It was a blissful Sunday evening in early October, and the night would begin with a question I’ve never had the chance to ask myself before: “So, what does one wear to a fall cannabis pairing dinner?”
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.
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.
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.
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.