Celebrate Oscar Night with a Cocktail From New York City’s Daniel

02/26/2014 at 05:24 PM ET

Daniel Boulud Oscars Party
V. Rollison

Although Los Angeles gets most of the star-studded action on Oscars night, the Academy is rolling out the red carpet at one dinner far away from Hollywood.

Daniel, the glamorous N.Y.C. restaurant of chef Daniel Boulud, will once again host the only official Oscars party on the East Coast — and if there were an award for best food and drink, he just might win.

On Sunday night, celebs, local members of the Academy and entertainment industry execs will be greeted by 7.5-foot-high Oscar statues before entering Daniel’s dining room, where they’ll feast on a multi-course menu while watching the show on large LCD monitors set up around the room.

The night begins with six types of passed hors d’oeuvres (including scallop-blood orange ceviche and Wagyu beef with wasabi hollandaise) before moving into a plated appetizer featuring miniature portions of three beautiful dishes, which Boulud explains to PEOPLE in the video below.

Before you get enveloped in all that glorious food, feast your eyes on The Red Carpet, a sweet vodka cocktail created by head bartender Arnaud Dissaismade. It’s made with pear jam and simple syrup, and your viewing party guests will love it with or without the Oscar “drawn” in bitters on top — we promise.

The Red Carpet
Makes 1

1 oz. vodka
1 oz. bergamot juice
2 tsp. pear jam
1 tsp. ground galangal root
½ oz. simple syrup
1 egg white
Bitters, in a spray bottle

In a cocktail shaker without ice, combine first six ingredients and shake until emulsified. Add ice cubes and shake until chilled. Strain into a chilled martini glass and spritz cocktail with bitters.

Below, the lobster beet salad, smoked sturgeon mosaic and veloute with potato, leek and a plump helping of Siberian caviar.

Daniel Boulud Oscars Party

V. Rollison

Check out these photos of the rest of the meal, starting with chicken with black truffle wild rice and sunchoke salsify:

Daniel Boulud Oscars Party
V. Rollison

A tiered dessert tray is packed with bite-size goodies, including a lime tart with pineapple gelée and a raspberry religieuse (a stacked French pastry featuring two balls filled with cream).

Daniel Boulud Oscars Party
V. Rollison

Chocolate chip biscuit with mascarpone cream? Get in our belly, please.

Daniel Boulud Oscars Party
V. Rollison

Saving the best for last: a chocolate-covered financier with edible gold leaf.

Daniel Boulud Oscars Party
V. Rollison

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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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