PARTY RED CARPET-STYLE
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)
POP SOME BAGS
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)
BALLOTS AND BOOZE UP IN SONOMA
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).
DIRECTOR’S CUT VINO AND BINGO
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.