Whether you're going for a five-course meal or a cocktail-only affair, these star-chef recipes will start the night off on just the right note.
Wolfgang Puck's Summer Gazpacho with Basil Claim to fame: Puck is the owner of Spago restaurant in Beverly Hills and has catered the post-Academy Awards celebrity banquet for the past 14 years.
Ingredients: 14.5oz can Wolfgang Puck Tomato Basil Bisque 1 hothouse cucumber, seeded and chopped 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped 2 garlic cloves ½ cup red onion, chopped ¼ cup sherry vinegar ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil ¼ tsp. black pepper, ground ¼ tsp. crushed red chili flake
Directions: 1. Combine the cucumber, onion, garlic, red bell pepper, crushed red pepper flake, black pepper in the blender. Pulse on low speed for 1 minute. 2. Add the soup, olive oil and sherry vinegar, and pulse on low for 2 minutes. (A little more time in the blender may be necessary for a smoother texture.) 3. Serve chilled. Serves 4-6 people.Read MoreLess