Forbes: The Definitive Cannabis-Infused Travel Guide To Boulder, Colorado

Before legalization in Colorado as we know it, there was Boulder— a mountainside utopia where droves of hippies found refuge in the late 1960s. Also home to the University of Colorado, students have sparked spliffs for decades, too, with its campus playing host to the largest 4/20 smoke-out and rally in the country every April. While the spirit of free-love and free-thinking refreshingly remains, the city has since morphed into a mecca for the outdoorsy set to explore a backyard playground of more than 45,000 protected acres of open space.

Thriving technology, art, culture and culinary scenes have emerged in more recent years and after a longtime illegal love affair, Boulder is an original epicenter of the ever-growing cannabis industry. Whether you’re taking a day trip from Denver, making a pit stop en route to a ski town or planning a dedicated vacation to the notoriously blissful “Boulder Bubble,” here’s a how-to for the high-minded traveler:

Travel

From Denver International Airport, the drive time is 45 minutes. If you don’t rent your own wheels, shuttle services like Green Ride or Super Shuttle are readily available. Boulder Municipal Airport is accessible to select private aviation carriers. 

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Green Love Denver: SUMMER, An Evening in Boulder

On Wednesday July 18, 2018 thirty foodies and cannasseurs joined together in Boulder, CO for a night to remember.

Mason Jar Event Group, Founder Kendal Noris, hosted a magical 6-course meal prepared by the talented Chef Daniel Asher, of River and Woods & Acreage. 

The dinner party included thoughtful cannabis pairings throughout the experience provided by Northern Lights Dispensary. 

Irie Weddings & Events was in charge of the bud bar offering participants the opportunity to consume from Tyler G’s Symbiartic hand blown dab rigs created locally in Boulder, CO, as well as a gold PAX 3 Vaporizer, and hand rolled joints to please all consumption preferences. 

Throughout the evening Lonesome Days, The Mason Jar House Bluegrass Band, played smooth tunes from their banjo, mandolin, bass, and guitar that paired perfectly with the tone of the night. 

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Westword: Mason Jar Welcomes Spring With Cannabis and Cuisine

Mason Jar Events Group welcomed the spring season in the Art District on Santa Fe with a beautiful cannabis-infused dinner on Wednesday, April 25, at Space Gallery. With a multi-course dinner prepared by chef Daniel Asher and cannabis goodies from Spectrum Concentrates, Silver Peak Apothecary and The Growing Kitchen, it's safe to say there was plenty of love in the air. Presenting hosts included INDVR and The Joint. 

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Westword: Mason Jar Winter 2.0 Sets the Table for Cannabis Creativity

Mason Jar Winter 2.0 filled Space Gallery on February 15, 2018, with a business-to-business seasonal cannabis-pairing dinner prepared by chef Daniel Asher, with displays by Steepfuze Coffee, GreenMed, Canyon Cultivation, Jane West, Olio, Verra Wellness and The Joint by Cannabis, as well as guest appearances by Stephanie Byer, author of Waking Up to Weed, and Amy Padden, candidate for Colorado Attorney General.

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North Forty News: Elegance, cannabis and good times on the Colorado prairie

“This is the new normal,” said Mark Basser, associate publisher of Sensi Magazine, a cannabis-oriented publication on the verge of going national. Along with a hundred or so others, Basser was enjoying an elegant “Hemp and Seed” dinner on a balmy summer evening in the middle of a hemp field in Milliken, Colorado.

As the sun set over the mountains, candlelight began to flicker in the center of two rows of long tables on the dry, bumpy ground of the Colorado prairie, set up to accommodate 100 diners attired in everything from jeans to fancy long dresses. Brady Price, owner of Organic Innovations farm near Milliken, had never had so many guests. He raises hemp on a five-acre plot and has plans to expand.

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Westword: Fresh Food, Weed and Wine at Planet Bluegrass for Mason Jar's Fall Dinner

The pot-infused dinner niche is a small one, but Mason Jar Event Group continues to meld cannabis, lovely settings and food together in unparalleled fashion. Setting the scene at Planet Bluegrass Ranch in Lyons, Mason Jar founder Kendal Norris created a delicious smorgasbord of flower from the Farm dispensary in Boulder, concentrates from Olio and a multi-course dinner crafted by chef Jamey Fader on October 5; she also brought in the Mark Diamond Jazz Trio and art installations by sculptor Daniel Romano to welcome the fall season. All photos by Jacqueline Collins.

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Scene: October's Cannabis Corner

The Hemp & Seed Dinner hosted among the green hemp plants at Blue Circle Research Farm under the beautiful sunset in Milliken, CO, by Mason Jar Event Group, Organic Alternatives, Organa Brands (aka o.penVAPE), Blue Circle Development, and BDS Analytics, was the classiest, not to mention fun, affair full of delectable food and intelligent cannabis smokers I have ever attended (in public). Maka Kalai, Director of Sales and Marketing at Organic Alternatives spoke and said, “It’s great to be able to do this in a beautiful setting, and not behind a building,” where all of us used to toke. With representatives from marQaha, the tasty tincture and THC/CBD beverage maker, terpene technologists Extract Consultants, Hempsley, whose mission is to help patients in prohibition states learn about and gain access to products that can help, and a film crew representing the Today Show, the high in the room was not just from the cannabis, but from the great company. A goody bag from Organic Alternatives kept everyone talking. It included a specialty, craft oil o.penVAPE cartridge, flower, and wax of Organa Brand & OA’s collaborative strain, Clementine Kush that paired with the Wagyu tri-tip beef perfectly, and complemented the spiciness of the radish in the smoked trout lettuce wraps. From dinner to dessert, drinks to doobies, this was a night to (mostly) remember! Sign up for the newsletter at masonjareventgroup.com to receive information about these events so you too can indulge in style.

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Today Show: Marijuana becomes big business with edibles

The booming marijuana business has grown to new heights in states where it is legal, thanks to edible editions. But the new ways people are consuming cannabis are also raising some warning flags. NBC’s Kerry Sanders has the report for our series “Red, White and Green” from Denver, Colorado.

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Massroots: Essential Tips for Hosting A Great Cannabis Party

Cannabis is no stranger to the party scene, yet its broadening popularity is encouraging adults to incorporate the plant into events in ways never experienced before — from décor to delicious infused dishes and everything in between. Why not host your own weed-themed soirée? To help you produce the best party possible, we’ve assembled the following tips for success with insights and suggestions by two of the country’s leading professional cannabis party planners, Kendal Norris of Colorado’s Mason Jar Event Group and Jessie Samedi of California’s Greenleaf Canyon. Now, puff, puff, pass your way to a most memorable event!

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TripSavvy: The Higher End of Cannabis Travel

The table, adorned with China table-settings, crystal glassware and floral arrangements, looks like a scene from a wedding magazine. Views of the mountains from this private homestead are expansive and unobstructed.

First, participants experience an energizing yoga class. Then, an award-winning chef will serve up a sophisticated meal.

Paired with marijuana.

This is the new scene of cannabis in Colorado -- the higher end of cannabis tourism.

Forget any stereotypes you may have about “stoners” and the less-than-exquisite pairing of cannabis and Cheetos, while lounging on the couch watching “Pineapple Express.” That’s not how everyone in Colorado does cannabis.

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Westword: 4/20 Sets the Table for Denver's First Mason Jar Cannabis Dinner

Our calendar is getting loaded for 4/20. Alongside more now-traditional events, such as the 420 Rally at Civic Center Park and Snoop Dogg's annual Wellness Retreat show, there are some new ones on the roster, including a spring dinner put on by the Mason Jar Event Group, its first in the Mile High City.

Mason Jar is the "high society" organizer of the most coveted cannabis pairing dinners around. Think sun-soaked tables where Top Chef-worthy food is passed around along with joints, bongs and vaporizers; where the cannabis-industry elite, who appear the exact opposite of stoner stereotypes, thrive inside their own bubble.

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Dining Out: We Tried It: Cannabis-Themed Dinner with Mason Jar Event Group

Mason Jar Event Group provides elevated experiences centered on cannabis

It’s been four years since Colorado voted to legalize marijuana. Since then, the cannabis industry has become the fastest-growing business sector in the state. Now a billion-dollar industry, marijuana has truly become a part of the Colorado lifestyle with dispensaries popping up faster than Starbucks. Slowly but surely, the cannabis industry is shaking its stoner image, as everyone from small business owners to CEOs of major companies are investing and/or partaking. To keep up with such a lucrative industry, 420-friendly events have popped up around the city, from joint and sushi rolling classes to yoga and weed combos. But there’s one that lately got our attention: For a luxurious evening of chef-driven cuisine, music, and of course cannabis, experience a night out with Mason Jar Event Group.

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Dope: Food And Cannabis Pairing: An Elevated and Enchanting Winter Dinner Experience

Another event for the books from Mason Jar Event Group. Kendall Norris, the brains behind the Mason Jar magic, has a God given gift for bringing friends and family together in a luxury cannabis friendly fashion. Kendall hosts four cannabis pairing dinners a year, one to accompany each season. Her recent Winter Dinner was nothing short of spectacular, and as usual we left the event still mentally processing how amazing it is that an experience like this is even possible. Hosted in an intimate creative community space in Boulder, we were greeted upon arrival by a warmly lit room with beautiful art, painters, and live jazz music flowing in the air. Guests mingled as they drank and sampled the evening’s featured cannabis selections, as well as enjoyed the first round of appetizers which included Royal Red Shrimp Ceviche and Spicy Pork Kimchito Empanadas. These were paired with Olio’s Sleeping Monkey Live Resin SugarOlio’s Cherry Diesel Live Resin Sauce, and Sanita Brewing Company’s Citrus Lager.

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New York Post: Why more people are signing up for this swanky marijuana dinner party

BOULDER, Colo. — The smooth rhythms of jazz reverberate across a crowded warehouse. Modern art and white string lights decorate plywood walls. Men in suits take long drags from tightly rolled joints in between spoonfuls of royal red shrimp ceviche.

This is the future of recreational marijuana in America and it’s beginning in Colorado.

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Rocky Mountain Food Report: Colorado company pairs cannabis and cuisine

Recently, Mason Jar Event Group hosted their winter cannabis pairing dinner at art gallery Boulder Creative Collective. Chef Jamey Fader, executive chef at Lola in Denver, cranked out courses while attendees enjoyed marijuana bud, concentrate and edible products from featured sponsors. Talking to the Report, Mason Jar made it clear the dinner’s are a unique opportunity to bring first-timers and aficionados together to appreciate cuisine and Colorado cannabis the way it is intended, in a group setting.

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USA Today: Smoke, because you can: Inside a legal marijuana dinner

BOULDER, Colo. – Nervous at first, they enter cautiously through the discreet side door, men in ties and women in high heels, clutching little green gift bags.

Candles flicker amid floral centerpieces on the long tables. Smartly dressed servers circulate among the growing crowd with plates of red shrimp ceviche and kimchi-pork appetizers.

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Viva: A Four Course Pot-Pairing Dinner is Coming to Colorado

It’s not exactly a secret that getting stoned makes you hungry. Before you buy out the Doritos from the nearest corner store though, maybe consider something a little more refined. Pot pairing is becoming a thing in Boulder, Colorado, and it isn’t the junk food frenzy you’d expect.

When Founder Kendal Norris woke from a dream filled with cannabis and cuisine, Mason Jar Event Group was born. It was that dream that continued pushing Norris to host dinners where each course comes with weed, and guests experience the flavor profiles that the pairing creates.

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