Tuesday, April 12, 2011

South Florida kids become restaurant critics in TV show Check, Please!

For parents and grandparents brave enough to take children out to eat, one of the most important factors is finding a restaurant that serves something the kids like.

Three kids "dish" on South Florida restaurants in the show Check, Please! which starts its sixth season on May 16 at 7:30 p.m. on WPBT2. The young foodies, local first- and second-graders, join host Michelle Bernstein to talk about what they liked and disliked about their dining experiences in various restaurants. It's the first time the show includes children.

However, the May 16 episode of Check, Please! isn't about just macaroni and cheese and chicken nuggets. Celebrity chef Bernstein and the kids discuss sushi, tofu, filet mignon, Thai food and more.

Future shows will include grown-up guest reviewers, with restaurants ranging from Jupiter in northern Palm Beach County to Kendall in Miami-Dade County. If you're in South Florida, you can apply to be a guest reviewer at the Check, Please! site.

From WPBT2, here are the episode descriptions:

SHOW # 601- Broadcast Date: Monday, May 16

*Our Special Kids Episode!*
See what South Floridians have to say about Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlor & Restaurant in Dania Beach; Thai Cafe in Miami Lakes; and Café Abbracci in Coral Gables.

Guest reviewers: Demi-Nicole Bernadotte, Second-grader; Jude Rivera, Second-grader; Frankie Sanchez, First-grader

SHOW # 602- Broadcast Date: Monday, May 23

See what South Floridians have to say about Big Bear Brewing Co. in Coral Springs;
Café Sharaku in Ft. Lauderdale; and Tin Muffin Cafe in Boca Raton.

Guest Reviewers: Jessica Stein, Art Teacher; Yoshi Kirsch, Car Exporter; Jerry Friedman, Chiropractor

SHOW # 603- Broadcast Date: Monday, May 30

See what South Floridians have to say about Jaguar Ceviche Spoon Bar & Latam Grill in Coconut Grove; Secreto Restaurant in Kendall; and Buena Vista Bistro in Miami.

Guest reviewers: Manuela Menendez, Psychologist; Angel Medina, Banker; Scot Marken, Nonprofit CEO

SHOW # 604- Broadcast Date: Monday, June 6

See what South Floridians have to say about Capt. Charlie’s Reef Grill in Juno Beach, CW’s BBQ in Hobe Sound; and Havana Restaurant in West Palm Beach.

Guest reviewers: Esse Asker, Manufacturer Representative; Tom Priester, Realtor; Maurissa Jones, Lawyer

SHOW # 605- Broadcast Date: Monday, June 13

See what South Floridians have to say about Moca Café & Lounge in North Miami; Bash Wine Cafe in Sunrise; and Sugar Reef Grill in Hollywood.

Guest reviewers: Rose-Philippe Coriolan, Radio Station Operations Manager; Bob Feinberg, Medical Sales Manager; Richard Miller, Fundraising Consultant

Sponsors for Season 6 include Badia Spices, Whole Foods Market, Creekstone Farms, Southern Wine & Spirits, Johnson & Wales University, and Care Plus.