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Michigan Avenue - 2016 - Issue 2 - Late Spring - Anna Chlumsky

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66 PhotograPhy by Jennifer olson With her new line of chocolate brittles and granola bites, chef Mindy Segal is bringing her gourmet expertise to the world of marijuana edibles. James Beard award-winning chef Mindy Segal is generating serious Buzz with her new line of ediBle mariJuana treats. SUGAR HIGH The sweets world is old hat for Mindy Segal, whose 30-year career has taken her from a high- profile pastry chef gig at River North hot spot MK to a James Beard Award for Hot Chocolate, her 11-year-old Bucktown standby. So it's no wonder that Segal is energized about exploring a new frontier in the food game: lending her gourmet touch to a new line of marijuana edibles. "I haven't been this excited about an industry since craft beer boomed 10 years ago," enthuses Segal about the recent opening of Chicago's first medical marijuana dispensaries late last year. "I'm watching this thing grow, and I'm on the ground floor. I just love it." Befitting a chef known for smart creations like dark chocolate pavé with rosemary white hot fudge, Segal's edibles menu—which showcases single-bite brittles and granolas—features offerings like dark chocolate brittle with smoked almonds ("My favorite nut of all time," Segal laughs), crunchy toffee, and caramel; and pure white chocolate brittle with toasted pistachios and candied citrus. Segal acknowl- edges the challenge of achieving dosage consis- tency, but insists the work is worth it. "I'm here to make people happy," she says, "and this is just a great extension of that."  . SCENE Chef TAlk

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