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Eight’s Check, Please! Arizona Festival at CityScape

The most popular locally produced TV show on Eight, Arizona PBS takes over CityScape in downtown Phoenix Sun., April 28, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., for a live food event aptly called Eight’s Check, Please! Arizona Festival.

Eight, in collaboration with R Entertainment Company, will transform CityScape into an exploration of Arizona’s independent restaurant scene – from five-star dining establishments to tucked-away cafes. The event will showcase cuisine from at least 36 of 117 independently owned Arizona restaurants previously featured on the show.

In its third season, the Emmy Award-winning series Check, Please! Arizona features favorite local restaurants as nominated by viewers. Those viewers come in studio to share commentary about their favorite dining spot and exchange opinions with fellow guests who experience each other’s favorite place as well.

Chef Demonstrations, Panel Discussions. TV Auditions.

Among event highlights are cooking demonstrations, panel discussions and the chance to audition for a spot on Check, Please! Arizona. Producers seek congenial fans who are passionate about their favorite local restaurant, articulate about food and honest about their dining-out experiences. Cameras will be present to tape the auditions.

For the camera-shy guest or those who simply avoid the limelight, a diverse array of culinary offerings will be featured by the participating indie restaurants, as well as samples of fine wine and craft beer, all included in the ticket price. A James Beard Award-winners’ panel hosted by James Beard Award-winner Robert McGrath is planned, as well as talks on locally sourced foods, fine wine and craft beers. In addition, a cooking demonstration stage will be in full gear, featuring at least four independent chefs.

Independent restaurants participating include:


Tuck Shop

LON’s at the Hermosa

Phoenix City Grille

Haus Murphy’s German Restaurant

Vogue Bistro



Pittsburgh Willy’s Gourmet Hot Dogs

Fuego Bistro

Eddie’s House

Petite Maison

Pomegranate Café

Coup Des Tartes

Havana Café

AZ Bread Co

America’s Taco Shop

Mrs. Whites Golden Rule Café

Thee Pitt’s Again

General admission is $60 and VIP tickets are $100. Tickets include food, as well as wine and beer sampling. VIP ticket holders will enjoy the James Beard Award-winners’ private chef seminar; exclusive wine tastings; early entry to the festival 30 minutes before general admission; and VIP valet parking.

Purchase tickets at azpbs.org/checkplease and click on ‘Join us for the Check, Please! Arizona Festival at CityScape.’

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Coronado Neighborhood Named One Of Cooking Light’s ‘Hidden Gems’

Phoenix’s Coronado Neighborhood is recognized by popular Cooking Light website.

Cooking Light’s (www.CookingLight.com) “Hidden Gems & Delicious Destinations” feature offers a fresh glimpse into the thrilling foodie ferment that is bubbling across America today—city by city, neighborhood by neighborhood, even street by street. The feature is in the July issue, on newsstands Friday, June 15th.

Phoenix’s Historic Coronado Neighborhood’s preservation efforts have led to a culinary revival of sorts: the neighborhood’s meticulously restored homes now house some of the best eateries in the city, such as the Main Ingredient Ale House & Café, Rice Paper Eatery, Coronado Cafe, and 1950s union hall-turned-home-turned-restaurant Tuck Shop.

“We are living through the delicious coming-of-age story of our own food culture, written in thousands of kitchens, food shops, and restaurants across the land,” says Editor Scott Mowbray. “I call it the Great American Food Revolution because changes in taste start locally. In our ‘Hidden Gems & Delicious Destinations’ feature we give consumers our picks for the surprising scenes across the country that promise tasty times ahead.”

The “Hidden Gems & Delicious Destinations” list includes up-and-coming neighborhoods (the sustainable seafood scene building in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood), fun, funky food stores (San Francisco’s Bi-Rite Market), urban food markets (Detroit’s Eastern Market), and everything in between.

For the full list of Cooking Light’s “Hidden Gems & Delicious Destinations,” visit cookinglight.com

For more information on Phoenix’s Coronado Neighborhood, visit the Coronado Neighborhood’s website at coronadoneighborhood.com.