5 Things Not to Miss at the Check, Please! Arizona Festival on March 30
Next Sunday you'll find us at the second annual Check, Please! Arizona Festival at CityScape in downtown Phoenix. The event, hosted by PBS Eight (and co-sponsored by Chow Bella) will feature dozens of local restaurants and chefs, as well as an impressive lineup of panel discussions, cooking demos, and more. There's going to be a lot to eat, drink, hear, and see -- and here are the five things we won't want to miss.
Diana Lustig Chef Christopher Gross at last year's James Beard Award Winner Panel Discussion
Lester Gonzalez of Cowboy Ciao Chef Demonstration
11:15 a.m. on the SubZero Wolf Stage
We can't help liking Cowboy Ciao's executive chef Lester Gonzalez, who's been with the Scottsdale restaurant for more than a decade. Gonzalez, who's got a knack for crafting eclectic but approachable cuisine, trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Scottsdale and started his career at Cowboy Ciao as a line cook. He's one of the humblest chefs we know and we can't wait to see what he'll be making at the event.
Robert McGrath: Chef Demonstration
11:30 a.m. on the Safeway Grilling Stage
Last year, we were impressed by Robert McGrath's super-smooth demo, which offered plenty of laughs and entertainment in addition to helpful cooking tips. McGrath has been nominated for the James Beard Foundation's Best Chef: Southwest award five times and also hosts the PBS Eight show, during which local restaurants get reviewed by citizen critics.
Christopher Gross: Wine Seminar
12:30 p.m. on the Chow Bella Stage
Gross has been in the business for decades, winning numerous awards and recognition, including a James Beard award and the Robert Mondavi Culinary Award of Excellence. At the festival, the chef will be sharing his knowledge of wines -- and pouring some too, so you can drink while you learn.