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Eight, Arizona PBS and R Entertainment Company Present…
Eight’s Check, Please! Arizona Festival Adds Artistic Element
Plus Award-Winning Chef Nobuo Announces Chef Demonstration
Festival inspired by two-time Emmy-winning show hosted by AZ’s own Chef Robert McGrath
Sun., March 30, 2014, 11am-3pm at CityScape
Showcase of Restaurants Wineries, Craft Beer, Chefs and Art
$69 in Advance, $79 at the Door
Tickets at www.AZPBS.org/CheckPlease

PHOENIX (March 24, 2014) – Eight’s Check, Please! Arizona Festival returns to CityScape for its second year, adding a demonstration by renowned celebrity Chef Nobuo Fukuda.  In addition, the feast doesn’t end at the taste buds, but continues with an art exhibit entitled Feast Your Eyes, presented by Artlink Inc.  

Feast Your Eyes showcases an array of tantalizing work from local artists in a group exhibition. The pop-up gallery set against the backdrop of Eight’s Check, Please! Arizona Festival at CityScape will celebrate the five senses (sight, hearing, touch, smell and, most importantly here, taste!) that make for a spectacular meal. The art displayed in Feast Your Eyes will be available for purchase by festival patrons.

Eight’s Check, Please! Arizona Festival is Sun., March 30, 2014, 11am-3pm; the event will transform CityScape into an exploration of the restaurants Arizonans have nominated as their favorites in past Check, Please! Arizona shows. This rare collection of independent restaurants, from fine-dining establishments to tucked-away cafés, closes Central Avenue in the heart of downtown Phoenix. The streets will be filled with art, fine food, savory wine and craft beer in addition to a collection of trees sprinkled throughout the street, provided by Whitfill Nursery.

Tickets are $69 in advance, $79 at the doors; available online at www.azpbs.org/CheckPlease

The event once again offers the highly anticipated discussion panel by Arizona’s James Beard Award winners featuring Chef Robert McGrath, Chef Christopher Gross and Chef Nobuo Fukuda. Plus, guests will enjoy wine seminars and cooking demonstrations, including an exclusive cooking demo by Fukuda. Chef Nobuo Fukuda, known for his Japanese-inspired cuisine, has earned national acclaim for his unique dishes and exotic culinary insight and cooking style.

In addition, Chef McGrath shares his unmistakable charm and culinary insight in a cooking demonstration and Chef Christopher Gross delivers a wine seminar, sharing more than 40 years of experience in the wine and food world.

Three stages will set the scene: the SubZero/Wolf Chef Demonstration Stage, the Safeway Grill Master Stage and the Chow Bella Stage.
SubZero/Wolf Chef Demonstration Stage
11:15am: Chef Lester Gonzalez of Cowboy Ciao
12:00pm: Chef Nobuo Fukuda of Nobuo at Teeter House (James Beard Award winner)
1:45pm: Chef Eric Osburn of Centurion

Safeway Grill Master Stage
11:30am: Chef Robert McGrath, host of Check, Please! Arizona (James Beard Award winner)
1:30pm: Chef George Frasher of Frasher’s Steakhouse & Lounge
2:15pm: Chef Ramon Rice of D’Vine Bistro

Chow Bella Stage
12:30pm: Chef Christopher Gross of Christopher’s Crush (James Beard Award winner) – Wine seminar
1:00pm: James Beard Award Winner Panel Discussion Hosted by Robert McGrath featuring Christopher Gross and Nobuo Fukuda
In addition to celebrity chefs offering a number of unprecedented insights, more than 30 of Arizona’s favorite independent dining spots are set to dish out their specialties; and offerings from global wineries and unique craft breweries will be available to imbibe as well.  

Restaurant Lineup to Date. Among participating restaurants in this second year are:

  • Citizen Public House
  • Vogue Bistro
  • Rancho Pinot
  • Tasty Thai
  • America's Taco Shop
  • Bertha’s Café
  • The Wild Thaiger
  • Betty's Nosh
  • Centurion
  • Mrs. White's Golden Rule Cafe
  • Cowboy Ciao
  • Durant's
  • D’Vine Bistro & Wine Bar
  • Flancer’s
  • Havana Café
  • Cucina Tagliani
  • Hob Nobs
  • Lon's at Hermosa Inn
  • MacAlpine's Soda Fountain
  • Phoenix City Grille
  • Red, White and Brew
  • Frasher's Steakhouse and Lounge
  • Salerno's Restaurant & Pizzeria
  • Flavors of Louisiana
  • Salt Cellar Restaurant
  • Tarbell’s
  • Thee Pitts "Again"
  • The Vig Uptown
  • Yupha's Thai Kitchen 

A singular opportunity for fans at the CityScape event is the chance for guests to audition for the fifth season of the TV show Check, Please! Arizona, which airs on Eight, Arizona PBS.

Check, Please! Arizona on Eight.  Season four of this two-time Emmy Award-winning series premiered Jan. 2, and airs Thursdays at 7pm on Eight, Arizona PBS

Check, Please! Arizona is continuously the highest-rated local series on Eight, hosted by James Beard Award-winning Chef Robert McGrath.  By the end of season four, more than 150 restaurants will have been featured on the show.   Fans can nominate their favorite eatery; review featured restaurants; view previous shows online; see an interactive map and even obtain recipes at azpbs.org/checkplease.

For more information on sponsorship and participation opportunities with Eight’s Check, Please! Arizona Festival, please contact Chelsea Fox at R Entertainment Company, 480.657.7333 ext.15 or email Chelsea@r-entertainment.com.

Artlink Inc. Artlink Inc., founded in 1989, is an all-volunteer 501(c) 3 arts organization based in downtown Phoenix. The organization’s mission is to link visual artists, businesses, and the public to better understand, appreciate, and promote the arts, and to further develop a strong, vital arts community.

About R Entertainment Company.  Led by entertainment industry veterans, R Entertainment Company is a global concert and event booking, promotion and production company, which markets and produces more than 200 dates a year. Perhaps at the top of its noteworthy culinary events portfolio is Eight’s Check, Please! Arizona Festival.  R Entertainment Company Events & Destinations division also produces private corporate gatherings such as the American Express Chairman’s event, and the Harvey Mackay 80th Birthday Event.  www.R-Entertainment.com

About Eight, Arizona PBS

Eight, Arizona PBS is a trusted community resource.  For over 52 years, the PBS station has focused on educating children, reporting in-depth on public affairs, fostering lifelong learning and celebrating arts and culture. Eight achieves its mission through the power of non-commercial television, the Internet, educational outreach and community-based initiatives. Its signal reaches 80 percent of the homes in Arizona. With more than 1 million viewers weekly, Eight consistently ranks among the most-viewed public television stations per capita in the country. For more information, visit azpbs.org.

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