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Inspired By: The Jazz Age

By Ashley Beck | June 17, 2013

Lavish, luxurious and absolutely sinful! The “Jazz Age” was all about indulging on a whim without a care about what tomorrow will bring. So play the song below and let your Monday blues Charleston themselves far, far away… 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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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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Motown Monday with Ne-Yo

By Marcus Samuelsson | June 12, 2012

Ne-Yo at Ginny's

Ne-Yo gives an impromptu acapella performance.

Being in the restaurant business you never know who might walk through your doors. What I’m learning about the entertainment business is, you might know who’s performing, but you never know what to expect. This past week Ginny’s hosted two incredible artists from opposite ends of the spectrum–Jimmy Scott gave us three great performances (being 86 years old this was quite a show) and Ne-Yo hosted Motown Monday.

I want to thank Ne-Yo up high for being here–his energy and enthusiasm brought out the crowds and there wasn’t an empty seat in the house. As Vice-President for A&R at Motown, he brought up Kevin Ross (this kid’s got serious talent) then introduced Elijah Kelley, his co-star in Red Tails. It was Elijah’s first ever public performance but you would have never known it. From his soulful singing to him doing backflips off the banquettes, the crowd went wild.  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

Puerto Rico en el Barrio


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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Young Harlem Leaders Learn Rules of Engagement at Red Rooster

By Cyndi Amaya | June 5, 2012

the ladies enjoying dinner

As Mary Crane, stood in the center of Red Rooster’s Private Dining Room, dozens of little eyes were focused on her, intent on not missing any gesture or detail from her next phrases. The gestures and advice that was dished out would normally not catch the attention of this age group (around 17-18 years of age), but those eyes were fixed and at full attention. Ms. Crane went on to explain the proper way to place your napkin on your lap, which bread plate and beverage belonged to your place setting, and even the American vs. the European way to hold and use silverware. The girls of the Young Women’s Leadership Network watched, took in the suggestions, nodded in agreement, exchanged giggles amongst each other and put these “rules of engagement” into practice.

Last night, Red Rooster was home to the Senior Dinner for the Young Women’s Leadership Network (YWLN), a network of 5 all-girls public schools that provides economically disadvantaged girls with a high-quality college preparatory education. This particular group of high achievers chose to do an internship as their Senior year project and were being rewarded with a private dinner at Red Rooster Harlem. 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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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

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Behind the Scenes of the Chopped All-Stars Finale

By Marcus Samuelsson | May 7, 2012

Marcus on Chopped All-Stars

What I love most about being a competitor and a judge on Chopped is that being a competitor actually makes me a better judge. Once that basket opens you can’t get stuck on a concept because the clock is there and the ingredients are there and you have to let the limited amount of time and experience drive you. The adrenaline you have every round makes you so tired afterwards, not because you worked long, but because there’s a lot of emotion that goes through your body. I revisited some of those emotions last night during a viewing party we held at Ginny’s. Read More

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