Taste of Fame

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Thank You for Joining Us at WCNY’s 8th Annual Taste of Fame!


WCNY’s 8th annual Taste of Fame culinary fundraising experience took place at Drumlins Country Club. This year’s event was hosted by Award-Winning Celebrity Chef, Cookbook Author, and Host of, “Pati’s Mexican Table” and “La Frontera,” Chef Pati Jinich! Guests enjoyed a three-course culinary dinner journey with recipes inspired by Pati’s latest cookbook, ” Treasures of the Mexican Table,” and stories to accompany each course. The best in Finger Lakes wine, cocktail hour, and a silent auction was also included.

VIP ticket holders were invited to attend a VIP meet and greet event, prior to the three-course dinner at Drumlins Country Club. The VIP event featured a meet and greet, and photo op with Pati, an exclusive screening and Q&A session, an autographed copy of, “Treasures of the Mexican Table” cookbook, and preferred seating for the main event. Chef Julia Collin Davison of “America’s Test Kitchen” returned to Taste of Fame as emcee of the meet and greet event and three-course dinner.

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Pati Jinich

Born and raised in Mexico City, Pati Jinich is the host of the 3x James Beard Award-winning and 4x Emmy nominated PBS television series “Pati’s Mexican Table.” The series is widely distributed in the US through PBS and streamed worldwide on Amazon Prime.

Pati is the resident chef at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington D.C. and the author of three cookbooks, “Pati’s Mexican Table: The Secrets of Real Mexican Home Cooking,” “Mexican Today: New and Rediscovered Recipes for the Contemporary Kitchen,” and “Treasures of the Mexican Table.”

Pati-Jinich-2020A former political analyst focused on Mexican political institutions and US-Mexico relations at the Inter-American Dialogue, Pati holds a master’s degree in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University. She switched policy papers for cooking pots to make exploring and sharing Mexico’s cuisine her life’s work.

The Council of the Americas named Pati one of the “Top 5 Border Ambassadors” who have performed outstanding work bringing the United States and Mexico closer together in their Americas Quarterly (AQ) magazine. She was also named one of the National Immigration Forum’s “Keepers of the American Dream,” which honors individuals who embody the spirit of immigrant achievement and contribute to the well-being of immigrants in the US. Pati was invited to cook at the White House for President Obama’s Cinco de Mayo and Easter celebrations.

She was named one of the “100 Greatest Cooks of All Time” by Epicurious in 2017 and was profiled on the front page of The New York Times food section in October 2018 in the feature “Forget the Wall: Pati Jinich Wants to Build a Culinary Bridge to Mexico.”

She is a member of the Kitchen Cabinet for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, and her company, Mexican Table, has been certified as a Women Owned Business by WBENC.

Pati is a regular guest on NBC’s “Today Show,” CBS’s “The Talk,” ABC’s “Good Morning America,” The Food Network, NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “The Splendid Table,” and Univision’s “Despierta America.” She has been featured in The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and other national and regional press. In addition to writing on her website, patijinich.com, she contributes to a wide array of print and online publications including The Washington Post and The New York Times.

Pati has resided in the Washington, D.C., area for the past 20 years, where she and her husband are raising their three Mexican-American sons.

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Taste of Fame

September 9



Q: Who will be hosting this year’s Taste of Fame?
A: Chef Pati Jinicj will be hosting our 8th annual Taste of Fame culinary fundraising experience! Chef Julia Collin Davison of, “America’s Test Kitchen,” will emcee the VIP meet & greet event, and the three-course dinner experience.

Q: What time does the Taste of Fame event begin?
A: The event begins at 6 p.m. with cocktail hour and a silent auction, and the three-course dinner experience begins at 7 p.m.

Q: Where will the in-person Taste of Fame event take place?
A: This year’s event will take place Sept. 9 at Drumlins Country Club.

Q: Where is Drumlins Country Club located?
A: 800 Nottingham Road Syracuse, NY 13224.

Q: How can I share photos from the event?
A: Use #Tasteoffame22 to share photos with Taste of Fame!


Q: When do ticket sales close?
A: Ticket sales close August 31 at midnight.

Q: Where do I go to purchase tickets?
A: Please visit our Eventbrite page to purchase tickets to Taste of Fame: https://tasteoffame2022.eventbrite.com.

Q: What does the Dinner ticket include?
A: Enjoy a three-course culinary dinner journey with recipes inspired by Pati’s latest cookbook, “Treasures of the Mexican Table,” and stories to accompany each course. The Best in Finger Lakes wine is included. Guests will also enjoy a cocktail hour and silent auction, with dinner following at 7 p.m.

Q: What does the VIP ticket include?
A: VIP ticket holders are invited to attend an exclusive meet and greet/screening event at 4 p.m., prior to the three-course dinner, taking place at Drumlins Country Club. The VIP event features a meet and greet, and photo op with Pati, an exclusive screening, and an autographed copy of, “Treasures of the Mexican Table” cookbook. Chef Julia Collin Davison of, “America’s Test Kitchen,” will emcee the VIP meet & greet/screening event.

Q: I prefer to buy tickets over the phone. What number should I call?
A: Please call (315) 385-7309.

Q: Are refunds available?
A: There are no refunds available for the Taste of Fame event.


Q: What does the three-course dinner menu consist of?
A: The three-course dinner will begin with an Avocado, Watercress, and Pecan Salad, guest entrée choice of: Achiote Adobo Fish, Coloradito Mole with Chicken, or Chiles Rellenos with Cheese, and a Classic Creamy Flan for dessert. Recipes are inspired by Chef Pati’s latest cookbook, “Treasures of the Mexican Table.”

Q: Is there a vegetarian option available?
A: Yes, the vegetarian option is the Chiles Rellenos with Cheese. Please select this entrée option during checkout.

Q: Is there a vegan option available?
A: Yes, please email us at tasteoffame@wcny.org.

Q: Can I change my entrée choice after completing my ticket purchase?
A: If you have made a mistake to your order or want to change your entrée choice, please email tasteoffame@wcny.org by August 29.

Q: Can I request to be seated at the same table as my family/friends who are also attending the event?
A: Yes, please send us an email at tasteoffame@wcny.org, and provide the first and last names of the guests you wish to be seated with. There is also an option during check out to list the names on Eventbrite.

For General Questions about Taste of Fame, please email tasteoffame@wcny.org or call (315) 385-7309.

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Julia Collin Davison
Julia Collin Davison is an executive editorial director for America’s Test Kitchen. She is also host of America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Country and is an original cast member of both shows, which are two of the highest-rated instructional cooking shows on television.
Julia began working as a test cook for Cook’s Illustrated in 1999 and led recipe development for America’s Test Kitchen cookbooks for more than a decade.
Julia is a regular guest on The Dr. Oz Show, Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family, and QVC and has appeared on Fox & Friends and Today.
She graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 1996, received an Augie Award from the Culinary Institute of America, and was inducted into the prestigious Disciples d’Escoffier Culinary Society in 2018. She is a Rochester, NY native.

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Ali Khan

Ali Khan is a television host and food writer/blogger/influencer sharing his love for food across multiple digital platforms. His breakout series, Cheap Eats ran for 5 seasons on Cooking Channel. He is a regular on The Best Thing I Ever Ate, a judge on Food Network’s Chopped +Chopped Junior and served as host of the fourth season of Spring Baking Championship, also on Food Network.

His food writing has appeared in Black Book Magazine, Urban Daddy, James Beard winner LA TACO, You Gotta Eat This as well as authoring his own food blog, Bang for your Burger Buck. His vlog series, “blackbookali” was part of Tastemade’s initial content launch.

Being the child of South Asian immigrants, Ali learned early on that exotic food to some is comfort food to others. He credits his upbringing in the middle of America with parents from literally the other side of the world with his intimate understanding of food and food cultures.

In addition to food writing, Ali is a natural born performer trained in the Theatrical Arts at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Southern California where he earned his B.A. in Theater Studies. His passion for performance and all things epicurean eventually led him to Food Network, where his earliest appearances include Grill It with Bobby Flay and the Best Thing I Ever Made. Producer credits include Food Network’s $24 in 24, Thanksgiving Live and he helped develop projects for Jeff Mauro, Alton Brown and Simon Majumdar.

In 2015, Ali premiered his very own show, Cheap Eats, on Cooking Channel . Armed with a budget of only $35, Ali takes a culinary tour of the US on a budget almost anyone can afford. Cheap Eats aired for 5 seasons spanning 40 states and 59 cities in as many episodes.

In 2018, Ali joined Food Network’s Spring Baking Championship as the host for the 4th season. Ali has made numerous appearances on Food Network’s Chopped and Chopped Junior, Best Thing I Ever Ate.

In 2020, Ali launched Good Sauce, a YouTube Channel dedicated to his two loves: food and comedy. The first series, Ali vs The Dome releases new episodes every Thursday.

He currently resides in Austin TX.

Brad Miller
Brad’s love of cooking was instilled in him from a young age. Growing up in a suburb of Chicago, Brad spent much of his childhood cooking alongside his grandmother and lending a hand in his father’s butcher shop. Deciding to transform this passion into his career, Miller enrolled in Scottsdale Culinary Institute’s Cordon Bleu program. Upon graduating, he worked for Arizona’s 5-Star Latilla at the Boulders and 4-Star Wright’s at the Arizona Biltmore, before heading to Los Angeles’ Michelin-starred Patina. From there, he went on to become Executive Chef of LA’s most romantic restaurant, Inn of the Seventh Ray. There, he received praise from many outlets, including The Los Angeles Times’ top food critic S. Irene Virbila.
Brad is currently the Chef and Co-Owner at Inn of the Seventh Ray restaurant, corporate chef and tastemaker for Five Star Senior Living, one of the country’s most prestigious retirement companies. He is also the owner of Brown Butter Productions, a catering and content production company.
Brad is a much sought-after television personality, appearing on channels such as VH1, NBC, FOX, Food Network, Cooking Channel, PBS, AWE, VICE, Travel Channel, Tasted Channel and The Hallmark Channel. Catch Brad on his very own show “Food Truck Nation” which is currently airing its second season on The Cooking Channel. You can also find Brad on “Best Thing I Ever Ate,” currently airing on Food Network.

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Laura Theodore
Laura Theodore is a nationally recognized television personality, podcast radio host, celebrity PBS vegan chef, renowned jazz singer and award-winning author of five plant-based cookbooks.
Laura is co-creator of the highly successful Jazzy Vegetarian cooking series on national public television and she is host of the Jazzy Vegetarian Podcast on Unity Online Radio.
Laura is author of five cookbooks, including Jazzy Vegetarian’s Deliciously Vegan, which won silver medals at the 2018 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards, Midwest Book Awards and the 2019 Living Now Book Awards. Her new cookbook, Vegan for Everyone; 160 Family Friendly Recipes with a Delicious Modern Twist was recently released by Scribe Publishing Company. Laura and Jazzy Vegetarian are recipients of the Taste Award for Best Health and Fitness Television Program (Food and Diet), and Jazzy Vegetarian was inducted into the Taste Hall of Fame.
Laura has been on the cover of three prestigious magazines; American Vegan, Jazzin’, and La Fashionista Compassionista. She has made guest appearances on The Talk on CBS, Insider/Entertainment Tonight and the WCBS News Radio Health & Wellbeing Report. Laura has been featured in the New York Times, New York Daily News, Mother Earth Living, VegNews, Family Circle, Readers Digest and PBS Food, among other highly respected news, food, music and lifestyle-related journals.
As a globally recognized award-winning jazz singer and songwriter, Laura has recorded six solo CDs, including her award-winning disc, “Tonight’s the Night,” which received a Musician Magazine Award. Her CD release with the late, great Joe Beck entitled “Golden Earrings,” (on the Whaling City Sound label) was on the GRAMMY® list in the category of “Best Jazz Vocal Album.” Laura has toured throughout the country, performing at numerous major events, such as Night of 100 Stars, Fire and Ice Ball, and The American Film Awards.
On the acting side of things, Laura has appeared in over sixty plays and musicals including Off-Broadway for two years in the hit show “Beehive,” which earned her a coveted Backstage Bistro Award. She was honored with the Denver Critics Drama Circle Award as “Best Actress in a Musical,” for her starring role as Janis Joplin in the world premier production of “Love, Janis.”
With her love for good food, compassion for animals and enthusiasm for great music, multi-talented personality, Laura Theodore truly is the Jazzy Vegetarian. Learn more about Laura and Jazzy Vegetarian at: www.jazzyvegetarian.com

Joanne Weir
A 4th-generation professional cook, Joanne Weir spent five years cooking at Chez Panisse after receiving a Master Chef Diploma with Madeleine Kamman. Joanne travels and teaches cooking classes extensively throughout the world, including Italy, Spain, France, Greece, Morocco, Australia, New Zealand. She also teaches at events across the United States and in her San Francisco studio kitchen. Joanne is co-owner of Copita, an award-winning modern Mexican restaurant and tequileria in Sausalito, California.
Joanne is a James Beard award-winning cookbook author and has written 17 cookbooks, including her most recent food memoir, Kitchen Gypsy: Stories and Recipes from a Lifetime Romance with Food, published in September 2015. Joanne writes for several national publications, including Sunset Magazine, Cooking Light, Better Homes and Gardens, Fine Cooking, and Food & Wine.
Joanne is also the host and Executive Producer for several award-winning television series. Her latest show, “Joanne Weir’s Plates & Places,” earned nominations for several Taste Awards and was chosen as the “Best New Series” in 2018. Filmed on location around the globe, each episode provides viewers with a virtual trip to several of Joanne’s culinary destinations. The series is currently in its third season and airs nationwide on both Public Television and Create in over 94% of US households.

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Taste of Fame 2022

WCNY’s Taste of Fame fundraiser would not be possible, without the support of our generous sponsors!


Presenting Sponsors:


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WCNY’s 8th annual Taste of Fame signature fundraising culinary dinner experience returns to CNY! Join Award-Winning Celebrity Chef, Author, and Host of “Pati’s Mexican Table,” Chef Pati Jinich at Drumlins Country Club! Enjoy a three-course culinary dinner journey with recipes inspired by Pati’s new cookbook, “Treasures of the Mexican Table”, and stories to accompany each course. The best in Finger Lakes wine, cocktail hour, and a silent auction is included.

VIP ticket holders are invited to attend an exclusive meet and greet event at 4 p.m., prior to the three-course dinner. The VIP event features a meet and greet, and photo op with Pati, exclusive screening, and an autographed copy of Chef Pati’s “Treasures of the Mexican Table.” Chef Julia Collin Davison from America’s Test Kitchen will emcee the VIP event and the three-course dinner.


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ITEMS $250-$499

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Bidding Instructions

  1. Bid on your phone by visiting bidpal.net/tof22 and registering. There is no app.
  2. Register on any page of the auction center by clicking on the “Sign in” link in the top right Registration is required in order to make a donation or place a bid.
  3. Sign in with your email address, Facebook account, or Google After selecting the registration method, you will be prompted to enter the required information for registration.
  4. Select the item you would like to place a bid
  5. Click the “Bid” button or the “Watch” The “Bid” button will open the “Place Your Bid” pop-up window and allow you to place a bid on the item. The “Watch” button will allow you to bookmark the item.
  6. Enter your bid and then select “Confirm ”
  7. In the next window, you will be able to set your Max The Max Bid represents the most you are willing to spend on the item. If you don’t want to set a Max, you can simply select “No Thanks.”
  8. To browse items based on their categories in the smartphones, click on the “Browse Items” link in the nav bar and then click on the dropdown list at the top to select intended category from the The default option in the dropdown list is “All Items”.

***Items need to be picked up on-site at the close of the event. We aren’t able to ship items.***


How can I check my bids or donations?

On the auction page, click the “Your Activity” button on the menu to review the list of your bookmarked items, bids, and donations.

How do I know if I won an item?

Click on the person icon in the top right corner to check the status of your bids. You can see whether you are the highest bidder, if someone outbid you, or if you won the item.

How do I pay for the item I won?

In the same section mentioned above, you will be able to pay for your transactions on the receipt tab.

How can I get my invoice?

Supporters will be texted a receipt when their purchase is complete. There is also an option to email yourself a receipt. WCNY will also send email receipts to guests as needed.

Is there any bid limit on your items?

There is no limit on how many items you can bid on or how many times you can bid

How can I make a donation?

Go to the “Make a Donation” page and select your donation amount. Or enter your amount by selecting the “Other” option. Then select the donate button.

Is there a sales tax on the auction item?

Only certain packages are subject to sales tax. 8% Sales tax will be applied to those.

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A Special Thank You to Our Taste of Fame Silent Auction Donors!


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