WCNY’s Taste of Fame moves online; chef Marcus Samuelsson will headline virtual dinner – syracuse.com

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Syracuse, N.Y. — Chef and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson will headline WCNY’s sixth annual Taste of Fame dinner fundraiser this fall, which will be held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In years past, the event has involved a plated multi-course dinner, live in-studio recordings and meet-and-greet cocktail hours.

But this year, it’ll all take place online.

The virtual dinner will be held on Oct. 16. At 6:30 p.m., Samuelsson will kick off a 30-minute cocktail hour/Q&A by making his favorite cocktail and answering questions from guests.

Ingredient boxes will be delivered to households in advance of the dinner. With it, guests will cook a three-course dinner alongside Samuelsson, who will be leading a live cooking lesson on Zoom. Guests will have access to the live cooking lesson for two weeks after the event.

Guests will then eat dinner in private Zoom Rooms with friends or family.

An online silent auction rounds out the evening.

“WCNY is excited to continue to produce this event in a new and interactive way across the country,” Mitch Gelman, WCNY President and CEO, said in a statement. “Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy cooking a delicious meal with Chef Marcus live in their own kitchen.”

The Ethiopian-born, Swedish-raised Samuelsson operates more than a dozen restaurants in North America and Europe. While chef at Aquavit, a pioneering Scandinavian restaurant in Manhattan, Samuelsson became the youngest chef to ever receive three stars from The New York Times.

Samuelsson is also a television mainstay. He hosts the PBS show “No Passport Required.” He was crowned champion of season two of Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters” and Food Network’s “Chopped All Stars” and was the winning mentor on ABC’s “The Taste.”

Ticketing will also be different this year. Each ticket includes one ingredient box with enough food for four servings.

Regular dinner tickets are $175. Premium tickets are $225 and include a signed copy of Samuelsson’s cookbook, “The Red Rooster Cookbook: The Story of Food and Hustle in Harlem.”

Tickets are available at a 10% early bird discount from now until Aug. 31. WCNY members will receive an additional 5% off. To buy tickets, visit wcny.org/events or call (315) 453-2424. The event is presented by Wegmans.

“America’s Test Kitchen” star Julia Collin Davison headlined the event in 2019. Fellow PBS chef Vivian Howard, star of “A Chef’s Life,” headlined the 2018 dinner.

Taste of Fame Dinner Menu:

Appetizer—Southern Greens Salad with Vinaigrette

A mix of tender salad greens tossed with a sorghum spiked apple cider vinaigrette and crunchy southern pecans.

Entrée—Curry with Yams & Swiss Chard (Choice of Shrimp, Chicken, or Tofu)

A fragrant, spiced coconut curry filled with sweet yams, verdant Swiss chard and choice of protein.

Dessert—Red Velvet Cookies

A chewy cookie bursting with white chocolate chips.

Jacob Pucci writes on food, restaurants and all things gastronomic across Central New York. Contact him by email at [email protected].

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