Meet our 2025 speakers

Rachel Burkons

Co-Owner, Altered Plates

Rachel Burkons is the co-founder of Altered Plates, a cannabis hospitality company whose mission is to create high end culinary experiences driven by hospitality. After over a decade working in the wine and spirits industry as the Associate Publisher at The Tasting Panel Magazine and the SOMM Journal, Rachel and her brother, Chef Holden Jagger, founded Altered Plates in 2016. Since then, they have partnered with brands from across the country to develop standards of service that are revolutionizing both the hospitality and cannabis spaces. Altered Plates is currently working on opening one of the world’s first cannabis restaurants, Chroma Lounge in the City of West Hollywood.

Rachel also consults with mainstream hospitality industry brands curious about the cannabis space with her company, Smoke Sip Savor, and is a frequent contributor to national print publications, including the SOMM Journal, where she serves as Cannabis Editor, and is the Lead Community Organizer for the Los Angeles chapter of Crop-to-Kitchen, a nonprofit community dedciated to building pathways to legalize cannabis cuisine in California.