June 3rd, 2016 by HarlemMom

By HarlemMom for HarlemCondoLife

I attended the Harlem Eat Up event today on Sunday the last day of the event. It turned out to be a beautiful sunny day and I had a great time with my daughter. We attended last year and I must say this year it was bigger and better. It was well attended and they had a lot more booths and tables and chairs for people to sit. The music was playing the crowd was eating, dancing and having fun. We were at the area that was open to the general public. My daughter had her face painted and we had some sorbet that was being given out at the Aetna booth and we made a t-shirt there. We took our pic at the Citi booth and picked up a mason jar of Make My Cake red velvet. It was delicious! The wine and food event looked great but was not for us as I was there with my 2 and 1/2 year old but either way we had fun and so were many others at Harlem Eat Up 2016. The money raised went to City On Wheels and Harlem Parks and bought a lot of new and old faces to Harlem. Thank you for organizing a great event!

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April 8th, 2016 by HarlemGuy

Second Annual Harlem EatUp! Festival

Celebrating the Food, Culture, Music and Spirit of Harlem

May 19th through May 22nd, 2016

Tickets Available Now

March 15, 2016 (Harlem, NY) — Today Harlem EatUp! Honorary Chair President Bill Clinton and festival co-founders Marcus Samuelsson and Herb Karlitz announced the second annual Harlem EatUp! Festival will take place May 19 – 22, 2016 at various Harlem locations including two days at Morningside Park. Tickets for the four-day festival go on sale beginning March 15, 2016, with a Citi® Card member pre-sale through their Private Pass program at www.CitiPrivatePass.com/HEU, and general tickets available beginning March 18, 2016 at www.HarlemEatUp.com.

“Last year, the entire community came together to commemorate and celebrate a neighborhood I love, Harlem, at the inaugural Harlem EatUp! festival,” said President Bill Clinton. “It is an honor to be a part of this festival as it continues to gain momentum into its second year. I have been coming to Harlem for more than 45 years, and my office has been here for 15 years. This festival is truly a great representation of the remarkable people and culture that make this community so vibrant.”

The returning festival will continue to celebrate the food, entertainment and arts that represent the spirit of Harlem while paying homage to its roots and cultural fabric. Among the restaurants participating in this year’s festival are Sylvia’s, Red Rooster, Melba’s, Charles’ Country Pan Fried Chicken, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, The Cecil, Vinateria, BLVD Bistro, Blujeen, Row House, and so many more.

“The Harlem EatUp! Festival is inspired by the community, culture, hospitality and energy that we feel here every day in Harlem,” said Chef, Restaurateur and Co-Founder of Harlem EatUp! Marcus Samuelsson. “Highlighting the food, art, music and culture that makes this neighborhood so vibrant, this festival continues to shine a light on the abundance of homegrown Harlem businesses and talent right here inside of this community.”

As part of its mission and dedication to Harlem, the festival’s net proceeds will be donated to Harlem Park to Park and Citymeals-on-Wheels, two non-profit organizations that have a positive and direct impact on the Harlem community.

“For the second year we will all come together to celebrate Harlem,” said Herb Karlitz, Co-Founder of Harlem EatUp! and President of Karlitz & Company. “Last year was truly special, with so many restaurants and artists collaborating. This year we welcome even more restaurants, celebrity chefs and sponsors.”

The 2016 Harlem EatUp! Festival will be made possible, in part, by Founding Sponsor, Citi; and Platinum Sponsors: Aetna, Bordeaux Wine Council and Macy’s. A full list of Festival sponsors is below.

Full event schedule is below. Tickets are available for purchase. Citi Pre-Sale: March 15 at www.CitiPrivatePass.com/HEU; General Tickets: March 18 at www.HarlemEatUp.com.

Twitter: @HarlemEatUp // Instagram: @HarlemEatUp // Facebook: Facebook.com/HarlemEatUp

Harlem EatUp! Full Event Schedule:

 Friday May 20th, 2016

DINE IN HARLEM – A Series of Dinners celebrating Harlem

Make sure you have a seat! For one night only, an array of Harlem restaurants and chefs will host acclaimed chefs from NYC and across the country to collaborate on multi-course menus that showcase the unique feel of Harlem’s landscape.

Menus will be paired with wines from the Bordeaux Wine Council, and each dinner will feature dynamic Harlem artists and performers, making Dine In Harlem one of the biggest multi-room dinner parties this season. Some of these collaborative dinners include: Sylvia’s, hosted by Tren’ness Woods-Black with guest chef Carla Hall; Minton’s, hosted by chef Joseph “JJ” Johnson with guest chefs Alex Guarnaschelli and Michael Jenkins; Blujeen, hosted by chef Lance Knowling with guest chef Justin Smillie; Melba’s, hosted by Melba Wilson with guest chef Jacques Torres; and Ginny’s hosted by Marcus Samuelsson with guest chefs Nyesha Arrington and Marvin Woods, with special guest Brad Johnson and honoring Thelma Golden, Director & Chief Curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem, with the first-ever Harlem EatUp! Luminary Award.

Saturday May 21st & Sunday May 22nd, 2016


THE STROLL presented by Citi®, Saturday, May 21st

THE STROLL presented by Aetna, Sunday, May 22nd

Location: Morningside Park (112th & Manhattan Avenue, New York, NY)

Time: Citi Early Access 12 noon / General Admission 12:30 pm – 5:30 pm

EAT UP! SIP, SEE & HEAR! Come spend the day in Harlem’s Morningside Park at The Stroll

The Taste: A VIP ticketed walk-around tasting where Harlem chefs and restaurants will serve up tasty bites of their signature menu items. Enjoy tastes from more than 35 restaurants including Sylvia’s, Red Rooster, Melba’s, Charles’ Country Pan Fried Chicken, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, The Cecil, BLVD Bistro, Blujeen, Row House, and so many more.

Sip from a wide selection of fine wines, spirits and beer as you meet fine artists and listen to music.

Admission to The Taste: $80 per person (per day).   Ticket includes access to unlimited food and drink, as well as access to The Market and the EatUp! Main Stage presented by Macy’s on the LG Stage.

Guests must be 21 years or older to attend.

The Market: Come one, come all to this family-friendly experience, where a showcase of a variety of foods, as well as fine wines, beer and other beverages will be available for purchase. The Market will also feature Harlem exhibitors who will sell their specialty food, a Kids’ Zone with hands-on activities, fine artists and more.

Make sure to check out the culinary demos on the EatUp! Main Stage presented by Macy’s on the LG Stage featuring both Harlem and celebrity chefs. Watch Emeril Lagasse, Marcus Samuelsson, Daniel Boulud, Carla Hall, Joseph “JJ” Johnson, and more as they entertain, share new recipes and tips of the trade.
Tickets are not required to enter The Market and all ages are welcome. Must be 21 years old to purchase wine and beer; must be consumed within the wine and beer garden.



Citymeals on Wheels (citymeals.org) provides a continuous lifeline of nourishing meals and vital companionship to New York City’s homebound elderly. Working in partnership with community-based organizations and senior centers, Citymeals prepares and delivers over 2 million weekend, holiday and emergency meals for more than 18,000 of our frail aged neighbors each year. Last year, over 15,000 individuals volunteered nearly 69,000 hours of their time.

Since its founding in 1981, Citymeals has relied on the generosity of its Board of Directors, the City of New York, sponsors and other designated gifts to cover administrative costs. This ensures that 100% of all public donations will be used entirely for the preparation and delivery of meals.

Harlem Park to Park

Harlem Park to Park (HP2P) is a network of entrepreneurs committed to cultural preservation, small business and community development in Central Harlem, NYC’s premiere cultural, dining, shopping, lifestyle and nightlife hub north of 110th Street. Formed in September 2009, HP2P’s membership is comprised of more than 130 premiere businesses located within the geographic area of Central Park North to 145th 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.

Supporting Partner

About the Clinton Foundation

The Clinton Foundation convenes businesses, governments, NGOs, and individuals to improve global health and wellness, increase opportunity for girls and women, reduce childhood obesity, create economic opportunity and growth, and help communities address the effects of climate change. Because of our work, more than 31,000 American schools are providing kids with healthy food choices in an effort to eradicate childhood obesity; more than 105,000 farmers in Malawi, Rwanda, and Tanzania are benefiting from climate-smart agronomic training, higher yields, and increased market access; more than 33,500 tons of greenhouse gas emissions are being reduced annually across the United States; over 450,000 people have been impacted through market opportunities created by social enterprises in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Asia; through the independent Clinton Health Access Initiative, 9.9 million people in more than 70 countries have access to CHAI-negotiated prices for HIV/AIDS medications; an estimated 85 million people in the U.S. will be reached through strategic health partnerships developed across industry sectors at both the local and national level; and members of the Clinton Global Initiative community have made more than 3,400 Commitments to Action, which have improved the lives of over 430 million people in more than 180 countries.

Learn more at http://www.clintonfoundation.org, on Facebook at Facebook.com/ClintonFoundation and on Twitter @ClintonFdn.

Founding Sponsor


Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.

Additional information may be found at www.citigroup.com | Twitter: @Citi | YouTube: www.youtube.com/citi | Blog: http://blog.citigroup.com | Facebook: www.facebook.com/citi | LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/citi.

Platinum Sponsors


Aetna is one of the nation’s leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving an estimated 46.5 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, and medical management capabilities, Medicaid health care management services, workers’ compensation administrative services and health information technology products and services. Aetna’s customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, health care providers, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups and expatriates. For more information, see www.aetna.com and learn about how Aetna is helping to build a healthier world@AetnaNews

Bordeaux Wine Council

The Bordeaux Wine Council, Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux (CIVB), was created in 1948 as the official inter-professional body representing the Bordeaux wine industry–winegrowers, négociants (merchants) and brokers.  It has four main missions: marketing and promotion of Bordeaux wines, technical development, economic and statistical data collection and analysis (production and sales of Bordeaux wines worldwide) as well as the protection against counterfeiting of the Bordeaux wine brand and its diverse terroir.


Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M), delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at approximately 734 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations through its leading online store at macys.com. Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy’s offers distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy’s is known for such epic events as Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Macy’s flagship stores — including Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, and Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plaza in southern California — are known internationally and are leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers and employees, Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $69 million each year to help make a difference in the lives of our customers.

Gold Sponsors


Blue Moon / Corona / Heineken

Bronze Sponsors


British Virgin Islands

Cayman Islands Department of Tourism

Dynamic Productions



Great Performances

Hendricks Gin


Media Sponsors

CMT (Taxi TV)

Food Network Magazine



NY Amsterdam News

NY Daily News

Travel + Leisure


Uptown Publications

USA Today



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May 24th, 2015 by Herve Jean-Baptiste

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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May 24th, 2015 by HarlemGuy


HarlemEatUp represented an important inflection point for the Harlem community. One that came with a variety of reactions from everyone I came across.    Reactions seemed to be of two flavors.  Some thought the event  was great.  Others felt the event was bittersweet.   However everyone agreed that the event signified that change had arrived and was here to stay.

As I reviewed my notes, photos and videos, I realized that I too have a range of feelings about what is happening.

My way of dealing with this will be to take my time posting about the event, doing so over the next several weeks or perhaps months, via HarlemCondoLife’s various social media outlets and our other web properties.

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I hope you enjoy reading and viewing as much as I will enjoy writing and publishing.

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May 16th, 2015 by HarlemGuy



President Bill Clinton kicks-off #HarlemEatUP festival, which is now well in progress, with a great opening speech.

A little bit of rain came through but it has passed and we are ready to eat some good food and try some great wine in this packed crowd!

Good to see Bill Clinton back in Harlem where he use to have an office on 125th street for many years.

Enjoy the festival!

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