Red-carpet celebs will have a few made-in-Chicago treats at their disposal (do they actually eat?) at the Academy Awards on Feb. 28.
In the backstage green room and in the dressing rooms, they'll find Terry's Toffee, and in their swag bags, they'll have cookies from Cookies by Joey of Wheeling and chocolates from Chocolatines in Schaumburg.
This is the seventh year Terry's Toffee has made an appearance at the Oscars, all thanks to owner Terry Opalek's chutzpah (he heard through the grapevine that that's what you should do -- call the Academy and offer your goods to them -- so that's what he did). The luxe toffee from the eight-year-old company, which started out of Opalek's home, also was hand-picked for the mini-bars of the Trump Hotel Chicago when it opened in 2008.
Cookies by Joey owner Joanne Sherman is an Oscar first-timer but no stranger either to carb- and sugar-loving famous clients.
"The Judge Mathis Show -- they order regularly. The Chicago White Sox were eating our cookies all last season. The Kardashians have enjoyed our cookies," says Sherman, who started her Wheeling company in October of 2008. "Dreamworks . . . And Ellen [DeGeneres]. She actually introduced us to Judge Mathis."
Soon enough, Distinctive Assets, the company in charge of the gift baskets at the Oscars and other major Hollywood events, came knocking for samples.
Sherman bakes eight familiar but decadent cookie varieties. For the Oscars, she'll make boxes of eight to 12 cookies, which will go to all the nominees as well as the press.
It goes without saying that the media will gobble up the cookies. Advice to celebs: Screw the detox. Sherman's cookies are super-fresh with no preservatives, so it's best to eat them as soon as possible. Which, for the losers of the night, might not be such a stretch.
Clarification: A spokeswoman for Distinctive Assets says the gift baskets containing Sherman's cookies and other goodies (an understatement, as jewelry, trips abroad and private jet rides are common swag bag items) are delivered the morning after the ceremony to "all nominees who don't win an Oscar. It's their consolation." So there.