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Thinking About My Dreams with Harriette Cole

By Marcus Samuelsson | February 2, 2016

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When my good friend Harriette Cole invited me to be a part of her DREAMLEAPERS talk series at Ginny’s Supper Club last night, I didn’t realize what an inspirational evening it would prove to be. Harriette began the night by reciting one of her favorite poems:

Come to the edge.
We can’t. We’re afraid.
Come to the edge.
We can’t. We will fall!
Come to the edge.
And they came.
And he pushed them.
And they flew.
– Christopher Logue

What followed was an engaging discussion about how to dedicate yourself to your dreams and how the past shapes the way you approach your journey. Throughout the night Harriette challenged me with questions about my past and present that made me say “wow” multiple times during the hour long program. It made me think about what my dreams have been and what my dreams are now.

If you’ve read my memoir, Yes Chef, you know that one of my first dreams was to be a soccer player. Failing at this dream made me realize that your first dream may not be your last dream or the one that defines you. From playing soccer, I learned discipline, team work, and work ethic; no matter how hard you work, someone else is working harder. It was a very humbling experience. To be a soccer player was more of a hope then a dream.

My true dream was to open a restaurant in the United States. I wrote it down and hung it up on the wall so I could see it every day. Every action I did was targeted, and I became minutely focused on achieving this dream. A mentor of mine told me it was impossible, that he had never seen any black man open a restaurant, and it was painful to hear him say that. However, he also let slide the hint that maybe in America, I could achieve my dream. Maybe in New York City. Harriette and I talked about when you are faced with an obstacle that makes your dream seemingly unattainable, and you don’t take that leap. Those that do, those that thrive on friction and the ability to articulate what they want and work for it, those are the ones that succeed. I don’t see being successful as how much money you have, rather it’s how you complete the small tasks you’ve given yourself. Look at your progress after three months and critically examine where you started, where you are now, and where you are going.

Today my dream is for Harlem. You often hear people say that Harlem is a food desert, but Harlem wasn’t always this way! It flourished in the 40’s and 50’s, and we now are restoring what should’ve been here thriving all along. Harriette asked me how we can inspire those young black males with “clouds over their eyes.” I believe that restaurants, with their unique ability to source completely locally, have room for all types of people from all backgrounds. “Restaurant” means “to restore the community,” and even in the roughest areas, the restaurants are often on the cleanest part of the street. Now I just need to continue to work to overcome the stigma in the black community against working in the service industry. As a black man, there are very few opportunities to do something wrong. You don’t get as many chances. This reality has always pressured me to be number one and to work hard. There’s been a lot of progress of getting things “in” Harlem, now we need to focus on making things “of” Harlem.

The evening with Harriette was a great success with an engaged audience that made me feel so fortunate to have reached some of my dreams and eager to continue to work and move forward. If you are interested in learning more about achieving your owns entrepreneurial goals, I encourage you to sign up for Harriette’s DREAMLEAPERS Retreat on April 2nd.

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Harlem to Bermuda

By Marcus Samuelsson | January 28, 2016

Harlem to Bermuda

What an amazing time we had last weekend at Marcus’ Bermuda with Melba (of Melba’s Harlem) and my friends – the Nate Lucas All-Stars. The event really came together with jazz from Harlem and delicious food prepared with the soul of Harlem!  From Tandoori Smoked Salmon Deviled Egg, to Fish Chowder Bites, Melba’s Fried Chicken, Dunkley’s Eggnog Waffle, and JH’s Chicken Stew & Dumplings – we had plenty of good eats and great company throughout the night!

 

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Join us at Rooster’s Market!

By Raquel Jacquez | November 3, 2015

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Kick-off your holiday shopping uptown at Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s Rooster’s Market. This shopping event will feature some of NYC’s up and coming designers, collectors and artists. Come check off your wish list with us and enjoy complimentary mimosas and a special Rooster market menu you’re sure to love!

We are still looking for more vendors so send us a message if you’re interested in showcasing your work! Please send all inquiries to roostermarket@gmail.com

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Red Rooster Market on MarcusSamuelsson.com

 

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Ginny’s Supper Club Presents Lea DeLaria

By Jenn Burka | October 28, 2015

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We are excited to announce a new Sunday Brunch series at Ginny’s Supper Club featuring jazz performances from acclaimed actress, comedian, Broadway star and jazz singer Lea DeLaria (@realleadelaria)An American comedian and actress most recently recognized for her role as “Big Boo” Black on the Netflix hit series Orange Is the New Black, DeLaria is also an acclaimed jazz musician. She was the first openly gay comic to appear on a late-night talk show with her 1993 appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show. She has appeared in numerous Broadway shows, a number of films including The First Wives Club and Edge Of Seventeen, and has released two comedy albums and five jazz albums.

During the performances, a Rooster Brunch Buffet will include favorites like Mac n’ Greens; Fried Yardbird with Mashed Potatoes; Chicken & Waffles; Deviled Eggs; Helga’s Meatballs and Migas with Truck Stop Potatoes.

Sunday Brunch with Lea DeLaria at Ginny’s Supper Club

November 8 | December 13 | January 10

12:00PM and 1:30PM

Tickets are $45 per person and can be purchased on Ginny’s website.

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Halloween at Red Rooster and Ginny’s Supper Club

By Jenn Burka | October 19, 2015

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Halloween is one of our favorite events over at the Roo and Ginny’s Supper Club, and this year we have events for everyone.

For those with children, join us at “Boo at the Roo,” a fun day of games, prizes, a maze, and of course candy at Red Rooster.

Once the kids are tucked away, the freaks come out to play! At night, we have three fun events, which we hope to see you at. At 7:30pm, we have an extra spooky supper club at Ginny’s. ELEW will be performing live while we show a silent horror film in the background. At 9:30, we will transition Ginny’s into our Freaks Come Out at Night Halloween Party with headliners DJ Evil Dee & Mr. Walt of Da Beatminerz. Both events are $15 and tickets can be bought here. We’ll also be having a costume contest with great prizes.

If you prefer old school hip hop, you can head upstairs to Red Rooster for DJ Kool Herc’s Hip Hop Halloween. Entry is free, and we’ll be there dancing the night away until close.

We hope to see you there!

Boo At the Roo
Red Rooster
October 31st 11am-2pm
Free Admission

Hip Hop Halloween
Red Rooster
October 31st 9:30pm
Free Admission
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Halloween Supper Club
Ginny’s Supper Club
October 31st 7:30pm
$15 | Tickets here
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Freaks Come Out at Night Halloween Party
Ginny’s Supper Club
October 31st 9:30pm
$15 | Tickets here
21+

 

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Advanced Screening of Parts Unknown: Ethiopia

By Marcus Samuelsson | October 14, 2015

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I am thrilled at the opportunity that CNN, Food Republic, and Tadias Magazine have given me to highlight the behind the scenes moments of Anthony Bourdain’s episode of “Parts Unknown” featuring Ethiopia on Monday, October 19th at 7pm at Ginny’s Supper Club. The episode we filmed will air on CNN on October 25th, but this advanced screening on Monday will allow you all to join Maya and me in an informal setting as we watch the episode and engage in discussion following.

I’ve been a fan of Parts Unknown since it aired in 2013. I loved having the opportunity to show my good friend Tony around Ethiopia, trying to reveal some of the unknown areas both to him and his many viewers. It was rewarding to realize have far I have come in my explorations of my native country (and how much I still have to discover). My wife Maya and I had a blast bringing Tony to Addis Adaba, which is the capital city of Ethiopa and often considered to be the political capital of all of Africa. We made sure that Tony got to sample a large mix of food, sounds, and sights in this busy metropolis. We also brought Tony to Maya’s family in the Gurage region to experience the somewhat more modest life in an Ethiopian village (although the village feast we were served hardly seems like it could be labeled as “modest”).

I’m looking forward to sharing more about the making of this episode at the event at Ginny’s on Monday. We will also be featuring some specialty cocktails and Ethiopian-focused small plates to bring some of the smells and tastes from the episode to you as well.

I hope to see you there!

 

Advanced Screening of Parts Unknown: Ethiopia 
Ginny’s Supper Club
October 19th @ 7:00PM
$25 | Tickets here
This event is 21+

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Recap: Celebrating Chefs Deliver Anniversary with Citymeals

By Marcus Samuelsson | February 23, 2015

Celebrating Citymeals' Chefs Deliver

On Tuesday, February 17th, Chef Daniel Boulud, Herb Karlitz and I all helped Citymeals commemorate the first anniversary of Chefs Deliver by delivering meals to our homebound elderly neighbors in Harlem. The day’s menu was a collaboration between Chef Boulud and myself – fried yard bird, greens and grits plus apple and raspberry clafoutis.Chefs Marcus Samuelsson and Daniel Boulud celebrate Citymeal's' Chefs Deliver by bringing members of the Harlem elderly community freshly prepared meals.

We started the day off at Red Rooster, where we announced that tickets were officially on sale for Harlem EatUp! – a new, 4-day festival in May celebrating the food, culture, and community of one of my favorite NYC neighborhoods. Citymeals is one of two charity beneficiaries of the events, including:

  • Dinners: Come Dine In Harlem where acclaimed chefs will create distinctive dining experiences inspired by the unique feel today’s Uptown landscape.
  • Harlem Talks: Panel discussions featuring celebrity chefs, restaurateurs, artists and more, including Citymeals Co-Founder Gael Greene.
  • Culinary Demos: Fun chef-led events to teach you tricks of the trade, new cooking techniques, or how to make a new favorite dish.
  • Walk-Around Tastings: On Saturday, Harlem’s food, art and culture will converge in Morningside Park with The Stroll. Return the next day for A Sunday Afternoon in Harlem with fare inspired by the home of the “Gospel Brunch.”

Overall, the day was a huge success. Citymeals is an incredible organization – I’m proud to be one of their many supporters in the chef community. Stay tuned for more info on the Harlem EatUp! festival coming this spring!

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Terrance McKnight Comes to Ginny’s Salon Series

By Becca Cory | February 21, 2015

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On Thursday, March 5th, join me at Ginny’s Supper Club for the latest installment of the Ginny’s Salon Series. Starting at 7:30pm, we’ll spend the night in conversation with musical talent Terrance McKnight about his experiences and how he is able to keep his work relevant today.

Terrance McKnight is currently the WQXR weekday evening host, and previously the host of former Saturday evening program, All Ears With Terrance McKnight, a show about musical discovery which was honored with an ASCAP Deems Taylor Radio Broadcast Award in 2010. His musical experiences — from glee club soloist and accomplished pianist, to professor at Morehouse College, and finally as producer and host of several music programs for public radio — have consistently juxtaposed the European Classical tradition alongside American classic traditions, such as jazz, gospel, African American spirituals and other musical genres.
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Recap: Streetbird Pop-Up

By Marcus Samuelsson | February 6, 2015

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I had a ton of fun on Tuesday night at the Streetbird pop-up on the Lower East Side. I  loved meeting all the different people who stopped by; it was the first time I’d gotten to test out the recipes for a crowd, and it was great getting to hear their thoughts.

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We started the meal off with Bird Broth and Maria’s Tack Tack for the table. Next up, was our Roasted Chicken, Sho Nuff Noodles, and Notti Greens. Everything was served family style. Possibly the biggest hit of the night were the Sweet Dogs – a brioche dessert filled with spiced almond paste, whipped cream, and red velvet sauce.

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You can check out our playlist from the pop-up on Spotify, and make sure to stay tuned for more news Streetbird. Thank you to Maria, the owner of El Maguey y La Tuna, and to everyone else who helped make the pop-up a huge success!

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Join us for the StreetBird Pop-Up!

By Becca Cory | February 2, 2015

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Join me tomorrow night, February 3rd, for a pop-up on the Lower East Side. I’ll be testing out new recipes for my new restaurant Streetbird, set to open this spring.  Come for a taste from  7-10pm at El Maguey y La Tuna.

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El Maguey y La Tuna
321 East Houston Street
New York, NY 10002

 

 

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