Guests at last night's Golden Globes awards enjoyed an all-vegan menu for the first time in it's 77-year history.
Attendees at last night’s 77th Golden Globes ceremony enjoyed at 100% plant-based meal after The Hollywood Foreign Press Association decided to make the awards more sustainable than ever before by introducing its first entirely vegan menu.
A last-minute menu change in December saw fish removed from the menu in favour of a fully plant-based meal, but Beverly Hilton executive chef Matthew Morgan received a call from the HFPA shortly before Christmas proposing the menu go vegan in a bid to up its sustainability credentials.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Morgan explained: “We had the menu with fish. 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.”
Morgan and his team were “excited to create dynamic plant-based offerings” for the event and worked hard to create a menu that didn’t compromise on flavour.
The new menu included an appetizer of chilled golden beet soup made with locally grown chervil and amaranth as well as a main course of king oyster mushrooms presented to mimic scallops served with wild-mushroom risotto, roasted baby purple and green brussels sprouts, globe carrots and pea tendrils.
For dessert, the meal finished with a flourish with an impressive vegan opera dome with praline Gunaja crumble and caramelized hazelnuts.
Vegan actor Joaquin Phoenix, who won Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama) for his role as Arther Fleck in Joker at the awards, praised the decision by the HFPA in his acceptance speech.
The outspoken and passionate vegan said: “First I’d like to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press for recognizing and acknowledging the link between animal agriculture and climate change. It was a very bold move, making tonight plant-based, and it really sends a powerful message.”
‘A small step in response to a big problem’
In a statement sent to Refinery29, HFPA president Lorenzo Soria explained the decision to serve a vegan menu saying, “Over the holidays, we took time to reflect on the last year and began thinking about the new year and the decade ahead.
“The climate crisis is impossible to ignore and after speaking with our peers, and friends in the community, we felt challenged to do better. The decision to serve an entirely plant-based meal was embraced by our partners at the Beverly Hilton, and represents a small step in response to a big problem.”
In a bid to be as green as possible, the HFPA will also reuse the red carpet at other events throughout the year and guests were served water in glass bottles during the evening.
“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.”