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.
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.
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.
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.