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A Legal Hemp Dinner Pops Up in Austin for SXSW

Local laws mean Christopher Sayegh’s diners won’t be getting high, however

A dish from the Herbal Chef
A dish from the Herbal Chef
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Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

The Herbal Chef, the California-based supper club that focuses on fine dining cannabis-infused meals, is coming to Austin for a pop-up dinner at Eden East during South by Southwest.

While Herbal’s chef Christopher Sayegh is known for using actual marijuana for its other pop-ups in cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco, the Austin dinner can only use hemp, the fiber of the cannabis plant that does not contain the psychoactive compound THC. Marijuana is currently only legal in Texas for very limited medical use in the form of cannabis oil with low THC but higher cannabidiol (aka CBD) levels, according to the Texas Compassionate Use Act.

The dinner is taking place with Eden East chef Sonya Cote and Eberly’s executive pastry chef Natalie Gazaui. The five-course prix fixe meal will include snacks and fermented dishes, with hemp involved. The dinners are meant to be laid-back and conversational, where people can learn more about hemp and its medical uses.

Reservations are required for the $85 dinner, taking place on Wednesday and Thursday, March 14 and 15 starting at 7 p.m. each evening.

Eden East

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