Her Canna Life Q&A: Chef Stacy Primack, Tarukino

Stacy Primack said:

“Women are excellent communicators with one another, and when the ladies get together, watch out cannabis world!”

Describe yourself and what you do.

I’m a Culinary Institute of America trained chef with 15 years of experience. I can fly by the seat of my pants sometimes, meaning I’m up for anything challenging, and I’ll try anything at least once. I also try to find the humor in everything. It’s important to laugh. My grandparents were always laughing!

For the past year and a half, I have been working for Tarukino, the incubator for Seattle products Happy Apple, Pearl2o, Velvet Swing, Utopia, and Vertus. Specifically, I have been working on recipe development for Pearl2o, curating two cookbooks that can be found on their website and a drink book.

I have also demonstrated its use in food and drinks for many events sponsored by companies such as Arcview, Have a Heart, Traveljoint, the DOPE cup awards, High Times, and my most recent partner Herbal Notes at a Seattle event. I’ve held food demonstrations for other chefs, as well as cannabis infused dinners and brunches showcasing Pearl2o.

What is your vision for your professional cannabis endeavors?

To create unique dining experiences for private parties and events. With nationwide legalization of cannabis on the horizon, it’s opening up opportunities for me to introduce cannabis infused cuisine in a safe and controlled way. With my background in fine dining, I can offer my years of experience using locally sourced produce, meats, and the freshest seafood.

The food is a progression of microdosed courses, safely giving guests a safe and happy high, rather than the anxiety filled experience sitting in-the-couch. I use a 1:1 ratio of THC to CBD. CBD acts as an equalizer to THC.

These events are tailored to fit individuals needs, whether it be dietary restrictions or that they are canna curious or new to cannabis. I have also catered to those who suffer from chronic pain, and this gives them the opportunity to share an experience with others and feel relaxed for a change.

In addition to the four- or five-course meal experiences, I invite an active member from the Cannabis community to join the group for an open discussion with guests where they can relate their experiences, help separate fact from fiction relative to the pertinent laws and pending legislation, offer suggestions about how to become a proactive member of the cannabis community, as well as a Q&A.

The experience is also supplemented with entertainment because the entire experience is, after all, centered around social enjoyment, so whether its a Hula Hoop fire dancer, a DJ, or a classically trained violinist playing a few tunes from Jay Z or Guns n’ Roses, the message is let’s REGALIZE!

What is your personal cannabis origin story?

When I lived in Hawai’i some years ago, a friend organized a “cookie” and movie party. Not thinking about the correct dosage or what would work, she simply threw some flower into the mix. Guests had NO idea what we were eating, nor was the taste enjoyable. We suffered a head high after an hour and it seemed to last an eternity. I couldn’t tell you if we watched the movie or stared at a blank screen.

No one knew what we were ingesting and nothing was regulated. Like going to a bar and asking for a glass of alcohol, both wine and Patron are alcohols, but each has a very different effect on your mind/body/coordination and so forth.

Today’s technology is rapidly integrating marijuana and modern medicine, so I’m elated to have the opportunity to work in this evolving industry.

Educating myself on cannabis and the positive effects it has on people with sickness, illness, and disease is a strong driving force for me, having lost close friends and family. If only I had known then what I know now, I may have been able to make those difficult last days suffered by my grandmother easier to endure, so that she would have been able to spend more quality time with those around her. She had breast cancer for 30 years, and ultimately died from colon cancer.

What is your Superpower?

I have the ability to make people laugh with my brand of self-deprecating humor! You never know what someone’s going through, or how their day is going. Walk down the street today and smile, and say hello to a random stranger. I promise that you just made their day a little bit better.

What has been your greatest obstacle in this industry or with your business to date?

It seems that every week, there is a new bump in the cannabis road created by state laws and regulations. Topping everyone’s list, with all of its medicinal benefits, is whether cannabis will ever be removed from the Schedule I Drug list? Even small, clearly innocuous things, such as wearing a marijuana-branded shirt in Massachusetts or having an illuminated sign outside a Connecticut dispensary, are now illegal.

Rapidly changing regulations spawn overnight, making it challenging to conduct a cannabis-based business.

For example, a cannabis business ordered 5000 units of beautiful packaging, and then suddenly the state requires new labeling. Money wasted. I find it particularly irritating to be working on developing a new product, learning that everyone loves it, but suddenly no more emulsion is allowed to leave the processing facility for you to use to promote the product.

What is your advice for women in the cannabis industry?

I have had the great fortune to work with more talented, enthusiastic, and just overall awesome women in the cannabis space than I ever would have imagined possible. Women are building each other up, sharing their stories, their experiences, and themselves more openly on the cannabis platform than I’ve seen in any other business forum.

I live in Chicago, and I am amazed at the progress the Illinois Women in Cannabis Community has made to expand the awareness of the Illinois Medical Cannabis – they are such a strong presence. In Florida, where I’ve lived and worked, I personally know many elderly folks who are sick of taking prescription pills for their various illnesses. I’ve just introduced one of these women, who suffers from schleroderma, to VFinity, a water soluble full spectrum CBD oil to restore balance in her everyday life.

Women are excellent communicators with one another, and when the ladies get together, watch out cannabis world!

Connect with Stacy Primack:

Personal Instagram: http://instagram.com/Pastrypants

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