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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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Maysles Institute Benefit Dinner at Marcus’s House

By Jeannette Park | November 15, 2012

Maysles Benefit Dinner

Albert Maysles and Iris Apfel share secrets over dinner. (Photo: Jeannette Park)

For those in attendance at the Maysles Institute benefit dinner, the mood was festive. The crowd included the entire Maysles clan (except Auralice who had just flown in from India), Kate and Andy Spade, the incomparable Iris Apfel awash in rich fall reds and yellows donning a flame red orange mohair bag, and an intimate handful of the institute’s top donors and benefactors. Read More

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Close as Kin: The Art of Sharing Food and a Table

By Jeannette Park | July 10, 2012

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Outdoor dinner in Austin

Perusing through the pages of a Kinfolk Magazine will transport you to a rustic fairytale of endless summer picnics that taste of freshly bottled honey, warm bread with jam placed upon long wooden family tables that seat up to twenty of your closest hungry friends. Getting swept up in the tranquility of it all is easy, and is precisely what founder Nathan Williams had in mind when he and a group of friends developed their exquisitely designed communal gatherings. We were able to snag a few precious moments with Williams to further explore the manifesto behind Kinfolk and why, more than ever, sharing good food, time and laughter with friends and family is a necessary life fulfillment. Read More

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A Big Thank You to my Harlem Community

By Marcus Samuelsson | June 26, 2012

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Harlem Swing Dance Society

The rain came and went, but under the awning of the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater the party was in full swing. Literally. Swing dancers jumped and jived their way around the stage to a crowd that didn’t seem to care about a few drops (and sometimes showers) pouring down. An electric Harlem crowd came out to celebrate the launch of Yes, Chef and what a celebration they got, thanks to all the participants that contributed to such a fantastic day. From the amazing singers of Vy Higgensen’s Gospel for Teens to Martiza from Harvest Home–there were so many people who made this day memorable. You have supported me at Red Rooster and now with the launch of Yes, Chef, but none of this would have been possible without you.  Read More

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NYC Subway Series: Red Rooster at Yankee Stadium

By Marcus Samuelsson | June 11, 2012

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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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Spanish Harlem Prepares for the Puerto Rican Day Parade

By MarcusSamuelsson.com | June 8, 2012

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Every year, on the second Sunday of June, Puerto Ricans all over New York City and even neighboring Latin hubs like Pennsylvania and Boston, gather on Fifth Avenue between 44th and 79th Streets to celebrate Puerto Rican pride at its finest. But as early as a few days prior, signs of the parade can be seen throughout NYC and especially in Spanish Harlem. Known as ‘El Barrio,’ Spanish Harlem still holds the highest concentration of Puerto Rican residents in NYC. El Barrio streets come alive with the red, white and blue of the Puerto Rican flag flying high.

Check out a few photos below of Spanish Harlem as the residents prepare for the big weekend that lies ahead. Read More

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Greetings from Norda

By Marcus Samuelsson | June 1, 2012

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Greetings from Sweden!

I came by to check up on Norda Bar & Grill and see their amazing progress. I wanted to pop over here before I started my book tour for Yes, ChefI’m really impressed with our Norda team and response has been great from our patrons. I love that I have the chance to be able to show Gothenburg a taste of New York City and the menu mix of the East Coast and Sweden seems like a hit.

While I’m here in Sweden, one of Norda’s greats, Pastry Sous Chef Jimmy Wigh is in New York as we speak. He paid us a visit as guest chef at Red Rooster where he dished out two special desserts, the Cloud and the Princess Cake. Jimmy got a chance to see how a New York City kitchen works and plans to come back and see us soon. Be sure to check out Jimmy’s blog to see other great dessert innovations from him and the rest of the Norda pastry team.

It’s back to work for me at Norda, but meanwhile here are a few photos of my visit here so far… Read More

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Behind the Scenes with Vogue Magazine

By Jeannette Park | May 24, 2012

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If you haven’t caught the June issue of VOGUE magazine featuring Maya and Marcus and an excerpt from Yes, Chef, here’s a look at some behind-the-scenes shots from that day. We had an early call for the photo shoot that morning–Vogue editors and interns nibbled on coffee and croissants while Marcus and Maya sifted through racks of Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss, Gucci, and too many designers to count. After some quick changes in the private dining room at Ginny’s, Marcus settled for Acne (one of his favorite Swedish brands) and Paul Smith while Maya looked stunning in a Suno shirt and Duro Olowu pants. The main dining room at Rooster substituted for a makeup studio while Tim Rogers made sure hair was to perfection. Read More

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About The Team

Whether it’s finding the best goat tacos in LA, spotting a well-worn vintage bag in Sweden, or interviewing the “crab man” selling seafood on a corner in Harlem, we tell stories seen from Chef Marcus Samuelsson‘s point of view. MarcusSamuelsson.com strives to create conversations about food, nutrition, culture, art, and design. We want to find Read More

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