San Francisco, CA, April 25, 2017— KQED’s popular Check, Please! Bay Area Taste & Sip food and wine tasting will be held Tuesday, May 23, 2017, from 6:30 to 9pm at the San Francisco Design Center Galleria. Sample mouthwatering bites from nearly 50 Check, Please! Bay Area–reviewed restaurants; sip wines from around the world; and enjoy specialty cocktails while listening to live gypsy jazz by Gaucho, courtesy of SFJAZZ. Guests can meet Check, Please! Bay Area host Leslie Sbrocco, the show’s production team and reviewers from past seasons.
“Taste & Sip is my favorite event of the year,” said Sbrocco. “Not only are there world-class wines and spirits to sip, top-notch local eateries also show up to show off their best bites. It’s also my chance to meet and mingle with the fans of the show; making them a part of the Check, Please! family is the goal of the event for me.”
Participating restaurants at this year’s event include: Auntie April’s Chicken-n-Waffles & Soul Food, BackDoor Bistro & Wine Bar, Basque Cultural Center, Bobo’s the Steak the Crab, Buddy’s Bites and Brews, Bull Valley Roadhouse, Cajun Pacific, Camber Restaurant Bar, Canela Bistro & Wine Bar, Copita Tequileria y Comida, Davey Jones Deli, Della Santina’s Trattoria, Doppio Zero, DOSA, Dragon Beaux, Duende, Farallon, farmerbrown, Gamine, Gaumenkitzel Organic German Slow Food Restaurant, Green Chile Kitchen, John Ash & Co., La Viga Restaurant, lers ros, Los Moles, Lovejoy’s Tea Room, M.Y. China, Marinitas Restaurant, Marnee Thai Restaurant, Memphis Minnie’s BBQ Joint, MESCOLANZA, Myriad Gastropub, Nick’s Crispy Tacos, Old Jerusalem Restaurant, Old Skool Café, PABU Izakaya, Paradiso Restaurant, Park Tavern, Picán, PICANTE, Plaj Restaurant, Poesia, Poggio Trattoria, Rangoon Ruby, Sapore Italiano Ristorante, Sauce Restaurant Group, Sessions at the Presidio, and Waterbar.
Wine vendors offering samples include: Ca’ Momi, Chronic Cellars, Iron Horse Vineyards, J. Lohr Vineyards, Jamieson Ranch Vineyards, Joseph Carr, Le Grand Courtâge, McEvoy Ranch, New Zealand Winegrowers, Purple Heart, Sebright Cellars, Steele Wines, Vintage Wine Estate, and Wines of Spain.
Main Event tickets are $85 for KQED members and $95 for the general public. Tickets for early access VIP reception + Main Event are $125 for KQED members and $135 for the general public. Tickets are on sale at CityBoxOffice.com or by phone at 415.392.4400.
Check, Please! Bay Area’s 12th season is made possible by the generous support of Integrated Resources Group, European Sleep Works, Oakland International Airport, Sutter CPMC 2020, La Tourangelle, and Total Wine & More.
Additional event support provided by: Provident Credit Union
About Check, Please! Bay Area
Check, Please! Bay Area features guests and eateries as diverse the Bay Area itself. In each episode of the James Beard and Emmy Award–winning program, three local diners share their favorite spots and critique each others’ choices. They visit each restaurant anonymously — the restaurants are not notified that Check, Please! reviewers are present. After trying each others’ recommendations, the diners join host and moderator Leslie Sbrocco to discuss, dispute and celebrate their dining experiences with lively commentary.
KQED serves the people of Northern California with a public-supported alternative to commercial media. An NPR and PBS affiliate based in San Francisco, KQED is home to one of the most listened-to public radio stations in the nation, one of the highest-rated public television services and an award-winning education program helping students and educators thrive in 21st-century classrooms. A trusted news source and leader and innovator in interactive technology, KQED takes people of all ages on journeys of exploration — exposing them to new people, places and ideas.