General Dinner Information

93rd DCAT Annual Dinner

Thursday, March 21, 2019
New York Hilton Midtown, Grand Ballroom
1335 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019

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. 

Recent Annual Dinner Speakers

DCAT Annual Dinner Table Selection Policy and Procedure

Click here to read more about the DCAT Annual Dinner Table Selection Policy and Procedure.

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 November. Current table holders will select tables during our table selection process, which will take place November 28, 2018 - November 29, 2018

Pre-Dinner Reception

All Annual Dinner guests are invited to attend the Pre-Dinner Reception 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.

Post-Dinner Hospitality Events

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

Interested in hosting a Post-Dinner Hospitality event? Contact Katelyn Weeks at or +1-609-208-1888 ext. 7008. 


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