General Dinner Information

92nd DCAT Annual Dinner

Thursday, March 22, 2018
New York Hilton Midtown, Grand Ballroom
1335 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York 10019

5:30 - 6:30 PM - Pre-Dinner Reception
7:00 PM - Dinner
9:30 PM (approximately) - Post-Dinner Hospitality

A Tradition Since 1926

The first annual dinner of the DCAT organization was held in April of 1926 when members determined that an event, such as an annual dinner, would aid them in meeting and getting to know other members of their industry. Nearly a century later, the DCAT organization still hosts this very special black-tie dinner every March in New York City. 

Held on the Thursday evening of DCAT Week, the Annual Dinner features some of the most notable and interesting keynote speakers from a variety of areas including science, politics, entertainment and sports. Click here to read more about our 92nd DCAT Annual Dinner speaker, Will Smith.

Recent Annual Dinner Speakers

Reserving a Table

Each year DCAT offers the right of first refusal to current dinner table holders. Due to high demand, we request that if your member company is interested in a table that you contact us and join our waiting list. Information about available tables and individual seating will be made available in December. Current table holders will select tables during our table selection process.

Pre-Dinner Reception

All Annual Dinner guests are invited to attend the Pre-Dinner Reception, sponsored by Alcami Corporation, in the New York Hilton. The Pre-Dinner reception is an excellent way to network and enjoy drinks with other attendees before heading in to the Grand Ballroom for dinner. The reception will be held from 5:30 - 6:30 PM. 

Post-Dinner Hospitality

When the dinner portion of the evening concludes, Post-Dinner Hospitality is opened! Post-Dinner Hospitality Suites, hosted by DCAT member companies, provide a variety of atmospheres to unwind and network after the dinner has ended. To learn more about Post-Dinner Hospitality Suites, click here.

Interested in hosting a Post-Dinner Hospitality Suite? Contact Nicole DiMattia at or +1-609-208-1888 ext. 7012. 


The DCAT Annual Dinner is a black-tie event. Gentlemen are required to wear tuxedos and ladies must wear evening or cocktail attire. 

Tuxedo rental: Jack Silver Formalwear (212-582-0202) or Abe's Formalwear (212-921-1193)
Formalwear rental: Rent the Runway

Hotel Accommodations

Need hotel accomodations for after the dinner? Visit the New York Hilton Midtown DCAT online reservation website, or call 1-800-445-8667.