On Tuesday, January 19, 2015, Downtown Chandler visitors have the chance to feed their geeky history side while also feeding their foodie side with a special Trivia Night at the hottest cocktail bar in the Valley.
Attendees will have the chance to enjoy drinks crafted by bartending genius Brandon Casey and delicious Italian bites. While they nosh and sip, they can test their knowledge and learn more about the stories that make up the founding of Chandler, as well as the San Marcos Hotel's past. There are tales of murder, kidnap, enterprise, celebrity and, of course, ostriches.
"We are excited to be partnering with The Ostrich and Marshall Shore," says Jody Crago, Chandler Museum Administrator. "It is sophisticated fun with a host who will keep everyone entertained with local stories and photos from the Museum's archive. We have been helping Marshall pull materials together and there is some great stuff in store for the evening."
Marshall Shore, the evening's host, is considered Arizona's Hip Historian with his passion for uncovering the weird, wonderful and wacky from Arizona's past. He uses storytelling magic, found film footage, old photographs and ephemera to bring history to life. He has made a name for himself in the Valley with unique historical bus tours, trivia nights at the First Draft Bar, and Bingo at Valley Bar.
"Marshall's trivia nights have a cult following in Downtown Phoenix," says Mike Merendino, owner of The Ostrich and upstairs restaurant Crust. "We are really looking forward to bringing this event to the East Valley. I cannot wait for attendees to hear some of the fantastic stories that happened right here in Downtown Chandler. People will not want to miss this."
If you haven't heard of The Ostrich, you are missing out on this highlight in Downtown Chandler. The unique bar is located in the basement of Crust, near the San Marcos, at 10 N. San Marcos Place in Chandler. The ambience and look of the bar fits in with the speakeasies of the 1920s. Even the two entrances keep the location a secret with hidden stairs from the street and a door inside Crust that is hidden in the wall and covered with pots and pans.
"I am thrilled that this is going to be held at such a hot location; foodies cannot stop talking about The Ostrich," says Marshall Shore. "This is going to be a rare treat filled with good food, great storytelling and plenty of opportunities to have fun. Seriously, if you are reading this blog post and you are interested, don't hesitate. Call and make a reservation. I want to see you there!"
Trivia night is Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 7 - 9 p.m. There is no cover charge for this event, but reservations are recommended since space is limited. For more information go to chandlermuseum.org or call 480-917-4903.