November 2017: Food and Family: An Evening with Arizona Storytellers

Please join members of the Cornell Club of Arizona and the Phoenix Ivy Council for an evening of stories under the stars! As we prepare for Thanksgiving, this evening will celebrate the best of Arizona’s rich food culture. From tamale masters to artisanal food producers to family farmers and restaurateurs, join us as trained storytellers share stories about the dishes that inspire us and the families that developed our palates.

We’ll kick off Thursday, November 16 at 6:00 p.m. with an opportunity to exchange our own stories over drinks and light fare. Guests will be responsible for their own tabs with food and beverages from The Farm Kitchen ( ). We’ll gather with our snacks at outdoor picnic tables in the adjacent Pecan Grove so we can chat before the presentation begins.

We’ll then move over to the seating area that will face the stage. The program will start at 7:00 p.m. as The Arizona Republic presents a night of storytelling. Featured tellers are still to be announced.

Arizona Storytellers Project started in 2011 and has held monthly nights of storytelling since, drawing hundreds of people to each event. In 2012, the series won a National Headliner Award for Journalistic Innovation. “The series is dedicated to the idea that oral storytelling and journalism are dedicated to the same goals: serving and reflecting a community while fostering empathy among those people. These nights blend the authenticity and hype-free discipline of storytelling as an art form with the truthfulness, community-building and empowerment that’s at the heart of great journalism.” – Emcee Megan Finnerty

To participate, first please pre-register online (find the link on our Facebook Events listing!) so we know to anticipate you. We’ll attempt to snag seats so we can sit together at the event but our ability to do so may depend on the total number of attendees at this program. Look for our Cornell banners!

Then be certain to purchase your ticket to the Storytellers program online. These events generally sell out so tickets probably will not be available at the door:

$10 general admission; $5 for students. All Arizona Republic and azcentral subscribers receive a complimentary, gourmet brownie from Fairytale Brownies at check-in.

Note that there is no charge from the Cornell Club of Arizona for this evening. You’ll be responsible for your own bill at The Farm Kitchen and for purchasing your own ticket to attend the Arizona Storytellers event.

This event is held outdoors so please dress appropriately. Bring blankets or hats if you’re concerned about the temperatures dropping after the sun sets. Bundling up is a great way to get into the spirit of the holiday season after a hot and extended Arizona summer!

If you require ASL Interpretation Services for this Storytellers event, or if you require accommodations related to mobility or seating, contact Alexus Rhone at

We look forward to seeing your for an evening of stories with friends old and new!