You know something is trending big when you see it at the Oscars. This year, the 2020 Oscars will showcase one of this year’s budding trends: plant-based menus.
Called going ‘mostly meatless,’ not only is this trend good for the environment, it’s also good for our physical wellbeing. Since Americans are consistently among the top three meat-consuming countries, eating less (particularly red meat) is much healthier for our us.
Last month the Golden Globes led the way on this healthy trend by with a vegan menu that included mushroom “scallops” and a “vegan opera dome.” This month, the Oscars followed suit, letting viewers know that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will serve only plant-based menus during he nominee luncheon and Oscar pre-show appetizers.
The Oscar’s Governors Ball menu will also be aligned with this value, offering 70 percent plant-based foods including multiple vegetarian options. All of the food, according to 2020 Oscar pre-publicity, “will be responsibly sourced and sustainably farmed. For the past seven years, the Oscars show has had a zero-carbon imprint. We continue to expand our sustainability plan with the ultimate goal of becoming carbon neutral.”
“The push for plant-based menus has not taken over every awards ceremony – nor every catered celebration – but the trend is rapidly gaining ground,” notes Jacquie Bols, owner of Jacquie’s Gourmet Catering.
“Choosing to serve sustainably raised, locally-produced foods is getting more attention within the catering community because more and more corporations and individual clients are expressing their concerns when they book parties," Bols says. "Our customers want to know that we are using less plastic as well."
"We are proud to have taken an early interest in sustainability and offering lots more vegan and vegetarian options. It just makes sense to us, our customers, as well as looking after the environmental health of the world around us.” - Jacquie Bols