Stars attending the Oscars Governors Ball – the official Academy Awards after-party – will be treated to a wide selection of foods this year, including a huge variety of vegan options.
According to Refinery29, the menu will be prepared by highly regarded Austrian chef and restaurateur Wolfgang Puck, alongside his team at Wolfgang Puck Catering, as it has for the past 25 years.
In that time, the vegan options on the menu have grown, Puck told Food and Wine magazine recently, with more and more stars seeking out meat-free options at Hollywood’s biggest night.
The 69-year-old chef did add, however, that after sitting down without food through the notoriously long ceremony attendees don’t tend to be that fussy about what they eat. “After getting ready with hair and makeup and the ceremony, everybody’s really hungry,” he said.
The ceremony may be slightly shorter this year, due to the lack of a host. For the first time in 30 years, the Academy Awards will run hostless after Kevin Hart dropped out from the role; the comedian made the decision following backlash after past homophobic Tweets re-surfaced.
Even if guests are feeling picky about what kind of food they fancy on the night, they won’t be short of options. Puck and his team have created more than 70 dishes for the star-studded ball, which will be put together by more than 200 kitchen staff on the night.
Vegan Avocado Tostadas with Crunch Cabbage and Chipotle Glaze will be served on the Amuse-Bouche menu, followed by a selection of plant-based Hors d’Oeuvres, including Vegan Wild Mushroom Potstickers, Mini Taro Root Tacos, and Vegan Heirloom Carrot “Tartare.”
Small plates include Vegan Torchio Pasta, Frozen Golden Beets, and for those with a sweet tooth, Vegan Coconut Chocolate Bars, Cashew Vanilla Tiramisu, and Red Velvet Whoopie Pies will be among the plant-based options served for dessert.
Award ceremonies are becoming more vegan-friendly; this year’s $30,000 Grammy Awards gift bags were packed with cruelty-free products, including vegan, non-toxic products by Organic Hair Care and vegan color-changing lipsticks by Blush & Whimsy. An award ceremony favorite, the lipsticks were also handed out in Oscar gift bags in 2018.