Friday, August 4, 2017


Press Release: The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with internationally renowned chef and restauranteur Marcus Samuelsson, in concert with Tim Zagat, founder of the Zagat National Restaurant Review, today announced that following its breakout inaugural run in 2016, the Cuban Culinary Initiative will return as part of the Second Annual Harlem/Havana Music & Cultural Festival under Samuelsson’s direction.

 This year, Harlem/Havana—the international arts, culinary and educational exchange created in celebration of the rich connection between these two iconic cities—will explore the theme, Harlem: Home of Immigrants, Honoring New York City’s International Diversity. The festival explores the international cultural influences that make Harlem a celebrated home for immigrants from all nations through arts and educational programming. The culinary initiative will also expand this year to include Senegalese and Dominican restaurants, alongside Cuban and Harlem soul food restaurants.

Through this initiative, the Festival has partnered with Samuelsson’s famous Red Rooster Harlem and Streetbird Rotisserie restaurants, along with Sylvia’s, Oso, La Fonda Del Sol, Harlem’s Floridita Cuban Restaurant, Melba’s, Ponty Bistro, Coogan’s, Victor’s CafĂ©, Malecon, and 809 Sangria Bar & Grill to feature special selections of Cuban, Cuban-inspired or Cuban-fusion dishes and cocktails as part of this year’s festival.  More details can be found at the Harlem Havana site: LINK

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