on CBS at 5 p.m. Pacific Time and 8 p.m. Eastern Time.