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Hedy Goldsmith at Ginny’s Supper Club

By Emelyn Rude | October 5, 2012

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Last night, the flavor of the always-bustling Ginny’s Supper Club was a little sweeter than usual, thanks in large part to the desserts of pastry chef Hedy Goldsmith.  The event, a dinner celebrating Hedy’s debut cookbook Baking Out Loudwas an incredible opportunity to not only sample some of the book’s delectable recipes but also to mingle with a diverse crowd of food enthusiasts. As one Swedish couple celebrated their 40th anniversary over Roasted Duck and Waffles, actress and Cooking Channel host Debi Mazer chatted recipes with local food lovers while enjoying snapper accompanied by Marcus Samuelsson’s unique teff ramen. Read More

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American Table Cafe and Bar Opens

By Emelyn Rude | September 28, 2012

American Table Signage

Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center has been home to a host of spectacular performances over its 40-year history, from the Julliard School’s chamber concerts to the annual New York Film Festival. As of this month, the space will be the regular home of one more: the culinary creations of Chef Marcus Samuelsson at American Table Café and Bar. Emerging as a collaboration between Restaurant Associates and the Marcus Samuelsson Group, this fast, casual eatery offers Samuelsson’s fresh twists on American classics, from Smoked Salmon over potato pancakes to Pulled Pork Sandwiches and Apple Slaw to Doro Wat Tacos mounded high with Ethiopian-spiced chicken. Read More

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Marcus & Amanda in Conversation

By Ashley Bode | August 10, 2012

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The Rare Books Room downtown at The Strand Bookstore, served as the perfect backdrop to discuss Yes, Chef—the room was nothing short of magical, with a library rich in content, an audience feasting on the words of Marcus and his hostess and a thick summer air that settled over the space causing us all to lean in a little closer. Sitting in front of stacks that included first editions written and signed by Stephen King and volumes of The New Yorker, Marcus spoke candidly about the stories that fill the pages of his memoir and reminded the audience that his world truly is an inspiring one. Read More

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Motown Monday with Ne-Yo

By Marcus Samuelsson | June 12, 2012

Ne-Yo at Ginny's

Ne-Yo gives an impromptu acapella performance.

Being in the restaurant business you never know who might walk through your doors. What I’m learning about the entertainment business is, you might know who’s performing, but you never know what to expect. This past week Ginny’s hosted two incredible artists from opposite ends of the spectrum–Jimmy Scott gave us three great performances (being 86 years old this was quite a show) and Ne-Yo hosted Motown Monday.

I want to thank Ne-Yo up high for being here–his energy and enthusiasm brought out the crowds and there wasn’t an empty seat in the house. As Vice-President for A&R at Motown, he brought up Kevin Ross (this kid’s got serious talent) then introduced Elijah Kelley, his co-star in Red Tails. It was Elijah’s first ever public performance but you would have never known it. From his soulful singing to him doing backflips off the banquettes, the crowd went wild.  Read More

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NYC Subway Series: Red Rooster at Yankee Stadium

By Marcus Samuelsson | June 11, 2012

posing with the kids

Summertime without baseball in America is like the summer without lemonade. And although I’m more of a soccer buff than a baseball fan, I highly admire the sport so I was thrilled to visit Yankee Stadium this past Saturday. I went to serve up some Red Rooster baseball food for part of MasterCard’s Priceless NY program. We set up shop in the new Yankee Stadium’s Batter’s Eye Café with some Red Rooster versions of baseball sliders– shredded lamb with mint yogurt, Berbere chicken with coleslaw and Swedish meatball sliders, as well as our famous sweet potato donuts. Read More

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Mother Jones Asks: What’s In Your Food?

By Marcus Samuelsson | June 8, 2012

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Tom Philpott, Karen Washington, Marcus, Tamar Adler, Carolyn Mugar

Last night I participated in a food panel with Mother Jones magazine. The topic was simply “What’s In Your Food?” and my esteemed fellow conversationalists and I discussed how the food we eat plays a critical role in our lives and in politics. From Big Ag to pink slime and food deserts to the possible ban on large servings of soda, we shared our thoughts on what we think can be done to change the way we eat.

Mother Jones publisher Steve Katz opened the floor with an examination of the word, economics. Coming from the Ancient Greek word meaning “management of a household” it got us thinking about how money affects the way we eat—but it shouldn’t.  Read More

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Young Harlem Leaders Learn Rules of Engagement at Red Rooster

By Cyndi Amaya | June 5, 2012

the ladies enjoying dinner

As Mary Crane, stood in the center of Red Rooster’s Private Dining Room, dozens of little eyes were focused on her, intent on not missing any gesture or detail from her next phrases. The gestures and advice that was dished out would normally not catch the attention of this age group (around 17-18 years of age), but those eyes were fixed and at full attention. Ms. Crane went on to explain the proper way to place your napkin on your lap, which bread plate and beverage belonged to your place setting, and even the American vs. the European way to hold and use silverware. The girls of the Young Women’s Leadership Network watched, took in the suggestions, nodded in agreement, exchanged giggles amongst each other and put these “rules of engagement” into practice.

Last night, Red Rooster was home to the Senior Dinner for the Young Women’s Leadership Network (YWLN), a network of 5 all-girls public schools that provides economically disadvantaged girls with a high-quality college preparatory education. This particular group of high achievers chose to do an internship as their Senior year project and were being rewarded with a private dinner at Red Rooster Harlem. Read More

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