Chef bringing cannabis-infused dinner club to Victoria next month
A unique food event is set to land in Victoria next month, and while there's no alcohol – you might still leave with a buzz.
Vancouver-based chef Travis Petersen is the name behind private dinner parties that have featured some of the biggest names in the culinary world.
But in May, Petersen is hosting a different kind of fine dining experience in B.C's capital: a three-day pop-up dinner club where every dish is getting a dash of THC.
"It's socially acceptable and it's something people have never done before," Petersen told CTV News. "It's going to be a private sort of in-home little pop-up dinner club we're doing."
The dinner will take three seatings a day of eight people, and cannabis enthusiasts in Victoria are already booking their spots for a one-of-a-kind experience.
"I'm just really excited to see how he does the fusion, I'm excited to see what the dosing is like, and I'm sure we're all going to have a really good sleep after that dinner," said Ashley Abraham, an employee at the Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club.
But Island Health isn't stoked on the idea. Marijuana hasn't been legalized yet, so it's warning that "until the federal legislation changes, food premises that prepare, sell and/or distribute marijuana edibles are not in compliance with the Food Premises Regulation and Public Health Act."
The health authority is also expressing concern with the pop-up, saying food that's being sold needs to be prepared in a commercial kitchen approved by Island Health.
Petersen says all the prep for the dinner will be done in a commercial kitchen in Vancouver.
"I've seen another chef come into Vancouver from the states do something similar, and I just felt it was time to get going with this," he said.
The chef, who previously competed on MasterChef Canada, has high hopes for the concept.
"Since sort of announcing we were going to do this in Vancouver, the emails have been flooding in saying 'When are you coming to our city?'"
The event takes place over the course of three days starting May 18. Petersen will also take it to Kelowna and Vancouver.