Jamie Evans is the founder of The Herb Somm, a cannabis blog and lifestyle brand that focuses on the gourmet side of the cannabis industry. She is an educator, event host and producer, and writer specializing in cannabis, CBD, food, recipes, wine, and the canna-culinary world.
As a well-known CBD and cannabis personality, Jamie is best known for her literary work and signature canna-culinary events. She’s also been contributing to POPSUGAR, MARY Magazine, and The Clever Root magazine specializing in lifestyle features for the modern consumer. In addition, Jamie is the co-editor of GoldLeaf's acclaimed cannabis Cooking Journal and the author of a new CBD lifestyle book, The Ultimate Guide to CBD: Explore the World of Cannabidiol to be published by Fair Winds Press of Quarto Publishing Group scheduled to release March 2020.
As an industry leader, Jamie was recently named as one of Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 Tastemakers in 2018 and as a 2018 Innovator by SevenFifty Daily. In July 2019, Jamie was appointed as an Executive Director of Crop-to-Kitchen, a San Francisco-based organization advocating for legalized cannabis cuisine and cannabis restaurants throughout California.
Alongside her work in the cannabis space, Jamie is a Certified Specialist of Wine with over a decade of wine industry experience. Having represented a wide array of organizations and wineries including Jackson Family Wines, Folio Fine Wine Partners, Napa Valley Grapegrowers, and more, she is well known for producing high-end events and developing top-notch public relations, marketing, and hospitality programs.
Born and raised in Truckee, CA, Jamie’s roots extend back to South Dakota farm families. She developed a love for wine and agriculture while earning her degree in Wine and Viticulture, with a concentration in Wine Business at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. As an avid traveler, Jamie followed her passion to various international viticulture regions to further educate herself on the global wine market. During her time abroad, she studied at The University of Adelaide, Australia and studied at The Engineering School of Viticulture & Enology at Changins, Switzerland where she learned about Swiss, French, and Italian winemaking practices.
Continuing her education, Jamie has also received a certificate of Wine Business Management from Sonoma State University. In addition, Jamie also received the Young Leaders Summit Scholarship in 2016 by SommCon USA that recognizes young leaders in the wine industry. Today, she continues her wine education at the San Francisco Wine School.
The Herb Somm was created in March 2017 with the goal of educating consumers and the public about cannabis, and healthy ways to incorporate herbal products into everyday life. While there is an emphasis on cannabis pairings and recipes, wellness and CBD education are also a focus for the brand.
In March of 2018, The Herb Somm blog was brought to life with Thursday Infused, a gourmet event series that highlights different cannabis chefs across the US. These educational sessions are focused on promoting healthy and safe ways to consume edibles, cannabis, and CBD products. As a part of her mission, Jamie donates a portion of event revenues to local 501(c)(3) nonprofits that provide healthy food to the Bay Area community by creating organic, sustainable, and high-yield urban farms and backyard gardens. Learn more at ThursdayInfused.com.