‘No Passport Required’ Celebrity Chef Marcus Samuelsson to Host WCNY’s Live Virtual Taste of Fame Fundraiser Oct. 16

WCNY, Central New York’s public broadcaster, announced its 6th annual Taste of Fame culinary fundraiser will feature Marcus Samuelsson, award-winning Chef, Restaurateur, Author, and Co-owner of Red Rooster Harlem. The annual event highlights award-winning chefs and celebrates their culinary personalities and careers. Due to coronavirus, Marcus will host the culinary journey and cooking experience live from New York City to home kitchens across the country on Zoom.

The live event begins at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT and features a 30-minute cocktail Q&A where Marcus will share his favorite cocktail recipe, a live cooking lesson, an ingredient box that feeds up to four people for $175 delivered to households by event and culinary partner, Tastings NYC, private Zoom rooms to eat with friends in other households, two-week access to the recorded cooking lesson, and the online silent auction.

The Premium Ticket adds an autographed copy of Marcus’ cookbook “The Red Rooster Cookbook” for $225. Tickets are 10% off now–Aug. 31 and WCNY members receive an additional 5% off at wcny.org/events or by calling (315) 453-2424.

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

Taste of Fame is made possible with support from presenting sponsor Wegmans, dessert sponsor Bond, Schoeneck & King, and chef minutes sponsor Pathfinder Bank.


6:30–7 p.m. ET | Cocktails

7 p.m. | Dinner

3:30–4 p.m. PT | Cocktails

4 p.m. | Dinner


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 a tender protein of your choice.

Dessert—Red Velvet Cookies

A chewy cookie bursting with white chocolate chips and the classic Red Velvet flavor everyone knows and loves.


Tickets are on sale now–Sept. 28

Now–Aug. 31 guests can purchase tickets with a 10% discount. WCNY members will receive an additional 5% off tickets at checkout. For more information, visit wcny.org/tasteoffame, call (315) 453-2424, or email tasteoffame@wcny.org.

Proceeds from the Taste of Fame fundraiser support WCNY’s programs and services.


$175.00 $157.50 with 10% discount

1 TICKET INCLUDES 4 SERVINGS PER BOX. Cook LIVE with celebrity Chef Marcus Samuelsson in your home kitchen! The virtual culinary journey includes a 30-minute cocktail Q&A with Chef Marcus where he’ll create his favorite drink and answer questions from guests, a Tastings NYC ingredient box delivered to your home, a live online cooking lesson, two-week access to the recorded cooking lesson, a private Zoom room to eat with friends, and the online silent auction.


$225.00 $202.50 with 10% discount

1 TICKET INCLUDES 4 SERVINGS PER BOX. Enjoy all the benefits of a Dinner Ticket, plus an autographed copy of Chef Marcus’ “The Red Rooster Cookbook.”

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