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Eight’s Check, Please! Arizona Festival at CityScape
Announces James Beard Award Winner Christopher Gross to Participate
Sun., April 28, 11am – 4pm
Tickets at

PHOENIX - (March 7, 2013) – James Beard Award winner Christopher Gross shares his culinary insight at Eight’s Check, Please! Arizona Festival, a live food event gracing CityScape in downtown Phoenix, Sun., April 28, 11am-4pm.

Chef Gross joins fellow James Beard Award winner, Robert McGrath, who will moderate a panel discussion about Phoenix emerging as a culinary destination, each chef’s unique culinary journey and the experience of receiving the James Beard honor.

Gross also will share his vast insights during a much-anticipated wine seminar at Eight’s Check, Please! Arizona Festival at CityScape.

Gross, most recently acclaimed for his Christopher’s & Crush Lounge (which has been named one of the top 10 New Restaurants in the U.S. by, received the James Beard Award for Best Chef Southwest in 1995.   He has been named one of America's 10 Best New Chefs by Food & Wine magazine; and also was the first chef in Arizona to receive the Robert Mondavi Culinary Award of Excellence.   Gross has been featured on numerous panels with Jacques Pepin and Julia Child at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, Colo.  And, for some fans, most noteworthy of all is Gross’ inclusion in the book and PBS television series “In Julia’s Kitchen with Master Chefs” -- Julia being Julia Child, the grand dame of culinary pursuits.

Tickets. Purchase tickets at and click on ‘Join us for the Check, Please! Arizona Festival at CityScape.’ General admission is $60 and VIP tickets are $100. Tickets include food, wine and beer sampling.  VIP ticketholders 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.

Eight’s Check, Please! Arizona Festival at CityScape will showcase at least 36 of 117 independently owned restaurants in Arizona featured on the Eight’spopular, locally produced show Check, Please! Arizona hosted by Chef Robert McGrath.

Eight’s Check, Please! Arizona Festival at CityScape is sponsored by Alliance Beverage; CityScape; Lawns By Les, LLC; Whitfill Nursery; Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers; and  For more information about sponsorship and participation opportunities, contact Chelsea Fox at R Entertainment Co., 480.657.7333 ext.15 or email

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