Veganism is Going Posh and Storming the Socialite World!
The Met Gala 2021 will be offering completely plant-based food for the first time ever in the gala’s history! The highly influential fashion event was moved to September 13 because of the COVID-19.
Timothée Chalamet, vegan artist Billie Eilish, tennis sensation Naomi Osaka, and National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman will co-chair Meta Gala 2021 reports News18.com. The website introduces the 10 plant-based chefs delighting diners at the event.
The Met 10
These are the 10 hot, up-and-coming chefs who will be whipping up vegan dishes to dazzle and delight the partygoers: Fariyal Abdullahi, Nasim Alikhani, Emma Bengtsson, Lazarus Lynch, Junghyun Park, Erik Ramirez, Thomas Raquel, Sophia Roe, Simone Tong, and Fabian von Hauske. Now, these diverse trendsetters of taste are being featured in Women’s Wear Daily and other chic publications! Way to go!
HypeBeat.com also reported on this exciting news.
Vogue describes the Met Gala perfectly: “Affectionately referred to as “fashion’s biggest night out,” the Met Gala 2021 is a fundraising benefit for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The event welcomes stars, young creatives, and industry paragons.”
You can read the fashion Bible’s lowdown of the 2021 event and who will be there here.
It means many of society’s fashion designers, celebrities, journalists and influencers will get a taste of gourmet veganism, perhaps for the first time.
It does mean veganism is going posh. But it could mean the posh are going vegan too. What a fantastic possibility.
World’s Best Restaurant
This follows in the wake of another announcement that proves veganism is going posh. Eleven Madison Park is considered the world’s best restaurant! Also in Manhattan, it has gone entirely plant-based (with the exception of milk for coffee). This, the ultimate proof that veganism is going posh, has caused a buzz at the New York Times.
Chef Daniel Humm said: “The current food system is simply not sustainable, in so many ways.”
Renowned animal rights activist Donny Moss, of TheirTurn.net, was lucky enough to receive an invitation to eat at “the world’s best restaurant.”
The wait list at Eleven Madison Park is 15,000 tables. The vegan menu is $335. This is prestigious. This is taking veganism into the world of high society, fine dining, and celebrity chefs. Veganism is going posh.
Jane Unchained’s Jane Velez-Mitchell interviewed Donny about his impressions of the classy venue and its vegan menu.
Donny stated: “It was so much bigger and more theatrical than I anticipated and the food… The presentation was so magnificent and the taste was so magnificent, and the service…” At this point, Donny experienced a rare loss of words. After a dramatic pause, he blurted out:
“It was just like this mouth-watering, all senses experience.”
The importance of this move should not be underestimated. Donny explains: “This was revolutionary. This is a massive restaurant with a massive following and three Michelin Stars, why would they take the risk?
“Restaurants and media outlets around the world were abuzz when Daniel Humm made this announcement.”
Posh Is Important
Donny continues to explain why veganism is going posh and why it’s important.
He continues: “Those interested in gastronomy and fine dining haven’t had a place to go like this until now.”
Eleven Madison Park has a 15-course tasting menu. Bonnie Klapper, the influential attorney, no less, accompanied Donny on his step up into the world of influencers, foodies, food reviewers, and celebrities.
JaneUnchained has a whole section on vegan celebrities.
And Joaquin Phoenix has already taken veganism to the Oscars.
Suffice it to say, the double whammy of the Met Gala and Eleven Madison Park takes things to the next level. No longer can restaurant chefs get away with the pathetic excuse that vegan dishes are just too dull to add to their menus. That stubborn chef (and we’ve run into so many of his ilk) has now been shown up forever. Get thee to a pan and start sautéing mushrooms NOW!
An Inclusive Movement
Donny describes the Eleven Madison Park meal in glowing terms: “It felt like a bargain. It felt like a dinner and a show on Broadway, only more memorable.”
High praise indeed. But, this doesn’t mean vegans on a small budget have to be excluded from the movement. There are still plenty of cheap, yet nutritious and delicious, options for everyone who wants to eat vegan. Come to think of it… I had rice and beans for lunch!
Jane and Donny both explain the implications of the move in their interview. Chefs everywhere must now consider it de rigueur to include a wide range of plant-based choices on their menus. This includes high-society establishments. This also includes non-profits that purport to care about the climate and nature. All conservation, animal welfare, and environmental galas should go vegan forthwith! Veganism has entered the world of the elite. People everywhere have to take notice now.