Richmond chefs share advice on how to cook with marijuana

Posted at 12:48 PM, Jul 05, 2021

RICHMOND, Va. -- On July 1, 2021, Virginia's marijuana laws changed making it legal in Virginia to grow up to four marijuana plants per household and possess up to an ounce of the drug.

While smoking may be the most well-known way to experience marijuana, it is not the only way.

Chefs Nikki Gregory and Paul Polk, who own Charlotte's Southern Deli and Tapas in downtown Richmond, appeared on the Eat It, Virginia podcast to discuss how best to use marijuana as a cooking ingredient.

"You were to have a party, everyone's level is not the same. Everyone's tolerance isn't the same. You don't want to have people slumped in your restaurant," Gregory said.

"It's like I need you to get the hell out of the house at some point," Polk added.

"Right? So like, we're planning a menu, we'd probably put it very light, find a strain that had probably lighter notes to get the party started," Gregory continued "And then, the second course maybe has something a little bit more in it. And then you can control how you would put it on. Like if you wanted more sauce, then you could get higher by just having more sauce."

They also shared their plans to incorporate it into future menus and business ventures.

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