The Best Dish at the SAG After-Party? You Decide!

01/21/2014 at 12:28 PM ET

SAG Awards Wolfgang Puck Gala
Left: Courtesy Wolfgang Puck; Right: Courtesy Patrón

If we ran the SAG Awards, we would add one more category to the list: best performance by an appetizer at the after-party.

Choosing a winner, however? This year, it would be an extremely close call. Saturday’s post-awards Gala, hosted by PEOPLE and the Entertainment Industry Foundation, featured a dazzling spread of two-bite dishes from celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck.

Puck Instagrammed the menu highlights, asking readers which dish they’d want to try most.

“Braised pork belly empanadas with charred jalapeño onion jam, cilantro creme,” the chef captioned this shot. “Which dish from the @peoplemag / EIF #SAGAwardsGala would you want to try? @peoplegreatideas @sagawards”

This truffle grilled cheese with fig jam, which Puck called “catering comfort food,” gets our vote.

Tart grapefruit and spicy chili gave each spoonful of this tuna crudo a serious pop of flavor.

Puck’s mini cheddar burgers are one of his signature catering dishes. Click for the recipe.

No, it’s not a miniature cocktail—it’s a grown-up take on a push-up pop! Each tube has a serving of creamy mashed potatoes with crème fraîche and caviar.

We could probably down a few dozen of these fried rice balls! Each one is filled with duck confit and served in a cream made from Manchego cheese.

For the vegans in the crowd: “#Vegan potstickers with citrus ponzu!” Puck wrote.

Stars at the party were also treated to a lineup of signature cocktails created by Patrón, including the Ultimat Statue, a tangy mix of vodka, pomegranate juice and OJ with a sugared rim, and the Patrón Award, a fruit-forward tequila cocktail (recipe below). Shake one up tonight!

Let’s put this to a crowd vote: What dish or drink sounds the most delicious to you?

SAG Awards Patrón Tequila Cocktail
Courtesy Patrón

The Patrón Award
Makes 1

1.5 oz. tequila
1.5 oz. orange liqueur
2 oz. blueberry juice
1 oz. mango juice
Blackberries, for garnish

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, mix first four ingredients and shake thoroughly. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a skewer of blackberries.

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Guest2 on

Great, now I’m hungry.

guest on

Too good for these morons.

Anonymous on

Puck listen you know and I know these celebs don’t eat anything cater a party for me! I guarantee everyone will eat!

joan719 on

Guess I like simple food. Unless they put signs out, I would be thinking I am eating ‘mystery food’. Do like the sound of the Patron cocktail and potstickers are always good.

Truthfinder on

I really HATE incomplete recipes…even if it is only the sugar for the rim of the glasses. It’s still an incomplete recipe which to me is very careless. Just a btw.

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