Symphony for the Senses / Emerald Exchange / Malibu / August 12-13 / Tickets
HERB, a first-of-its-kind cannabis restaurant by The Herbal Chef™ Christopher Sayegh, will make it’s debut this August 12th and 13th in a series of dinner and brunch dining services at the fourth installment of Emerald Exchange [“EmEx”] “The Summer of Sun-Grown”, a cannabis farmer’s market and wellness festival. Michelin trained chefs leave behind the stuffy confines of the classic kitchen and re-imagine a new style of fine dining, featuring a 5-course meal comprised of fresh produce, outstanding culinary talent and a full sensory experience for the canna-curious foodie. After years of trial and error, edible after edible, The Herbal Chef team brings EmEx guests the perfect balance of cannabis and cuisine as part of a sneak preview to HERB, the first ever brick and mortar cannabis restaurant slotted to open in the LA-area late 2018.
Sayegh, who has a background in molecular science which enables him to understand the chemistry of cannabis, describes the luxury cannabis dining service as a “cerebral experience” meant to introduce more than just a high. “There are terpene (plant) extracts in my centerpieces creating tantalizing aromas, guests are surrounded by art stimulating thoughtful conversation, so now it becomes an immersive experience where you are present in the dining experience,” says Sayegh. “You’re eating with a different perception with each bite, with each course. You’re literally changing your brain chemistry and you are viewing this food differently than you did five minutes ago, and then 10 minutes ago, it’s a journey of sensory pleasures.”
In a captivating atmosphere, this multi-course duet of THC-infusions by Jetty Extracts and gourmet food with kitchen setup by Julabo, all takes place outdoors on a scenic, 17-acre ranch in Malibu, California. Cannabis flower is provided by 3C Farms along with cannabinoid (CBD) water.
Emerald Exchange guests will choose from four separate dining services as festival ticket add-ons including Saturday Dinner at 6 p.m. & 8 p.m. and Sunday Brunch at 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. With full bellies and relaxed bodies, guests will be asked to partake in a post-dinner ‘Decompression Lounge’ sponsored by Fontera and Get Higher Beauty – a concept that will be implemented with playful luxury at the future HERB restaurant – which helps ease the mind and balances everyone before sending them back out into the festival environment (or world) to experience everything else Emerald Exchange has to offer.
In a rapidly growing industry (U.S. cannabis sales expected to hit $22.8 billion annually by 2020), Christopher Sayegh continues to change the landscape for cannabis-infused cuisine worldwide. Sayegh and The Herbal Chef team played an active and vocal role as new CA recreational cannabis regulation was being put forth in efforts to pave way for the HERB restaurant reality. Not only is The Herbal Chef creating a dining experience that is completely new to the culinary world, the team is also setting an industry standard across the globe for what a cannabis restaurant should be. From the systems of operation, to the care of each and every guest, the attention to detail is unprecedented in what can only be known as a landmark in culinary revolution.
CANNABIS FARMER’S MARKET SHOWCASING NORTHERN CALIFORNIA’S TOP SUN-GROWN CANNABIS CULTIVATORS
ELEVATED CANNABIS INDUSTRY NETWORKING & EDUCATIONAL SPEAKERS SERIES
WELLNESS VILLAGE FEATURING SPA ACTIVITIES & HEALING WORKSHOPS
MUSIC FESTIVAL, INFUSED DINING & INCREDIBLE COMMUNITY EXPERIENCE