Food and good stories complement one another like Nutella and pretzels (just try it if you don’t believe me). And later this month, the first-ever Louisville Storytellers event will turn the spotlight on this entertaining combination.
Louisville Storytellers is a quarterly event from the Courier-Journal that will showcase people telling stories around a particular theme. It’s reminiscent of The Moth StorySlam, a monthly storytelling competition that I host ever other month at Headliners Music Hall. But rather than randomly drawing participants from an NPR-friendly tote bag, the Louisville Storytellers show will feature pre-selected storytellers.
Anyhoodles, the first Louisville Storytellers will take place Nov. 16 at Actors Theatre of Louisville. The theme of the night is “Confessions from the Kitchen: Stories from the world of restaurants and food.” It’s an exciting bunch of storytellers:
- Elizabeth Kizito – Kizito Cookies (she’s “the Cookie Lady”)
- Patrick Roney – Head chef, The Oakroom in the Seelbach
- Dustin Staggers – Owner, Roux, America. The Diner.
- Josh Moore – Executive chef, Volare Italian Restaurant
- Nancy Miller – Author, Courier-Journal restaurant critic
- Majid Ghavami – Owner, Majid’s
- Nancy Russman – Chef and teacher
- Bruce Ucán – Owner, Mayan Café
- Shirley Mae Beard – Owner, Shirley Mae’s Café
I’m excited about the diverse lineup for Louisville Storytellers. It’s good to see a group of restaurant owners, chefs and cooks that isn’t just made up of folks from white-tablecloth establishments. I’m also super-pumped to see Miss Shirley Mae Beard, who I interviewed for Louisville Diners. If her story is anything like our interview, everyone will be in for a good night.
When: 7 p.m. Nov. 16 (refreshments and cash bar available at 6 p.m.)
Where: Actors Theatre of Louisville
For more information and tickets: https://tickets.courier-journal.com/e/louisville-storytellers-confessions