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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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Home is Where the Cook Is: Brooklyn Supper

By Ashley Bode | January 6, 2014

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One of the best things about cooking is that anyone can do it. You don’t have to be a celebrity, a trained chef or a stay-at-home mom to understand the time, energy and dedication it takes to make delicious food.  Food has recently become a huge part of our pop-culture and with it the emergence of food blogs. One such blogger is Elizabeth Stark from Brooklyn Supper, who focuses on recipes that are both simple and seasonal. We caught up with Elizabeth and asked her about her life with food. Read More

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Gift Guide: Handmade Soap by DiPalermo Body

By Ashley Bode | December 12, 2013

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“Every year around this time, I get asked by fans, friends, restaurant-goers and publications what my go-to gifts are. This year, My team and I have decided to feature a few artisans who are making great products that are perfect for the holidays. Whether it is fancy soap for my mother or a really rad apron for one of my colleagues, or the flight of roof-top honey for the person who is impossible to shop for here are some essentials that could I know I will be giving this year. First up, Jessica Morelli from New York City.”- Marcus

 

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MS.com: What is the name of your company and what do you make?

Jessica Morelli: The name of my company is di Palermo Body.  I make artisan skin care made in small batches using only natural and organic ingredients. At a young age my Nona (grandmother) taught me how to garden, the importance of eating organic food and living a holistic lifestyle. ‘di Palermo’ means of Palermo, which is where she was from so di Palermo Body is in honor of her.

MS.com: How did you get started?

JM: Five years ago I bought a bar of natural soap at a small shop and fell in love.  I didn’t even know people still made soap from scratch.  I immediately was hooked and had to find out how I could make it myself.   Coming from a large Italian family I loved to cook.  I found that making soap was much like cooking, and creating a formula is just like creating a recipe, you just don’t eat the end product.

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MS.com : Where do you produce and sell it?

JM: I currently make all the products out of my 5th floor walk-up Manhattan apartment; tight quarters but organization is the key.  Etsy is my main online platform and because of it I’ve been able to sell  all over the world.  I have retailers in LA and Chicago and am hoping to find a few in New York that are a good fit in the coming months.

MS.com: Of all your collection, what is the best for a holiday gift?

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JM: Whether you give a bundle of 4 soaps for $25 for your sister, a sugar scrub for someone at the office for $12, or a single bar of soap as a stocking stuffer for only $7,  all of my products are within a price range that is perfect for gifts.

MS.com:  How do you see your audience changing over the past few years? Is there more an interest in artisan products and how do you see that growing?

JM: Over the five years I’ve been making natural products my market has always been people who understand the importance of using natural products for both their skin’s and the environment’s benefit. More and more people are finding the value in handcrafted goods, its nice to see people wanting so support small businesses.

MS.com Favorites:

Ristretto Sugar Scrub and Soap

This scent, coffee and lemon, is a natural deodorizer and works great in the kitchen eliminating the scents of cooking like garlic, onion or fish.

Conjure Soap

This scent, vanilla and vetiver, has a more masculine appeal to it and a great label. Men like fancy soap too!

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SMART University Educating Women Through Cooking Classes

By Tawnya Manion | November 25, 2013

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SMART, an acronym for Sisterhood Mobilized for AID/HIV Research and Treatment, is a not-for-profit organization that works hard to create a safe haven where women living with HIV or AIDS in New York City can get support from their peers and gain education through hands-on classes. The organization’s SMART Body workshop couples nutrition education with hands-on cooking lessons. These tutorials provide the women of SMART a chance to try new foods and learn healthier cooking methods that can better the overall health of themselves and their families.

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Chicken and Champagne Night

By Jeannette Park | November 7, 2013

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_DSC1068Proving there’s nothing we love more than some great fried chicken and some cold champagne, Red Rooster hosted a full capacity crowd Wednesday night for a fun and boisterous Chicken and Champagne event. An ode to the original Red Rooster’s tradition, it was a great showing of the community coming together under one roof, complete with a surprise cake for Marcus and a special Bonicella performance for the birthday boy. Thanks to Mario Rinaldi and the Paul Goerg team for their attempted sabre-ing of a magnum bottle of the bubbly. And in case you missed the Chicken and Waffles, Spicy Chicken Wings, Chicken Nuggets with B.B.Roo Sauce, and Chicken Liver Crostini, stay tuned for our next event which will be held sometime in February. Take a look of some pictures from last night’s celebration, complete with amazing jazz tunes from Louis Fouché.

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Another Raucous Halloween at Ginny’s

By MarcusSamuelsson.com | November 1, 2013

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If you ever think you know what’s going to happen at a Halloween party, you’ve never been to a Halloween party at Ginny’s. For our Third Annual Ginny’s Halloween Party, our favorite guests and ghouls went all out to showcase some of the most unusual costumes that were entered into the Best Costume contest. True to trends, there were a couple of Miley’s, two throwback Avatars, a too-close-to-the-real-thing Frank “Ponch” Poncherello, a post-enhanced Alex Rodriguez, an excellent Dorothy and Wicked Witch of the West, and an ever angelic Angel. And that was just at the front door.  Read More

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First Lady Visits the Studio Museum

By Marcus Samuelsson | September 26, 2013

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Photo Courtesy of Michelle Obama

Photo Courtesy of Michelle Obama

On behalf of our entire team at Red Rooster, I would like to thank First Lady Michelle Obama for asking us to be part of the Luncheon on the occasion of the 68th United Nations General Assembly. Even though I personally was unable to attend, it was an honor to have our team welcome the First Lady and her guests to The Studio Museum and share with them the food, the art and the neighborhood that I call home. Read More

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Neighborhood Charter School of Harlem

By Red Rooster | September 24, 2013

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Photo Courtesy of NCSH

Photo Courtesy of NCSH

The Neighborhood Charter School of Harlem (NCSH) is a free public charter school that recently opened in August 2012 on 124th St. and Lenox, just two blocks from Red Rooster Harlem. The program focuses on a challenging K-8 academic platform that seeks to promote the intellectual, social and emotional development of each child. A unique feature of the school is its fully inclusive programming for high functioning children with autism spectrum disorders. The particular segment of children has been most in need as many children from the Upper Manhattan, Harlem area go undetected for these particular service needs. NCSH will be one of several schools who have the opportunity to visit the Red Rooster Harlem this Fall to learn about meal preparation, healthier eating and overall restaurant business operations.

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