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WTTW to Host the First Annual Check, Please! Food Truck Fest

Friday, September 21, 5:00‐8:00 pm at WTTW’s studios: A variety of Chicago’s most popular food trucks to serve up samples of their best; Check, Please! special edition to be taped at the event!

For immediate release
- August 8, 2012

In recent months on the streets of Chicago, the food truck scene is flourishing and growing, with new and exciting mobile eateries hitting the city’s neighborhoods seemingly every other week. On Friday, September 21, WTTW’s highly‐rated local restaurant review series Check, Please! will focus its cameras on these energetic entrepreneurs at its first annual Check, Please! Food Truck Fest, to take place on the grounds of the WTTW/WFMT studios, 5400 N. Saint Louis Avenue in Chicago.

The event will run from 5:00‐8:00 pm, and WTTW’s cameras will be on hand to tape the 12th season premiere of the series, capturing footage of the trucks along with interviews with attendees sampling their fare. The episode is slated to air on WTTW11 on Friday, October 12 at 8:00 pm.

Participating food trucks are:

  • Bergstein’s NY Deli
  • Caponies Express
  • Cupcakes for Courage
  • Curried Mobile
  • Don Rafa
  • Duck Nʹ Roll
  • e.leaven
  • Falafel Brothers
  • Getta Polpetta
  • Pleasant House Bakery
  • Soups in the Loop
  • Wagyu Wagon

Check, Please! is thrilled to shine a spotlight on the blossoming food truck scene here in of Chicago,” said series Creator and Executive Producer David Manilow. WTTW’s V.J. McAleer, Executive Producer, agrees, adding, “This series – one of the station’s most popular programs over the past 12 years – has served WTTW’s mission of introducing our community to a diverse variety of neighborhoods, foods and cultures. We are pleased to welcome viewers, friends and neighbors to our backyard with this event.”

Foodies wishing to attend the Check, Please! Food Truck Fest can purchase tickets in advance here: Tickets are $25 and include 2 drinks and a selection of Food Truck tastes. No physical tickets will be issued; there will be a check‐in list at the entrance to the event.

Terlato Wines International and Lagunitas Brewing Company are generously providing the wine and beer for the Fest, with live music from local band The O’My’s.

Sponsors of the Check, Please! Food Truck Fest are Allstate and BMO Private Bank, with special thanks to Northeastern Illinois University.

About WTTW

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