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Eight, Arizona PBS Also Announces First ‘Check, Please! Arizona’ Tasting Tour to
Five of Show’s Memorable Restaurants on October 23, 2012

 PHOENIX…May 14, 2012…What’s your favorite Arizona restaurant? Do you reward yourself by eating there after a hike? Will you drive a hundred miles just for its desserts? Do you swear it has the best Mexican food in Arizona? Is it your best-kept secret for special occasions? Does your family rendezvous there from across the state?

As Check, Please! Arizona prepares to shoot its third season, the Emmy Award-winning program is expanding its repertoire to include restaurants beyond the Phoenix area. Viewers are encouraged to go to and nominate their favorite eateries – in Flagstaff, Prescott, Show Low, Yuma and other communities. Of course, those selected will appear on the show with two other guests and James Beard Award-winning chef and host Robert McGrath.

Or do you prefer to sample dishes from restaurants already featured on the show? Then mark your calendar for the first-ever Check, Please! Arizona Tasting Tour on Tuesday, October 23rd! Join other foodies aboard luxury coach transportation to five of the show’s best-loved dining destinations. The sampling begins on El Chorro’s patio for appetizers, followed by mouth-watering selections from Fuego Bistro, Christopher’s and Crush Lounge, The Salt Cellar and Malee’s Thai Bistro. Wine tastings from different Arizona vineyards will be served at each location by members of the Arizona Wine Growers Association.

Seating for the Check, Please! Arizona Tasting Tour is limited to 100 guests total. Two groups of 50 each will depart on the tour at 5 and 5:30 p.m., respectively. A donation of $125 per person supports programs on Eight. For information or to sign up, visit

This season, Check, Please! Arizona more than doubled its primetime audience and increased its Saturday audience by 20 percent over a year ago. The locally produced program is made possible, Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers, Whitfill Nursery and Lawns by Les. Check, Please! is a registered service mark of Check, Please! LLC.

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Photos: Eight, Arizona PBS


About Eight, Arizona PBS

Eight, Arizona PBS specializes in the education of children, in-depth news and public affairs, lifelong learning, and the celebration of arts and culture -- utilizing the power of noncommercial television, the Internet, educational outreach services, and community-based initiatives. The PBS station began broadcasting from the campus of Arizona State University on January 30, 1961. Now more than 80 percent of Arizonans receive the signal through a network of translators, cable and satellite systems. With more than 1 million viewers each week, Eight consistently ranks among the most-viewed public television stations per capita in the country. Arizonans provide more than 60 percent of the station's annual budget.

Eight is a member-supported service of Arizona State University.