Local chefs featured on the Eight, Arizona PBS show “Check, Please! Arizona” gather at the inaugural Check, Please! Arizona Festival, where fans and foodies can sample some of the Valley’s best restaurant fare and audition for upcoming episodes of the show. Cuisine from at least 36 of the independent restaurants – from five-star dining establishments to tucked-away cafes – previously featured on the show will be offered.  Among event highlights are cooking demonstrations, panel discussions and the chance to audition in front of cameras.

DETAILS >> 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 28. CityScape, 1 E. Washington St., Phoenix. $60 general admission, $100 VIP admission. Tickets include food, as well as wine and beer sampling.  VIP ticketholders will enjoy the James Beard Award-winners’ private chef seminar; exclusive wine tastings; early entry to the festival 30-minutes before general admission; and VIP Valet Parking. www.azpbs.org/checkplease/festival.

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