The first public, full-service medical marijuana kitchen in the United States is opening October 5th in Tempe, Arizona. Operated by Tempe’s Mint Dispensary, the kitchen will offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as snacks, including a wide variety of cannabis-infused food and beverages. Although a medical marijuana card will be required for all patrons, the wide selection rivals that of any restaurant.
“While pre-packaged, shelf-stable food items have been available at dispensaries, this is the first time that patients will have access to fresh foods that are prepared on-site with a customized dose of cannabis,” read a statement. “The new kitchen will offer a complete menu of artisan burgers, pastas, pizza, and other delicious cannabis-infused meals that patients can order to go. The new kitchen will also have a barista, a juice bar, gelato, and a wide assortment of pastries.
“Available in customized doses ranging incrementally from 10 mg and up, the breakfast/snack menu includes Blueberry Muffins, Apple Fritters, Donut Holes, Raspberry Linzer Bars, Scones and Banana Bread, which are all available individually or in combination with coffee. For lunch and dinner, patients can choose from Artisan Burgers, Hatch Chile Macaroni & Cheese, Street Tacos, Fries and Pizza.”
Executive Chef Carylann Principal, a cancer survivor, and classically trained chef is helming the kitchen. “Our kitchen is one of a kind,” said Chef Principal. “It’s a place where art meets science. In addition to understanding the variety of flavors that different cannabis strains can add to any dish, we’re also carefully calculating customized cannabis doses. We’re not only delivering delicious and fresh foods, but we’re also meeting the often-complex nutritional needs of patients who are living with a wide range of illnesses.”
“Our industry continues to evolve at an exponential pace,” said Eivan Shahara, CEO of The Mint Dispensary. “We saw a large unmet need from patients who were regularly visiting our dispensary; they were looking to access fresh and healthy cannabis-infused foods. We know that the right kinds of healthy foods can help people to battle a variety of illnesses, from cancer and epilepsy to Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. We’re using our knowledge about food and nutrition to help patients in their search for fresh, healthy snacks and infused meals.”
Catering services for ‘medicated’ events, as well as functions such as weddings, birthdays, and even funerals, will be offered beginning in mid-November They also intend to offer home delivery and specially made holiday meals for Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Years Eve/New Years Day.