The 2nd Annual Iconoclast Dinner Experience (PICS)
Photo Credit: Ken Goodman
Photo Credit: Ken Goodman

Eight food, wine and spirits trailblazers came together at the legendary James Beard House in New York City for the 2nd Annual Iconoclast Dinner Experience.  It was an intimate evening that celebrated the life and legacy of the late James Beard Award winning chef, Patrick Clark and honored an impressive roster of experts of color while guests took part in a gastronomic experience curated by the honorees.

The event also honored trailblazers in the culinary, wine and spirits fields while raising scholarship funds to benefit the Spelman College students from Jamaica and sub-Saharan African countries.

“The impetus for this event was to bring together three things that I am extremely passionate about; food, education and my alma mater,”says Dr. Lezli Levene Harvell; a first generation Jamaican-American.

“In addition to raising funds for Spelman College our vision is to use this event and legendary venue as a platform to display and celebrate professionals of color that have made significant contributions to food, wine and spirits.”

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The 2016 Iconoclast Dinner Honorees included:

Host Chef Joe “JJ” Johnson (Executive Chef, The Cecil & Minton’s Harlem – NYC)

Nyesha Arrington (Executive Chef, LEONA –Los Angeles)

Paul Carmichael (Momofuku Seiōbo- Sydney, Australia)

Preston Clark (Chef De Cuisine, Lure FishBar – NYC)

Ebow Dadzie (Pastry Chef, Marriott Marquis – NYC)

Kwame Onwuachi (The Shaw Bijou-Washington D.C.)

Luvo Ntezo (Head Sommelier, One&Only Cape Town – South Africa)

Colin Asare-Appiah (National Training Manager – BACARDI)

The event was held in conjunction with The Dental Kidz Foundation to benefit The Dr. Lezli Levene Harvell Endowed Scholarship for International Students at Spelman College. The scholarship benefits students from Jamaica and sub-Saharan African countries. Last year’s event’s net proceeds were $30,000 and 100% of those proceeds went directly to Spelman College.

Co-host of ABC’s The Chew and consulting chef for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, Carla Hall attended as the Honorary Event Chair. Honorees were given awards courtesy of Tiffany & Co. Additionally, all of the wines featured at the dinner were African-American owned including, nine-time Grammy-award, Golden Globe, and Oscar-winning musician, John Legend who partnered with Napa Valley brand, Raymond Vineyards to create an exclusive, limited edition collection of wines; LVE.

The Iconoclast Dinner Experience also included a silent auction of bespoke experiences such as a private wine safari in Cape Town with one of South Africa’s preeminent sommeliers to bespoke tasting experiences with celebrated personalities such as Jowett Yu, one of Hong Kong’s hottest chefs.

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Latoya Henry is the publisher and founder of Haute Giving: The Sexy Side of Philanthropy.
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