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Oscars In The Ranch

Photo Credit: Trenton Badillo

San Diego’s most glamorous Oscar Party returned last month and giving back has never looked, and tasted so good! With all the glitz and glam any partygoer could ask for, The San Diego Film Foundation made sure everyone who attended had a grand ole’ time. The setting was supreme at a private estate in the heart of Rancho Santa Fe.

All 15,000 square feet of this quintessential Spanish colonial compound was an entertainer’s dream. Guests had the chance to walk the red carpet in stunning designer threads and enjoyed the opportunity to watch the Academy Awards® in style. Luxury cars lined the front driveway and horses strolled the backyard of an expansive, custom property that sits on close to three acres.

Photo Credit: Antonio McIntyre
Photo Credit: Z Bella Photography

A magnetic energy transcended throughout The Hacienda Del Corazon as guests sampled signature dishes from some of San Diego’s premier chefs from restaurants including A.R. Valentien – Lodge Torrey Pines, Oceana Coastal Kitchen, La Valencia, PillBox Tavern, Second Nature Catering, The Barrel Room, and The Marine Room. Ceviche, poke, and scallops were just a few of the mouth-watering dishes that set the tone for our palates. We found ourselves going back for seconds and thirds of the scallops over vegetable soup topped with watercress.
While dining on the tasty morsels, we also sipped elegantly crafted cocktails mixed by Snake Oil Cocktails. The options were tasty and refined and I’m definitely considering serving these libations at my next party.

  • The Academy: Vodka or Tequila, Dragon Fruit, Pressed Lime, Muddled Basil and Infused Black Pepper. (Garnished with a Basil Blossom)
  • Best Dressed: Vodka or Gin, Smashed Blueberry, Pressed Lemon, Infused Lavender and Soda. (Garnished with Lavender Wand)
  • The Oscar: Bourbon, Pressed Lemon, Muddled Orange Peel, Cinnamon Bark, Egg White, and House-made Mulled Wine (Garnished with Confetti Floral)
    Photo Credit: Z Bella Photography
    Photo Credit: Amanda San Martin
    Photo Credit: Amanda San Martin
    Photo Credit: Antonio McIntyre

Delicious desserts and champagne toasts capped off the party which ultimately benefited the San Diego Film Foundation. Their mission is to use film to explore issues of global impact, to create dialog, to encourage self-reflection, and ultimately to develop empathy and understanding in an increasingly diverse and complex world. We absolutely need this in today’s society!

To get a complete listing of community and private events throughout the year, including the FOCUS on Impact Film Tour for high school students this spring, Film Insider Screenings (through July), and the Industry Insider Series (patrons only), click HERE. This October, The San Diego Film Festival will also choose their own film award winners!

It’s not always easy to get a night off from the kids, but I have always touted the benefits and necessity of date nights with my husband, or in this case night out with friends! It was a divine evening, from dressing up, dining on amazing food and drinks, and viewing the awards show in such a palatial estate. I’m honored to have attended this event for the second year in a row and will proudly continue to support the San Diego Film Foundation.

Photo Credit: Z Bella Photography



  1. It was fab. U grills rock. Dan ii.

    LOV u babe

  2. Seems you have a great time! Food looks so delicious and you`re beautiful!

  3. How fun! What a great night you all seemed to have and away from the kids. A nice break well deserved.

    1. Danielle Lucia Schaffer

      Thanks lovely xoxo It really was a great time…

  4. Whoa! Everything about this event looks so glamorous! I’m glad you made some incredible memories!

  5. Looks like you really enjoyed the event. The food looks perfect, and the cake… love it!

    1. Danielle Lucia Schaffer

      Thanks it really was a lovely evening xo

  6. So many different food options! Looks like a great experience and one that you will always remember.

  7. What a fun event and it certainly looks like you had a great time! The food and cocktails look fabulous.

    1. Danielle Lucia Schaffer

      Awe, thank you so very much!

  8. What a glamorous celebration of all things film. The food and drink served look award winning, especially the cake. I can’t believe what people can create.

    1. Danielle Lucia Schaffer

      yes I agree … such a great event

  9. This looks like you received the VIP Package for sure… what an awesome event!

  10. Everyone looks so glamorous and that food looks beautiful. I’m hungry now!

  11. What a fantastic night out! It is a foodie mom’s best day dream come true! The whole evening sounds amazing and well worth getting dolled up for, especially to remember that you are a real person before become mom. 💗

  12. Theme cake looks so awesome…what a great variety of food, so confused how to eat so lovely dishes!!! yeah, you girls rock at event!!!!

  13. This expierence sounds very fun. I hope you had a great celebration. Thanks for sharing!!!

    1. Danielle Lucia Schaffer

      awe thanks for reading xoxox

  14. What a glamorous party! I love the Oscars. I actually covered them a few years ago. I always throw a little shindig for the big night but nothing this elaborate!

  15. The food looks so delicious and that is such a lovely party! I am glad you and your friends had a great time while contributing to a good cause 😉

  16. Wow, looks like a fun event! And all that food + drinks, YUM! How fabulous 🙂


  17. OMG This is a fabulous party and you are fabulous too! The foods are so on-point! Very VIP!

  18. Those signature dishes though, they are something else! So delicious 😀 and basil blossom? I have nevery heard of this before in a cocktail, but I really want try the recipe! X

  19. Looks like you had a fabulous night out with the ladies. It’s such a necessary treat when you are a mom,

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