Cooking with Class: Cannabis-infused Foods Take Over High-end Restaurants
Cannabis-infused foods are not just for smoking or baking brownies anymore. High-end restaurants are now infusing cannabis into their dishes to create a unique dining experience for their customers. With legalization spreading across the country, chefs are exploring new ways to incorporate marijuana into their menus.
Why cannabis-infused foods?
Cannabis-infused foods have become popular due to health benefits and recreational use. The psychoactive compound, THC, has been known to treat anxiety, chronic pain, and stimulate appetite. The legalization of marijuana has allowed chefs to experiment with cannabis-infused foods without legal consequences.
How are they created?
Infusing cannabis into foods requires precise measurements and timing. Chefs use oils or melted butter as a base for the cannabis infusion. The cannabis is heated in the oil or butter and then strained out. The infusion is then used in various dishes like sauces, desserts, and cocktails.
Examples of high-end cannabis-infused dishes
1. Lobster Bisque with cannabis-infused butter
At the upscale restaurant, Gracias Madre in San Francisco, Chef Chandra Gilbert creates a vegan Lobster Bisque, using mushrooms instead of seafood. The dish is topped with a dollop of cannabis-infused butter, adding a savory and satisfying kick.
2. Cannabis-Infused Cauliflower Steak
Chef Christopher Sayegh, also known as the Herbal Chef, creates an elevated cannabis-infused Cauliflower Steak dish. The steak is infused with THC and cooked Sous Vide style to maintain the optimum temperature for the infusion. The cauliflower is then finished off in a pan before serving. The dish is served with a THC-infused Hollandaise Sauce, adding an extra layer of indulgence.
Cannabis-infused foods have become a trend in high-end restaurants. Chefs are using their culinary skills to create new and exciting dishes with marijuana. Even though marijuana is legal in some states, it is still highly regulated, and consumers should always be cautious with consumption. Chef’s using cannabis in their dishes is sure to be a topic of debate in the culinary industry for years to come.