Since 2015, Kendal Norris has run Mason Jar Event Group, a cannabis-focused venture that pairs weed with yoga and food. The idea literally started with a dream: “In the dream I was moving around a room where people where doing yoga, eating, drinking and consuming cannabis, and I knew that it felt right,” says Norris. “It’s a new concept serving a group that has not had an opportunity like this before.”
The Summer Harvest Dinner welcomed the de-stigmatization of cannabis along with the industry's highest society members to the Shupe Homestead in Longmont on July 14, 2016. It's been nearly one year since the Mason Jar Event Group's first cannabis dinner, with food prepared by the team from Blackbelly out of Boulder. Little jars filled with cannabis from Sweet Leaf were stars of the evening; sponsors whose gifts graced the goodie bags included Canyon Cultivation (delicious lollipops), BlueKudu (Black Forest cannabis chocolate bars), Anonymous Bags, 420 Science, Pax, Baker, Stillwater, Jane West (travel packs), Marley Coffee and Healthy Headie, to name a few.
"At the edge of a flower-lined pond in Longmont farm country, long banquet tables set with china and crystal stand beneath big old shade trees. Waiters bearing hors d’oeuvre trays circulate amid the well-dressed, all-ages crowd gathered on the lawn to mingle and sip Arnold Palmers from Mason jars. If you didn’t know, you’d guess you were at a wedding reception. Until, that is, the THC-infused tea in your drink starts to kick in. Turns out this elegant affair is a multicourse cannabis dinner catered by no less than acclaimed chef Hosea Rosenberg (Blackbelly Market) — the sort of thing food media has been clamoring for ever since Colorado legalized recreational marijuana use in 2012 (us included, as this video attests). Bye-bye pot brownies; hello haute cuisine for so-called cannasseurs.
Though “we’re still building a reputation for these experiences,” says Mason Jar Event Group founder Kendal Norris, “people are excited about the level of sophistication” they can achieve. “I use my parents as an example: they would never go to something like this unless it was in a setting where they felt comfortable.” Rosenberg agrees, seeing his involvement as a chance “to be a part of something amazing, brand-new, experiential and fun.” For now, he eschews cooking with cannabis in favor of wine-style pairings: “We talk to the growers about what they see as the qualities of a particular strain and create dishes that pair best with its flavors, aromas and overall sensations.” Take the first course at the Longmont dinner, in which a sprightly salad of beets, fennel, goat cheese and pistachios matched thecitrusy aromas and energizing effects of OG Kush. But Norris incorporated edibles into the meal as well, such as the BlueKudu Black Forest chocolate bar that accompanied dessert, and Rosenberg predicts that the future for boutique infused foods, “not just sweet but savory" too, is “limitless.”
“The conversations that I have with executives of companies that are women are a lot easier than the conversations that I have with men,” said Kendal Norris, who runs Mason Jar Events, a company that puts together swanky pot-themed parties. “And I think that might be for a couple of reasons, one of which is, it sort of goes back to that thing from Madeleine Albright, that there’s a special place in Hell for women who don’t help other women.” - The Atlantic
"Other venturers into the spacey food space include celebrity chefs. Top Chef star Hosea Rosenberg cooks seasonal, multicourse marijuana pairing meals for theMason Jar Event group in Colorado. Unlike Sayegh's dinners, Rosenberg pairs more traditional edibles (primarily bars and candies) with (non-infused) dishes like pork roast with organic mustard greens, Western Slope apricots, Israeli couscous, and cherry cobbler topped with spiced amaretto ice cream and smoked candied almonds. Mason Jar plans these meals for "the cannabis connoisseur and the cannabis curious," with much of the experience dedicated to educating diners on different varieties. Rosenberg's events are so popular, they each receive as many as 10 sponsors (all from various sectors of the marijuana business), up from four just a year ago. Mason Jar is currently planning a 5,000-person event for 2017." - Fast Company
Cannabis and cocktails, a late-summer sunset, and the hazy smoke of your neighbors’ lighting up around the dinner table. Such was the scene at a “Harvest” dinner in Boulder, Colorado, composed by Top Chef winner Hosea Rosenberg and his team from nearby Blackbelly Market. Each plate of the four-course dinner was paired with a cocktail and a flavor-enhancing marijuana strain, provided by sponsor Headquarters Cannabis Company. Dinner began with goat-cheese-and-pistachio truffles, gazpacho, and locally sourced greens (the lettuce kind), and went on to juicy flatiron steak, followed by toasted s’mores and, presumably, toasted, happy dinner guests.
Top Chef champion Hosea Rosenberg, winner of season 5 of the televised culinary competition, is keeping on the cutting edge of foodie trends by incorporating cannabis pairings into his farm-to-table, local, seasonal style. While serving medicated food in a restaurant setting is still a no-no in Colorado, inviting guests to a private event and offering cannabis along with artisanal cuisine is quite legal. A collaboration led by Mason Jar Event Group, Headquarters cannabis retailers, 3 Chicks Bartending and Rosenberg's Blackbelly restaurant, last night's Harvest Dinner combined high-end cuisine with cocktails and cannabis for a classy night of socializing. Guests were bused to the dinner location at Boulder's Shupe Homestead to avoid any intoxicated driving, and medicated foods were not served.
About 60 people appeared for the invitation-only occasion; Some drove to the farm, however lots of others made the most of complimentary shuttle bus (at the wacky, wake-and-bake time of 8:15 a.m.) from numerous points around the metro area. A stop at Headquarters in Lyons en route– the acquiring procedure was a little cumbersome– netted individuals a sweet gift bag loaded with the cannabis offerings to pair with different elements of the day, including a wet, flavorful Rhubarb Croquer muffin from Love’s Oven (whose owner, Peggy Moore, rode our shuttle to hang out for the day) and CBD Diesel pre-rolls.
Laughter and intellectual conversations filled the air as a new sort of sophisticated social event brightened people’s souls. The ambiance of the ‘Harvest Dinner’ was paired perfectly with the old fashioned vibe created by Mason Jar Event Group, But that wasn’t even the best pairing of the night. That honor goes to ‘The White,’ paired with Boulder County Flatiron Steak and a medley of organic root vegetables. The White, a powerful strain of cannabis with savory musk flavors and hints of zesty-soil, harmonized perfectly with the peppery steak and spicy earth flavors of the root vegetables. This magical experience makes me think of how we need more cannabis pairing dinner parties.
“Your other left,” pronounced yoga instructor Larissa Ortiz, and there was most giggling and a sounds of people switching legs. When Ortiz followed adult with a criticism on a fundamental problems in being befuddled and doing yoga, a whole category burst up.
It was a light impulse in a midst of an differently surprisingly focused hour-and-a-half imagining and yoga event Sunday in a expansive, light-filled stable during Lone Hawk Farm in Longmont, a site for a second in a array of cannabis-friendly events — this one was called Yoga With a View — hosted by Mason Jar Event Group, Headquarters Blackbelly Market chef/owner and Top Chef champ Hosea Rosenberg.
The best Sunday probable in Colorado: You arrive during a remote plantation location, splash tea, do over an hour of yoga with a hard-core instructor, afterwards eat a delicious, locally sourced brunch baked by a tip cook — and fume weed. Mason Jar Event Group, Headquarters and Blackbelly Market’s Hosea Rosenberg hosted their second too-good-to-be-true event, Yoga With a View, on Nov 8.
The giveaway convey left splendid and early for a plantation in Longmont, interlude on a approach during a Headquarters dispensary. There a passengers were rewarded for removing adult and out: The accessible staffers handed any one a present bag that contained a Headquarters candle, a rhubarb muffin from Love’s Oven, papers from Leafly and a accumulation of teas from The Tea Spot, as good as a cannabis-filled goodie bag containing .5 grams of live creosote polish from Green Dot Labs, a gram of B4 in a Mason jar, and a pre-rolled corner of CBD Diesel — all strains meant to be enjoyed during sole courses via a day.
In the last two years of legal marijuana sales in Colorado, there has been a cornucopia of 420-friendly events — arty dinners, joint- and sushi-rolling classes, speed dating happy hours and even bus tours of residential Christmas light displays.
Baca describes her elaborate parties that combine cannabis, yoga and gourmet food. Norris has identified several farms in Boulder County and some art galleries that will work with her company and has sought the counsel of Vicente Sederberg partners to use Eventbrite in a legally compliant manner.
We take out hats off to the team at Headquarters for a exquisitely dinner party theme right up the alley of the MARY aesthetic. On the eve of Thursday, Sept. 10th, the Headquarters Harvest Dinner took place in Lyons, Colorado in conjunction with Hosea Rosenberg of Blackbelly Market and Top Chef success and Kendal Norris of Mason Jar Productions, where the dinner was matched with food, drinks and cannabis for a multi-course meal.
Many people have either attended one themselves or have heard about dinner party events in which guests are served a delicious multi-course meal, paired with a variety of wine selections or cocktail choices that appropriately coordinate with each specific dish. Due to the steady progression and overall public interest and curiosity of the cannabis industry, weed has also now found its place at the dining room table.
The cannabis culture is so multi-dimensional, offering not only a wide range of different indica and sativa strains, but many strains with unique flavors and distinctive tastes– it would be next to impossible for one to sample all of the many kinds in one night. On the evening of Thursday, September 10 however, a renown chef in Colorado will be co-hosting a 420-friendly dinner party, the first ever of its kind, that will be pairing plates throughout a four-course meal with not only cocktails, but complimenting side samples of cannabis too.
Even if you’re not a toker, you might dig these concoctions. With chefs taking extra care when dosing to ensure their recipes don’t lead unsuspecting diners into a state of intense paranoia or catatonia, the effect of taking a few bites of their marijuana-infused cuisine may be as subtle as simply taking a few sips of wine.
Mason Jar Event Group, the bright minds behind September's cannabis-infused farm to table harvest dinner prepared by Top Chef winner Hosea Rosenberg and his Blackbelly Market team, are back with another canna-centric event, only this time, it's less about the "yum" and more about the "om." They're producing a special event today, November 8th in Longmont, Colorado, called "Yoga with a View," a cannabis-friendly yoga retreat designed to clear your mind and inspire your soul.
But what to do if you’re a newbie to partaking in cannabis? Wandering into a dispensary and knowing what to buy, how much to use, and where you can use it can be overwhelming. Luckily, there’s a creative company out there making this prospect possible: Mason Jar Event Group, a Colorado-based event planning organization that hosts elegant farm-to-table meals (among other events) with cannabis pairings. These events are the perfect opportunity for a non-smoker like me to give it a try. And so, I did.
On Thursday, January 28, I boarded the event shuttle to Shupe Farm in Longmont, Colorado, for a farm-to-table experience called simply “Winter.” On our way we stopped at Headquarters Cannabis Co. to pick up our pre-assembled goody bags for the evening.
“Yoga with a View”, a yoga and cannabis brunch hosted by Mason Jar Event Group and catered by Blackbelly Market, a restaurant and catering company owned by "Top Chef" season five winner Hosea Rosenberg. The event took place last month in Longmont, Colo., an hour’s drive north of Denver.
Pairing cannabis with yoga is becoming quite the trendy activity, but this event went above and beyond in pushing the boundaries of decadence. Sponsored by Green Dot Labs, Headquarters Cannabis Company, Love’s Oven, and, yes, Leafly, the brunch was steeply priced at $200 a ticket, but the approximately 75 attendees definitely got their money’s worth.
It looked like an indie wedding, or a page out of a Pottery Barn catalogue — but it was a marijuana-pairing dinner. The Headquarters cannabis boutique team and Blackbelly Market's Hosea Rosenberg hosted a winter dinner event last weekend at which marijuana normalization reached a new high, at a sold-out (by private invite) event at the farm-chic Shupe Homestead in Longmont.
The best Sunday possible in Colorado: You arrive at a remote farm location, drink tea, do over an hour of yoga with a hard-core instructor, then eat a delicious, locally sourced brunch cooked by a top chef — and smoke weed. Mason Jar Event Group, Headquarters and Blackbelly Market's Hosea Rosenberg hosted their second too-good-to-be-true event, Yoga With a View.