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It’s 420 Somewhere

CBD is having a bit of a moment in the kitchen. Chefs are finding unique ways to add CBD-infused oils and tinctures to beverages, sauces and dressings, and even baked goods. 

“I am so passionate and excited that CBD is having movement,” says Chef Nettie Frank of Silver Whisk Catering. “This is a natural plant that gives our mind and body the strength and healing it needs. And we all need it more now than ever!”

Chef Nettie Frank will present a session on CBD during Catersource + The Special Event. Photo courtesy of the chef

Join Chef Nettie this May during Catersource + The Special Event (May 2–5 in Anaheim, CA) as she educates how to safely and healthfully infuse CBD into foods and beverage as a way to upscale your business and boost profit margins. 

“In this industry, the need for happy and healthy minds and bodies is crucial to be at our top performances forclients and customers,” Frank says.

“I have been cooking and baking with CBD for the past three years. Due to my own health issues that left me full of pain, anxiety, and depression, I was searching for something natural that would help me become myself again! It’s safe for my kids, my parents, and even my dog. Let me help show you quality verses low-end and how to use it and what it can do for you.”

A celebrity chef

What started as a little girl playing with ingredients in her parents’ kitchen has evolved into a nationally sought-after and recognized top chef. Frank has spent almost 20 years in the culinary industry. Frank began her professional training in 2002 when she attended The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Then returning to her home state of Utah to work alongside culinary artists at the prestigious Log Haven, the premiere Grand America Hotel, and renowned Snowbasin Ski Resort. 

CBD Pomegranate Guacamole. Photo courtesy of the chef

In 2006, Frank stepped out on her own to start Silver Whisk Catering. Providing delectable delights for weddings, corporate events, and high-profile clients. She has provided red carpet fare to celebrities at Project Angel Food in Los Angeles and served the cast of “Will & Grace” at CBS Studios.

Want to cook with or drink cannabis? Besides Chef Nettie Frank’s session, Infuse Your Business Profits with CBD, Catersource + The Special Event will offer two sessions looking at how to use its more potent cousin, THC.

  • Cannabis & Hospitality - How to safely and legally incorporate cannabis in events, presented by Tomer  Grassiani, Grassfed
    An overview guide on how to incorporate legal cannabis into events, covering everything from picking the right venue, to selecting the appropriate products for the occasion, to insurance, liability, and staffing. Providing you all the tools to oversee a classy, safe, and responsible cannabis experience for everyone at the event.
  • Cannabis Drinks - A new and exciting way to experience weed, presented by Dan Braunstein, Grassfed
    Drinks and events are historically intertwined. Everyone wants to hold a drink in their hand whether they are mingling, watching a live show, dancing, etc. With cannabis legalization on the rise, and over 21 states which approved adult use, you can also drink your cannabis (rather than smoking or eating it). With exciting new technologies and trends such as fast acting THC, minor cannabinoids, terpenes (which give cannabis its flavor and unique smells) there are plenty of ways, and flavors to drink your weed. Whether you are an alcohol drinker who is seeking a healthier alternative, or a cannabis smoker who is looking for a healthier consumption method, cannabis drinks are the newest and hottest trend in the industry.

Catersource + The Special Event will be held May 2-5 in Anaheim, CA.  Visit conference.catersource.com for all the details.

Frank launched Beyond Glaze Doughnuts with her father in 2008, winning a Best in Utah Doughnuts award for her gourmet treats that boasted a ‘No Sprinkles Allowed’ philosophy. That’s when she caught the eye of the Food Network, appearing on the first season of “Cake Wars” in 2015 and earning the respect of top chefs and the adoration of a national audience. 

Her on-camera experience doesn’t stop there, Frank is also a well-known food stylist working with companies like Frigo Cheese and Santa Monica Seafood, a frequent guest on Utah television shows “Good Things Utah” and BYU’s “Dinner Takes All.” But her favorite moments are spent where it all started, back in her own kitchen teaching budding chefs on her YouTube channel Chef Nettie Frank.

Cooking with CBD

CBD, which is short for cannabidiol, is said to add an herbal and earthy flavor to dishes, while also helping the body to relax, without the mind-altering effects of THC.  

Fresh Strawberry Mint Scones with a CBD Glaze. Photo courtesy of the chef

One way to use CBD is to infuse it in olive oil. An added bonus is that the oils can also be infused with other flavors, such as lemon, which will result in a complex fruity flavor profile, with an herbal backbone. 

Additional uses for CBD can include: using a CBD-infused oil to top off a salad; add a few drops from a CBD tincture to a beverage; incorporate CBD oils into sauces, like pesto, drizzled over pasta; or used to make a red wine reduction to serve over steak. 

Don’t miss Chef Nettie Frank during Catersource + The Special Event, and your chance to hear all the buzz about cooking with CBD. 

Orange CBD Scones

Ingredients

1 orange
½ cup granulated sugar
3 ml plus an additional 1 ml CBD (Liv Labs Brand)
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 T baking powder
1 tsp kosher salt
2 cups heavy cream
1½ cups powdered sugar

Method

  1. Using a zester zest ¾ of the orange in a large bowl. Add sugar and rub zest and sugar together.
  2. Add CBD to sugar and zest, rub together.
  3. Add flour, baking soda and salt to the mixture, stir all together.
  4. Pour heavy cream on flour mixture and mix until combined. Don’t over mix!
  5. Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface until ½ inch thick. Cut into triangles or desired shape. Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 20–22 minutes.
  6. Make glaze while waiting for the scones to bake.
  7. In a small bowl, finish zesting orange and juice the orange. Add powdered sugar and additional CBD, whisk together until it is a creamy glaze. Drizzle on top of hot scones.

Everything Bagel CBD Cucmbers

Ingredients

1 ea. English cucumber (or a bell pepper)
8 oz whipped cream cheese
2 ml CBD (Liv Labs Brand)
2 ea. green onions, chopped
2 T Everything Bagel seasoning

Method

  1. Cut cucumber in half lengthwise and core out the seeds, cut into 2-inch pieces.
  2. In a medium bowl combine whipped cream cheese, chopped green onions and CBD. Stir until fully mixed together.
  3. Spread CBD cream cheese mixture onto cucumbers. Sprinkle Everything bagel seasoning on top.

Fresh CBD Peach Caprese

Ingredients

2 ea. peaches, diced small
8 oz pack fresh mozzarella pearls
2 Roma tomatoes, diced small
10 fresh basil leaves, chopped
2 ml CBD (Liv Labs Brand)
¼ tsp pepper
½ tsp kosher salt
2 T balsamic glaze 

Method

1. In a medium bowl combine all ingredients. Place on top of toasted bread, grilled chicken or fish.

Amber Kispert

Content Producer

Amber is the Content Producer for Catersource. Amber previously worked as a Communications Specialist for LeClair Group and a reporter for the Woodbury Bulletin, both located in Woodbury, Minn.  As a self-described "foodie," Amber loves to experience the world of food and beverages, and is excited to help share the stories of Catersource and the world's caterers.