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Music and Drink Flow, Food Doesn't at Governors Ball

September 22, 2008 10:09 AM

2008 Emmys Governor's Ball

What: Academy of Television Arts & Science's Governors Ball

Where: Los Angeles Convention Center

When: Sunday, Sept. 21

Entertainment: Cubano Classico with Michaelina

Decor: Diamond-anniversary elegance brought to life by Dwight Jackson and Sequoia Productions.

Food: A return engagement by Patina chef Joachim Splichal peaked with the yummy avocado and king crab appetizer. A sad little saucer containing a small cut of New York strip steak, a single skewered prawn, an asparagus spear and a potato cube passed as the main course, followed by chocolate caramel mousse with raspberries. On a more positive note, Piper-Heidsieck champagne was proffered to guests as they crossed the street from the ceremony to the ball, and Grey Goose vodka was practically flowing from fountains once inside. Lots of wine and Dove chocolates, too.

Highlights: With its dark, fabric-draped walls and glittering, diamond-inspired light fixtures, the tres tony 2008 edition of the ATAS Governors Ball didn't seem all that different from the Shrine Auditorium Emmy galas of years past—except that, thankfully, it was all on one floor, so much better for people-watching. The "30 Rock" table stayed jammed until Alec Baldwin finally took off for the HBO party around 11 p.m. The "Mad Men" crew stuck it out as well, with actor nominee Jon Hamm, clearly one of the evening's sensations, proving a gracious loser as he greeted well-intentioned well-wishers all evening long. Seen table-hopping: Tommy Smothers, Jon Stewart, Kevin Dillon, Betty White, Heidi Klum, Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher. Cubano Classico provided just the right touch with its Latin big band sound.

—Tom Gilbert

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