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PBS Chef Pati Jinich in Syracuse for WCNY’s 8th Annual Taste of Fame!

WCNY, Central New York’s community-owned public broadcaster, is hosting its 8th annual Taste of Fame culinary fundraiser with Chef Pati Jinich, award-winning celebrity chef, author, and host of “Pati’s Mexican Table” and “La Frontera.” The event takes place at Drumlins Country Club (800 Nottingham Rd, Syracuse) on Friday, Sept. 9 from 6-9 p.m.

Guests will enjoy a three-course culinary dinner journey with recipes crafted by Pati, and stories to accompany each course. The best in Finger Lakes wine is also included. The event kicks off with cocktail hour and a silent auction at 6 p.m., with the three-course dinner following at 7 p.m.

The VIP ticket includes all the benefits of a dinner ticket, plus a VIP meet & greet/screening event at Drumlins Country Club, prior to the three-course dinner. Following the VIP event, guests are invited for cocktails at 6 p.m. in the ballroom, and the dinner experience begins at 7 p.m. in the grand ballroom. Chef Julia Collin Davison of “America’s Test Kitchen” will emcee the VIP meet & greet event, and the three-course dinner.

The fundraiser is presented by Visions Federal Credit Union & Wegmans; Media Partner CNY Latino; Dinner Sponsor William G. Pomeroy Foundation, Platinum Sponsor National Grid; Wine Sponsor Wagner Vineyards; Signature Cocktail Sponsor Kendal at Ithaca; VIP Meet and Greet Wine Sponsor Billsboro Winery; Dessert Sponsor Bond Schoeneck & King; Restaurant Sponsor San Miguel Mexican Grill & Bar; Recipe Sponsor OneGroup; Swag Sponsor Dupli Envelopes & Graphics, Centerpiece Sponsor Carol Watson Greenhouse; Gold Sponsor J.W. Burns & Company, Hair & Make Up Sponsor Element on Water; Tequila Sponsor Gran Centenario Tequila.

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Members of the media interested in covering the event at Drumlins Country Club at 800 Nottingham Road in Syracuse should contact by Sept. 9 at 3 p.m. EST.

About WCNY

WCNY was founded in 1965 as The Educational Television Council of Central New York. Today, it is a community-owned media company that produces content across multiple platforms, including television and radio programs, dynamic web and targeted email content, the WCNY CONNECT magazine, and social media. Through online streaming technology, WCNY has a global broadcast audience of viewers and listeners throughout the United States and 17 countries. WCNY operates four digital, pledge-free broadcast channels and three radio stations. Classic FM is one of a few radio stations in the world dedicated to locally programmed classical music.


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