Ice Age Hair Ball Gala for the La Brea Tar Pits

Mammoth Hair Styles?  Mammoth Bones?  When Production Elements and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles asked us to create a menu for the biennial Ice Age Hair Ball Gala raising funds for the La Brea Tar Pits, we couldn’t wait to get started!  The VIP dinner for 300 was served under the giant mammoth skeleton inside the La Brea Tar Pits Museum.  Dinner was followed by “The Mane Event”, a dark-carnival themed dessert and dance party outside where 600 costumed party-goers compete for Best Hair.

To compliment the Ice Age theme, LA Spice created a hunter-gatherer menu for the VIP dinner.  Field Green Salad with Homemade Herbed Ricotta Cheese and Quail Egg nested in Crisp Phyllo.  Mammoth-Sized Beef Short Ribs braised in Cabernet…described by the Hollywood Reporter as “Flintstones-like bones crossed like swords on each plate”. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/tresses-reach-new-heights-at-899781

Sweets at the “Mane Event” were Dark-Carnival themed, including Black Cherry Panna Cotta, Caramel Apple Mini Cupcake Pops, S’mores Cookies, Oreo Cheesecake Bars and more.

Kudos to the teams at Production Elements and the Natural History Museum for creating this amazing party and surpassing their fundraising goals!  As the Huffington Post said… the “Ice Age Hair Ball has to be one of the top 10 events held in L.A.”  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/hoyt-hilsman/ice-age-hair-ball-at-la-b_b_10326090.html

http://www.latimes.com/fashion/la-ig-tar-pit-hair-ball-20160531-snap-story.html

Menu

VIP SIT-DOWN DINNER

6:30 pm to 8:00pm

300 guests

 

FIRST

Ice Age Salad

Field Greens, Quail Eggs, House Made Ricotta

Quail Egg Kataifi Nests

Individual Lemon Vinaigrette

 

MANE

Cabernet Braised Short Rib Mammoth Bones

Seared Herb Ricotta Polenta Cake

Grilled Broccolini

 

VEGETARIAN MANE

Maize Crusted Fresh Mozzarella Arepas

Herb Ricotta Polenta Cake

With Sauteed Snap Pea, Asparagus, Zucchini & Shallot

Tomato Garnish

 

VEGAN MANE

Herb Polenta Cake

With Sauteed Snap Pea, Asparagus, Zucchini & Shallot

Tomato Garnish

 

DARK CARNIVAL — THE MANE EVENT

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm

600 Guests

 

SWEET LITTLE BITES BUFFET

 Black Cherry Panna Cotta

Caramel Apple Mini Cupcake Pops

Chocolate Truffle Brownie Bites

S’mores Cookies

Oreo Cheesecake Squares

Tangy Lemon Bar Bites

 

NITRO ICE CREAM STATION