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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

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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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Harlem Helps: $50,000 to Survivors of the East Harlem Collapse

By Marcus Samuelsson | April 4, 2014

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(Photo by Ron Walker)

(Photo by Ron Walker)

On Wednesday night, the Harlem community and beyond joined together to raise up our neighbors who had suffered the terrible explosion at E 116th and Park Ave. weeks ago. Through ticket sales, raffles, and auctions, we were able to raise over $50,000 to support the efforts of the American Red Cross of Greater New York in aiding the survivors. And those who could not give money gave their time, effort, and goodwill, all of which made the benefit a truly a night to remember.

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Harlem Helps: A Benefit for The East Harlem Collapse

By Ashley Bode | March 31, 2014

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In light of the tragic East Harlem explosion at 116th St. / Park Ave on the morning of March 12, 2014, we at Red Rooster Harlem are responding with assistance for our neighbors. To that end, on the evening of April 2, we are hosting a fundraiser to aid these families and individuals in their hour of need.

Hosted by Marcus Samuelsson, Aaron Sanchez, and Amanda Freitag, the evening will feature a cocktail party at Ginny’s Super Club with live entertainment to celebrate the Harlem community. Ticket proceeds will go directly to the survivors of the collapse via American Red Cross in Greater NY: East Harlem Collapse Relief to aid the families with daily necessities and resources for recovery.

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New York Times Op-Ed by Marcus: Is Harlem ‘Good’ Now?

By Marcus Samuelsson | February 17, 2014

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“For so long Harlem had just been an idea to me, found in books and music when growing up in Sweden and then working in France. It was Langston Hughes and Miles Davis, the Apollo and the Y, and Malcolm X sitting in a dark corner of Small’s Paradise. It was the center of black culture, the center of cool, a place so remote to me in Europe that I could hardly imagine it. Now I was here, feeling it.”

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