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Head of the Table: Remembering Marion Cunningham

By MarcusSamuelsson.com | July 12, 2012

Cunningham believed in the power of family dinners

Cunningham believed in the power of family dinners

American culinary icon Marion Cunningham—who passed away yesterday at age 90—will be remembered for many things. For working as James Beard’s assistant. Revising the Fannie Farmer cookbook. Advocating home-cooking. Winning the James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. And, of course, for making the most delicious raised waffles around. Read More

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

By Jeannette Park | July 10, 2012

Outdoor dinner in Austin

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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Derek Fleming Named Top 40 Under 40

By MarcusSamuelsson.com | July 10, 2012

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Derek Fleming

We are extremely excited to announce that our own Derek Fleming, Director of Business Development for the Marcus Samuelsson Group, has been notably recognized as one of The Network Journal’s 4o Under Forty! This award aims to recognize professional achievement within a particular industry and honors those individuals who make important contributions within their community. For Fleming, that last bit holds very true. Read More

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Fashion Matrimony at the Harlem Haberdashery

By Diamond Bradley | July 9, 2012

Haberdashery and Sofistafunk Cake

Haberdashery and Sofistafunk Wedding Cake by ShaRee Amour Catering

“Sometimes. Always. Never.” Harlem Haberdashery’s Trend Specialist, Louis Johnson muttered his disappointment as he eyed my friend’s blazer with its two top buttons closed (luckily his bottom was not), a closed breast-pocket on his chest, and one of his two back vents sewn together. As the man who maintains wardrobe in the newly opened boutique in Harlem, Mr. Johnson refused to leave my friend in pieces and he was put back together quite nicely, with a pocket square neatly folded in his pocket and only the middle button fastened. Read More

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Kitchen Takeover: Animal House

By MarcusSamuelsson.com | July 9, 2012

Fried chicken sandwich with pickle slaw

Fried chicken sandwich with pickle slaw from Son of a Gun

Pay attention to the folks you meet in college–they may just be your next kindred spirit and business partner. The tasteful team of Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo comprise this very template, friends turned culinary entrepreneurs who have risen to great acclaim in a short time span.  Since leaving the kitchens of the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, they are the creative innovators behind the slightly more turf Animal Restaurant and definitely more surf Son of a Gun, garnering such prestigious awards as the Best Food and Wine Chefs of 2009, two James Beard nominations, Rising Star Chefs and Wine List of the Year by GQ Magazine. Read More

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From Museums to the Streets: The Urban Chic of Ingram Talley

By Diana Tsuchida | June 28, 2012

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The Mahogany Dress

When abstract expressionist paintings and a beautifully hand-stitched dress collide to find their way into the closets of fashion junkies, it must be the work of Jakia Handy. The young and zealous Harlem-based designer is the talent behind Ingram Talley, and at only 26, she is making a sure and steady rise on the local fashion scene.  As the line is a combination of her grandmothers’ last names, Handy pays homage to geneaology through timeless style. “When I think about what I want to do with my clothes, I really want to have future vintage pieces. Pieces that my nieces and my nephews and my grandkids will still want to wear.” This kind of foresight enables Handy to channel her artistic interests of fine art, sculptures and music into all her designs. Her creations diverge from a pattern in contemporary fashion in which the disposable nature of clothes is too commonplace. “I think people take it for granted because we wear them everyday, but they’re really art pieces when done well. If you have a fabulous jacket that you really had a blast with in your twenties, why do you just have to get rid of it? I don’t like the fact that clothes die but art doesn’t.”  Read More

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Bringing Taiwanese Food to the Financial District: A Conversation with A-Pou Taste’s Doris Yao

By Justin Chan | June 28, 2012

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At the heart of the Financial District sits a huge red cube sculpted by Isami Noguchi, a prominent Japanese-American artist and landscape architect. Surrounding it are several food vendors, most of whom serve halal food and hot dogs. Each vendor has to compete with the one to his right and another to his left, making his task of attracting customers all the more difficult.

Hidden to the side of a cube, however, is a small food cart called A-Pou’s Taste, whose owner, Doris Yao, serves something entirely different. Whereas her competitors sell halal chicken on rice, Yao sells Taiwanese pot stickers. Yao is aware that she must market her food effectively in order to make a decent profit, but in a crowd of halal stands, she is confident that her food speaks for itself. Her noodles and dumplings have become such a hit in the area that she can recognize almost every single one of her loyal customers.

Read on to learn more about Yao and A-Pou’s Taste! Read More

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The Saffron King : The Story Behind the World’s Most Valuable Commodity

By Saira Malhotra | June 25, 2012

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This week, I had the privilege of speaking with the North America’s merchant of spice or rather, The Saffron King–Behroush Sharifi. Held in high esteem by the food fraternity, The Saffron King supplies the most notable chefs with the finest of spices from the most every day, to the rarest finds. Spices have for centuries scented our food and beverages and provided medicinal benefits–after all, many people could attest firsthand at the effectiveness of cloves on a toothache. It is a combination of these intrinsic values that has led spices to being at the source of much controversy. One spice in particular has seduced royalty, government and society for centuries: Saffron. These delicate crimson red strands offered to us by the crocus flower have stood the test of time and like a handful of precious commodities, it has held continued prestige.

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Sounds of Summer: DJ Qool Marv’s Playlist

By MarcusSamuelsson.com | June 20, 2012

DJ Qool Marv in Asciano, Italy

DJ Qool Marv in Asciano, Italy

He has some serious street cred for being one of the world’s greatest spinners of disco/boogie/funk/soul/house music and is considered the DJ’s DJ. Who are we talking about? DJ Qool Marv and he’s giving us his list of his favorite summertime hits. A little old school and a lot of talent, DJ Marv will also be our resident music man for our Harlem Community Day on June 25th.

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Geandy Pavon: Painting With Substance

By Diamond Bradley | June 20, 2012

The Studio Museum in Harlem Resized

You don’t even need to step inside the Studio Museum in Harlem to expect the unexpected. The red, black and green American flag waving high above its doors indicate you’re in for something different.

The epitome of this resides in Cuban artist Geandy Pavόn’s head.

Born in Cuba in 1974, Pavόn pursued street art with his group called La Zampana, or “The Bell,” while attending Las Tunas Art School.  Of course, in such turbulent times during the 80′s in Cuba, rebelling against the established order wasn’t welcome. Eventually he left Cuba for a better life in the United States, specifically New York, where he studied at the National Museum of Fine Art for four years.

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