by Catherine Smith
The 2020 Golden Globes are going vegan.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced on Thursday that this year’s meal at the Golden Globes ceremony will be entirely plant-based. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association claimed the change was made to raise awareness about food consumption and ‘environmental sustainability.’ The decision comes two weeks before the awards show is set to air on NBC according to a report published Thursday by the Associated Press.
“If there’s a way we can, not change the world, but save the planet, maybe we can get the Golden Globes to send a signal and draw attention to the issue about climate change,” HFPA president Lorenzo Soria told the AP. “The food we eat, the way we grow the food we eat, the way we dispose of the food is one of the large contributors to the climate crisis.”
“People were basically saying it’s too late, we’re ready with all the orders, the holidays and all that,” he added. “But after we began discussions, meeting for one or two days, [the hotel] accepted the change completely. They started to experiment with how to do plant-based meals that was not just their symbolic steps, but also something that guests will enjoy.”
Matthew Morgan, executive chef at The Beverly Hilton, said the announcement of a fully vegan plant-based menu was initially “a little shocking,” considering the Golden Globes is due to take place shortly and the dinner menu had already been decided.
“But once we thought about it and the message that it sent, we were really excited about it,” Mr Morgan added. “That’s something I stand behind myself.”
Attendees will be served chilled golden beet soup, followed by king oyster mushrooms scallops paired with wild mushroom risotto, Brussels sprouts and carrots. The Golden Globes will be partnering with Icelandic Glacial to serve guests sustainably-sourced natural spring water via glass bottles, eliminating single-use plastic.
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Catherine Smith is a newcomer to Washington D.C. She met, and married an American journalist and moved to D.C from the U.K. She graduated with a B.A in Graphic, Media and Communications and worked in design and retail in the U.K.