“Check, Please! Arizona” returns for eighth season with host Mark Tarbell
Jan. 4, 2018
“Check, Please! Arizona” is back with its familiar format, but with a whole new platter of food and people for its eighth season.
Hosted by Mark Tarbell, the show presents a group of friends chatting around a dinner table. Only in this case, as the host points out, most of these people are meeting for the first time because their shared passion for food has brought them together.
Similar to previous seasons, Tarbell says there will be a variety of restaurants, listing as one example “this wonderful African restaurant that’s just authentic Ethiopian food.” Tarbell talks about finding the balance of including big time restaurants as well as featuring the smaller, passion projects that are often run by only one person.
With many young and talented people coming to the Valley, Tarbell says the Phoenix dining scene has exploded. In support of that, the show highlights this booming culture that may not be as well known as it deserves.
“The intent of the show in my view is really promoting all these things that people might not have known about and creating a dining culture, a dining scene,” says Tarbell.