As you may or may not know the Harlem EatUp! Festival was last weekend’s invitation to try one of the many Harlem restaurants. Dinners were sponsored by many organizations and often in conjunction with guest chefs from around the country. The event was organized by Marcus Samuelsson of Red Rooster fame and the first annual Harlem EatUp! Festival took place May 14-17.
As I’ve previously written, I’ll be writing more about the event and my reflections thereon in the following weeks. However the first thing I need to mention is my Friday night experience at The Five and Diamond.
Now five years old, The 5 and Diamond serves New American food in Lower Harlem. It is located at2072 Frederick Douglass Boulevard. Some people call the area South Harlem (SOHA). HarlemCondoLife.com coined the strip on which is is located HarlemRestaurantRow (there are now many distinct Restaurant Rows in Harlem). The May 15 evening features Chef Joseph Hayes III and Guest Chef Marvin Woods. 6pm and 8:30pm seatings were available for $85.
I arrived for the second seating. The place was packed and buzzing. I was greeted warmly by owners who were kind enough to seat me at their table. I was immediately offered a glass of satisfying red wine and then the food started flowing. The featured chefs Joseph Hayes III and Guest Chef Marvin Woods did an amazing job. Sadly I missed out on the Citrus Salad but I really enjoyed the Duck Duck Dua, the Caribbean Seafood Sancocho, the Mahogany Lacquered Rack of Lamb, and the Fig & Tart Cherry Bread Pudding. Each course was better than the last,. And as I am a sucker for duck, lamb and bread pudding, all my favorites were covered, and covered well.
Entertainment was provided on an ongoing basis by Kersten Stevens and Gail Blanche-Gill. Local musicians and their band who serenaded us with uplifting sounds throughout the eventing.
All in all it was a magical experience.
We have always been big fans of The Five and Diamond. They are pioneers, survivors and innovators, in so many senses of these words.
We wish them nothing but continued success and all the best.
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The longest day of light in the year “summer solstice” is Thursday, June 21, 2015. This is also Father’s Day. Plan ahead and make special plans to celebrate summer solstice outdoors for Father’s Day and enjoy an extra long day of sunlight.
Summer solstice: from Latin sol “sun” and stitium “standing still”, because seen from the earth it looks like the sun halts in its tracks going northward, and moves back south.
The June solstice dates vary. For example, it’s on June 21 in 2015, but on June 20 in 2016. A June 22 solstice will not occur until 2203. The last time there was a June 22 solstice was in 1971.
*Keep an eye out for a new Podcast “Summer Solstice Compilation Mix” coming soon from HarlemHCL. Embellish your day and celebrate with a custom soundtrack of chillout, soul, house and latin music.
‘Solstice’ (Latin: ‘solstitium’) means ‘sun-stopping’, because the point where the sun appears to rise and set, stops and reverses direction after this day (Ill: Not to scale)
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President Bill Clinton to Kick-Off Harlem EatUp! Festival
“The Stroll” Saturday, May 16, 12PM – 5PM
Morningside Park (112th Street and Manhattan Avenue)
May 13, 2015 (New York, NY) — This Saturday, May 16, President Bill Clinton, Founder of Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States, will deliver remarks and kick-off the Harlem EatUp! Festival. The event, called Harlem EatUp!’s The Stroll, will be held at Morningside Park and will offer members of the community an opportunity to experience Harlem’s soulful vibe and delicious fare.
Part of The Stroll includes The Avenue of artisans and purveyors selling specialty foods while celebrity chefs and personalities inspire with exciting culinary demonstrations. The Avenue has no admission fee and is open to the public.
Culinary Demonstrations Presented by Macy’s on the Sub-Zero Wolf Stage
- 12:15PM-1:00PM: Chefs Ludo Lefebvre and George Duran
- 1:30PM-2:15PM: Chefs Marcus Samuelsson & Aaron Sanchez with special guest Marjorie Eliot of Jazz at Marjorie Eliot’s
- 2:30PM-3:15PM: Cooking Light & Friends featuring Chefs Anna Bullett & Marvin Woods
- 3:30PM-4:15PM: A Harlem Cook-Off featuring Keith Bryant, Melba’s, and Carlos Swepson, BLVD Bistro. Judges Marc Murphy, Alex Guarnaschelli, Jonelle Procope and Alexander Smalls
- 4:30PM-5:15PM: Cooking Demo with Chef Scott Conant and Mixologist Karl Franz Williams
There’s more…The Experience at The Stroll features three tents influenced by the art, the music, the style and dance of Harlem. The Experience, a ticketed event, will hit all of your senses with signature bites from Harlem chefs and restaurants, and a selection of wines, beers and spirited drinks, while artists showcase their works. You don’t want to miss it!
The Experience at The Stroll: All tickets are available at www.HarlemEatUp.com
“VIE” (Very Important Eater) Experience at The Stroll: provides access to tasting tents, culinary demonstrations, and an opportunity to participate in Meet & Greet photo moments with visiting celebrity chefs and TV personalities. VIE guests will also receive one free Admission Pass to Studio Museum in Harlem and a copy of the museum’s magazine, Studio. One (1) Studio Museum pass admits 2 adults; kids 12 & under free; valid any day museum is open. *Must be 21 years old to enter The Experience at The Stroll.
Restaurants: Barawine, BLVD Bistro, Charles Country Pan Fried Chicken, Chocolat Restaurant & Lounge, Corner Social, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Farafina Café & Lounge Harlem, Harlem Shake, Harlem Tavern, La Bodega 47 Social Club, Lady Lexis Sweets, Lido, LoLo’s Seafood Shack, Madiba Harlem, Make My Cake, Melba’s, Ponty Bistro, Red Rooster, Seasoned Vegan, Spoonbread, The Cecil/Minton’s, The Grange, Bar & Eatery, Zoma Restaurant
Participating Artists: Alexis Duque, Alix Delinois, Uday Dhar, Anthony E. Boone, Lina Puerta, S. Whittaker
Exhibitors: Banfi, Beam Suntory, Bedell, Constellation / Franciscan, Constellation / Mondavi, Constellation / Roscato, Frederick Wildman, Heaven Hill, Palm Bay International, Pernod Richard, Tito’s Vodka
Sponsors: Artimus (110 Manhattan Equities), Amsterdam News, Bordeaux Wine Council
Cayman Islands, Citi, Cooking Light, Coors Light (Manhattan Beer), Corona Extra (Manhattan Beer), Delivery.com, Essence, Fairway Market, Great Performances , Health, iHeart Media, Macy’s, Manhattan Beer, Maui Jim, NCM, New York Times, People, Southern Wine & Spirits, Sub-Zero Wolf, Taste NY, Travel + Leisure, William Grant
About Harlem EatUp!: The inaugural Harlem EatUp! Festival will celebrate Harlem’s art, music, food, and culture this weekend! This brand new and highly anticipated festival represents the renewed spirit of Harlem while paying homage to its roots. A variety of ticketed and free events will be held throughout the weekend to feature nationally and locally renowned artists from the culinary, fine arts and performing arts worlds.
As part of its mission and dedication to Harlem, net proceeds from festival ticket sales will be donated to beneficiaries Harlem Park to Park and Citymeals-on-Wheels, two non-profit organizations that have a positive and direct impact on the Harlem community.
Harlem EatUp! is presented with generous support from the following sponsors: Founding: Citi, EY; Platinum: Aetna; Macy’s Gold: Bordeaux Wine Council; L&M Development Partners; Manhattan Beer Silver: Taste NY, Voss; Supporting: The Clinton Foundation; Media: Cooking Light, Essence, Health, iHeartMedia, National CineMedia (NCM), New York Amsterdam News, The New York Times, People en Español, Travel+Leisure, and WABC-TV.
The festival was first announced in May 2014 at a press conference held at Red Rooster Harlem with co-founders Marcus Samuelsson and Herb Karlitz, along with Harlem EatUp! Honorary Chair, President Bill Clinton and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
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Marcus Samuelsson Group
Founded by award-winning chef and cookbook author Marcus Samuelsson, the Group is committed to providing exceptional and distinct culinary experiences that celebrate food, music, history, culture and art. From high-end restaurants to fast-casual cafes, we are focused on creating top quality culinary experiences and food-focused media and special events. Our commitment to excellence, community and diversity is core to our beliefs and offerings. We are passionate about sharing our culinary culture as well as the culture of where we reside, in Harlem, NYC.
Karlitz & Company, Inc.
Founded in 1990 by veteran event marketer Herb Karlitz, the New York-based agency has become the leader in producing food and wine events across the country, including the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival, Flavor! Napa Valley, The Chocolate Show, and Enjoy Arts & Tastes-St. Pete. The agency is known for creating unique experiences in the niche areas of food, wine, luxury and entertainment for a discerning roster of clients including American Express, Breeders’ Cup, Chase, EY, Food Network, and Merrill Lynch, among others. For more information, visit www.karlitz.com
President Bill Clinton
Making Harlem the home of his Foundation work and his personal office after leaving the White House in 2000, President Clinton continues to be a deeply committed resident of the community. Through the work of one of his first initiatives, the Clinton Economic Opportunity Initiative, to his ongoing work to improve health and wellness, President Clinton remains one of Harlem’s most ardent champions.
The Clinton Foundation convenes businesses, governments, NGOs, and individuals to improve global health and wellness, increase opportunity for women and girls, reduce childhood obesity, create economic opportunity and growth, and help communities address the effects of climate change.
Feeding and caring for older New Yorkers since 1981, Citymeals-on-Wheels (citymeals.org) provides a continuous lifeline of nutritious food and human company to the city’s homebound elderly. Citymeals works with community-based meal centers to deliver over 2 million weekend, holiday and emergency meals to 18,000 of our frail aged neighbors. In East, West and Central Harlem, Citymeals provides over 200,000 nutritionally balanced meals to 1,290 meal recipients each year, serving 134,000 weekend meals and 38,700 emergency and holiday meals including deliveries on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Last year, more than 19,000 volunteers provided over 67,000 hours of service across the city. In Central Harlem, Citymeals launched a unique Friendly Visiting program in 2005 through which volunteers visit meal recipients in their homes on a weekly basis to combat the loneliness they experience. Volunteers have been matched with 546 isolated elderly in the neighborhood and provide 24,000 hours of service. Citymeals relies on the generosity of sponsors, its Board of Directors, the City of New York and other designated gifts to cover administrative costs. This ensures that 100% of all public donations goes directly to the preparation and delivery of meals.
Harlem Park to Park
Harlem Park to Park (HP2P) is a network of entrepreneurs committed to community development in Central Harlem, NYC’s premiere dining, shopping and nightlife hub north of 110th Street. Formed in September 2009, HP2P’s membership is comprised of more than 100 premier businesses located within the geographic area of Central Park North to 135th street and Morningside Park to Marcus Garvey Park. Its mission is to encourage commerce that successfully sustains small businesses; promotes the community and culture of the Village of Harlem and celebrates the neighborhood’s historic CHARM:
Community and Culture
Heritage and Hospitality
Art and Architecture
Retail and Restaurants
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