Puck signs iron-clad confidentiality agreement...
UPDATE: CLICK HERE for a post about the dinner, including menu & photos
Los Angeles-based celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck will cook for President Obama's glam fundraising dinner at George Clooney's house this Thursday, May 10th, TMZ.com has exclusively reported. The $40,000/person dinner was the subject of a big fundraising push with the Obama, Clooney & You sweepstakes, which offered the chance for two donors and their guests to join the President, the movie star, and Southern California's richest presidential supporters. (Above: The President and Clooney at the White House)
"There will be a special menu -- not the standard Wolfgang catering--and, as one source put it, 'The food is going to be a lot better than the Oscars,'" TMZ reported.
Puck, who owns an empire of restaurants across the US, anchored by his Spago brand, annually cooks for the Governors' Ball at the Academy Awards, as well as does personal catering for superstars such as Clooney. TMZ said that Puck had to sign an iron-clad confidentiality agreement to cater Clooney's dinner for 150 guests. (Above: Puck is at left in TMZ's photo compilation)
The dinner will be held at Clooney's Craftsman-style estate at the top of a secluded canyon near Beverly Hills. Co-host is Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation.
All chefs who cook at Obama fundraising events must sign confidentiality agreements from the Campaign. Puck has never been announced as a guest chef at the White House, but some of these invitations are top secret. The winners of the fundraising sweepstakes also had to sign confidentiality agreements, and agree to be used in campaign materials. Their prize package includes a one-night hotel stay and coach-class airfare to Los Angeles. The prize is taxable at its assigned retail value of $1,600.
The invite to the sold-out dinner:
*Top photo by Pete Souza/White House, taken outside the Oval Office on Oct. 12, 2010.