In its fourth year, Check, Please! Arizona Festival benefitting Arizona PBS touts a new downtown Phoenix location and welcomes a special guest, renowned Italian restaurateur and Emmy Award-winning public television personality Lidia Bastianich.
Sun., March 20, 2016, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Check, Please! Arizona Festival transforms the west end lawn of Margaret T. Hance Park (3rd Ave. and Culver St.), presenting foodies with a convergence of independent restaurants and Arizona culinary celebrities. Icing on the cake this year is the addition of public television celebrity Bastianich, who joins Southwest James Beard Award winner Chef Robert McGrath, host of Arizona PBS’ popular Emmy Award-winning “Check, Please! Arizona.”
Tickets are on sale at www.azpbs.org/CheckPlease/festival.
More than 20 of Arizona’s independent local restaurants will be on hand, offering bite-sized samples, craft beer and wine tastings. In addition, a panelist stage hosts Arizona’s James Beard Award winners, along with two cooking demonstration stages: one showcasing some of the restaurants most recently featured on the award-winning “Check, Please Arizona” television show; the other featuring beloved “Check, Please! Arizona” show veterans and more.
Best-selling cookbook author and TV personality Bastianich appears Saturdays on Arizona PBS with her namesake award-winning cooking shows “Lidia’s Kitchen” and “Lidia’s Italy.” She is chef/owner of four acclaimed New York City restaurants – Felidia, Becco, Esca and Del Posto, as well as Lidia’s Pittsburgh and Lidia’s Kansas City. Lidia also has a line of pastas and all natural sauces. Along with her son, Joe Bastianich, Mario Batali and Oscar Farinetti, the team opened Eataly, the largest artisanal Italian food and wine marketplace in New York City, Chicago and Sao Paolo, Brazil.
· Flavors of Louisiana
· The Dhaba
· Tryst Cafe
· Eddie’s House
· Giuseppes on 28th
· Timo Wine Bar
· Rula Bula Tempe Irish Pub and Restaurant
· Pig & Pickle
· Cucina Tagliani
· SanTan Brewing Company
· TEXAZ Grill
· The Salt Cellar
TICKETS: Tickets are available at www.azpbs.org/checkplease. General admission advance tickets are $49 each through Feb. 29, and $59 from March 1 through March 19; tickets at the gate are $69. All tickets include food, wine and beer sampling as well as panel discussions, cooking demonstrations and guest lectures. NOTE: Last year, the event sold out.