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Obama Set for a Meatless 60th Birthday, Impossible and Eat Just to Grace the Menu

Former US President Barack Obama seems to have developed a liking for plant-based foods. At least, that’s what his birthday menu hints at!

Obama’s 60th birthday bash is scheduled for this weekend, and he is all set to throw a feast for his guests. The twist is that this year, the menu will be completely meat-free and will feature a range of plant-based dishes.

According to a report published on Bloomberg, the menu has been curated by Questlove, the drummer from the American hip-hop band ‘The Roots’ and an investor in Chilean food tech company NotCo.

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The menu will incorporate products from leading brands such as Impossible Foods, Eat Just, and Perfect Day. Guests at the party will be able to relish items such as Spam Musubi (made with Impossible’s beef alternative and pork alternative) and Eat Just’s plant-based eggs.

There will be other offerings, such as, Questlove’s Cheesesteak Eggrolls, made with Impossible beef and cheese sauce from California-based alt-dairy company Perfect Day, according to the report.

This news comes days after it was announced that the high profile fundraiser event Met Gala will go completely plant-based this year. A few months back, New York’s upmarket restaurant Eleven Madison Park also announced that it will go meat-free and will only serve plant-based foods.

In March this year, Kamala Harris, the US Vice-President, made an unscheduled stop at a vegan taco eatery in Las Vegas, and revealed that she is “dabbling in veganism”.

Obama’s birthday event, scheduled to take place today at Martha’s Vineyard, has been scaled back by the organisers in view of Covid-19 concerns, and now the guest list features only his close friends and family.

The shift in consumer preference towards vegan foods could be attributed to the pandemic that shook the status quo in people’s food choices. Moreover, the growing awareness of the impact of animal agriculture on the environment has also led people to question their diets.

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