photos from Harlem EatUp!
The Harlem Renaissance has been in full swing for a while and when it comes to food, many credit Marcus Samuelson and his award winning restaurant, Red Rooster for the food revival north of 110th. Since it opened in 2010, the neighborhood has exploded with many more worthy restaurants, luxury condos, and soon a Whole Foods. Let’s not forget a President. So of course, eventually, there had to be a happening festival.
Harlem EatUp! is just that, a 4-day celebration of local food, culture and art taking place from May 15-May21. The event is chock full of star chefs, foodie meet-ups, music and art. All ticket sale proceeds go directly to Harlem Park to Park, an organization that provides assistance to small businesses in the community and Citymeals On Wheels, which delivers food to homebound elderly.
Now in its third year, the expanded effort will include Grand Tastings with 25 area restaurants in a sip and stroll set up. Local restaurants will feature multi-course menus that capture the unique flavor of Harlem’s food landscape. Minton’s, Ginny’s Supper Club, Vinateria, and Lolo’s Seafood Shack are all taking part, just to name a few.
And beyond just eating, there is a lot of cooking happening. You’ll see star chefs in demo mode such as Marcus Samuelsson, JJ Johnson, Yvette Leeper-Bueno, Laurent Tourondel and Michael Anthony . There will be a Harlem EatUp concert at the Apollo, free Yoga, ubiquitous music and naturally, a beer garden. Ticket prices range from free to $85 for the day long Grand Tasting, and up to $230 for the Luminary Awards Dinner.
Sponsors include Citibank. Aetna, Macy’s and Vins de Bordeaux.