Season Two of Mark Tarbell’s “Plate & Pour” Now Underway

Mark Tarbell at Barrio Cafe with Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza

After a successful first season, “Plate & Pour,” the original culinary series from Arizona PBS that takes viewers behind the scenes with chefs of local restaurants, is back for season two at 7 p.m. Thursdays on Arizona PBS. And this time, Chef Mark Tarbell, the show’s host and longtime Valley culinary legend, has an Emmy statuette awarded by the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences under his belt.

In the new season, which premiered late last month, Tarbell continues to chat with local purveyors of fine food and drink while shining a spotlight on the Southwest’s culinary landscape. Viewers will experience the science and artistry behind some of the region’s most innovative and popular dishes while also being exposed to the recent developments and trends in the Arizona culinary scene.

Standout episodes from season two include a morning spent at the Uptown Farmers Market with Charleen Badman of FnB in Scottsdale and the most recent winner of the James Beard Award for Best Chef Southwest, and a paella-making session with Samantha Sanz, the young chef at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North who was nominated for the James Beard Rising Star Chef of the Year Award.

In addition to airing on Arizona PBS, “Plate & Pour” has an online presence at, including an interactive restaurant map. Have a favorite that Tarbell should explore in future seasons? Join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #platepourshow.

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