Stories & Chefs

Join 2nd Story and the chef of Knife & Tine as we pair the art of storytelling with the art of culinary creation. For this unique performance, Chef Paul Caravelli and his team will prepare a four course meal, each course directly inspired by one of the four stories you will hear throughout the evening. The Stories & Chefs series promises a one-of-a-kind experience of artistic collaboration; food, drink, and conversation come together to provide a beautifully synthesized evening.

Chef: Paul Caravelli

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The Storytellers

Aimy Tien

Aimy Tien is a Colorado transplant who fell into storytelling due to a combination of an irrational childhood fear of lions, a Val Kilmer film, and an overactive imagination. Now a Chicago-based performer and writer, Aimy focuses on creative nonfiction and short stories. She received a creative writing fellowship from the Luminarts Cultural Foundation, and her collection, Mosaic, was one of the top entries for the Vine Leaves Vignette Collection Award. Previous work can be found in The WheelThe Character Project, and other online publications. She has performed with 2nd Story, Outspoken, and other Chicago-based organizations.

Jim Lupo

Jim is a Professor of Practice at Northwestern University School of Law where he also directs the law school’s Center for Practice Engagement and Innovation, a legal  education incubator. Previously, he served for seven years as NULaw’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. In the classroom, Jim teaches a seminar involving the storytelling aspects of legal discourse and is thrilled to work with 2nd Story at the nexus of his professional personal passions.

Katie Hauser

Katie Hauser lives in Wilmette with her husband and four kids. She has been writing for as long as she can remember. Her college professor wanted to publish an anthology of her beginnings since she never quite finished anything. In an attempt to complete something, she meets weekly with an amazing group of writers in Chicago. She is a former member of one of the country’s oldest college improv troupes, The Burpee Seedy Company, which proved to be great training for her current career in real estate sales.

Ric Walker

Ric is a performer, teacher and writer. As an actor, he has appeared in numerous plays in and out of Chicago including No Place to be Somebody, Red Badge of Courage and The Balcony. He has starred in a number of independent films including The Promise Keeper, Propellerheads, and Deadbeat at Dawn as well as four Television pilots. He has worked as a corporate spokesman for such companies as Eli Lilly, Computer Associates and Oracle. He has taught Improvisation, Acting and Writing for organizations including Pegasus Players, After School Matters and The Second City. He has performed with The Improvised Shakespeare Company, Comedy Sportz Chicago, The Second City and MCTD (Midwest Comedy Tool & Die).  He is a member Emeritus of Second Story. Ric has designed and facilitated workshops on improvisation, public speaking and communications for corporations and organizations such as Pepsi, Starbucks and Northwestern University Law School.  Ric has  been published in a compendium of short stories entitled Briefly Knocked Unconscious By A Low-Flying Duck.

About the Stories & Chefs Series

Our Stories & Chefs events are special evenings where 2nd Story partners with acclaimed Chicago chefs to craft an evening of stories accompanied by food and libations.  Past partners include Bistro Campagne, Chalkboard, and Ina's Kitchen. Come savor sustenance and stories with us!