The Iconoclast Dinner Experience (trademark symbol) (IDE) is a series of signature events that take place in Chicago and NYC, celebrating food, wine and spirits trailblazers of color.   Our mission is to broaden the conversation to include the diverse voices from throughout the globe making significant contributions to food culture.  IDE events include The All-Star Culinary Bash, #IconDinner Chat, Taste of The Iconoclast Dinner and The Iconoclast Dinner.


All-Star Culinary Bash

late night party

Our James Beard Foundation (JBF) Pre-Awards Party that celebrates JBF Recognized Chefs of Color around the awards festivities taking place in Chicago. This late-night party kicks off the JBF Awards weekend, which is colloquially known as “The Oscars of Food” with free flowing wine, spirits, and culinary offerings by some of the country’s most trailblazing chefs, including representation from the JBF Awards nominees slate.  Food enthusiasts have the opportunity to meet, interact with, and enjoy exceptional cuisine from these leading chefs.

#IconDinner Chat

curated conversation

Small bites and spirits curated by culinary trailblazers followed by an intimate, moderated panel discussion with thought leaders on hot topics driven by culinary culture.  Hosted in partnership with VICE’s MUNCHIES digital food channel at their test kitchen and rooftop garden, IDE transcends the celebration of diversity in the restaurant industry to create discussions pertinent to the larger culinary landscape.

Taste of The Iconoclast Dinner

summer cocktail party

Join the 2017 Iconoclast Dinner honorees in the garden of The James Beard House at one of NYC’s most highly anticipated culinary events of the Summer. Enjoy an advance preview of the culinary offerings being served during the VIP and General Receptions of The Iconoclast Dinner, along with free flowing wine and spirits curated by our global team of 2017 Iconoclast Dinner Honorees.

The Iconoclast Dinner

essentially the best dinner you will enjoy all year

Our signature IDE event that honors a global team of food, wine, and spirits trailblazers of color.  This global roster of honorees collaborates on a one-of-a-kind intimate gastronomic experience at the legendary James Beard House.

The James Beard House
The James Beard House is the former home of the iconic late James Beard who is also known as the Dean of American Cookery. The James Beard Foundation is a non-profit professional organization whose purpose is to honor and celebrate the finest chefs, wine professionals, food authors and food journalists. The Foundation preserved the late James Beard’s home and invites notable chefs to cook in the kitchen. Outside of receiving a James Beard Award, which is known as The Oscars of food, being invited to cook at The James Beard House is among one of the finest honors a chef can receive.

Event Chairs
Lezli and Chris Harvell

Honorary Event Chair
Tamron Hall, Award Winning Journalist

2017 Chicago and NYC Host Committees

Michael Anthony, JBF Award Winner
Abeje Bembury
Sherrese Clarke-Soares
Noelle Cobbs
Kerry-Ann Edwards
Tiffany Griffin
Staci Hallmon-Bazzani
Antoine Hodges
Crystal King
Carolyn Minick Mason
Menka Malhotra
Kelly Mitchell
Steeven I. Nelson
Wallace Smith
Roger Soares
Rendel Solomon
Salamishah Tillet
Reginald Van Lee
Lola C. West