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Marcus’s Meatless Monday Menu Takes the UN

By Erica Singer | October 7, 2014

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Marcus Samuelsson is at it again.

Chef-owner of Red Rooster Harlem, as well as an avid Meatless Monday and UN supporter, Marcus designed the menu for the most recent United Nations Development Program (UNDP) reception.

As members gathered for the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit, it only seemed fitting that his Meatless Monday menu similarly fit the green goals that evening.

Besides for the opportunity to indulge UN participants with delicious vegetarian cuisine, like with his signature Pear Pumpkin Salad with Pumpkin Seed Recipe, Marcus was also excited to promote Meatless Mondays.

And honestly, why wouldn’t he be? Here are just some of the benefits:

  • Studies show that plant-based diets are associated with a variety of health benefits.
  • Researchers have also discovered that a Monday start-date helps individuals carry their healthy intentions for the week.
  • Finally, advocates argue that it’s also simple way of shrinking one’s carbon footprint.

In this case, Meatless Mondays are more than just a weekly refuge for conflicted omnivores.

On the contrary, they encourage us to take a step back, think about the food we put into our individual bodies, and hopefully better our shared physical environment.

With slogans surrounding the UN summit stating, “Meatless Monday Menu: Lower Your Carbon Footprint,” it was clear that Marcus perfectly catered to his meat-free international audience that night.

Chowing down on Marcus’s seasonal pumpkin salad, it was the perfect day for thinking about how our food consumption truly holds greater collective potential.

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Citi Kids with Mr. Met, Michelle Yu and Me

By Marcus Samuelsson | July 31, 2014

Citi Kids in the Jackie Robinson Rotunda
Photo by Steve Campbell

Yesterday I had the privilege of visiting a very special group of kids at Citi Field. With my friend Michelle Yu of SNY, I spoke to over 100 kids from the Bronx, Manhattan and Queens about the importance of Jackie Robinson’s nine values: Courage, Excellence, Persistence, Justice, Teamwork, Commitment, Citizenship, Determination and Integrity. Other speakers included scholars and volunteers of the Jackie Robinson Foundation who encouraged Citi Kids to persevere and dream big.

The kids also got a tour of Citi Field, tickets to the game and snacks from the park’s infamous concession stands. Two of Citi Kids made it onto the field and into the dugout with me before the game– cheering me on for the ceremonial First Pitch. I had a great time and doing this on behalf of City Harvest was the perfect way to spend my first visit to Citi Field and my very first Mets game.

 

Marcus and Travis d'Arnaud 
photo by Steve Campbell

Marcus and Travis d'Arnaud photo by Steve Campbell

Throwing the first pitch
Photo by Steve Campbell

Throwing the first pitch Photo by Steve Campbell

Citi Kids in the Jackie Robinson Rotunda
Photo by Steve Campbell

Citi Kids in the Jackie Robinson Rotunda Photo by Steve Campbell

Rooster gear in the dugout

Rooster gear in the dugout

Practicing on the field before the first pitch

Practicing on the field before the first pitch

Mets Jersey #10

Mets Jersey #10

Marcus, Michelle Yu from SNY and the Citi Kids

Marcus, Michelle Yu from SNY and the Citi Kids

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A Talented Harlem Student Enjoys a Pastry Internship with Red Rooster

By Suzannah Schneider | July 29, 2014

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Jake hard at work in the Red Rooster Kitchen

In May, Marcus met an impressive young man named Jacob at Celebrate Northside! The Northside Center for Child Development 68th Anniversary Gala. Marcus was so moved by Jacob’s interest in cooking that he extended an internship to the 15 year-old aspiring chef. From Tuesday, July 15 through Wednesday, July 16 Jacob enjoyed a hands-on culinary experience within the pastry department at Red Rooster Harlem.

Jacob is a student at a rigorous college preparatory school in The Bronx. He loves science, especially chemistry and forensic sciences. His family is from the Dominican Republic, and he grew up learning how to cook dishes like fried sweet plantains and sorbets from his grandma and uncle. He’ll often make himself Dominican breakfast for dinner, which is a traditional dish of fried eggs, mashed plantains, fried salami, fried cheese, and fried sausage.

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Marcus spoke with Jacob about his aspirations as a chef

Jacob’s time with Red Rooster began early on Tuesday at 8:15 in the morning. He worked with our Pastry Chef Melissa Camacho making strawberry jam, cookies, cornbread, and peanut butter pie. He was appreciative of their patience, and really enjoyed working with the kind chefs. Jacob liked making cornbread because he makes a similar recipe at home with his uncle.

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Pastry Chef Melissa Camacho taught Jacob how to begin Peanut Butter Pie

For lunch, Jacob enjoyed Red Rooster’s famous Triple-Double Burger infused with bacon, Jarlsberg, and rooster sauce, with, of course, a side of French fries. He was surprised he was able to finish the gigantic sandwich, but loved every bite of it. Jacob wrapped up his first day on the job with a chat with Chef Mark Gandara, mapping out his dreams for the future. He spent his second day of the internship preparing peaches to practice his knife skills.

Jacob with Chef Mark Gandara

A four-day sleep-away basketball camp is coming up for Jacob at the end of this summer. Although he’s eager to learn more about pastry and cooking, Jacob’s looking forward to some rest and relaxation after two long days on his feet.

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Catching Up with HEAF’s 2014 Learning for Social Impact Course

By Marcus Samuelsson | July 28, 2014

Photo courtesy of HEAF

Last month a group of students from Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF) spent an afternoon with me in Ginny’s Supper Club to learn about Swedish food and culture. The discussion and cooking demonstration were in preparation for the students’ trip to Stockholm as part of HEAF’s Learning for Social Impact cultural literacy course. I recently caught up with Jadira Mora, HEAF’s Program Coordinator of College Quest, to hear more about the group’s adventures in my homeland.

On a bike tour of the Royal National City Park. Photo courtesy of HEAF

The students kicked off their trip with an invigorating bike tour of the Royal National City Park. They got to see the area the way most Scandinavians do – by bicycle. Other trip highlights include a tour of Stockholm City Hall, a fascinating lesson on the history of Swedish music, a visit with the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, and a meeting with King Entertainment, the creators of Candy Crush Saga. Additionally, the LSI class enjoyed conversations with The Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce over a traditional Swedish Fika (coffee break). The HEAF students also met kids their own age to compare personal experiences, and attended the first World Cup game screening put on by Ortens Favoriter, a youth organization in the suburbs. I wish I could’ve been there!

Enjoying a traditional Swedish Fika with The Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce. Photo courtesy of HEAF

Jadira facilitated debriefings each night so the students could discuss their experiences of the day. The students faced a lot of culture shock, and were surprised to encounter a different kind of diversity in Sweden. They found that diversity often relates to different nationalities instead of different colors of skin.

Of course, the HEAF students thoroughly enjoyed Swedish cuisine. They ate meatballs similar to the kind I made with them, enjoyed a lot of fish, and even tried Gubbröra, which is a traditional Swedish anchovy dish that translates to “Old Man’s Mix.” The students were surprised at the large portion sizes that were available in restaurants, and were delighted by Swedish chocolate. (We do have the best candy!)

It was great to hear about the students’ trip, and it was an honor to work with them beforehand to discuss my experience growing up in Sweden. I hope to see my HEAF friends again soon.

Photo courtesy of HEAF

Photo courtesy of HEAF

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Dine above Times Square and Stand Up To Cancer!

By Marcus Samuelsson | July 11, 2014

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Join me in the fight against cancer while enjoying a one-of-a-kind dining experience above the crossroads of the world. I’ve prepared a five -course, prix –fixe meal of some of my favorite dishes to be served at a dining table 25 feet above Times Square in New York City through Mastercard’s Priceless Table. Dinners at Priceless Table will be served on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, July 16-August 2, 2014. The cost for the dinner is $100 for two, or $50 per person, which will be donated to Stand Up to Cancer.

I filled the menu with dishes, such as tomato watermelon gazpacho and ramen salmon salad, that have nutritious and timely ingredients. I try to eat healthy as often as possible, and was excited to include the omega-3s and good fats of the salmon and avocado we are serving. I also tried to be conscious of seasonality with fresh tomatoes and watermelon. Our bodies naturally crave things that are in season, so this gazpacho is perfect for healthful summer eating.

I’ve had several people in my life diagnosed with cancer in the last few years, so the Priceless Table for Stand Up To Cancer project really hits home. It’s hard to sit by and watch as your loved one battles, and there’s nothing you can do. Stand Up To Cancer is the best answer to that. Plus, what could be more fun than sitting above Times Square and enjoying a one-of-a-kind meal?

You can purchase tickets here.

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Ginny’s Salon: After Midnight

By Marcus Samuelsson | May 12, 2014

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Join me at Ginny’s Supper Club Monday, May 19th for a fabulous evening of food and discussion with Tony nominated Best Director/Choreographer Warren Carlyle, Tony Nominated actress Adriane Lenox, Tony  nominated Costume Director Isabel Toledo, and her husband Artist-in-Residence Ruben Toledo as they sit with me to discuss the inner workings of the production that shares Harlem’s legacy with the world. We will serve a curated four-course meal inspired by the Cotton Club in its heyday.

To learn more about this amazing production read the New York Times Review here

Here is the featured menu for the evening:

Supper De-Luxe

First

Relish Tray

cornbread madeleine, deviled eggs with caviar, pickles

Second

Oysters and Lox

fried oysters, tandoori smoked salmon, yuzu kosho yogurt

Third

duck & waffle

smoked maple gastrique, collards, foie gras ganache

Last

Swedish Cloud

pistachio sponge, rhubarb sorbet, cream cheese foam, lemon-elderberry curd

the rooster goodbye

champagne infused grapes

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Sweet Tooth: Luca & Bosco Ice Cream

By Sarah Williams | April 21, 2014

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Honey Lavender Ricotta Luca And Bosco Ice Cream (32)

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We had the pleasure of tasting Luca & Bosco Ice Cream earlier this month at the Harlem Helps Benefit in Ginny’s Supper Club.  With a unique flavor palate, Harlem- based Luca & Bosco Ice Cream has been captivating New Yorkers since its inception in 2012. We were able to catch up with Ruthie and Catherine, the founders of Luca & Bosco, to learn more about their sweet business.

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