Stories of food, family at open-air November Storytellers event

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Be it with family or friends, food can bring us together. 

Join The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com on Wednesday, Nov. 13, for the Arizona Storytellers “Food and Family” show, where we’ll share stories about the dishes that inspire us and the families that developed our palate.

Evan Roberts grew up in a large family, with an aunt who made a red velvet cake that stole the spotlight at every family gathering. As he got older, things changed. 

“My story is about establishing your person-hood in a large family and making space to welcome in new members,” Roberts said.

“Building new family relationships take work on everyone’s part. We should make sure to let our family members know that we appreciate them whenever we can.”

Roberts and four others will share their stories beginning at 7 p.m. at The Farm at South Mountain, 6106 S. 32nd St., Phoenix. Tickets are available online at tickets.azcentral.com

This event is outside, on the lawn, and under the twinkle lights. WARNING: Because Arizona’s November nights can be unpredictable, attendees are encouraged to dress warmly. Jackets and blankets are encouraged. The Farm’s Kitchen will be open for warm food and hot cocoa. 

Kaila White, host of azcentral’s Valley 101 podcast, and Republic dining editor Lauren Saria will host.

Some families you’re born into, some you choose.

Meg Giles will share a story of how she developed a new definition of family and what that means for her holiday season. 

“My story is about biological and logical families, how and why I reclaimed Thanksgiving,” Giles said.

“I’m so proud of the family I’ve built.”  

Tellers joining Roberts and Giles include:

  • Lorenzo Granillo, who will share a story about a sporadic family outing after dinner.
  • Brad Graber, who will explore the unseen wonders that come from a simple family meal.
  • Sue Raatjes, who learned whether it’s a cooking disaster or an important childhood event, sharing a meal allows a chance to build relationships. 

“What we do today matters in the lives of those we touch,” Raatjes said. “We are building memories that someone may remember for a lifetime.”

Arizona Storytellers: Food and Family

When: 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Where: The Farm at South Mountian, 6106 S. 32nd St, Phoenix.

Admission: $12; $8 for students.

Supporter seating: $425. Supporter seating is a one-time purchase that gives the buyer two tickets to one year of Arizona Storytellers Project events and priority seating in rows 2-4.

Details: tickets.azcentral.com.

Become a teller

The Arizona Storytellers Project strongly believes that everyone has a story and everyone can tell it. None of the storytellers who take our stage are professionals. They are your neighbors, friends or co-workers, and they are coached to tell stories by Arizona Republic journalists.

Read our guidelines and submit a story by clicking “TELL” at storytellersproject.com.

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