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WCNY’s 8th Annual Taste of Fame

WCNY, Central New York’s community-owned public broadcaster, will host 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 will be held at Drumlins Country Club (800 Nottingham Rd, Syracuse), Friday, Sept. 9.

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 on the deck 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” will emcee the VIP meet & greet event, and the three-course dinner.

The fundraiser is presented by Visions Federal Credit Union & Wegmans; 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 One Group; Centerpiece Sponsor Carol Watson Greenhouse; Gold Sponsor J.W. Burns & Company, Hair & Make Up Sponsor Element on Water.

Early Bird Special: Now-May 31

  • General Public: Take 10% off tickets
  • WCNY Members: Take 15% off tickets
  • Tickets are on sale at


Salad Course

  • Avocado, Watercress, and Pecan Salad

Entrée (Choice of)

  • Achiote Adobo Fish
  • Coloradito Mole with Chicken
  • Chiles Rellenos with Cheese

Dessert Course

  • Classic Creamy Flan

Dinner Ticket –$150/Ticket

  • Cocktails
  • Silent Auction
  • Three-course culinary dinner experience at Drumlins Country Club

VIP Ticket –$250/Ticket

  • Includes all Dinner Ticket benefits, plus a meet and greet, and photo op with Pati, an exclusive screening and Q&A session, and an autographed copy of Pati’s latest cookbook, “Treasures of the Mexican Table.”

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 five 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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