Details, details. That's what makes the Governors Ball — the Emmys' official party — an event its 2,800 guests won't forget. On Aug. 27, the Shrine Auditorium will be decorated to resemble a romantic outdoor setting, replete with full moon, star-studded sky and oak trees lit with chandeliers. But that doesn't mean picnic food. Partygoers will feast on a menu by chef Joachim Splichal of L.A.'s Patina restaurant. Returning Emmy winners will recognize this style of cuisine, since Splichal — named restaurateur of the year by Bon Appetit and the Food Network — has catered the Governors Ball 11 times before.
This year, he's whipping up something special to kick off the menu, something that incorporates his love of California's fresh ingredients and his penchant for innovative dishes: a stuffed avocado with shrimp, crab and sprouting salad. The party planners have ordered 1,200 lbs. of beef for the main course — filet with a mushroom tart. If the celebrities