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‘Check, Please! Arizona’ calls for statewide nominations, launches Tasting Tour

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Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 9:00 am | Updated: 3:27 pm, Thu Dec 13, 2012.

What’s your favorite Arizona restaurant? Do you reward yourself by eating there after a hike? Will you drive 100 miles just for its desserts? 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 azpbs.org/checkplease and nominate their favorite eateries — in Flagstaff, Prescott, Show Low, Yuma and other communities. Those selected will appear on the show with two other guests and James Beard Award-winning chef and host Robert McGrath.

If you prefer to sample dishes from restaurants already featured on the show, mark the calendar for the first “Check, Please! Arizona” Tasting Tour Oct. 23. 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 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. 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 azpbs.org/checkplease.

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 by BestDentalCareAZ.com, Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers, Whitfill Nursery and Lawns by Les.

For more than 50 years, Eight, Arizona PBS has focused on educating children, reporting in-depth on public affairs, fostering lifelong learning and celebrating arts and culture. For information, visit azpbs.org.

Eight achieves its mission through the power of noncommercial television, the Internet, educational outreach and community-based initiatives. Its signal reaches 86 per cent 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 service and the public media enterprise of Arizona State University.

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