SAG Awards Planning: Over 1,000 Bottles of Wine, 500 Pounds of Chicken

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In advance of Jan. 29's gala, who'll pick up the trophies, how to dress (down) for the evening,  a hat toss for Mary and a look back at first jobs

More than 5,000 roses are also part of the preparations for the star-studded evening honoring the best in film and television.

How much preparation does it take to entertain Hollywood during SAG Awards night? Plenty, from hoisting up the signature 10-foot-tall statuettes to the catering by Wolfgang Puck with more than 1,000 bottles of champagne, tequila and wine combined for a guest list including Brie Larson, Idris Elba, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

Larson and Jacob Tremblay are nominated for their first SAG Awards, while Fey and Poehler will present the esteemed lifetime achievement award to Carol Burnett. Bryan Cranston, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Priyanka Chopra and Kristen Wiig also will be on hand to present honors. 

Check out below what it takes for 700 staffers to put on the annual awards, set to place Saturday at the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall:

Over 200 Nominees

A total of 116,741 eligible SAG-AFTRA members voted on this year’s nominees, consisting of 234 actors as well as 491 performers who are nominated in Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble categories. Guests will make their arrivals down 17,100 square feet of red carpet.

Wolfgang Puck is Catering

The famed chef to the stars will be cooking with 500 pounds of Jidori chicken, 450 pounds of Atlantic salmon, 1,800 Meyer lemons, 50 pounds of wild rice, 650 pieces of garlic, 250 pounds of Shiso leaves and 4,800 breadsticks.

The result? A menu of Grilled Chicken with Meyer Lemon Salsa and Lemon Scented Fingerling Potatoes; Farro and Black Rice with Mustard Greens, Currents and Toasted Pine Nuts; and Puffed Rice Crusted Salmon with Carrot-Ginger Puree and Crispy Shiso Leaf. The meals will be served at 86 tables with 1,200 place settings. 

Lots and Lots of Bubbly

Over 500 bottles of champagne, wine and liquor will be served in 6,000 glasses during both the ceremony and post-show gala, including 161 magnums of Champagne Taittinger Brut La Française along with an extra 480 standard 750 ml bottles. And if you ever wanted to know how many bubbles that creates, it’s over 500 million per magnum. 

A total of 1,176 bottles of Treasury Wines will be served in the Green Room, Post-Awards Gala and the Showroom. For those, 285 bottles total of Patron tequila and Ultimat Vodka will be used to keep the cocktails coming.

Don’t worry: The stars will be properly hydrated with 722 cases of Fiji water as well.

Over 5,000 Roses

The venue decor will have a garden feel with CJ Matsumoto & Sons arranging over 5,000 white roses along with various succulents.

The SAG Awards will be broadcast live on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on TNT and TBS. Viewers can also watch the SAG Awards red-carpet pre-show live on