Wednesday, February 11, 2015


Chef Marcus Samuelsson announced last year with the help of President Bill Clinton and Mayor de Blasio that the Harlem Eatup! Festival would launch in spring 2015.  We just received more details about this major event which will launch ticket sales this coming Friday.  Basically the 3 day event in May will have a launch with private tasting menus at some of Harlem's top restaurants that will also have a guest celebrity chef to come up with the culinary master pieces for the first evening.  The next two days after will feature tents set up by Morningside Park with free access to the public and many of Harlem's great restaurants represented.  Below is a quick breakdown based on the press kit:

Friday, May 15, 2015 “Dine In Harlem” will pair select local Harlem chefs and restaurants (including The Cecil, Ginny’s Supper Club, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Jin Ramen, VINATER√ćA) with national chefs who have personal ties to Harlem (including Carla Hall, Jonathan Waxman, Sean Brock, Paul Qui, Ludo Lefebvre) to collaborate on multi-course dinners. Each “Dine In Harlem” dinner will also highlight a dynamic selection of local performing and fine artists; dinners are $85 and $125; some restaurants will offer two seating’s. Bordeaux Wine Council is the Official Wine of Dine In Harlem. 

Saturday, May 16, 2015 Saturday’s festivities will include “The Stroll” is comprised of “The Avenue” and “The Experience.” “The Avenue,” a free admission event open to the public, will include artisans and purveyors selling specialty foods, and exciting culinary demonstrations from acclaimed chefs. “The Experience” will feature four tents influenced by the art, the music, the style and dance of Harlem, and will showcase local artists alongside Harlem restaurants presenting tastings of signature menu items beside wines, beers, and spirited drinks. Additionally, “Harlem Talks” will feature celebrated tastemakers and leaders discussing relevant topics ranging from food and culture to business and the arts.

Sunday, May 17, 2015 Closing out the festival, “A Sunday Afternoon in Harlem” will feature Harlem restaurants selling their tastiest fare sold a la carte; tasting tents featuring wine, beer, and spirits; local artists; a sports area; a performance stage featuring live Gospel music from Mama Foundation for the Arts under the direction of Vy Higginsen; DJ Stormin’ Norman; a Yoga session from Land Yoga and more. The day will be rounded out with a Kids’ Zone, offering interactive activities for all ages, including storytelling, healthy eating activities, and more. This event will be free admission, and will offer an EATS package that includes food tickets, and a SIPS pass for the beverage tents.

For more details and ticket information, make sure to go to the Harlem Eatup! website and make purchases this coming Friday for the exclusive tasting menu dinners: LINK

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