2/20/2013 04:43:00 PM

Oscar Night Viewing Parties and Take-Out Options in the SF Bay Area

While foodies are still buzzing about the just-announced semifinalists for the Oscars of Food (aka the James Beard Awards), movie fans are gearing up for the real Oscars, which air this Sunday night. Whether you want to walk down your own red carpet and enjoy the awards ceremony in a bustling restaurant, plan to host your own party or simply want to stay home and catch dinner and the show from your own couch, these local restaurateurs and wineries have a plan for you.

Feel like a celebrity (minus the loaner bling and red carpet) at the Westin St. Francis that will be rolling out the red carpet at its Union Square lair and hosting a viewing party at its Oak Room Restaurant. Guests can catch all the action on a big screen TV while tucking into a three-course meal worthy of the hoi polloi with options such as lobster ravioli, "FiletOscar” (black Angus tenderloin with crab and Béarnaise sauce) and warm chocolate cake. ($42 per person, reserve in advance at 415-774-0264)

Over in Russian Hill, chef/owner Ben DeVries of Luella is taking orders for an Oscar-themed take-out dinner-in-a-bag, replete with all the fixings for a dinner for two, which can be picked up at curbside on Saturday and enjoyed chez vous (in your pajamas) on Sunday. It’s only $22 a person and items include gaufrette with house cured salmon, crème fraiche and chives, ahi tartare taco with lime vinaigrette and mango salsa and bruschetta with wild mushrooms and gremolata. (Minimum order is for two and requires at least 24-hour in advance ordering, pick up on Saturday from 5-6:30 PM, call 415-674-4343)

Up in Healdsburg, Barndiva has been hosting an Oscar party every year since it’s been open and the tradition lives on. This year, they won’t be hosting a prix fixe but will be encouraging lots of last-minute wagering with a ballot contest, Oscar Sunday-themed cocktails and a la carte offerings. The voting starts during brunch service on Sunday and runs through the evening (red carpet viewing party begins at 5:30 PM) and the winning ballot will win a $50 Barndiva gift certificate (you do not need to be present to win, 707-431-0100).

True flick fans can impress their viewing party with Director’s and Director’s Cut wines from a guy who knows something about making blockbuster movies. The Academy Award-wining director’s Francis Ford Coppola Winery is selling these two exclusive wines (the Director’s Cut Chardonnay and Director’s Cabernet Sauvignon both $21 a bottle), as well as a special Awards Season Gift Basket that includes the two bottles of wine along with gourmet popcorn, a packet of fun film facts and everything you need to play their downloaded version of Oscar Bingo which can be played along with the telecast. (Get complete detail here).

 We'll be sure to update this list as we hear of more options.


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