When models, designers and Hollywood celebrities converge on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute for this year’s exclusive Met Gala, they’ll be snacking on a 100% vegan menu. Ten notable New York chefs will create the plant-based menu for fashion’s most prestigious charity event.
If you’re more the sweatpants and t-shirt type, you might not know about this event that’s been called the Super Bowl of fashion. Since 1946, movers and shakers have been showing off their best red carpet fashions at the gala. Usually, it happens on the first Monday in May. But like so many things in the pandemic years, the schedule’s been pushed back. So on September 13, the beautiful people will descend on the costume institute dressed to express this year’s independence theme, In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.
The 10 chefs selected by chef Marcus Samuelsson to bring something special to the plant-based party include Fariyal Abdullahi, Nasim Alikhani, Emma Bengtsson, Lazarus Lynch, Junghyun Park, Erik Ramirez, Thomas Raquel, Sophia Roe, Simone Tong and Fabian von Hauske.
“We thought it was important to really talk about what’s present, what’s happening—how food is changing in America,” Samuelsson told Bon Appetit. “We want to be the future of American food, of plant-based food. That conversation is happening now.” The chefs plan to raise further awareness of plant-based dishes by sharing some of their vegan recipes via Vogue’s Instagram account.
PETA gave the Met Gala’s announcement two paws up. “Kindness to animals is as American as apple pie, so the new vegan menu is perfect for the gala’s ‘Americana’ theme, and it’s sure to set a trend for other fashion events to follow,” was the animal rights group’s official word. “PETA is celebrating the end of the Meat Gala and hopes to see attendees embrace earth and animal-friendly fashion, too—meaning no fur, leather, cashmere, wool, or feathers.”
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