How to Host the Ultimate Oscars Viewing Party

Lauren Powell
by Lauren Powell

What better way to make a Monday the best day of the week than by celebrating Hollywood’s night of nights—the Oscars—next week. The 88th Academy Awards is the perfect excuse to host your squad to a stylish night in and cheer Cate down the red carpet. The team at the Woollahra Hotel have curated a mouth-watering menu inspired by the glamour of Tinseltown. Read on for all the ingredients you need to host one very glamorous night—BYO ball gown.

The Hollywood Club Cocktail

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Mark Stanley

Ingredients

45ml Thyme infused Hayman’s Old Tom Gin

30ml Raspberry and vanilla syrup

30ml Fresh lemon and roses

Method

1. Chill your choice of glassware with ice.

2. Add all ingredients into a Boston Shaker.

3. Add ice.

4. Shake hard for 10-15 Seconds (or until shaker tin is frosted on the outside).

5. Double strain into your chilled glass.

6. Garnish with roses.

Cheese Board

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Ingredients

Dried fruits

Rosemary crackers

Chutney

Your choice of cheese

Method

Place all ingredients on a serving plate of your choice.

Chef’s tip: “When choosing cheese I personally opt for a blue like a Roquefort, a soft cheese like Holy Goat and a lovely hard cheese. At the moment I'm really into manchego with a smoked honey. To accompany your cheese you can use anything from candied fruit or fresh fruit, to onion jam or a quince. Then select your crisp breads—lavosh works well or a toasted brasserie bread fruit loaf. Assemble your board and let the cheese sit to warm slightly before serving,” says Ben Varela, Executive Chef of The Woollahra Hotel. “The important thing when making a cheese or charcuterie board is to use the best ingredients you can find.”

Charcuterie Board

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Ingredients

Wagyu Bresaola

Salami

Pickles

Organic Sourdough

Method

Place all ingredients on a serving plate of your choice.

Chef’s tip: “Use salami and a wagyu bresaola all available from your local deli, toast some sourdough and serve with pickled onions, watercress and sourdough toast,” suggests Varela.

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