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For Immediate Release
April 18, 2008

WTTW11 Hosts 5th Annual TASTE OF CHECK, PLEASE! Thursday, May 15 from 6:30-9:30 pm at WTTW11's studios

Featuring a special performance by Chicago jazz vocalist Dee Alexander at the VIP Restaurant Showcase

Tastings from 30 restaurants, silent auction, raffle prizes, and more; in partnership with the Greater Chicago Food Depository

Chicago, IL - April 18, 2008 - Growing in popularity and scale every year, WTTW11 announces the 5th annual Taste of Check, Please!, a benefit event with Check, Please! host and Master Sommelier Alpana Singh, on the evening of Thursday, May 15 at the WTTW11 studios at 5400 N. St. Louis in Chicago.

Chicago jazz vocalist and songwriter Dee Alexander will perform at the VIP Restaurant Showcase, accompanied by Miguel delaCerna.

The VIP Restaurant Showcase will take place from 5:30-7 pm, with the main event scheduled for 6:30-9:30 p.m. throughout the studios and in a festive tent on the grounds. Approximately 30 diverse area restaurants featured on the popular restaurant review program will offer samples to guests.

The Main Event admission price includes the local restaurant tastings, beer, wine, soda, and a special Check, Please! cocktail. Entertainment will be provided by Joe Valentino Band, currently appearing at the 200 East Supper Club, and Vanessa the Belly Dancer, a performer at Juliana. Valet parking is available for $10 per car, with very limited street parking. All guests will also be able to participate in a silent auction with over 50 items, and a raffle for 3 valuable prizes.

Admission to the VIP Restaurant Showcase includes all of the above, plus special drinks from selected participating restaurants; a full-service bar; exclusive VIP entertainment by Dee Alexander with Miguel delaCerna; a chance to win a role as bartender on Check, Please!; complimentary valet parking; and admission to the VIP Lounge all evening.

Restaurants formerly featured on Check, Please! scheduled to participate in this event:

200 East
Gibson's Steakhouse
Kuma's Corner
Grand Duke's Restaurant
Lutz Café and Pastry Shop
Chicago Diner
Hai Yen
Magnolia Café
Heartland Café
Maple Tree Inn
Honey 1 BBQ
One Sixty Blue
David Burke's Primehouse
Il Mulino Chicago
Pizza D.O.C.
Galway Tribes
Kabul House
Geja's Café
Kiki's Bistro
Shaw's Crab House

Main Event Tickets: $150 for WTTW11 members; $175 non-members VIP Restaurant Showcase Tickets: $250

For tickets, please call 773-509-5505 or log on to wttw.com/tasteofcheckplease.

Space is limited!

This year, Taste of Check, Please! is proud to partner with the Greater Chicago Food Depository, a not-for-profit food distribution and training center providing food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community. The GCFD distributes donated and purchased food through a network of 600 food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters to almost a half-million adults and children every year. For more information, log onto www.chicagosfoodbank.org or call 773-247-FOOD.

Guests are encouraged to bring a can or two of non-perishable food to the event for the Taste of Check, Please! Food Drive to benefit the GCFD.

WTTW11 Contact
Julia Maish
(773) 509-5551

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