Announcing My Upcoming Red Rooster Cookbook

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The Red Rooster Cookbook is available online at AmazonBarnes & Noble and IndieBound.

I’m excited to announce that my upcoming Red Rooster Cookbook: The Story of Food and Hustle in Harlem will be released October 18th. I had such an incredible time compiling these dishes, and now I’m ready to share them with you.

Inside you’ll find deeply personal dishes, woven into the story of our neighborhood and our restaurant. Though food is at the center of Red Rooster, it’s about so much more than that to me. It’s become a key part of our vibrant Harlem community, encouraging new friendships and conversations over thoughtfully prepared food.

This book reflects my journey from Ethiopia to Harlem, influenced by flavors I discovered along the way. From Pork and Plantains to Chinese Steamed Bass and Fiery Noodles to Chicken and Waffles, each recipe is rooted in centuries of traditions and cultures that represent the sticky, sweet, specialness that is the reason I opened my restaurant uptown. These dishes will bring exciting global flavors into your home, and I hope they’ll expand your sense of adventure in the kitchen.

 

Celebrating Women in Black History at Red Rooster

We are celebrating women chefs in black history with a Black History Month Prix Fixe menu at Red Rooster. We're cooking up Blackened Catfish that is dedicated to Leah Chase with Creole cooked beans and turnip greens, or you can share in the delectable flavors of these Lucky Macaroons with duck liver and aged balsamic vinegar, in honor of Miss Adrienne.  Our Beer Braised Pork Belly is served with Lena's creamed turnips and smoked vinegar jus in celebration of Lena Richardson. All of the dishes are infused with the history of the neighborhood and the strength of the women in our community who have been dishing up delicious eats for decades.

Harlem to Bermuda

What an amazing time we had last weekend at Marcus' Bermuda with Melba (of Melba's Harlem) and my friends - the Nate Lucas All-Stars. The event really came together with jazz from Harlem and delicious food prepared with the soul of Harlem!  From Tandoori Smoked Salmon Deviled Egg, to Fish Chowder Bites, Melba’s Fried Chicken, Dunkley’s Eggnog Waffle, and JH’s Chicken Stew & Dumplings - we had plenty of good eats and great company throughout the night!

Harlem Helps: A Benefit for the Families of Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC

Chalreston Benefit On Wednesday, July 15, the Red Rooster team and I will be hosting a benefit in honor of the families of Mother Emanuel AME church in Charleston, SC. There come together as a community over food, drink and music that is inspired by the people of South Carolina. The event features a both lunch buffet and a 3-course seated dinner, for $30 and $75 minimum donation respectively. . Tickets and more information about the event is available here.  Below are both lunch* and dinner** menus. I hope to see you there.

 

*Lunch Menu:

-"City" Captain - Dark Meat Chicken, Tomato Curry, Buttered Charleston Gold Rice -Catfish and Grits, Green Tomato Chow chow -Low Country Pork Shoulder with Cheerwine Cider BBQ Sauce

Sides: -Collard Greens -Mac and Greens -Edamame Succatash -Watermelon and pickled tomato salad -Mustard Potato Salad

Dessert: -Groundnut Sandwich Cookie (filled with chocolate) -Citrus Buttermilk Pie -Hummingbird Cake

**Dinner Menu:

-Teff Hoe cakes with Berbere Pimento -She-crab salad Biscuit -Crispy Oyster with Uni Comeback Sauce -Cowpea Fritters -Fried Green Tomatoes with Benne Seeds and Pickled Benne Aioli

-Shrimp and Grits, Corn and heirloom tomato, Bird Funk, Cheddar Bacon Grits -Cheerwine Briased Pork Cheek, Jalepeno Creamed Corn, Watercress, pickled Squash, Boiled Peanuts -Hot Smoked Carolina Coast Fish, Butterbean Succotash

-Pickled Peach & Blueberry Cobbler with Brown sugar & Bourbon Ice Cream

 

 

 

A BIG Thank You for Harlem EatUp!

The Stroll: A Grand Tasting Experience - Harlem EatUp! FestivalIt's hard to believe that the first annual Harlem EatUp! is already over. I was so amazed by the overwhelming support I saw from my friends and the Harlem community. Every moment - from the collaborative dinners around the neighborhood on Friday night, to the special chef demos and panels, to the delicious walk-around tastings in Morningside Park - was better than I could have hoped.

This event would not have been possible without the numerous chefs, restaurants, and artists, both local and visiting, who dedicated their time and talent. Special thanks to the many people who helped make this dream a reality: founding sponsors Citi and Ernst & Young and platinum sponsors Aetna and Macy's; beneficiaries City Meals on Wheels and Harlem Park to Park; and CCAP, ICC and ICE for our culinary volunteers. To former President Clinton, Mayor Bill de Blasio, and former NYC Mayor David Dinkins - so thrilled you could make it, your presence and involvement with the festival was so appreciated.

I hope everyone who came had as much fun as I did...see you next year!

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