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LA Hotels Begin Rolling Out the Red Carpet for the Oscars

February 4, 2009 at 4:32 PM | by | ()

It's officially Oscar season: the 2009 Oscar Nominee luncheon happened on Monday at the Beverly Hilton, and the stars turned out in fancy clothes to answer press questions and take photos with a giant Oscar, as is tradition.

In the past, the Bev Hilton's legendary hallways have been seen all the starpower in the world (just recently, the hotel again played host to the Golden Globes), and this luncheon was no exception: Anne Hathaway, Kate Winslet, Sean Penn, Robert Downey Jr. and Mickey Rourke were among the dozens of big names attending the luncheon — and the event officially marked the beginning of Oscar promo time for LA hotels.

We already told you about the Viceroy Santa Monica's $1,500 cabana Oscar viewing parties. The latest to hop aboard the menu-themed-after-Best-Picture-nominees craze is the Beverly Hills Hotel, who is offering a weekly Oscar-themed lunch and cocktail menus at The Polo Lounge.

Some notable highlights:

Show your support for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by delighting in “Button” mushroom soup with New Orleans-style sausage with Creole mustard crème fraiche. Sip the steely tension of Frost/Nixon with an “ImPeach” cocktail. Settle into The Reader with Chicken and German noodle soup with “alphabet noodles” and “young” vegetables. Toast the tragedy of Milk with a Milky Way Martini. And wrap things up with a Slum Dog Millionaire-inspired “Rags to Riches” rice pudding topped with toasted coconut, almonds and cardamom, and 23-Karrot Gold.

Ah, always so creative, those hotel chefs. The Oscar-themed menus at the Beverly Hills Hotel run throughout February, and we're guessing prices are somewhere along the lines of what items on the Polo Lounge's regular menu cost: apps starting at $19.00, entrees starting around $30.00.

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