The world famous chef and Harlem resident Marcus Samuelsson will host a Harlem Community Day on Monday, June 25th in support of his forthcoming memoir, Yes, Chef. In association with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, the neighborhood-focused day will be held from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Marcus Garvey Park at the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater (123rd Street and Mount Morris Park West) and is free to attend.
Marcus Samuelsson who travels the globe regularly is constantly involved with an activity or new event here in Harlem. His critically acclaimed Red Rooster and newest success Ginny’s Supper Club (in which we recently raved about last weeks Jimmy Scott appearance) continue to enrich our community. We never expect to run into Marcus himself at these events yet it seems miraculously he is always there with a smile to greet you! This is why it does not surprise us that he has chosen Harlem to celebrate with him a day before his national release of his well anticipated Memoir.
YES, CHEF, which will be published on June 26th, describes Marcus’ love for Harlem and his gratitude towards this supportive community. In recognition of this Marcus has chosen to launch Yes, Chef at Marcus Garvey Park a day before the book’s national release. He will introduce the book with a fun-filled roster of activities and offerings that celebrate the residents, organizers and businesses of the neighborhood.
For a full list of events please visit Harlem Community Day.
HarlemCondoLife would like to congratulate Marcus Samuelsson, celebrity chef, owner of the up and coming Red Rooster and Harlem resident, for winning Bravo TV’s Top Chef Masters. Way to go Marcus!
By HarlemGal for HarlemCondoLife
Can I just say from the start, I adore and appreciate our HarlemCondoLife.com readers very much! They’re like a Tonnie’s cupcake! Awesome! Seconds from when the Crain’s New York story broke about Red Rooster landing at 310 Lenox Avenue, a HCL reader notified us right away with the news! A big thank you to Tero!
As soon as I received that heads up, what did I do next? Aside from responding to our reader, I picked up the phone and called Marcus Samuelsson’s flack. Here’s the chisme!
The lease was just signed this week so the ink is barely dry. Samuelsson and his team are aiming to have Red Rooster open for customers this Fall. I probed a bit further. The PR rep did not want to comment on why 310 Lenox Avenue versus other locals throughout Harlem nor say anything about length or amount of the lease? The rep said “those type of details are for Marcus to answer and that’s not possible right now since he’s out of the country.” Hmm, I wonder if our celebrity chef and local Harlem resident gave those folks quoted in Crain’s the green light to say something about the location of Red Rooster? Given that Marcus is not available to confirm this wonderful news himself, I seriously doubt it. It seems like someone or somebody stole a little bit of Samuelsson’s thunder! If so, that’s not cool!
As for my thoughts on the Red Rooster location in Harlem, to be honest I was keeping my figures crossed that it would land on Frederick Douglass Blvd., however, after walking over to Lenox Ave to check out the space tonight (Friday), I can see why Samuelsson choose that location. It’s right next to Chez Lucienne, Sylvia’s and the planned Hyatt Hotel backed by Emmitt Smith and partners. Also, 310 Lenox Avenue is right by the 2/3 subway line. Uptowners and downtowners can easily get to Red Rooster. In addition, all those Bravo TV viewers, who watch Samuelsson on Top Chef Masters-Season 2, and plan to or regularly visit the Big Apple will trek up to Harlem. Double hmm. Can you say the words “tourist invasion is upon us…soon…again!