This week, vegan influencer Tabitha Brown will be a star on Red Table Talk on Facebook Watch, a web series hosted by celebrities Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, along with their children Willow and Jaden Smith and grandmother Adrienne “Gammy” Banfield-Jones. The “Red Table Recipes: Cooking for the Holidays” episode (which airs tomorrow at 9am PST on Facebook Watch) features a conversation about blended families between Jada, Willow, Gammy, and Will Smith’s first wife, Sheree Zampino, before welcoming Brown (who herself is part of a blended family that includes Ty-Leah, her husband Chance’s daughter from a previous relationship) for a cooking portion.
In a clip, shared exclusively with VegNews, Brown shows the family how to prepare a vegan pot roast for the holidays using jackfruit as a meat substitute. “That smells so good,” Willow comments as Brown begins cooking the pot roast in a crockpot. “What I like to do is cook this the night before,” Brown said. “You wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, honey, and the whole house smells good. Don’t you go into that kitchen in the middle of the night [to eat] but if you do, that’s your business.”
In 2018, Jada Pinkett-Smith was inspired by vegan rapper Grey to add plant-based dishes to her Thanksgiving dinner. Her son Jaden has also been instrumental in helping people in need gain access to vegan food through his mobile concept I Love You Restaurant, which serves free vegan meals to homeless communities.
This holiday season, Brown has helped a number of celebrities learn about plant-based cooking including Steve Harvey (whom she showed how to make vegan meatloaf on his web series Steve on Watch) and Tiffany Haddish (whom she showed how to prepare her vegan carrot bacon recipe last week on the Ellen show).