Wednesday, May 25:
Dolan Ellis, Arizona’s Official State Balladeer
“50 Years the Balladeer”
Cartwrights Sonoran Ranch House Restaurant is proud to host Arizona’s Official State Balladeer, Dolan Ellis, back again with four special appearances during the 2016 summer season. Dolan will be celebrating his 50th year as Arizona’sBalladeer. “I was the very first official state balladeer in the United States of America,” Dolan says. “During my show May 25, I will be singing my original Arizona ballads, showing my large-screen Arizona photography, and telling stories (that are nearly true) of my personal experiences while traveling more than million miles of Arizona’s back roads in my little Jeeps.” Dolan’s recordings and DVDs will be offered for sale, as well.
Mesquite and Hatch chili-infused tagliatelle pasta, Sonoran-
spiced fennel cream, house-made ricotta salata, and Arizona chicos
British Colombia Ling Cod, sun-dried tomato and desert herb butter, roasted sunchokes, tri-color quinoa topped with Queen Creek Mexican lime oil
Brulèed ricotta cheesecake, macerated red fruits, orange supremes,
candied lime zest, and limecello syrup
Cost is $55 per person plus sales tax and 18 percent gratuity for a three-course meal with an appetizer, entrée and dessert. Beverages are extra. Gluten Free, and Vegetarian menus available upon request.
Please let us know ahead of time when making reservations.
Click here to book online or
by calling Cartwright’s between 12 – 9 pm 480-488-8031 for reservations.
Please note when calling that you will be charged for the dinner presentation at the time of reservation, so please have your credit card ready.
It’s that time of year again! The tables have been set, the silverware polished, and the wine uncorked and ready to pour. Fabulous smells are wandering in from our kitchen, and a chair is open and waiting for you.
The Sixth Annual Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House History Dinner series kicks off May 11. We’ll be welcoming guests every other Wednesday through October 26 for stories, songs and sagas from some of the Valley’s most colorful and knowledgeable spinners. This year’s dinners are sponsored by Sanderson Lincoln and promise to be the best yet!
There is no better place to spend a cozy evening than Cartwright’s, where our love for area history is matched only by our world-class Sonoran-inspired fare. Like our namesake, the Cartwright family, who settled in the North Valley in 1877, we’ve carved our own place in these rugged desert foothills with hard work, integrity, and the fortitude to build a legacy. Join us in preserving the values and the folkways that have drawn folks Westward for over 150 years.
Each history dinner begins with no-host cocktails in the award-winning Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House Ranch Room, followed by mouthwatering, three-course dinner selections carefully prepared by top-ranking chef Brett Vibber and talented pastry chef Amanda Crick. This year’s dinner choices are more special than ever. We’ve taken perfection and upped the ante, and we’re eager to share our latest recipes with you!
Join us for the Sixth Annual Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House History Dinner series. Sit back and relax as you’re regaled by stories of the Old West, and follow along with escapades and shenanigans. Our door is open and we’re ready to welcome you to our table!
About the Speakers
History is in the making at Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House, where the past and the present mesh seamlessly in a tradition of Western hospitality and tasty chow that would make any gunfighter come out of hiding. Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House History Dinners presented by Sanderson Lincoln have become favorites in the last four years, and they are part of a long line of heritage in the north Valley.
This year, Cartwright’s Arizona History Dinners presented by Sanderson Lincoln will feature presentations by five of the state’s most popular speakers:
- Marshall Trimble—This multi-talented “Ask the Marshall” columnist, humorist, and Arizona State Historian is a Cartwright’s renowned for both his wit and wisdom. Winner of True West magazine’s 2015 Westerner Award, Trimble will present some of the most unique Arizona tales in “Amazin’ AZ”; renditions of some of the most famous—and infamous moments of Arizona history in “They went that-a Way: Outlawry and Justice”; history of some of the most uniquely dubbed places in our state in “What’s in a Name: Arizona’s Colorful Place Names”; and stories of a time when Arizona’s future was pounded into the ground, one spike at a time, in “Hear That Lonesome Whistle Blow: Arizona’s Railroads.”
- Dolan Ellis—Arizona’s Official State Balladeer for over 45 years is a crooner of tunes and so much more. A Grammy Award winner, he has been inducted into the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame and played major venues in the U.S. and abroad. His engaging presentations combine live musical performances of Arizona songs and stories with a large-screen photography presentation from five decades of Arizona adventures. He will recount a lifetime of experiences in “50 Years the Balladeer”; will recount tales from some of the most remote corners of our state in “Little-Known Arizona”; will share some of his favorite tales of roundups and campfires in “Cowboys and Indians,” and will transport us all to another place and time in “Tall Tales, Lost Trails & Heroes.”
- Charlie LeSueur— Arizona’s Official Western Film Historian, Charlie LeSueur is an actor, teacher, published author, and Fellow of Arts at Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. We’re excited to add his name to our guest list this year! He will be sharing stories, some first-hand, of the epic cowboy television era and the heroes it brought to our living rooms in “Cowboys of Early Television 1949-1955”; and will spotlight our favorite singing cowboys, including Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, and Judy Canova in “Songs of the Cowboys (and Cowgirls)”
- Kevin Smith— Ranger Kevin has been a popular icon of our area for 10 years. Best known for his role as an interpretive ranger at Spur Cross Ranch, his knowledge of the Native Americans who once roamed this land is about as unrivaled as the beauty of the amazing flora and fauna here. He will share more area history in one evening than you may have gleaned over years in his presentation, “Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area.”
- Cave Creek Museum—For the first time in our history dinner history, one of our favorite institutions, the Cave Creek Museum, will be sharing our own history, which began with the ranch owned by our namesake family, the Cartwrights. There is no one better to share the stories, photos, and colorful historic gems directly from the annuls of their extensive collection, in “Cartwright’sPresents the Cartwrights.”