Season Premiere on Thursday, April 11, at 7:30pm on KQED 9
Bay Area foodies — ready to discover a whole new season of the best local eateries? KQED Public Television’s Check, Please! Bay Area’s eighth season launches with the program’s 100th episode on Thursday, April 11, at 7:30pm on KQED 9. With each episode of the James Beard and Emmy Award–winning program, three local diners are cast as restaurant critics and share their favorite spots — whether it be an artisan beer pub, a new vegetarian destination or the place for ladies-who-lunch. Host Leslie Sbrocco (thirstygirl, Good Morning America) leads the conversation adding a sprinkling of humor and fun, but the question always remains: Will the three guests agree about their favorites?
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“Wow — 100 episodes! It’s hard to believe that we have reached this incredible moment,” said Sbrocco, who is an award-winning wine expert. “This season builds on last year. You can expect fun and guest fireworks, more wine tips and eateries that you’ve never heard of but that deserve the attention.”
Each episode travels around the Bay Area to visit hidden restaurant gems on the recommendation of the three guests. The food and the personalities featured this season are as diverse as the Bay Area itself. The premiere episode on April 11 features three San Francisco treasures: a Cambodian family restaurant with traditional menu, a spot known for its California cuisine with a hint of Asian influence and a high-end Union Square seafood eatery set in an historic building.
In every episode, each guest chooses their favorite place to eat and the other two guests visit anonymously — the restaurants are not notified that Check, Please! “reviewers” are dining there. After trying each other’s recommendations, they join host and moderator Leslie Sbrocco to discuss, dispute and celebrate their dining experiences with lively commentary. Leslie Sbrocco is an award-winning author, wine expert, newspaper columnist, and speaker.
The series is produced by Tina Salter.