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WTTW’S Emmy-Winning Check, Please! is back for a 14th season with host Catherine De Orio

Friday, October 17 at 8:00 pm on WTTW11 and

For immediate release
Chicago, IL - October 2, 2014

WTTW11, the Midwest’s premier public television station, announced that its most popular local series, the award-winning weekly restaurant review program CHECK, PLEASE!, will premiere its 14th season on Friday, October 17 at 8:00 pm, with Catherine De Orio in her sophomore season as host of the program.  The series will also be rebroadcast Saturdays at 4:30 pm and Sundays at 1:00 pm.

In this premiere episode, Catherine's guests are three Chicagoans: institutional advancement professional Erika Chavez, who recommends Gorditas Aguascalientes in Cicero; IT salesman Matt Davidman, whose choice is Andy's Thai Kitchen in Lincoln Park; and veterinarian Jane Lohmar, who loves Gather in the Lincoln Square neighborhood.

Upcoming episodes will feature eateries across the Chicagoland area, including establishments in Arlington Heights, Aurora, Worth, and Berwyn, and in the Chicago neighborhoods of Lakeview, Andersonville, Chinatown, Wicker Park, Lincoln Square, and many more.

Check, Please! is a co-production of Check, Please! LLC and WTTW/Chicago.  Executive Producers:  David Manilow and V.J. McAleer.  Producer: Jacqui Wedewer.  Associate Producer: Carmen Schmidt.  Director: Mark Shaykin.  Associate Director: Cynthia Malek.  Post-Production Supervisor:  Don DeMartini.  Editors:  Barbara E. Allen, Wayne Kumingo, Jacqui Wedewer, and Tim Jackson.

Over the past 13 seasons, WTTW’s Emmy-winning restaurant review series Check, Please! and its continually rotating trio of “regular person” restaurant reviewers have exposed Chicagoans to more than 450 local eateries across a wide span of neighborhoods, cuisines, ethnicities, and price points – encouraging viewers to experience all that the Chicago area’s vibrant and diverse dining scene has to offer – on-air and online.  Since its premiere in October 2001, the series has evolved into WTTW’s most consistently popular local program.  Visit the Check, Please! website at for more information about Catherine, video from all seasons, a map and detailed information about all of the restaurants featured on the show, chef recipes, and the Talk & Eat blog and Check, Please! PLANNER event calendar.

About WTTW
WTTW is a premier public media organization committed to creating and presenting unique television and digital media content across four distinct television channels – WTTW11, WTTW Prime, the Spanish-language channel WTTW Vme, and WTTW Create/WTTW WORLD, and on Recognized for award-winning local and national productions such as Chicago Tonight, Check, Please!, and MEXICO – One Plate at a Time, WTTW presents the very best in cultural, nature, science, public affairs, and children’s programming to almost 2 million weekly viewers across a four state area. WTTW is unique in its commitment to serving the children in our community, with half of its weekday broadcast schedule devoted to educational and non-commercial content. Visitors to can connect with others in the community and access a full library of local and national video content for kids and adults, interactive features, event and membership opportunities, and robust microsites dedicated to WTTW and PBS series and specials.