Chris Sayegh, a.k.a. The Herbal Chef, built what might be the world’s largest gingerbread edible. Is it a gingerbread house? “No,” he laughs, “it’s more like a gingerbread village. There’s a lake. There’s a chocolate swamp. There’s a mountain range. There’s a river that has cannabis soda coming out of it. There’s a crashed UFO. There are houses, a giant Christmas tree.”
In the spirit of the holidays, Sayegh and several cannabis companies are giving back to the community with a massive gingerbread party Tuesday night at the A&R Bar in Santa Monica, California. The December 20 event, titled Spread Good Cheer, is open to anyone of legal age, and proceeds from the $40 tickets benefit the Oakland warehouse fire victims. Individuals interested in attending the event should request tickets at Julian@theherbalchef.com.
The Pot Pie host had this idea in his head for a long time, but putting the village together took nearly a week. Sayegh continues, “We were planning it out logistically for a few days and then it took us three days to build everything and sculpt the landscape. We had to bake all the cake and gingerbread, make all of the figurines out of fondant. After that we had to paint everything with edible paint.”
Of course, when Sayegh says “edible” paint, it has a double meaning: The paint is both safe to eat and infused with cannabis. In fact, everything in the village is “edible” in both ways except for the fondant, which was not infused. The gingerbread village also includes items from popular edible companies like Kushy Punch, Dr. Norm’s, Jetty Extracts, Kiva, Pura Vida and Défoncé, among others.
“I haven’t done a sculpture this big before,” he admits. “This was a very ambitious task considering I’m more focused on the savory side of food, but it worked out really well. I really can’t remember ever making a gingerbread house in my life, so we just had fun with it.”