the advance coordination, marketing and contracting of the event. “I am onsite for the Emmy Governor Balls (for Creative Arts & Primetime) to support the Sequoia Team. I oversee the smooth flow of arrivals into the Governors Ball as well as the VIP food and beverage service, the Television Academy executives and their guests,” Levitt says. Levitt is thrilled to see the LGBTQ community being recognized for their abilities. “I love that the entertainment industry is more accepting of us. The nominees are being acknowledged for their skill set. People look up to them, they are role models. This shows people that they can achieve anything they want. And that’s really important,” Levitt says. Gay florist Kevin Lee, president of La Premier Events, has created a beautiful floral display in the indoor/outdoor space at the Microsoft Theatre. “You have to install fresh flowers in less than 12 hours and make them look so fresh and perfect. It’s a bit of a challenge but I make it work,” Lee says. For lucky attendees, Sterling Vineyards will be pouring the soon-to-launch Platinum Cabernet Sauvignon, which is debuting at the
Governors Ball, as well as the flagship Sterling Vineyards Iridium Cabernet Sauvignon, an ultralimited wine Emmy winners will receive as a personalized gift in the Emmy Winner’s Circle. In total, over 2,000 bottles of Sterling Vineyards wines will be uncorked at this year’s Governor’s Ball. That’s 12,000 glasses of wine or the equivalent of 396 gallons of wine. Fun fact: Bottles placed end to end run the length of nearly three Emmys red carpets, extending over 1,900 feet. As Ketel One Family Made Vodka is the official spirits partner of the awards, television’s biggest stars are raising a glass to celebrate with curated cocktails by awardwinning bartender Charles Joly and Liq Pro’s president, Andy Seymour. If you want to make your own Emmy cocktail as you watch the show, Seymour had great advice. “The fun thing about making cocktails is that you can make it as easy or hard as you would like. It’s like cooking. Understanding some basics is always a good idea,” Seymour says. If you have a group of people and don’t want to stand all night behind the bar, making individual
drinks all night, Seymour recommends a punch drink, which is “fun and light.” “Then people can serve themselves and you can all watch the awards together,” he quipped. Hosts can try this recipe for Enlightenment, one of the official drinks at the Emmys. 1 1/2 oz Ketel One Family-Made Vodka infused with strawberries 3/4 oz lime juice 1/2 oz honey syrup 1 oz Sencha green tea 1/16 oz Chareau liqueur Carbonated Yuzu and Strawberry pearl Combine the first five ingredients in a shaker over ice. Shake and strain liquid into carbonating vessel and charge with CO2. Pour into a chilled glass over yuzu and strawberry pearls. Tie flowering lavender to the outside of the glass to finish. And the winner is….
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