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A weed-infused pop-up dinner is coming to Chicago

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Stephanie Bernstein
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Next month, Herbal Notes—a Californian event company which hosts dinner parties, brunches and more to educate diners on marijuana—will bring cannabis to Chicago in the form of an upscale culinary experience, as first reported by Eater Chicago.

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Daniel Espinoza, executive chef of Lobo Rey, and Manny Mendoza, chef and founder of Herbal Notes, are behind the six-course meal, aptly titled Windy City High. Herbal Notes describes the event as a "communal dinner experience centered around culinary cannabis, genuine relationships and meaningful dialogue."

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According to its website, Herbal Notes' mission is to reduce the stigma around marijuana consumption and demonstrate ways to integrate certain strains into individuals' diets. The food is infused with Cannabidiol (CBD) extract that is lab-tested and processed to eradicate some of the grassy flavor usually associated with weed. CBD differs from THC because it doesn't cause users to feel "high," as it's the non-psychoactive part of the plant. CBD has been known to reduce anxiety and paranoia, and is often used in medicinal marijuana treatments.

Admission to the December 4 event includes a six-course infused meal cooked by Mendoza and Espinoza, cannabis-infused cocktails and Big Mich Micheladas. Tickets are $125 and include a take-home kit packed with weed-infused sauces and oils so you can begin cooking with cannabis at home.

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And no, marijuana isn't technically legalized in Illinois yet, but the brand is moving forward with the event regardless. The location for the dinner has not been chosen, but you can still request a reservation to the exclusive, 21+ event.

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