David Bienenstock produces and hosts videos for VICE, and served as a field producer on an episode of the Emmy Award-winning VICE on HBO documentary series. He's also the director of the bestselling cannabis cultivation DVD of all time.
BONG APPETIT PRESENTS
Nonna Marijuana's Italian Feast
Conceived and Produced by David Bienenstock
In the first episode of VICE Munchie's new cannabis cooking show, Bong Appetit, host Matt Zimbric heads to a secret Californian medical marijuana garden run by Nonna Marijuana, a 91-year-old grandmother who cooks classic Italian with a twist. Using buds grown by her own daughter, Nonna teaches Matt a foolproof method for infusing cannabis into butter, then guides him through preparing Chicken "Pot-cciatore" and gnocchi in ganja butter. Along the way, she explains how and why she recommends medical marijuana to those in need—without ever getting high on her own supply. Matt, on the other hand, may regret going back for seconds.
VICE 'WEED DINNER' AT HUNTER S. THOMPSON'S HOUSE
Produced by David Bienenstock
To celebrate marijuana legalization in Colorado, VICE columnist David Bienenstock traveled to Aspen, to attend a legal seminar hosted by the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws—America's oldest and largest group dedicated to legalizing cannabis. And since the late Hunter S. Thompson was one of NORML's earliest and most consistent supporters, what better way to embrace the sweet smell of herbal liberation in the Rocky Mountain State than by throwing a small victory party at Owl Farm—the author and advocate's home and “fortified compound” in Woody Creek—featuring an appropriately over-the-top pairing of fully legal cannabis and high-end cuisine?
Pulling this off required first and foremost the permission and kind hospitality of Anita Thompson, Hunter Thompson's widow, who resides at Owl Farm and keeps a close eye on her dearly departed husband's literary legacy. Then, to handle the culinary and scientific feat of preparing a multi-course marijuana-infused meal of the highest order, we partnered Chef Chris Lanter of Aspen hotspot Cache Cache with cannabis-infusion expert Tamar Wise, former head of science at the world's largest marijuana edibles company.
In all, we infused four different oils, using four different ganja strains, for use in four different preparations (three savory and one dessert), with a joint of each strain set aside for smoking. All served to a highly select group of heads at Owl Farm, including NORML's founder, and Hunter S. Thompson's close friend, Keith Stroup—our guest of honor. And now, it's time to: Buy the ticket, take the ride...
JORGE CERVANTES' ULTIMATE GROW DVD SERIES
Directed by David Bienenstock
Since 1983, acclaimed international cannabis cultivation writer Jorge Cervantes has sold over 850,000 copies of his authoritative book Indoor Marijuana Horticulture, while contributing common sense advice about marijuana growing to dozens of publications worldwide.
Shot on location in gardens and growrooms around the world, Jorge Cervantes Ultimate Grow brought this expert advice to life for the first time, taking viewers step-by-step from seeds to stash in high style. Following a second successful stand-alone DVD title, and a collector's edition box set, it remains by far the best-selling marijuana instructional video of all time.
Jorge's Guide to Amsterdam
“When it comes time to cough up your money in the coffeeshop, the product will be weighed in grams and the price will be paid in Euros. Since you're likely unfamiliar with both these units of measure, and definitely stoned, things can get a bit confusing at checkout time.”
Jorge's Ultimate Grow Box Set Trailer
“In my first DVD, I guided you from seed to harvest. This time I want to take you on a garden tour of my home country, Spain. We'll grow indoors, outdoors, hydro, and organic. We'll even visit a guerilla garden hidden away in the remote countryside.”