Check, Please! Arizona to Host Downtown Food Festival: Think Local Restaurants, Chef Demos, and Auditions

Check, Please! Arizona, KAET Channel 8's popular restaurant-review series on which Arizonans share their dining experiences with James Beard Award-winning chef and host Robert McGrath, is taking its show on the road. Specifically, to downtown Phoenix.

See also: - Wingstock 2013 on March 30 in Mesa: They're Gonna Need a Lot of Napkins - Feast on the Street: A Celebration of Local Food to Roosevelt Row in Phoenix on April 13

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at downtown's CityScape, the locally produced show will host a food event aptly named Eight's Check, Please! Arizona Festival.

Highlighting Arizona's independent culinary scene, the event will showcase eats from over 35 restaurants previously featured on Check, Please! Arizona in addition to craft beer and wine, cooking demonstrations, a James Beard Award winners' panel hosted by McGrath, and a chance for fans to audition for a spot on the show.

So which local restaurants are making an appearance?

Independent restaurants scheduled to participate:

- Tarbell's - Tuck Shop - Lon's at the Hermosa - Phoenix City Grille - Haus Murphy's German Restaurant - Vogue Bistro - MacAlpines - Flancer's - 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

To purchase tickets, go to the Check, Please! Arizona website. General admission is $60 and includes food as well as wine and beer sampling. VIP tickets are $100 and include a James Beard Award winners' private chef seminar; exclusive wine tastings; early entry to the festival 30-minutes before general admission; and VIP valet parking.

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Laura Hahnefeld
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