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For 15 years Wofgang Puck has been the official caterer of The Governors Ball, the celebration that follows the Academy Awards. And this year, LAist was there for the preview. This time we get to show you pictures of Oscar-shaped chocolate statues. We also had the opportunity to test-taste a few of the treats and the cocktails that will be served at the Ball.

Wolfgang Puck Catering will be serving 1,500 Ball guests, which will include Oscar® winners, nominees, presenters and telecast participants. "Our menu will have star-quality ingredients each dish showcasing the essence of seasonal flavor. With locally grown, sustainable and organic ingredients, guests will enjoy an award-worthy culinary experience."

The menu includes decadent and pricy delicacies such as Tuna Tartare in Sesame Miso Cones, Maine Lobster, Caviar, and a variety of sushi and sashimi. Cocktails include a blue martini made with Ultimat vodka, a champagne fizz from Moet and Chandon and a Patron gold cosmopolitan with orange and blackberry. Wines from Sterling Vineyards and champagnes from Moet and Chandon will be served at the Ball.

Pastry Chef Sherry Yard pulled out all the stops with an amazing chocolate stacked Bento box filled with a variety of pastries, sorbets and gelato, all topped with Puck's signature gold-dusted chocolate Oscars®.

The Academy Awards for will be presented on Sunday, February 22, 2009 at The Kodak Theater, followed by the Governors Ball. Check out videos, the complete menu, and recipes that will help you party like a movie star after the jump!