As cannabis meets fine dining, a new culinary trend is on the rise.
You know you’re a smug foodie when you’ve moved beyond the obvs food/wine pairing dinners to the esoteric: tea, or craft spirits, or kombucha, or sour beers.
The next frontier is a little greener: Cannabis pairings.
Colorado-born Cultivating Spirits, which launched in 2014, is the first company in the U.S. to offer public culinary cannabis experiences. How it works: Cannabis strains are paired with food flavor profiles for a three-course smoke-then-eat feast. A team of chefs, cannabis sommeliers (yes, a thing), servers and cultivation partners curate a menu for your private party or intimate dinner, come to your home and guide you through an evening of fine wines, locally harvested, small-batch cannabis and gourmet cuisine. Guests receive a helping of marijuana education and the opportunity to purchase the party’s strain-du-jour. The company hopes to shape cannabis connoisseurs and has garnered attention from Rolling Stone and The New York Times, and recently expanded to Las Vegas and California. —Lisa Blake