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February 5, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Munchies? Restaurant tour operator adds cannabis events

File photo of Bryce Lathrop with restaurant tour customers/Suzi Pratt

Photo of Bryce Lathrop with customers/Suzi Pratt

Munchies, anyone? Bryce Lathrop of White Mustache Urban Adventures, the food-loving “gastro-guide” who we profiled last year for his personalized food tours of Seattle, is adding a “high-end all-inclusive marijuana adventure” to his special events.

“Are you going to call it the “Weed & Feed Tour”? a Facebook fan asked.

With the first one set for — you can groan, now — 4/20, Lathrop’s arranging a multi-day event involving a cooking class with both sweet and savory items containing marijuana, plus “behind the scenes access to dispensaries, head shops, and grow facilities,” with a promise of lots of food & goodies to be consumed “responsibly and legally.” As with the food tours, Lathrop and his guides will be driving participants between every stop.

“There is zero reason for these people to have to drive or do anything; I’m tucking them in at the hotel at the end of the evening,” he said — following a late-night snack stop at a place like Loretta’s Northwesterner in South Park or, heck, maybe Dick’s Drive-In. Cost for the multi-day tour, including three nights in a “5-star Seattle downtown hotel,” is set at (repeat head-smack) $1420.

Lathrop, whose tour business now covers Portland and Vancouver, B.C., said he’s been contacted at least weekly by potential customers interested in a pot tour since Seattle voters legalized marijuana. He does a variety of other special & themed events, like a “Musical Plates” tour pairing food with live music, and a celebration for a client on a liquid diet, but kept turning the cannabis idea down. Finally, he said, one client showed him wildly successful similar ventures in Denver, which also has legalized marijuana. He decided to give it a go. It’s also a way to keep his licensed limousine company busy during the off hours, as most food tours run in the evenings.

“Denver is really trying to pitch themselves as the new Amsterdam, so I’m sure Seattle’s going to do it too. I was just really wanting to be the first,” he said.

While he’s pitching this tour to travelers, locals — as with his restaurant tours — are already asking on his Facebook page about scaled-down trips aimed at Seattleites, which he expects to eventually add.

It’s “high times ahead” for the business, he punned.

The only caveat for the pot tour, he said, is whether the state licenses will be delayed beyond the expected dates. If even one or two dispensaries are open by April, he expects it to be a go.

Beyond the timing of the licenses, he doesn’t expect any legal hurdles. “I’m not buying and selling marijuana…” he said.

“It’s relationships and stories. It’s exactly the same things I’ve been doing.”

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