• Don Lichterman

Recipe of the Week, King Oyster Mushroom Scallops, Chilled Golden Beet Soup, Golden Globes Awards!

This year’s 77th Annual Golden Globes Awards served a 100% plant-based meal prior to the award show.

The original menu included fish in the main course, but two weeks ago, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) made the change to plant-based, saying they hope the shift will raise awareness about the impact a non-sustainable, meat-heavy diet has on the environment.

The organization and kitchen expressed excitement about the new and innovative alterations to the menu and the lifestyle changes the vegan celebration will hopefully inspire.

“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,” said president of the HFPA Lorenzo Soria. “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.”

“The climate crisis is impossible to ignore,” Soria continued, “and after speaking with our peers, and friends in the community, we felt challenged to do better.”

“It was a little shocking when first mentioned, because of being very close to the actual Globes and having already decided on a menu,” said Beverly Hilton’s executive chef Matthew Morgan, “But once we thought about it and the message that it sent, we were really excited about it. That’s something I stand behind myself.”

Activists and actors alike are applauding the new menu. It included king oyster mushroom scallops on a bed of wild mushroom risotto served with roasted brussel sprouts and a chilled golden beet soup. Icelandic Glacial provided sustainably-sourced natural spring water offered in a glass bottle to reduce plastic waste.

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