About the Event

Mingle with all-star athletes while enjoying a lineup of culinary delights from New York City’s top chefs. Guests can also enjoy some friendly competition while bidding on one-of-a-kind auction items. We’re thrilled to bring this year’s event to a beautiful new venue, Riverpark – A Tom Colicchio Restaurant. Join us for this special, fun-filled evening that celebrates and supports our work.
All-Star Tasting
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
6:30 PM VIP Reception
7:00 PM All-Star Tasting
Music by DJ Take


Honorary Chairs

Roblé Ali
Tom Colicchio
Johnny Iuzzini


Event Co-Chairs

Bill Koenigsberg
Michael Neuman
Mark Tatum


All-Star Committee

Jason Baker
Caitlin Barry
Adolpho Birch
Cathryn Cardillo
Kendall Fries
Sarah Fryefield
Will Hartigan
Beth Jeffrey
Amanda Kasi
Sonny Rothstadt
Melcolm Ruffin
Brooks Scholl
Daniel Shea
Emily Van Wormer
Shalini Verma


Please feel free to browse through pictures and videos from past events and check out our dedicated partners who have contributed to the success of All-Star Tasting over the years.

2017 All-Star Participants


Jesse Schenker, Executive Chef/Owner, The Gander

Jesse Schenker has amassed an impressive culinary history as executive chef and owner of recette and The Gander in New York City. His contemporary approach to creating American classics is a reflection of his devotion to highly-refined technique combined with his passion for comforting and satisfying food.
Over the years Schenker has received a number of awards and accolades, including a spot on Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list in the food and wine industry in December 2011 and inclusion in Details magazine’s “America’s Best Young Chefs” list in August 2011. Schenker was also victorious in his battle on Food Network’s Iron Chef America in 2010.
Most recently, Schenker wrote his first book, All or Nothing: One Chef’s Appetite for the Extreme (Harper Collins, September 30, 2014, $25.99). In his memoir, Schenker reflects on his insatiable appetite for the extreme, which has led to his biggest triumphs and failures.


Culinary Spotlight


“Michael’s Restaurant has proudly supported the Partnership for the past five years. The work that the Partnership does on a regular basis has pulled many people struggling with substance abuse to recover and find a better way to live. Everyone has had someone in their life that could use a helping hand. The counseling that the Partnership offers gives so many the chance to thrive and release the chains of addiction. Michael’s is proud to be a part of their team.” Steve Millington – General Manager/CFO Michael’s Restaurant


Athlete Spotlight

in loving memory of
Darryl “Chocolate Thunder” Dawkins


“Darryl and I came for the amazing food, and fell in love with the importance of what the partnership continues to do. So we stayed for the food, and Darryl lent his voice and support to the ongoing work and dedication of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.” Janice Dawkins



Atlantic Social

BLVD Bistro

Bona Bona Ice Cream


Four J/ The Red Cat

Fowler & Wells

Harlem Burger Co.

Insomnia Cookies

Legends at Yankee Stadium






Collin Aurelien
Aurélien Collin
New York Red Bulls
Sean Davis
Sean Davis
New York Red Bulls

World B. Free
NBA Legend

Albert King
NBA Legend

Tony Richardson
Former NFL Fullback (Chiefs and Jets)
Luis Robles
Luis Robles
New York Red Bulls
John Starks
John Starks
Former New York Knicks Player

Kiah Stokes
New York Liberty

Lance Thomas
New York Knicks

Shavonte Zellous
New York Liberty

2017 Sponsors

Super Star

NFL logo


VIP Reception Sponsor



Gold Star

NHL logo


Athlete Challenge Sponsor



Tasting Station Sponsor

All Filters

Daniel Tassé

Become a Sponsor

Tickets are no longer available for online purchase. If you would like to attend the All-Star Tasting on Wednesday, May 31st, please purchase tickets at the door. We look forward to seeing you soon!

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities for the 2017 All-Star Tasting, please contact: Sarata Kaba at sarata_kaba@drugfree.org or 212-973-3504.

Sponsorships must be purchased by Friday, May 5th to be included on event signage.

If your company has a matching gift program, please contact your HR department to learn more or to submit.

Purchase Tickets

Tickets are no longer available for online purchase. If you would like to attend the All-Star Tasting on Wednesday, May 31st, please purchase tickets at the door. We look forward to seeing you soon!

If you are unable to attend this year’s All-Star Tasting but wish to make a tax-deductible donation in support of the families we serve, please click here.

Please note, the All-Star Tasting is not a seated event. Reservations will be held at the door. In accordance with IRS regulations, the portion of each ticket that is NOT tax-deductible is $50.00



Our auction is now live!

You can bid on a variety of unique auction items here until Wednesday, May 31 at 8:35pm.

How to Register for the auction (online)

  1. Go to https://allstartasting.auction-bid.org/microsite/ & click “Register ”
  2. Follow the instructions to register for the silent auction

How to register for the auction on your smartphone

  1. Text taste17 to 24700
  2. Reply with your name
  3. Click the blue link
  4. Enter your credit card information
  5. Start browsing and bidding on items
Thank you to our generous auction donors!
A + E Networks
The Gander
Nassau Events Center
Altice Media Solutions
Garden & Gun
Amazon Media Group
Good Housekeeping
NBC News
AMC Networks
GiveSmart US Inc.
NBC Universal
apple seeds
Harlem Pizza Co.
New York Jets
Taste Buds Kitchen
Audio HQ
New York Post
Time Inc.
Basketball City
iHeart Media
New York Yankees
Travel + Lesiure
Billboard Media Group
IMG College Sports
Blue Note Jazz Club
Jazz at Lincoln Center
O, The Oprah Magazine
TV One
BLVD Bistro
Om Factory
United Stations Radio Networks
Broadway Dance Center
Kenneth Cole Productions
Outfront Media
Brooklyn Nets
Kevin O’Keeffe
Ovation TV
US Weekly
LG Electronics U.S.A., Inc.
Live Nation Entertainment
PGA Tour
Condé Nast
Pop (a CBS/Lionsgate Partnership)
Warner Bros. Media Sales
Core Pilates NYC
Pure Barre NYC
Watkins Glen International & Motor Racing Network
Crown Media Family Networks
Reach Media
Dave Gahan and Depeche Mode
The Madison Square Garden Company
Rodale/Women’s Health
The Weather Channel
Janice Dawkins
Marilyn Minter
Row House
Web MD/Web MD Magazine
The Disney | ABC Television Group
Mark Morris Dance Group
Sands Bethlehem
The Wendy Williams Show
Meredith Corporation
Scripps Networks/Travel Channel
WGN America
Fanatics Authentic
Meredith Food Group
Serafina Restaurant
Food Network/Cooking Channel
Skyview Networks
Food Network Magazine
Music Choice
Smoke Jazz & Supper Club
Fox Networks Group
MLB Advanced Media
Sony Pictures Television
YES Network

Past All-Star Particpants

Thank you to all of our past participants for making our event a success.


VIP Chefs

Aaron Sanchez
Aarón Sanchez
Johnny Iuzzini
Johnny Iuzzini
Roblé headshot
Dale Talde

Culinary Sponsors

Kyung Up Lim - Michael’s
Kyung Up Lim
Legends at Yankee Stadium logo
Braden Reardon New York Yankees Steakhouse
Braden Reardon – New York Yankees Steakhouse
Lavazza Coffee logo
Matt Lambert
Matt Lambert
Suzie Cakez Cupcakes logo
Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse logo
Oysters XO logo
Thiago Silva - Catch & The General
Thiago Silva
Catch & The General
Talde logo
Ryan Depersio
Ryan Depersio
Roger Llanes -Sons of Essex
Roger Llanes
Sons of Essex
Patrick Connolly -Kitchen NYC
Patrick Connolly
Kitchen NYC
Mike Carrino - Pig & Prince
Mike Carrino
Pig & Prince
Cary Yorio - Goya
Carey Yorio
Clyde Frazier's Wine & Dine logo
Custom Fuel Pizza & Salads logo
Ed Cotton - Sotto 13
Ed Cotton
Sotto 13
Josh Capon - Lure Fishbar and B & B Wine Pub
Josh Capon
Lure Fishbar and B & B Wine Pub
Carlos Llaguno - Les Halles
The late Carlos Llaguno
Les Halles
Bill Dorrler - Altamarea Group
Bill Dorrler
Altamarea Group
Bark Hot Dogs
Bark Hot Dogs
Alfio Longo - Circo
Alfio Longo
Alain Allegretti - La Promenade des Anglais
Alain Allegretti
La Promenade des Anglais

Athlete Participants

Darryl Dawkins
The late Darryl “Chocolate Thunder” Dawkins – NBA Legend
Essence Carson
Essence Carson – Guard/Forward, New York Liberty
Tina Charles
Tina Charles – NY Liberty
Teresa Witherspoon
Teresa Weatherspoon – NY Liberty
Geoff Schwartz - New York Giants
Geoff Schwartz – New York Giants
Chris Wingert- New York City FC
Chris Wingert – New York City FC
Cappie Pondexter
Cappie Pondexter- Guard, New York Liberty
Demario Davis
Demario Davis – Linebacker, New York Jets
Earl Monroe
Earl “The Pearl” Monroe – NBA Legend
Ken Daneyko
Ken Daneyko – Retired NHL Star
John Starks
John Starks – NBA Legend
John Wallace
John Wallace – Former NY Knick
Omar Minaya, Former New York Mets GM
Kosuke Kimura
Kosuke Kimura – Defender, New York Red Bulls
Ron Blomberg
Ron Blomberg – Former NY Yankee
Jim Courier
Jim Courier – International Tennis Hall of Famer
Jozy Altidore
Jozy Altidore – International Soccer Star
Bill Laimbeer
Bill Laimbeer – General Manager/Head Coach, NY Liberty, and NBA legend


Event Videos

2014 All-Star Tasting

2012 All-Star Tasting

Power of Sports

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Event Photos