The Clever Root

Spring / Summer 2016

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1 0 | t h e c l e v e r r o o t The Godzilla Platter at Sake Rok in Las Vegas. WHAT'S NEW, What's Hot Looking to stay on top of the latest food trends across the country? Here are a few selections of restaurant openings you won't want to miss: New York, NY Momofuku Nishi: Restaurant scion David Chang opens up the newest Momofuku outpost in Chelsea with his take on Italian food, Asian-style. Austin, TX Emmer & Rye: French Laundry alum Kevin Fink opens up this con- temporary American joint on Austin's bustling Rainey Street, sourc- ing local produce, using whole animals and in-house milled organic heirloom grain. Portland, OR 180: This season's hottest dessert—the churro—comes in its Spanish form, xurros, served with drinking chocolate, coffee, or a variety of tempting dipping sauces. Miami, FL River Yacht Club: Set sail on the high seas at this exclusive yacht club cum restaurant, with a seafood-filled menu and a lounge where you can sip cocktails while perusing multi-million dollar VonDutch motor yachts. Washington, D.C. Espita Mezcaleria: Certified Master Mezcalier Josh Phillips and his wife Kelly opened up this mezcal-themed restau- rant with tortillas ground and pressed in-house, over 80 different small-batch mezcals and seven different kinds of mole. Las Vegas, NV Sake Rok: Chef Bobby Silva puts a twist on Japa- nese cuisine that's part sushi, part sake and part spectacle with live shows and other entertainment. New Orleans, LA Cavan: NOLA-based LeBlanc + Smith opened up this "American coastal restaurant" that focuses largely on classic seafood dishes done well, with oysters, gumbo, and seared Gulf fish under the watchful eye of chef Ben Thibodeaux. SABIN ORR Mole Coloradito at Washington D.C.'s Espita Mezcaleria. REY LOPEZ INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT History Today On May 24, 1976, American wines made history. Called the Judgment of Paris, this wine competition on saw French judges conduct two blind tasting comparisons: one of top Chardonnays and the other of Bordeaux vintages from France and Cabernet Sauvignon vintages from California. The top three winners in the red wine category were the Bay Area's Stag's Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. 1973, Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello 1971, and Heitz Cel- lar Martha's Vineyard 1970. Today, for $125, Michelin-starred La Toque at the Westin Napa Valley will offer 3 oz. pours using the restaurant's Coravin wine preservation system of the current vintages from the winners: Stag's Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. 2012, Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello 2012 and Heitz Cellar Martha's Vineyard 2010. Out Of The Woods & Into The Future The Elevated Cannabis Compliance Con- ference in Sonoma County, California, was attended by over 400 individuals looking to gain knowledge about the legal cannabis industry's future rules and regulations as brought forth by the three bills that make up the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act: AB-266, AB-243, and SB-643. This con- ference was designed with the intention of educating and informing canna-businesses— large and small—about current and future legislation involving cannabis production, distribution and sales in California. The opening keynote speech by Jim Wood, Assemblyman and author of AB-243 and AB- 21, set the tone for the weekend and con- firmed what most have been saying all along: change is happening now, with or without you. Session after session, ELEVATED speaker workshop panels brought insightful and valuable information for navigating any sector of the cannabis industry into a legal and viable business. –Seth Doulton Jim Wood, Assemblyman and author of bills AB-243 and AB-21, speaks at the Elevated Cannabis Compliance Conference in Sonoma County, California. ■cr

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