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‘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 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, call (315) 453-2424, or email

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