The website Feastly is known as a meal-sharing website, connecting adventurous diners with enthusiastic home chefs who want to cook for such people in their homes. A look at its local offerings shows a brunch from the Indian state of Maharashtra, a Spanish Sherry feast, and a Northwest Malaysian Tasting Menu. But this Saturday, a class is happening in San Francisco for a different type of adventurous diner: those who want to learn how to make “Cannabutter,” or butter infused with marijuana that lacks the overly herbaceous – in a bad way – taste of weed.
Feastly co-founder Noah Karesh said he believes this is the first such class to be offered to the public on such a platform (Feastly has several rivals, such as EatWith) and he couldn’t be more proud.
“We’re really trying to push the boundaries of food and what you can do with it,” he said from New York (though Feastly is headquartered in San Francisco).
“We see Feastly as a place for chefs and people in the culinary world to showcase their craft, whatever that might be,” said Karesh. “It’s a canvas for food experiences, so this is a great example of people thinking outside the box.”
The class being offered on Saturday, which still has room available, is by a New York-based man who goes by the moniker JeffThe420Chef. And forgive me for giving into stereotypes, but he sounds nothing like the stoner dude chef I imagined, he is much more the fast-talking New Yorker. By day, he is vice president of sales for a fashion company, but flies out to various places (especially Colorado and California) to make edibles for people who want them, as well as do full dinner parties with marijuana as the starring ingredient. This is the first time he’s teaching how to make “CannaButter,” and note to anyone thinking of enrolling, you must have a valid California Medical Marijuana card to participate, as well as bring your own eighth of marijuana; none will be sold or given away at the class. I.D.s will be rigorously checked, and registration papers will be signed.