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A Big Thank You to my Harlem Community

By Marcus Samuelsson | June 26, 2012

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. 

A very warm and heartfelt thank you goes out to:

DJ Qool Marv
Dino Vigo
Ben Barson and his band
Maritza Owens of Harvest Home Farmer’s Market
Deborah Racicot for her yummy frozen treats
The team at Morgan Stanley Smith for their contribution and support
Lonn Coupel-Coward for his mocktail demonstrations
Sylvia Clark and the Decadance group
Michaela Angela Davis
Harriette Cole
Vy Higgensen and the amazing Gospel for Teens choir
Alison Jones and the Harlem Swing Dance Society
The Harlem Tap Studio with Omar Edwards
Carey King with Corbin Hill Farm 

For more photos and a video of the Gospel for Teens choir performing at the Harlem Community Day, see below:

Photos: Monika Sziladi

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