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Chef Mary Ann Esposito of “Ciao Italia” to Headline WCNY’s 9th Annual Taste of Fame Event October 13 at Drumlins Country Club

WCNY, Central New York’s public communications organization, will host its 9th annual Taste of Fame culinary fundraiser with Chef Mary Ann Esposito, award-winning celebrity chef, cookbook author, and creator and host of “Ciao Italia” on PBS. The event will be held at Drumlins Country Club (800 Nottingham Rd, Syracuse), Friday, October 13.

Guests will enjoy a three-course culinary dinner journey with recipes crafted by Mary Ann, and stories to accompany each course. 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/cooking demo event at Drumlins Country Club, prior to the three-course dinner. Following the VIP event, guests are invited for cocktails at 6 p.m. on the ballroom patio, and the dinner experience begins at 7 p.m. in the grand ballroom. Chef Julia Collin Davison of “America’s Test Kitchen,” “Cook’s Country,” and “Julia at Home” will emcee the VIP cooking demo, as well as the three-course dinner.

The fundraiser is presented by Wegmans & William G. Pomeroy Foundation; Dinner Sponsor National Grid; VIP Meet & Greet Wine Sponsor Billsboro Winery, Coffee Sponsor Smith Housewares and Restaurant Supply; Open Bar Sponsor Wagner Vineyards Estate Winery; Recipe Sponsor OneGroup; Gold Sponsor J.W. Burns & Company; Hair and Make Up Sponsor Element on Water; and Cooking Demo Sponsor Vincent’s Gourmet Imports.


Salad Course

– Radicchio and Pear Salad

Entrée (Choice of)

– Lemon Chicken with spinach orzo and broccolini

– Beef Braciole with creamy polenta and broccolini

– Eggplant Meatballs with tomato sauce and broccolini

Dessert Course

– Pear and Apple Tart

Dinner Ticket – $175/Ticket

– Cocktails

– Silent Auction

– Three-course culinary dinner experience at Drumlins Country Club

VIP Ticket – $275/Ticket SOLD OUT

– Includes all Dinner Ticket benefits, plus a meet and greet, and photo op with Mary Ann, hors d’Oeuvres and cocktails on the deck, a live cooking demo, and an autographed copy of Mary Ann’s new cookbook, “Ciao Italia: Plant, Harvest, Cook!”

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit wcny.org/tasteoffame.

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