One recent glorious spring evening in Malibu, Civilized invited cannabis enthusiasts, business owners and influencers to attend our “High Fête” dinner party celebrating 4/20, cannabis and cuisine. Hostess Yvonne DeLaRosa Green, owner of the celebrated 99 High Tide collective, opened up her gorgeous Malibu mountaintop home to host the affair.
Chef Holden Jagger of Altered Plates created an entirely plant-based menu for the occasion, infusing some dishes with cannabis, and pairing other non-infused dishes with Canndescent flower. Guests mingled poolside, munching happily on passed hors d’oeuvres like kohlrabi crisp with braised radish and artichoke barigoule with smoked levan while they puffed and passed Canndescent Cruise, an uplifting strain that whetted appetites. Adding to the glamor of the moment, a pair of mermaids frolicked in the pool, glittering in the late-afternoon sunlight.
(Video: Braised Radish on Kohlrabi Crisp)
As the sun dipped below the hills and magic hour arrived, guests were invited to take their seats for dinner. Authors and artists sat down with former NBA and NFL players, designers sat with ganjapreneurs—an eclectic group, drawn together by a love of cannabis and cuisine. At each place setting, a jar of Mondo was on hand for those who wanted the option to increase their THC intake. French Dabs were also on offer to further elevate the experience, while CBD Living Water kept everyone perfectly hydrated.
(Video: Grilled Carrots)
Conversation flowed freely as folks feasted on entrees including grilled carrots with Mondo-infused avocado crema, and forbidden rice risotto, paired with Canndescent Connect, a perfect strain for the intimate vibe of the evening. To finish off the banquet, Axum infused coffee and dessert were served family style. Rhubarb with blueberries, coconut cream and meringue and a tres leches cake were paired with Canndescent Create, sending guests off into the night with the perfect lift.
Civilized Studios filmed the event to launch the new series, “Flour & Flower,” that explores the myriad ways in which chefs are combining cannabis and cuisine. On this 4/20, we hope people will be inspired by the notion that our favorite day of the year can include culinary traditions that go beyond Cheetos and Coke, and create a plant-based menu that celebrates truly loving the leaf.
(Video: Tres Leches)
Photo Credit: @Nicolelizabethphotograph