Maya Haile


Scenes from a Memorable Weekend

By Marcus Samuelsson | June 10, 2013

Princess Madeleine Wedding

What a way to wrap up the weekend.

While Maya and I hightailed it to Sweden to attend Princess Madeleine’s wedding (to Chris O’Neill), here in New York our Rooster family joined in on the annual Sundae Sermon featuring our house DJ Stormin’ Norman. If you haven’t heard of Sundae Sermon (or want to attend the next one), its mission is to support the spirit and strengthen the Harlem community by promoting healthy living, and environmental and educational development with parents and their children. With such beautiful weather we had on Sunday, it was nice to see the images of people coming out with their families to enjoy each other’s company amidst some great music. Read More

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Three Goats Inaugural Fundraiser a Huge Success

By Jeannette Park | April 11, 2013

maya haile, marcus samuelsson, three goats, cocktail party
maya haile, marcus samuelsson, three goats, cocktail party

Maya and Marcus at the Three Goats Inaugural Fundraising Cocktail Party

The story of Three Goats began in November 2011, when Maya visited Ethiopia after reading about the water-crisis and resulting famine that was affecting her and Marcus’s birthplace. In an effort to provide relief to the devastated areas, they quickly organized a Brunch for the Famine in The Horn of Africa to raise money for much-needed resources. Maya flew to Addis Ababa and visited Mother Teresa’s Missonaries for Charity where they advised her on the greatest area of need for clean water and food. Knowing the dangers of traveling in the region, Maya insisted on heading to Togowichale, a border town between Ethiopia and Somalia severely endangered by the famine to provide relief to nearly 1,000 people in the area. To thank her for her generosity, the people of Togowichale presented Maya with three goats. While she couldn’t take the animals back to the U.S., she brought back the idea to start Three Goats. Read More

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Behind the Scenes with Vogue Magazine

By Jeannette Park | May 24, 2012

Marcus and Maya

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


Tuxes and Tiaras at the Met Ball and Childhood Foundation Gala

By Marcus Samuelsson | May 10, 2012

Marcus and Maya at the Met Ball

I always like to be out and about, but it’s rare that I have the opportunity to don my best two nights in a row. I’m sure you heard about the Costume Institute’s Met Ball (if you haven’t, it’s the fashion industry’s night to get as wild and glamorous as they can be), and Maya and I were beyond thrilled to attend this year’s opening of “Schiaperelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations“.

We both wore Ralph Lauren (Maya looked impossibly stunning) and the scene was just fantastic. Bruno Mars performed (his renditions of “Dirty Diana” and “Roxanne” killed!) and I got to catch up with some of my favorite Knicks players: Amar’e, Carmelo, Tyson. We sat with Chelsea Handler and Andre Balazs, chatted with Kanye and Rick Ross, and I took this gorgeous photo of Maya with Queen B. Read More


Maya’s Trip to Ethiopia, Part III: Visiting the School

By admin | November 18, 2011


By: Maya Haile

Today I discuss the final part of my journey to Ethiopia. After giving out our donations at Togojalya, I decided to visit further deep into Somaliland. We were advised that since it was Muslim land that my arms and legs must be covered in order to be allowed to enter. I had just regular clothing so I had to improvise. I found a quick solution when we found a street tailor that could make me a quick garment. I bought the fabric and within a few moments, I had a handmade dress made from native fabric that I could wear when crossing the Muslim lands. I also had a scarf with me that I could wear, so I felt like I fit in. I was happy to be able to partake of the local culture at least with my clothing; especially being in Ethiopia and Somalia, since both cultures are so similar, so I was super happy to follow their culture.

When we went further into that area, we visited the children’s school. But their school was nothing like we know a school to be, in fact it was technically just two trees. Read More


Maya’s Trip to Ethiopia, Part II: Distributing Food and Learning About Their Water Supply

By admin | November 14, 2011

their watering hole

By: Maya Haile

As I described in Part I of my journey, we were welcomed to Togojalya with open arms. Togojalya is comprised of 5 tribes, each comprised of 200 families, totaling 1000 families in that area. We visited one in particular named Muhammad’s Tribe, which is registered with the Ethiopian government and are more willing to accept visitors. In this case, they welcomed us since we went with good intentions to help the families affected by the famine.

At Muhammad’s tribe, we passed out our donated food to each family, about 75 kilos (165 pounds) of food; 25 kilos (55 pounds) of each grain (rice, corn, and lentils). Read More


Maya’s Trip to Ethiopia, Part I: Finding My Way to the Famine Victims

By admin | November 10, 2011

Maya getting supplies in Ethiopia

By: Maya Haile

As many of you know, I just recently returned from my charity trip to Ethiopia. The main goal for my trip was to distribute relief to the numerous famine victims affected by the worst drought that has hit Africa in more than 60 years. With the collected funds from Marcus’ and my Brunch for the Horn, I traveled back to my homeland and with the help of kind Ethiopia people, I was able to pass out our donations in the form of much-needed food. It was good trip, although a bit risky since Marcus wasn’t with me. But at the same time I had a lot of good energy with me from all of your support and the support of our staff and I took the good energy with me to Africa.

I had an amazing experience during my trip. Read More


Tadias Coverage of Our Brunch for the Horn

By admin | October 11, 2011

Photo: Cathrine White

Photo: Cathrine White

Last month, my wife Maya and I held a Sunday Brunch at our Harlem home to help the current famine victims in Somalia and Ethiopia. Thanks to the support of our sponsors and all of the guests that came out, we were able to raise money for those being affected by the famine, as Maya will be giving away clothes, food, water, and medicine during a trip to Ethiopia. One of our sponsors for the Brunch was Tadias, a New York based online magazine tailored towards the Ethiopian-American community. They were also present at the Brunch and taped some footage of our guests and the festivities. Read More


Update on East African Famine

By admin | October 10, 2011

Photo: United Nations Photo

Photo: United Nations Photo

Early this month, The United Nations confirmed the 6th famine zone in Somalias Bay Region. This now brings the number of Somalis struck by famine to an alarming 4 million people which accounts for more than half the country. The famine has already claimed thousands of lives between Kenya, Djibouti, Somalia, Ethiopia. Despite relief efforts, the United Nations reports that 750,000 people are at risk of death over the next 4 months in Somalia. Read More


A Sunday Brunch To Remember

By admin | September 23, 2011


By Cyndi Amaya

Last Sunday, Marcus and Maya Samuelsson opened their Harlem home to a couple hundred guests all in the good name of charity. With the drought and famine in East Africa worsening, this issue has also risen in the couple’s list of priorities. So much so, that the Samuelsson’s decided to take matters into their own hands. With continued news of relief efforts not reaching refugee camps and those affected by the famine due to impasses by insurgent groups in certain regions of Somalia, Marcus and Maya wanted to make a more personal outreach for victims to ensure their donations would actually make it to the afflicted. Hence, the couple decided to host a special Sunday Brunch and invite all those interested in helping, with all proceeds going to famine victims in East Africa. The personal touch comes with Maya herself traveling to Ethiopia to deliver the donations in form of food, medicine, and vitamins to those in refugee camps in Ethiopia and along the Ethiopian/Somali border. Read More


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