Tribute Dinner honoring Marcus Samuelsson
and Jim Clerkinhosted by Master of Ceremonies Andrew Zimmern
presented by Capital One®
part of The NYT Cooking Dinner Series


Saturday, February 22
7:00 pm - 11:00 PM

Important Info

Business Attire Indoor Seated Wines 21 years of age and older


The Festival is honored to pay tribute to the outstanding accomplishments of the culinary community’s beloved Chef Marcus Samuelsson and beverage industry’s revered leader Jim Clerkin. This year’s Tribute Dinner will be as vibrant as the careers of these two hospitality pioneers, with Master of Ceremonies Andrew Zimmern guiding guests through a night of live jazz music, dancing and - of course - exceptional wine and food.  The dinner itself will include distinct touches designed to recognize the life and accomplishments of the late Leah Chase, legendary chef known as the Queen of Creole Cuisine from New Orleans, LA.

Among the evening’s highlights will be an extravagant LIVE AUCTION and interactive fundraising experience benefiting the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University.

Samuelsson is a highly-acclaimed chef and international restaurateur, with over 30 restaurant locations spanning the United States, England, Sweden, Norway, and Bermuda. The popular culinary television personality is also the winner of multiple James Beard Foundation awards and author of several bestselling cookbooks. Samuelsson was the youngest chef to receive a three-star review from The New York Times.  He is a committed cultural explorer and philanthropist, serving as a co-producer of the annual Harlem EatUp! festival and inspiring others to celebrate life through food in their own communities and beyond.

Clerkin currently serves as president and CEO of Moët Hennessy North America and will transition to a new role as president of Moët Hennessy strategic development, focused on the company’s global distribution network and playing a key role in executing the company’s mergers and acquisitions strategy, effective January 1, 2020. He also continues to lead the Woodinville Whiskey board of directors, bringing with him more than 35 years of experience in the wine and spirits industry. He began his career in Ireland, a cultural heritage that has carried over to his current home across the pond as chairman of Co-operation Ireland in the United States, a not-for-profit organization promoting peace and reconciliation. Clerkin is also part of the Global Executive Team of Moët Hennessy, the leading luxury wines, spirits and champagne company in the world, and serves as the chairman of the Distilled Spirits Council of America.

The evening will also pay special homage to Florida International University professor Chip Cassidy, whose commitment to beverage education was the driving force behind the establishment of the Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center at the School, with the expansion of the Chip Cassidy Endowment Fund.

Guests will be assigned seating prior to this event. We can only guarantee guests who purchased tickets together will be seated together. If you would like to be seated with another guest(s), please send your request via email to