Crumble Catering-the official caterers for the Elton John AIDS Foundation Viewing Party for the 15th year-once again delivered over 1,000 five-course meals to some of Hollywood’s biggest A-listers in a massive undertaking seamlessly executed by some of the top Chefs in the industry for the 90th Academy Awards telecast.
A Labor of Love with Chef Wayne Elias and Chef Joan Roca of El Celler de Can Roca
raised $5.9 million for the global effort to end AIDS.
West Hollywood Park was transformed into a city within a city, with a sprawling array of custom-built pavilions featuring sparkling décor, state of the art lighting, projection, and displays. It took an army of 150 servers and bartenders and 70 kitchen staff to make for a flawless evening.
This year, thanks to BBVA Compass, Crumble and Chef Wayne Elias teamed up with Chef Joan Roca of El Celler de Can Roca, a Michelin three-star restaurant located in the medieval city of Girona in Catalunya in Northern Spain. The talented Chef and his brothers Jordi and Josep Roca are masters in their respective art of cuisine with Joan handling primary Chef duties, Jordi as patissier, and Josep as sommelier. Their food is complex, incorporating cutting-edge techniques and multiple ingredients to create highly stylized plates. Their dishes are designed to evoke memories, emotions and the landscape of their hometown in Northern Spain.
When it comes to creating mouth-watering and inspiring cuisine, Chef Wayne and his business partner of 27 years Chris Diamond, co-owners of Crumble Catering and the Los Feliz restaurant Rockwell: Table & Stage, are veterans in the field. Diamond commented, “Our 15th year working with the Elton John AIDS Foundation was a huge success and an absolute dream come true!”
Served this year was a sumptuous five-course dinner with a plethora of big screens broadcasting the live Oscar telecast. Food included; Arugla Salad with Comté Cheese, Pickled Onions and Curry-Coated Walnuts. Main courses included Sea Bream with a Chardonnay Sauce and Lemon, Truffle and Hazelnut Gnocchi; and Filet Migon with Red Wine, Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes, and Farmers Market Vegetable Puff Pastry. Also, there was a Vegan option that included a Cannelloni and Consommé Soup that was French service style at the tables. Along with a wide array of sweet & sumptuous desserts, Chef Wayne also served a 15-year favorite, his Grilled Raisin Bread with Mascarpone, Gorgonzola Cheese and Asian Pears.
For Chef Wayne, being such an integral part of this event is always an honor, remarking, “It’s a true test of nerve and skill having to prepare such a large amount of courses for some of the most recognizable people in the world. It takes a village and I am proud to once again serve alongside my hard-working team.”
From its humble beginnings in 1992, the Elton John AIDS Foundation has raised more than $400 million over the past two decades to challenge discrimination against people affected by the epidemic, prevent infections, provide treatment and services, and motivate governments to end AIDS.
Attendees bejeweled in BVLGARI included Sir Elton John and David Furnish, BVLGARI Brand Ambassadors Jasmine Sanders and Jon Kortajarena, Asia Chow, Sofia Richie, Hailey Clauson, Leila Yavari, David Jarre, and Lais Ribeiro, among others. The Foundation also welcomed Tom Payne and Jennifer Akerman, Tim Allen, Sonia Ammar, David Bisbal, Kate Bock, Helena Bordon, Sandra Brant, Candace Cameron Bure, Candace Bushnell, JC Chasez, Erika Christensen, Chris Colfer, Joan Collins, Clifton Collins Jr., Kerry Condon, Darren Criss, Jackie Cruz, Miley Cyrus, Ebonee Davis, Zooey Deschanel, Eva Dolezalova, Colman and Raul Domingo, Peter Dundas, Jay Duplass, Tyler Ellis, Tracey Emin, Roland Emmerich, Allie Marie Evans, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ashley Fink, Peter Fonda, Toni Garrn, Karen Gillan, Tony Goldwyn, Lucian Grainge, Clare Grant, Seth Green, Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna, Chris Hardwick, Colton Haynes, Lydia Hearst, Liam Hemsworth, Luke and Sam Hemsworth, Jacqueline Jablonski, Tracey Jacobs, Caitlyn Jenner, Quincy Jones, Gus Kenworthy, Billie Jean King, Jaime King, Jacob Kiszka, Joshua Kiszka, Samuel Kiszka, Heidi Klum, Gladys Knight, Robert Kraft, Karolina Kurkova, Ryan Kwanten, Danielle Lauder, William P. Lauder, Brandon Thomas Lee, Sandra Lee, Spike and Tonya Lee, Don Lemon, Humberto Leon, Chris Levine, Dan Levy, Judith Light, Adriana Lima, Tara Lipinski, Tatiana Luter, Andie MacDowell, Gisella Marengo, Ricky Martin, AnnaLynne McCord, Eric & Janet McCormack, Lea Michele, Janet Mock, Matthew Morrison, Hari Nef, Petra Němcová, Kyle Newman, Elizabeth Perkins, Shadi Petosky, Busy Philipps, Natasha Poly, Bleona Qereti, Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Nikki Reed, April Richardson, Lionel Richie and Lisa Parigi, Paulina Rubio, Viktoriya Sasonkina, Nicole Scherzinger, Adam Senn, Jane Seymour, Shanina Shaik, Tyler Shields, Sebastian Stan, Daniel Stevens, Romee Strijd, Bernie Taupin, Sam and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Jennifer Tilly, Steve Tisch, Jasmine Tookes, Rufus Wainwright, David Walliams, Megan Williams, Nicole Williams, Mary Wilson, Rami Yacoub, Bellamy Young, Zedd, among others.
Over the years, Crumble Catering has catered hundreds of A-list events from Harry Potter to Criminal Minds Beyond Borders, to Creed, Live By Night; along with cast and crew screenings for Argo, Coat of Many Colors, and Cloud Atlas. Most recently Crumble Catering has provided services to major events and premieres for Blade Runner 2049, CHiPs, Jumanji, Paddington 2, Spider-Man Homecoming, Steven Tyler Grammy Viewing Party for Janie’s Fund, John Varvatos, Maxfields and more! Whether it’s an elegant dinner for 10, or a major corporate party for 5,000, Crumble Catering can make it effortless and fun. For more information, visit: CrumbleCatering.com