Arts & Entertainment | January 2, 2020 12:03 pm

The Golden Globes Go Vegan to “Send a Message” About Sustainability

It's the first time in the award show's history that guests will be served a vegan meal

The Golden Globes (Getty Images.)
The Golden Globes (Getty Images.)

For the first time in its 77-year history, stars at the Golden Globe Awards will be served a vegan meal as part of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s sustainability efforts.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the decision to go for an entirely plant-based menu was a last-minute one. A menu previewed earlier in December contained fish, and Matthew Morgan, executive chef at the Beverly Hilton where the awards ceremony is held, got the call about the change “just a few days before Christmas.”

“We had the menu with fish,” Morgan told the publication. “Then we got together with the HFPA and they wanted to make this change to send a good message. It’s definitely the first Golden Globes that has gone vegan.”

The new menu features an appetizer of chilled golden beet soup with locally grown chervil and amaranth and an entree of king oyster mushrooms “cooked and presented to call to mind scallops,” with wild-mushroom risotto, roasted baby purple and green brussels sprouts, globe carrots and pea tendrils. Morgan will also serve a plant-based “take on an opera cake” for dessert.

The HFPA is also planning on serving water in glass bottles to reduce plastic waste and reusing this year’s red carpet at future events. “The climate crisis is surrounding us and we were thinking about the new year and the new decade,” HFPA president Lorenzo Soria said. “So we started talking between us about what we can do to send a signal. 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.”

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