If you’ve turned on the TV recently, or maybe you’ve found yourself in some of America’s high-end kitchens, you may have noticed a new green on the menu that you can smell before you taste it. Now that cannabis is legal in one form or another in more than half the states, some of the country’s top chefs are finding ways to integrate it into their cuisine.
Suffice it to say that pot brownies have come a long way.
Chef Miguel Trinidad, best known for his time on the Vice show “Bong Appétit,” said, “It’s such a big bridge from Brownie to where we are today.” “We’re cooking racks of lamb. We’re creating complex desserts. We’re creating 10-course tasting menus that are strain-specific. Now, there are different levels of extraction and distillation that you can use to achieve the effect.” Can be taken without flavor or with flavor.”
These days Trinidad hosts semi-secret, semi-legal pop-up dinners through his company 99th Floor, dinners in which everything is put together.
reporter Luke Burbank asked, “Exactly where Is Ganja?”
“It’s in many different stages,” Trinidad laughed. “In demi for steak, we take some of the beef fat and add it in, and then put it back in demi. Here’s some hemp butter; it’s been cooked at a much lower temperature longer than I wanted without Extract lots of flavor terpenes.”
Terpenes are the chemical compounds in cannabis that give it that distinctive funky smell and taste, and which can make it a challenge to cook with, even for famed Portland cookbook author Laurie Wolf.
“Learning to cook with it is like learning how to cook with a really awful-tasting spice,” she said.
Wolf has written five cookbooks on the subject, earning her the title “Martha Stewart of Edibles” in 2017. When he and other chefs cook with hemp, he says the key is being extremely precise, with the dosage going into a butter board made from “canna-butter.”
Wolf said the key to eating infected food is to be very patient waiting for the effects to set in, lest you end up on a trip you didn’t mean to buy a ticket for. “It can take two, sometimes it can take three hours, depending on when you’ve eaten, what your metabolism is like,” she said.
Back in Brooklyn, Tiffany Spahn attended her second 99th Floor cannabis dinner in two weeks, which she found out about on Instagram. “For me, it’s about delicious food and cannabis is, like, extra,” she said.
Burbank asked her, “Can you feel the vibe shift as the night goes on and people start enjoying themselves?”
“Yeah. People talk to each other. Everyone started loosening up. I could see the whole table, so yeah, people started getting louder and happier.”
As the night wore on, the Trinidadian dinner got into full swing. A parade of lavish plates was served, and the music of the Wu-Tang Clan blared through the speakers. It was indeed food for both body and soul.
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Story produced by Anthony Laudato. Editor: Joseph Frandino.
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