Harlem’s Morningside Park–during the Weekend of May 16 & 17–was a popular destination: delectable tasting ground for Uptown’s finest residents, socialites, restauranteurs, and tourists for the inaugural Harlem EatUp! festival!

As an unofficial Harlemite, I trucked it north from my digs in Brooklyn for the four-day event of endless food, booze, and style, bringing out the best along Harlem’s restaurant mile.

Tony Triumph, Karl Franz, 67 Orange Street

Tony Triumph and Mixologist Karl Franz of 67 Orange Street attend Harlem Eat Up 2015

Hosted by celebrity chef and American icon Marcus Samuelsson, and with sponsorships by Citibank and Macy’s, guests were allowed to ‘stroll’ tents of undiscovered tastes, talks, and culture that represented the thriving blocks north of New York City’s 110th street.

The Stroll: A Grand Tasting Experience - Harlem EatUp! Festival

American Icon and Harlem Eat Up! host Marcus Samuelsson greets guest at Harlem’s Morningside Park.

Bill clinton- Marcus Sammuelson

Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio, Marcus Samuelsson, Chirlane McCray

Notable guest and speakers included former President Bill Clinton (who served as honorary chairman of the event), New York City’s Mayor DeBlasio and 1st lady Chirlane McCray, The Food Network‘s Ted Allen, MSNBC‘s Toure’, Bravo‘s Bevy Smith, and local business pioneers including Alexander Smalls of Minton’s Supper Club & The Cecil, Melba Wilson of Melba’s restaurant, and mixologist Frank Waltz of 67 Orange Street.

Marcus Sammuelson, Melba Wilson,

Want to know my Top 5 best dishes at Harlem EatUp! 2015? Check them out here.

Meanwhile, check out some of my favorite flix from the festival below.

Sidra Smith, Tony Triumph, Harlem Eat Up, Harlem

Here I am pictured with Sidra Smith, Tasha Smith’s twin sister, a well-known Producer, Casting Director, and Event Host here in NYC.


The Stroll: A Grand Tasting Experience - Harlem EatUp! Festival

Tony Triumph attends Harlem Eat Up! 2015

Me pictured with fellow Harlem Eat Up! guest. Some gracious young ladies that were showed plenty of love to my style. Thanks ya’ll!

The Stroll: A Grand Tasting Experience - Harlem EatUp! Festival