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Photo by Marcia Gagliardi

Hop on Pot

Bon vivant foodie Tablehopper leaps into cannabis with the new low-dose edibles venture mymilligram, meant for ‘a microdoser in a heavy-hitter world.’

San Francisco’s hippest food-and-dining blog just launched a new spinoff that adds more than a dash of herb. The wildly popular restaurant scene e-column Tablehopper has been an invaluable set of ears to the ground for local dining and bar gossip, reviews, travel guides, and celebrity sightings for more than 10 years. But now, Tablehopper is jumping into the edible marijuana game with mymilligram, a new blog and weekly newsletter that’s sure to give you the munchies.

“The intersection of food and beverage and cannabis is my idea of heaven,” the Tablehopper herself, Marcia Gagliardi, tells SF Evergreen. “With mymilligram, I’m taking everything I’ve learned the past 15 years as a restaurant columnist about how I assess food and drink, and applying that to cannabis.”

Tablehopper is a cult-hit institution that’s been around longer than Twitter, Instagram, or even smartphones. “I’ve been emailing the Tablehopper column out every Tuesday for 12 years — since 2006!” Gagliardi says. “Now I’ve moved to biweekly in order to have enough time to write and publish mymilligram on Thursdays.”

While there is a mymilligram website, you get more nuggets of cannabis cuisine conversation in the weekly newsletter. That newsletter includes product features and tips on events or “enhanced” cultural activities, while the website posts one new feature weekly on low-dose edible products, or powders and tinctures that add a little zing to your food.

Tablehopper’s imprint has been all over the Bay Area dining scene with much more than just her influential (and extremely sassy) website. Gagliardi is a regular contributor on KQED radio, has moderated panels with Chef Jacques Pépin, and published The Tablehopper’s Guide to Dining and Drinking in San Francisco. Her over-the-top, after-hours dinner parties for chefs are an industry legend, and she’s a repeat  SF Weekly “Best Of San Francisco” award winner as Best Local Source for Food Porn.

“As I like to joke, I’m eating for thousands!” Gagliardi says. “I also warn people that my Instagram feed
@tablehopper will get you fat.”

But her new cannabis venture is not for packing fatties, it’s for those who seek low-dose thrills. “As a born-and-raised Northern Californian, cannabis is part of our food and life pyramid here,” she says. “But over the years, cannabis just got way too strong for me and I stopped enjoying consuming it.

“A friend turned me on to CBD a few years ago,” GagIiardi remembers. “I started using a cannabis olive oil, Pot d’Huile, which is entirely measurable, and realized I could be in charge of dialing in my dosage and feeling really good at 5 mg.

“I realized I’m a microdoser in a heavy-hitter world,” she adds. “I didn’t see anyone talking to the canna-curious audience the way I wish someone was talking to me a few years ago when I started exploring.”

“I’d go into a dispensary and a budtender would be trying to sell me the highest-THC flower and potent edibles. I’m like, ‘Uh, what’s your weakest shit?’ They’d look at me incredulously.”

Mymilligram acts as a curated clearinghouse for gourmet microdose edible recommendations, and also methods to “micro-adjust” products for stress relief or creativity. “Low and slow doesn’t just have to be for beginners. It can actually be the way to access and enjoy cannabis daily and long-term,” says Gagliardi. “You don’t need a lot to enjoy the many benefits of the plant.”

Naturally, the mymilligram site and newsletter launched around 4/20 this year. But the official launch party was just last week at Dogpatch hotspot The Midway, with an array of (non-infused) offerings like pizza bianca from chef Liza Shaw and coconut gelato from Gio Gelati.

“I was calling it my canna food rave,” she says. “I wanted the launch event to be a feast for the senses and really bring the electricity and energy of the mymilligram brand to life.

“It was the last week of the She Bends show at The Midway Gallery, so the party featured a backdrop of 32 provocative pieces of neon art by female benders, with music by Micropixie — I mean, perfect, right? — a spatial audio listening experience, projections throughout the space, and 12 tables of top cannabis product sponsors providing unmedicated bites and education.”

Even if you missed that event, mymilligram still has plenty of edible goodness insights and tips on reliable microdosing.

“I’m here to be a trusted guide for the canna-curious,” Tablehopper tells us. “I really care about how things are grown, sourced, and made. I’ll only be featuring high-quality and low-dose products in mymilligram that I believe in, enjoy, and am confident about their quality and measurability.”

And Tablehopper herself will handpick you a theme box of edible treats, or even hook you up with a recurring subscription to a new box of her favorite new edible releases each month.

“I’ve partnered with Sava on local delivery and fulfillment here in the Bay Area,” she says. “They carry the mymilligram curated boxes, which include my favorite products and my guide for beginners to explore their dosage while going low and slow.”

For a deeper dive into tiny doses, Tablehopper is also hosting a new in-person educational event series to work you through the ins and outs of infused edibles.

“The first one was on microdosing and walking guests through the products in the mymilligram boxes,” she says. “I’m hosting a second one at the end of June — subscribe for deets!”

By subscribe, she means to her weekly newsletter which you can sign up for at mymilligram.com (after checking a box assuring you’re at least 21 years of age). That weekly dose of microdosing serves up the same wit as the Tablehopper blog you’ve loved a long time, with great advice for the softcore marijuana fan.

“So many people have had traumatic and overwhelming experiences with cannabis in their past, and paranoia is a common lament,” Gagliardi says. “It doesn’t have to go down like that. Especially if you’re dealing with pain, anxiety, issues sleeping, or just want to lighten up on the wine after work and try another way to unwind.

“Life is hard, especially right now in these crazy times,” she adds, “so I’d love to help guide people to some ease, feeling good, connection in a natural and low-dose way.”