Hollywood’s Golden Globes awards show, to be held on Sunday, 5th January will be serving an entirely plant-based menu to the 1,300 attendees. It will therefore almost certainly be the first major awards show to go all vegan, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The 77th annual awards event is being hosted by Ricky Gervais and will be televised on NBC from the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills from 5 pm PST. Gervais himself was awarded PETA’s Person of the Year award in 2013.
The event which is being organised by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), aims to send out a powerful environmental message.
“The climate crisis is surrounding us and we were thinking about the new year and the new decade. So we started talking between us about what we can do to send a signal,” says HFPA president Lorenzo Soria.”We don’t think we’ll change the world with one meal, but we decided to take small steps to bring awareness. The food we eat, the way it is processed and grown and disposed of, all of that contributes to the climate crisis.”
Tinseltown Hollywood vegan trend
The change of menu has taken place relatively quickly being decided upon just before New Year’s Eve. Matthew Morgan, the executive chef at The Beverly Hilton, initially called the menu change “surprising”.
“It was a little shocking when first mentioned, because of being very close to the actual Globes and having already decided on a menu,” said Morgan. “But once we thought about it and the message that it sent, we were really excited about it. That’s something I stand behind myself.”
The new menu contains an appetizer of chilled golden beetroot soup with locally grown chervil and amaranth. The main dish is king oyster mushrooms cooked and presented to resemble scallops, “with wild-mushroom risotto, roasted baby purple and green brussels sprouts, globe carrots and pea tendrils”.
With so many Hollywood celebrities embracing a plant-based diet, and the vegan lifestyle, the move fits the general Tinseltown ethos. Expect more awards ceremonies to go plant-based in the future.