The 2016 Oscars (heavy-handed haranguing aside) were great, and for the most part the people we thought should win – did. After the 88th Academy Awards wrapped in a whirlwind of Girl Scout Cookies and Leo-worship, the Who’s Who of celebrities (and their leeching entourages) headed to Wolfgang Puck’s annual Governor’s Ball after-party – where they gleefully took part in drink, gossip, and various Illuminati initiation ceremonies (I mean, probably). Here’s a photo collage, capturing some of the festivities:

Like anything in Hollywood, this did not happen on the cheap. Usually when you include 30lbs of edible gold dust at an event, your bill tends to run a little high. But how expensive was all this culinary excess? We decided, in the name of making us feel bad about our lunches, to figure out the approximate food bill using average prices of items included on Puck’s lengthy ingredient list.

Hollywood excess or justified expense? We’ll let you be the judge:

  • 9 kgs of peanut butter – $46
  • 5,000 cage-free eggs – $166
  • 800 figs – $240
  • 38 litres orange miso vinaigrette – $700
  • 1,500 quail eggs – $899
  • 91 kgs of honey crisp apples – $942
  • 204 kgs of organic sugar – $1,428
  • 45 kgs of signature blend prime chuck – $1,498
  • 400 heads of cauliflower – $1,600
  • 6,500 pieces wood-fired flatbread – $2,921
  • 450 quarts heavy cream – $3,145
  • 300 whole Jidori chickens – $4,497
  • 136 kgs of Snake River Wagyu short ribs – $5,000
  • 6,000 mini brioche buns – $6,475
  • 130 bottles of Haig Club single grain Scotch whisky – $7,228
  • 1,000 stone crab claws – $9,983
  • 15 of winter black truffles – $15,780
  • 1000 kgs of 70% Fleur de Cao Cacao Barry chocolate – $16,171
  • 10 kg of American farm-raised caviar – $19,700
  • 79.5 kgs of Parmesan Reggiano –$25,575
  • 159 kgs of house-smoked salmon – $26,250
  • 2,400 bottles of Piper Heidsieck Champagne – $96,000
  • 2,700 bottles of Sterling Vineyards wines – $170,100
  • 13.6 kgs of edible gold dust – $4,844,362 (yes, seriously)

That all equals out to a Goddamn staggeringly high US$5,174,306 – and remember, this is a fairly conservative estimate that excludes the venue, silverware, and hired help.

In case you were wondering, that food bill could buy you several private, Caribbean islands. The world is a cruel, cruel place. I blame Wolfgang Puck and his unnatural taste for gold dust. Seriously, $4 million worth of gold dust?!

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