Once upon a time in Hollywood, a room full of movie and television stars sat down to a Sunday supper of king oyster mushrooms meant to look and feel like scallops.

That entrée featured in an all-vegan menu at the Golden Globes, the first major awards show to entirely eliminate meat and dairy.



The offerings were a last-minute change from menu selections previewed in December that had included fish and were a deliberate move to call attention to food sustainability, said the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which selects and hosts the Globes, the first of the season’s major awards programs.

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Joaquin Phoenix, winner for best actor in a motion picture–drama (he picked up the award for his turn as “Joker”), eats vegan every day. His speech included a thank-you for the dining decision and its message for combating climate change. He told his fellow actors: “We don’t have to take private jets to Palm Springs. ... I’ll try to do better, and I hope you will, too.”

This particular night, Phoenix and follow nominees and guests sat down (those who took their seats early enough, that is) to a menu that featured an appetizer of chilled golden-beet soup with locally grown chervil and amaranth, followed by the king oyster mushrooms (the scallop stand-ins), with wild-mushroom risotto, roasted baby purple and green brussels sprouts, globe carrots and pea tendrils, the Hollywood Reporter said. A select vegan menu, alongside meat options, had been offered in previous years.

Venue Beverly Hilton executive chef and sustainability champion Matthew Morgan, who reportedly was made aware of the menu switch just a few days before Christmas, described his chocolate dessert as “a take on an opera cake.”

The #GoldenGlobes are all vegan this year, take a look at the menu (mmmm beet soup!) https://t.co/ApYNgC3a8I pic.twitter.com/Nz2XU5Dguo

The Sun’s Dan Wootton lamented the lack of options for the choicest Hollywood celebrities, whom he suggested were forced to choke down their elevated veggies.

This is the plant based meal being given to all guests at the Golden Globe Awards this year. No option with meat at all. No choice. Welcome to Hollywood in 2020 where vegan extremists rule.