Chef Marc Marrone of Graffiti Bao crafted the mouthwatering, THC-imbued foods served at the recent four-course dinner, hosted by Lowell Herb Co. in outdoor tents next to NuWu Cannabis Marketplace. (Photo Courtesy Lowell Herb Co.)
What’s next in cannabis business trends in 2020? Rustic yet sophisticated, sit-down, multi-course cannabis-infused meals, according to experts from MJBizCon, a Marijuana Business Conference.
Recently, Lowell Herb Co. presented a four-course meal infused with high-grade cannabis in an elegant pop-up dining space in outdoor tents next to NuWu Cannabis Marketplace — the largest cannabis dispensary in the world, founded in October 2017 by the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe.
Given its location on Tribal land in historic downtown Las Vegas, it’s also the only dispensary legally able to allow public consumption in Sin City. NuWu Cannabis Marketplace sprawls across 15,800 square feet on Native American land, offering customers the convenience of a drive-thru window — the first of its kind in the world. In October 2019, the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe opened Nevada’s first marijuana tasting lounge, located at its original NuWu Cannabis Marketplace. (And, to offer a 360-degree view of the Tribe’s portfolio of cannabis businesses: In early 2019 the Tribe debuted a second NuWu Cannabis Marketplace, roughly a third of the size of its original cannabis megastore, in the northwest valley of Las Vegas, also featuring a 24-hour drive-thru.)
NuWu’s Vegas Tasting Room offers a sample “flight” to patrons looking to try before they buy. That also makes NuWu and the Vegas Tasting Room the ideal location for events like those hosted by the Lowell Cafe brand.
Given NuWu’s ample space on sovereign land to set the ambiance, the rustic yet elegant outdoor scene — complete with wood tables beneath string lights — complimented the vibe.
“There is an entire[ly] new group of consumers who wants that laid back, relaxed experience,” said David Elias of this new cannabis trend. “It’s not smoke in your face. It’s not everyone on top of each other. It’s not packed with the most people possible in a small space. It’s really about embracing what we’ve created with the Lowell brand and making the next move.”
As Benzinga reported, more Lowell Cafe pop-up dinners will take place throughout 2020.
Given the the limitations of various states and municipalities, he’s in talks with NuWu management for more Vegas events on Tribal land. Stay tuned.