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CULTIVEAT: A Farm-To-Table Community Dinner



Cocktail Hour
7-9:30p Dinner

Phoenix Biomedical Campus,
850 PBC, 850 N. 5th Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85004

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Growhouse Urban Agriculture Center (GUAC) is proud to invite you to the 6th Annual CultivEAT community dinner presented by the Phoenix Biomedical Campus! 2021 marks a new Growhouse initiative to support existing and startup community projects who share the mission of fostering a strong local food system in Phoenix. We are excited to partner with local startup Phoenix Food Co-op as well as the innovative Culinary Medicine program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix. (Read more about these programs below.)

Here’s what to expect on your dinner plate this year: culinary curator Wayne Coats is leading a team of local chefs and Dr. Farshad Fani Marvasti (aka Dr. Shad) have teamed up to hand-pick the menu this year. It will not only be a delicious four-course meal but this year’s dining experience will also promote a healthy immune system.

Join us on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus for:

6pm Cocktail hour with cocktails & mocktails by Buena Vida Bodega, Pedal Haus beer, and live music,

7pm Dinner & Dessert, learn about food, enjoy local tea or coffee from Esso Coffee, 

9:30pm Leave with a full tummy, a mind full of unexpected & practical information about healthy eating, and in full spirits after connecting with some of the most interesting movers & shakers in downtown Phoenix.

Location: 850 PBC building, Phoenix Biomedical Campus, Phoenix, Arizona 85004



Celeste "Elle" Caraway Murtagh of The Coronado


John Cornelio of Toduken


Jose Jimenez of Little Miss BBQ


Shane Jackson is best described as a downtown Phoenix legend. If you know, you know.


Menu creation in collaboration with:


Dr. Farshad Fani Marvasti, MD, MPH of University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phx


2021 Local Farms & Producers

Crooked Sky Farms, True Garden, TJ Farms, Southwest Mushrooms, Green on Purpose, Pedal Haus Brewery, Arizona Stronghold and Provisioner Wines.


This year’s CultivEAT dinner will be held outside, and evidence-based COVID guidelines will be followed to ensure everyone’s safety during the outdoor event. (More detailed info on our covid guidelines below.)


The beneficiaries of this year’s event address food education and food accessibility. Please read more and participate where you’re able.

Culinary Medicine Program

The goal of Culinary Medicine is to blend the art of cooking with the science of medicine to prevent, treat and even reverse the diseases of our time. For CultivEAT, this translates into eating food that is both delicious and nutritious!

Founding director Dr. Farshad Fani Marvasti, MD, MPH (aka Dr. Shad), started this idea initially as a student interest group with community service projects at the medical school back in 2017. It has grown since then into the Culinary Medicine Program that now hosts several community services projects for medical students ranging from cooking classes for diabetes patients in underserved neighborhoods to delivering healthy meals and nutrition education to cancer patients in collaboration with local non-profit community partners. Dr. Shad is an Associate Professor and Director of Public Health, Prevention, and Health Promotion at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix.


Phoenix Food Co-Op

We’re a dedicated group of neighbors passionate about building a stronger connection to the food we eat. Our mission is to bring a food co-op to Phoenix. Phoenix Food Co-op will be a community-owned cooperative grocer that provides healthy, locally-produced, and accessible food, while also working to create a community space for all people to gather. We aim to make the co-op as inclusive, accessible, and uplifting as we can.


Special thanks to our Presenting Sponsor this year : Phoenix Biomedical Campus .

The Phoenix Biomedical Campus is a joint collaboration between the city of Phoenix, Arizona’s three state universities and the Arizona Board of Regents to bring entrepreneurs, educators and the community together to advance public health in the state of Arizona. Located in the heart of downtown Phoenix, the PBC is the only place in the state where all three universities work side by side, and is home to the highest concentration of research scientists and professionals in the region. To learn more about the Phoenix Biomedical Campus and how you can get involved, visit our website at


More special thanks to our culinary curator & hospitality manager Wayne Coats, the Phoenix Farmer's Market & Green on Purpose for your local food sourcing, Downtown Phoenix Inc, ASU, tablescape designer Kyle Shields & florals by Stem Swag, artist-made serving boards by The Great Design Company, and lighting design by Cloth & Flame. Plus our mocktails & cocktails by Buena Vida Bodega, beer from Pedal Haus Brewery - Phx, and hard seltzer from Four Peaks Brewery.


COVID 19 & CultivEAT 2021

We have been closely monitoring the COVID 19 and Delta variant infection rates. We are cautiously moving forward with the live event. We will put the following precautions in place and ask that you please adhere to these and any on-site instructions to ensure the health and safety of all attendees.

1) This is an outdoor event. Extra spacing between individual gathering moments will be emphasized.

2) There will be hand sanitizing stations scattered throughout the event. Please use these generously.

3) We ask that you please keep a mask on throughout the event except when you are seated.

4) All servers, staff, and volunteers will be wearing masks & gloves. The chef team has implemented CDC recommendations in all food preparation.

We are going to great lengths to keep our guests safe and healthy. If you feel comfortable complying with these precautions, have not been exposed to anyone with COVID, have not recently tested positive and are not exhibiting any symptoms of COVID 19, then please join us to celebrate the 6th Annual CultivEAT Community Dinner.


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2021 CultivEAT Social Media TAGS: 

Presented by: @phoenixbiomedicalcampus

Fundraiser by: @growhousephx

Benefitting: @uazhealthsciences Culinary Medicine Program + @phx_food_coop 

Sponsors: @downtownphoenix @arizonastateuniversity

Menu Health Advisor: @drshad9 

Chef Team: 

Course 1: John Cornelio with @toduken_bbq 

Course 2: Shane Jackson @shanemfjackson

Course 3: Jose Jimenez @mackario2336 with @littlemissbbq 

Course 4: Elle Murtagh @celleste.caraway with @thecoronadophx 

Hospitality Lead: @waynelikesbeer

Hospitality Team: Medical students at @uazmedphx

Decor: @omgheykyle + @aislingarizona + @stemswagaz + @thegreatdesigncompany + Salome Ready Mix

Logistics: @kathleenduran29 + 

Beneficiary & Food Sourcing: @dtphxfarmersmarket + @phx_food_coop 

Beverages: @buenavidabodega + @pedalhausbrewery + @fourpeaksbrew 

Music: @kaptivatemusic + @solomonisra1 

Lighting: @clothandflame 

#communitydinner #cultiveat #growhousephx #foodasmedicine #health #dtphx #phoenixbiomedicalcampus #Culinarymedicine #phoenixfoodcoop #wellness #Community

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