In recent years, as legalization moves ever forward, cannabis-centric parties have become all the rage, letting event hosts and chefs take their skills mainstream.
However, with so many events taking place throughout California, they can start to feel repetitive and stale, lacking the uniqueness needed to leave guests with a lasting impression.
This saturation has created pressure for event hosts to stand out by providing guests with a more memorable experience, one filled with creativity, food and entertainment, all at a charming location. While the venue is one of the most important parts of a cannabis event, it’s also the most challenging for event hosts to make happen as most venues are not cannabis friendly.
So, how can an event producer do it bigger and better than the rest?
Throw a party on a yacht.
Chef Rudy of Cannabis Catered Events has thrown many events throughout the years. So when faced with the challenge of finding a new location, he thought back to one of his most memorable life experiences: getting married on a yacht.
Smoking cannabis on a yacht used to be a luxury experience only accessible by the rich and famous, so he sought out to make that lifestyle attainable to all. On July 6, with the help of Hustle and Hospitality Club, he launched High Seas, an elevated cannabis dinner and comedy show held on a three-story yacht in Newport Beach.
Co-hosted by comedian and former Bong Appetit host Abdullah Saeed, the evening started with a pre-boarding “smoke hour,” where guests indulged in appetizers, cannabis, and non-alcoholic drinks featuring terpenes by True Terpenes.
Chef Layla served bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with smoked gouda and caprese tortellini with the option to add CBD or THC-infused balsamic pesto. Once boarding began, High Seas guests were greeted on the first floor with non-infused food by Chef Buds and live painting by artist Rube Zilla. Tikum Olam and award-winning extract company Apex Extractions were on-site, sampling their products and sharing knowledge with guests. On the second floor, guests enjoyed pre-dinner tunes by DJ Joesh Savage, while others made their way to the rooftop, where consumption was allowed and encouraged.
Dinner was a joint effort, featuring plates by numerous chefs. The Hydroponic Chef, who recently launched CBD Meal Club, served CBD jambalaya, CBD mac ‘n cheese, and non-infused cornbread. Chef Frank of Left-handed Infusions, who has been making sushi for 15 years, let his expertise and creativity shine with three unique rolls: salmon nigiri, vegan roll made up of fruits, veggies and smoked pineapple sauce, and the “triple threat” made up of crab, spicy tuna, flamin’ hot Cheetos, eel sauce and citrus habanero sauce. Additionally, chicken, salad and pasta were served, ensuring each guest was well fed throughout the night.
Attention to detail at High Seas was a priority and it showed, as each dining room table featured thoughtfully planned centerpieces, including gold bongs and bottles of infused tea by Shane’s Tea.
During dinner, guests were treated to a live musical performance by Jasmine Rose followed by an entertaining lineup of comedians including host of The Healthy Gossip Podcast, Krystle Chats, Rivest Dunlap, Vanessa Johnston, and Neel Nanda who has performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Comedy Central and Viceland.
In addition to celebrity comedians, there were many notable guests onboard including pro-skaters Stevie Williams and Brandon Biebel, David Tran of Dope magazine, Chef J of Baby J’s Burgers, Daz Dillinger, Dutchess of Ink, Harrison Baum of Daily High Club, and Grace Lahlouh of Ganja Gold.
After dinner, vibes were high on the rooftop, as guests soaked in the view and indulged in vapes by Timeless Vapes and flower by Alien Labs. If anyone found themselves too high, CBD flower was on hand thanks to Fenix Flowers. The night concluded with delicious desserts by Chef Susney.
High Seas left guests elevated and satisfied and has raised the bar for all future cannabis events. Grace of Ganja Gold said it best, “What more could you ask for? Great company, great weed, great food — on a yacht!”
By Alice Moon
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