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in you are served plant-based wine and hors d'oeuvres and there aren’t a lot of people, so you feel like you are part of something intimate. I know feeling good is the first step to healing, whether it be emotional or physical, because it’s all connected.” The second objective for her 4&Twenty dinners is education. “We want to educate people about CBD and plant-based food. I want to show people you can have plant-based food that tastes amazing – that it is just not a chicken sandwich on a plate.” So far educating people about CBD has been the toughest part of organizing the dinners. Dougan often has to walk people through what CBD is “because it is still very scary to people. I didn’t think that was going to be an issue at all and I think that’s because I am in the industry and I love the plant so much. So, it feels kind of weird to me that people still look at it as if it’s something that’s bad.” For the second 4&Twenty dinner Dougan held, she decided to create educational handouts outlining the benefits of CBD for diners. “We actually had to point out what the health benefits of CBD were at the October event because some people are cool with CBD, but some people are still nervous about it. People just want reassurance that that they aren’t gonna be high and that they will pass their drug test. “Once you communicate with people and give them the information then they can make their own decisions. Some people are going to explore it, and some people will not for whatever reason. It just may not be for them. My job is just to give information and knowing in my heart this information will help to heal the body and if you choose to take it great and if not, then good luck with those medications,” she says with a laugh. Dougan tells diners that as a result of the meals which she infuses with CBD isolate powder “they are going to feel relaxed, especially the next day. More so because the event is at night and the CBD does take a couple of hours to maneuver through the body, so we tell them the next day you are going to wake up and you are going to feel good. Even in the evening as you start to slumber you will be able to sleep easier.” In addition to spreading the gospel of CBD, Dougan is trying to show people you can heal your body with plant-based food and it can taste good. “I want to show people you can have plant-based food that can taste amazing,” says the self-taught chef. “I have been a plant-based chef for 17 years, so I had to learn how to cook when we didn’t have the alternatives and we couldn’t buy vegan cheese because there were none on the shelves. You had to learn how to make your own cheese. I make all my sauces, all my cheeses. I try to make everything from scratch as much as possible.” Dougan, who is a restaurateur, opening Simply Vegan restaurant in the Container Park five years ago with a second location set to open during the first quarter of 2019, is adamant about the ingredients being as important a component of the experience as CBD. “They both go hand in hand,” she explains. “Just to give people that experience of not only having CBD infused in your food but to have real plants on your plate and not something that was made in a laboratory. I am not downing these

Scenes from the 4&Twenty dining experience held at The Doyle event space in Downtown Las Vegas in October, which had a coast-to-coast theme of Four Corners of the U.S. photography by George Foskaris

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