Atlanta Canna Bistro Restaurant Owner Swan Simpson
Who else is a lover of all things cannabis related? As many of you know, we are 420 friendly here at TFF MAG AND we are huge advocated of the use of CBD for medicinal purposes. Earlier this month we had the opportunity to interview a FAB business owner by the name of Swan Simpson who owns Canna Bistro in Atlanta.
Swan is well versed in all things CBD but what truly sets her apart from the rest of the cannabis connoisseurs in her neighborhood is her ability to incorporate AMAZING upscale food choices with cannabis infused cooking components.
Swan has an interesting story to share with TFF readers. Enjoy, share with friends, and look up Canna Bistro next time you’re in Atlanta! www.CannaBistroAtlanta.com
TFF MAG: Tell us a little about yourself and how you got into the CBD business?
Swan Simpson: I have been a self taught vegan/vegetarian chef for 30 years. Back in 2015 I moved to Las Vegas where I discovered the wonders of medicinal cannabis - researched, consulted with medical professionals and scientists, and by 2018 I developed my own organic CBD product. Our oil is grown in Colorado and extracted using NO chemicals, and the final product has NO THC. We focus on the healthy of the CBD, not the high!
TFF: At what point did you decide you wanted to incorporate CBD into your recipes?
SS: I started experimenting last year (2017), perfecting the blends, the oils, the balance, the flavorings, and once I got that down, it was ON!
TFF: Tell us about your menu and some of the tasty food you offer that is infused with CBD.
SS: We offer organic smoothies, tonics, popcorn, and I can’t forget our famous and most popular Momma T’s Big A(ss) Brownie soaked in TN moonshine and infused with our very own Colorado grown organic pure CBD oil. It sells out at all events, people love it! Our other best seller is the Pineapple Mango Lemonade Tonic, only the best organic ingredients used and infused with our CBD oil of course!
TFF: Which of the items on your menu is your favorite and why?
SS: Momma T’s Big A brownie because it’s my great grandmother’s recipe including the Tennessee moonshine, and I give it my very own twist!
TFF: What have the ups and downs of business ownership been like for you?
SS: Being a black gay woman in the Cannabis space is filled with all kinds of challenges. Working with government agencies, the medical community, navigating the political waters, and the legal potholes (no pun intended! LOL), it’s an uphill battle but I am PASSIONATE and my reason for doing this is to show our community how you can let food be your medicine. There is so much that the government has not told the public about CBD that I have discovered on my own, and so many facts that need to get to the community about how healing CBD truly is.
TFF: Tell us a little about your media company and the motivational speaking you do as well.
SS: I’ve been publishing digital magazines for the last 5 years. One of those magazines, Black Moguls Magazine, has more than 30 million readers worldwide. I’ve written film and television shows also. The entertainment industry is still something I love, but food is my passion. I love to speak to the young people about their future, and how they are so vital to our community. I mentor LGBT youth and women who are looking for their brand identity in the entertainment space. I also work with incarcerated women or women who are just coming out of the prison industrial complex trying to find their way in a world that has completely changed since they have been locked away from it. Those things drive me, hearing their stories and sharing mine is part my life’s work.
TFF: Can you give some advice on how to stay motivated to our readers who aspire to be business owners?
SS: First thing is to determine your WHY. Because when things go wrong, AND THEY WILL, when money runs low, AND IT WILL, when people don’t support you, WHICH THEY WON’T, you need something to keep you going that is stronger than willpower. It has to pull you and keep you inspired. It’s also important to experiment and really find your audience, it may not be who you think it is and that could be why it’s not working out the way you want it to. The last thing is to find YOUR lane, you can’t be all things to all people. Do what YOU do and be great at it!
TFF: Last question. When did you realize what your calling was and when did you decide to go after it?
SS: I knew when I was a kid that I loved working with food and experimenting with new dishes, but that wasn’t glamorous or well paid. I was great at debating and writing, so being a lawyer or author was a considered career path. As an adult, I knew there were some things that I wanted to accomplish, but I was always looking for perfection, the perfect moment, or perfect timing. Then about 5 years ago, with $5, I started my first magazine. And when I moved to Las Vegas, that’s when I made the decision to go for everything else that was on my heart in the food industry, no holding back. I created my own sauce brand (which will be out next year) along with my other culinary concepts that give me pure joy. Hearing clients’ healing testimonies from the CBD oil, or the delight on their face when they taste my food is the BEST! I am passionate about empowering people to use their talents, whether you have one or 30 of them, use your talents to live your best life!
You can learn about and purchase our CBD oil at www.CannaBistroAtlanta.com and make sure to follow us on social media!