Photo: Tim Cooper
It’s been 30 years since the Howard Theater in D.C. closed in 1980, but I was lucky enough to be there when the doors re-opened to spectacular fanfare last Thursday. It’s a theater regarded as the blueprint for the Apollo here in Harlem, and no less applauded for the careers they helped launch. Marvin Gaye, Ella Fitzgerald, the Supremes, Duke Ellington, and Aretha Franklin; these are just some of the famous faces that graced the Howard Theater stage early in their rise to fame.
The Howard Theater reminds me so much of the Apollo for its sense of history and huge impact on the community around it. Everyone connects to the importance of the theater that first opened in 1910, and I can’t emphasize what a privilege it is for the Marcus Samuelsson Group to be involved. We were asked to create dishes for the Southern-style dinners, gospel brunch and standing-room menu at the Howard and we got to experience the reception at Thursday night’s all-star gala. Read More