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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Recap: Celebrating Chefs Deliver Anniversary with Citymeals

On Tuesday, February 17th, Chef Daniel Boulud, Herb Karlitz and I all helped Citymeals commemorate the first anniversary of Chefs Deliver by delivering meals to our homebound elderly neighbors in Harlem. The day's menu was a collaboration between Chef Boulud and myself - fried yard bird, greens and grits plus apple and raspberry clafoutis.Chefs Marcus Samuelsson and Daniel Boulud celebrate Citymeal's' Chefs Deliver by bringing members of the Harlem elderly community freshly prepared meals. We started the day off at Red Rooster, where we announced that tickets were officially on sale for Harlem EatUp! - a new, 4-day festival in May celebrating the food, culture, and community of one of my favorite NYC neighborhoods. Citymeals is one of two charity beneficiaries of the events, including:

  • Dinners: Come Dine In Harlem where acclaimed chefs will create distinctive dining experiences inspired by the unique feel today’s Uptown landscape.
  • Harlem Talks: Panel discussions featuring celebrity chefs, restaurateurs, artists and more, including Citymeals Co-Founder Gael Greene.
  • Culinary Demos: Fun chef-led events to teach you tricks of the trade, new cooking techniques, or how to make a new favorite dish.
  • Walk-Around Tastings: On Saturday, Harlem’s food, art and culture will converge in Morningside Park with The Stroll. Return the next day for A Sunday Afternoon in Harlem with fare inspired by the home of the "Gospel Brunch."

Overall, the day was a huge success. Citymeals is an incredible organization - I'm proud to be one of their many supporters in the chef community. Stay tuned for more info on the Harlem EatUp! festival coming this spring!

Harlem EatUp! Festival Announced

Today I was thrilled to to announce The Harlem EatUp! Festival  scheduled to debut in May of 2015. I've partnered with Karlitz & Co. to create a Food Festival that is both uniquely delicious and philanthropic, with ticket proceeds going to City Meals on Wheels and Harlem Park to Park. President Bill Clinton and New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio were on hand to unveil the festival's name and logo and remind all the press, ambassadors and community members present how truly special Harlem is. It is an honor to have their support and a sign of exciting things to come.

Screen Shot 2014-05-21 at 12.57.10 PM The magic and hospitality that I feel here everyday  is what we aim to convey with the Harlem EatUp! Festival. Also inspired by the art, music and culture that make Harlem so vibrant, the festival will be in and of the community, reaching beyond  the culinary world to be a true celebration of the entire neighborhood.
Many thanks to our first sponsors, EY, Cooking Light Magazine, Health Magazine, L+M Development Partners and The Clinton Foundation.
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 To sign up to receive updates on Harlem EatUp! visit HarlemEatUp.com
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