On February 7, an Oscars pre-party hosted at a private residence by William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (WME)—a talent agency that represents 2020 Oscar nominee for best actor Joaquin Phoenix—will treat guests to an all-vegan menu. The menu represents the first time that a talent agency has served exclusively plant-based food at a pre-Oscars party and will be catered by Nic’s on Beverly, a Los Angeles restaurant founded by Nic Adler—the culinary director of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. A representative from Nic’s told VegNews that the menu will feature burgers, spaghetti and meatballs (made from a blend of Beyond Meat and Impossible Meat), and potentially falafel sliders, avocado tacos, and a “chinois” salad (a dish on Nic’s restaurant menu). Expected guests include WME clients and other high-profile Hollywood elite such as directors Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Bong Joon Ho, and actors Charlize Theron, Jonathan Pryce, and Florence Pugh. While the actual Academy Awards ceremony has yet to release its menu, other shows have completely removed animal products from their menus during this year’s ceremonies, including the Golden Globes, the Critics’ Choice Awards, and this weekend’s Screen Actors Guild Awards—actions that have garnered Phoenix’s praise.
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