The Iconoclast Dinner Experience is a unique culinary event curated by Lezli and Chris Harvell that will showcase the work of food, wine and spirits icons of color from no fewer than three continents. These chefs and tastemakers will collaborate on an epic and intimate gastronomic experience for 80 lucky individuals at the legendary James Beard House in New York.

Proceeds from the dinner will benefit an endowed scholarship at Spelman College for students from Jamaica and sub-Saharan African countries.

There will also be an After Party at The Ailey Studios where Junior Merino, The Liquid Chef, will be on deck serving up free flowing libations courtesy of BACARDI. Award winning artisanal doughnuts by Chef Kamal Grant of Sublime Doughnuts (Atlanta) and small bites by Spoonbread Inc.

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The Iconoclast Dinner Experience
A team of food, wine and spirits icons from no fewer than three continents will collaborate on an epic and intimate gastronomic experience at the legendary James Beard House in New York.

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.

Charity Partners
The Iconoclast Dinner Experience is being held in conjunction with The Dental Kidz Foundation, Inc. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Dr. Lezli Levene Harvell Scholarship for International Students at Spelman College. The scholarship benefits students from Jamaica and sub-Saharan African countries.

The Dental Kidz Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports the education of girls and women as well as initiatives in STEM education for under-represented minorities.

Event Chairs

Lezli and Chris Harvell

Host Committee

Tai Beauchamp

Jenna Bond-Louden

Sherrese Clarke-Soares

Maloni Goss

Kimberly A. Harris    

Christina Lewis Halpern    

Omoju Miller

Kerry Ann Poser-Edwards

Reginald Van Lee    

George Wells    

Lola West