Embracing one of the year’s biggest food trends, The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences served up an entirely plant-based menu at their annual Oscars luncheon on Monday.
Thanks to a number of entertainment reporters present at the event, we were able to take a peek at some of the vegan offerings Hollywood’s elite were tucking into — and well, if it’s good enough for Brad Pitt…
Tables were decked with colourful fruit and veg displays, featuring crudites, hummus, vegan cheese, fruit, dark chocolate and vegan bread and lavosh crackers.
Among the veggie courses, was a salad entree comprising gem lettuce, roasted beets, endive and winter citrus (apparently a hit with Brad Pitt), and a delicious-looking main of roasted mushroom, cauliflower, black rice and what appears to be a bed of pureed winter squash and red curry.
USA Today entertainment editor Andrea Mandell also gleefully announced that gluten seems to finally be off the naughty list, with plant based dishes served alongside fresh bread.
In any case, the vegan menu appeared to be a hit with attendees.
The move to go meat-free is part of the Academy’s efforts to be more environmentally friendly.
“The Academy is an organization of storytellers from around the world, and we owe our global membership a commitment to supporting the planet,” AMPAS said in a statement.
“For the past decade, the Academy has been committed to reducing its carbon footprint. For the past seven years, the Oscars show has had a net zero carbon imprint. We continue to expand our sustainability plan with the ultimate goal of becoming carbon neutral.”
The Academy will also be banning single-use plastic bottles at all of its events.
Although the Governors Ball will still reportedly be serving meat, the tilt towards vegan offerings is alive and well on the awards circuit, with both the Screen Actors Guild awards and Critics Choice Awards all opting for plant-based menus as well.