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Eight’s Check, Please! Arizona Festival at CityScape
Announces James Beard Award Winner Nobuo Fukuda to Participate
Seven Additional Restaurants Scheduled to Deliver Cuisine
Sun., April 28, 11am – 4pm
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PHOENIX (March 28, 2013) – James Beard Award winner Nobuo Fukuda shares his culinary insight at Eight’s Check, Please! Arizona Festival, a live food event transforming CityScape in downtown Phoenix, Sun., April 28, 11am-4pm.

Chef Fukuda joins fellow award winners Christopher Gross and Robert McGrath in a James Beard Award winner’s panel discussion about Phoenix emerging as a culinary destination, each chef’s unique culinary journey and their experience receiving the James Beard honor.  The annual James Beard honors are likened to the Oscars in the film industry.

Fukuda also will share his acclaimed culinary insights during an exclusive VIP sampling at Eight’s Check, Please! Arizona Festival at CityScape.

Fukuda, most recently acclaimed for Nobuo at Teeter House (which earned a five-star rating by The Arizona Republic, a “Best Of” award by Phoenix New Times, among other rave reviews and awards) has been dishing out his inventive, Japanese-inspired cuisine in Arizona for more than 30 years.  In 2002, Chef Fukuda opened the Japanese tapas bar Sea Saw earning him the James Beard Award for Best Chef Southwest in 2007. Winning accolades from all major local publications, Nobuo Fukuda was touted as “Chef to Watch” by Esquire magazine columnist John Mariani; and earned a spot on the "Best New Chefs of 1999" list by Food & Wine magazine.

Nine Arizonans have won the James Beard Foundation’s “Best Chef - Southwest” title.  

Additional Participating Restaurants. In addition to several restaurants already announced, seven more Arizona popular favorites are now on board. The newest additions include Shugrue’s Hillside Grill in Sedona; Cornish Pasty Co. in Mesa and Tempe; Betty’s Nosh in Glendale; Frasher’s Steakhouse & Lounge in Scottsdale; Amuse Bouche Gourmet Bistro & Catering in Surprise; Four Peaks Brewery in Tempe and Scottsdale; and Mucho Gusto Mexican Bistro in Tempe. The list of restaurant participants to date:

America’s Taco Shop
Amuse Bouche Gourmet Bistro &
AZ Bread Co Café
Betty’s Nosh
Cornish Pasty Co.
Coup Des Tartes
Eddie’s House
Four Peaks Brewery
Frasher’s Steakhouse & Lounge
Haus Murphy’s German Restaurant
Havana Café

LON’s at the Hermosa
MacAlpine’s Soda Fountain
Mrs. White’s Golden Rule Café
Mucho Gusto Mexican Bistro
Petite Maison
Phoenix City Grille
Pittsburgh Willy’s Gourmet Hot Dogs
Pomegranate Café
Shugrue’s Hillside Grill
Thee Pitts Again
Tuck Shop
Vogue Bistro

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 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 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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