As the 2020 Oscars approaches, we all can't wait to find out which Academy Awards nominees will pick up prizes and what dazzling looks will they wear on the red carpet on Feb. 9. Another big question is what will stars eat at the Governors Ball, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' official post-Oscars celebration. Chef Wolfgang Puck and his son, chef Byron Puck, have come up with a mostly plant-based menu that sounds delicious!
This marks the 26th year the Austrian-American chef is catering the Academy Awards celebration. This time around, Wolfgang has developed a menu for the Governors Ball that is approximately 70 per cent plant-based. Vegetarian, fish and meat dishes make up the final 30 per cent of the menu.
For the 2020 awards season, there has been a trend for caters to embrace plant-based menus in an effort for sustainability. (The 2020 Golden Globes kicked things off with a full vegan menu, followed by the 2020 Critics' Choice Awards and the 2020 SAG Awards.)
Wolfgang explained that the 2020 Governors Ball menu isn't necessarily the result of a trend or something new for his team.
"We always had plant-based menu items, we always had great pasta dishes, great vegetarian dishes. We just never said, ‘Okay, this is vegan, this is vegetarian,'” the 70-year-old chef said, according to People. "So, we’ve always been very concerned about the environment, and we always support the local farmers."
"They bring us the best vegetables. They just pick them out of the earth the day before, so they taste really delicious.
"So to me, vegan is not something where you say, ‘Oh my God, I have to cook vegan!’ For me, I want to do it. I love it.”
Some of the delectable dishes on offer will be vegetarian couscous, homemade tofu with roasted vegetables and eggplant with forbidden rice.
One of the classic items that will still be on the menu is Wolfgang's iconic smoked salmon "Oscar statues," which feature caviar and salmon, according to E!'s Daily Pop. There will also be black truffle chicken pot pies and caviar.
And we can't forget about dessert! Wolfgang Puck's pastry chef Garry Larduinat is in charge of the sweets. The dessert menu is also mostly vegan, and there is a focus on organic and environmentally friendly offerings as well as having a variety.
The busy team will make 6,000 of their signature chocolate Oscar statues along with macarons and candy lollipops. (Drooling yet?)
Oscars attendees can wash everything down with Tequila Don Julio specialty cocktails curated by mixologist Charles Joly, reports Us Weekly.