Eight’s Great GrillFest featuring local restaurants and personalities returns to Peoria, tickets on sale now – November 2

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PEORIA (Aug. 4, 2014) – Tickets for the second year of Eight’s Great GrillFest go on sale Fri., Aug. 8, at www.azpbs.org/grillfest. The event returns this year Sun., Nov. 2, noon to 3pm, with a new location, a new VIP ticket, and a new emphasis on fine wines.

Eight, Arizona PBS in conjunction with R Entertainment Company and the City of Peoria present Eight’s Great GrillFest, this time at the beautiful Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia in Peoria. Trilogy Golf Club draws upon distinctive desert land features against the backdrop of a western sky, resulting in an extraordinary setting.

So popular was last year’s premier event that this year it offers a VIP ticket to deliver an even more exclusive up close-and-personal option for fans. The VIP ticket allows guests early entry to enjoy first access to a myriad of grilled food samples from participating metro Phoenix restaurants and an exclusive panel discussion featuring nationally recognized personalities from America’s Test Kitchen, Julia Collin Davison and Bridget Lancaster, and international wine authority Anthony Dias Blue. Blue is known worldwide for the San Francisco International Wine Competition, the largest global wine competition in the USA, and the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. He is author of numerous books on wine and food. Also joining the panel are the host of Eight’s Check, Please! Arizona, Chef Robert McGrath, and Savor the Southwest’s Barbara Fenzl. In addition to appearances on America’s Test Kitchen, Davison also is executive food editor of the show’s new media, television and radio initiatives. Similarly, Lancaster also is executive food editor of the book division of America’s Test Kitchen and appears on Cook’s Country from America’s Test Kitchen. Anthony Dias Blue also owns and is editor-in-chief of beverage trade publication The Tasting Panel Magazine. Davison, Lancaster and Blue will showcase their culinary expertise on the SubZero/Wolf Chef’s Demonstration Stage and participate in the VIP panel discussion along with locally based and nationally acclaimed chefs McGrath and Fenzl. A new addition to Eight’s Great GrillFest is Martie Sullivan of Arizona’s Sweet Basil Gourmetware and Cooking School. Similar to a popular kitchen tools segment regularly featured on America’s Test Kitchen, Sullivan will lead a seminar on high-quality kitchen gear. Arizona culinary doyenne Fenzl, who has starred in Eight’s Savor the Southwest, serves as official host of Eight’s Great GrillFest and will present a cooking demonstration for fans. James Beard Foundation award-winner Chef McGrath, who hosts the station’s number-one locally produced show, will share his culinary techniques on stage as well.Tickets.

Purchase tickets at www.azpbs.org/grillfest and click on the ‘buy tickets’ link. Admission to the event is $40 and includes food, wine and beer tastings. VIP tickets are $50 and include early entrance to the event (11am-12pm), and an exclusive VIP discussion panel.
About R Entertainment Company.

Founded in 2004, and led by veterans of the entertainment and production industries, R Entertainment Company is a national concert and events promotions organization, which markets and produces more than 200 dates a year. Private corporate gatherings such as the American Express Chairman’s event, celebrations for individuals such as the Harvey Mackay 80th Birthday Event and noteworthy culinary events such as Eight’s Check, Please! Arizona Festival are also part of the company portfolio. R Entertainment Company books world-class musical entertainment talent across the country as well, working with global artists such as Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert, REO Speedwagon, Joan Rivers, Sinbad, Jamie Foxx, The String Cheese Incident, Fun., Primus, BB King, Queen + Paul Rodgers worldwide tour, and many, many others. www.R-Entertainment.com About Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia. Crafted by renowned golf course architect Gary Panks, the championship design at the daily fee Trilogy Golf Club draws upon distinctive land features and a backdrop of stunning Arizona scenery to result in a truly extraordinary setting. With more than 70 pronounced and transitional bunkers that feed gently into the golf course’s fairways and native areas, Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia highly rewards careful planning and precise execution by the golfer. There are five different tee boxes from which to choose on this unique 18-hole, par 72-championship golf course. Tees range from 5,573 yards to 7,259 yards, allowing players of every skill level to enjoy this exceptional test of golf. Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia is located 25 minutes northwest of Phoenix in Peoria, Arizona. The golf course and clubhouse, featuring fine fare at Verde Grill, are both complementing components of the recreational amenities of the residential resort community developed by Shea Homes. For more information call 623.328.5100 or visit www.trilogygolfclub.com

About City of Peoria.

Peoria, Arizona is a bustling community northwest of Phoenix, founded in 1886, incorporated in 1954, and today home to more than 154,000 residents. The City is also home to Arizona treasures such as Lake Pleasant, the state’s second largest lake; the Peoria Sports Complex, Spring Training home of the Major League Baseball San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners; and other award-winning facilities including the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts and Rio Vista Community Park and Recreation Center. The many assets Peoria has to offer led Money magazine to rank Peoria among its 100 “Best Places to Live” in 2008. The City of Peoria prides itself on its ability to provide excellent municipal services by anticipating community needs, creating partnerships, promoting sustainability and embracing diversity. www.PeoriaAZ.gov


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