When I heard that the black team was only doing four items, I immediately began to worry. The idea is that when you are feeding 200 plus people, at a big Hollywood party like this, you want the guests to keep coming back for more. One way to do that is by offering a wide variety of hors d'oeuvres. While I do believe quality should be an important factor, I do not see why you can't have both. We certainly gave them a big enough budget and plenty of time to prepare. The black team can barely agree on a menu. The orange team divided up the work and managed to get quite a bit done in the first four hours of prep time.
Setting up the lot for the WB shoot was awesome. We had scouted that particular set days earlier and were all looking forward to creating a winter wonderland for the guests of LA Magazine. Even more exciting for me was rumor that my good friend Stephen Asprinio would be joining us for the festivities, as well as Ted Allen of "Queer Eye" fame, who stepped in for Gail for a few days. We had scouted the mobile kitchen to make sure the teams would have sufficient means to kick out a great menu for this party.