As marijuana laws relax across the US, foodies are discovering the pleasures of pot for your palate
Nine US states have legalised the recreational use of cannabis and another 30 have approved it for medicinal purposes. And with more than 2,500 strains, each with its own flavour and character profile, it was only a matter of time before serious chefs started infusing cannabis into gourmet concoctions. The latest trend is for haute cuisine supper clubs in private homes and converted warehouses. Less speakeasy, more smokeasy, perhaps.
Aaron Ziegler, former executive chef of Wolfgang Puck, is one of the many Angeleno chefs setting up shop as ‘weed sommeliers’ — or gangiers. His six-course dinners in private residences take place every Friday and Saturday, starting at $130 (£100). Andrea Drummer, former executive chef at LA’s The Ritz Carlton, recently launched Elevation VIP, a pop-up dispensary. Her sell-out ‘tray-passing events’ of weed-infused finger food start from $50 (£38) a head.
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