Harlem EatUp! Celebrates Uptown’s Food Scene
Foodies made their way up uptown this weekend for an annual festival dedicated to showing off Harlem’s vibrant food culture.
More than 14,000 people converged on the Morningside Park in Manhattan for the “Ultimate Grand Stroll,” May 20th and 21st, where they sampled signature dishes from dozens of local eateries.
And the meals dished up by the dozens of participating eateries did not disappoint: Red Rooster served jerked short rib wit pickled slaw, Blvd Bistro handed out shrimp and grits with bacon, Harlem Burger’s sliders with tzatziki sauce went down well with the crowd, while newcomer Row House brought out seared diver scallops decorated with edible flowers.
Besides the “Ultimate Grand Stroll,” Harlem EatUp!, which runs from May 15 through May 21st, hosts dinners, cooking demonstrations and talks.
The two-day bacchanal brought out the likes of journalist Tamron Hall, singer Freddie Jackson, socialite Sidra Smith, TV personality Bevy Smith and Thelma Golden, director of the Studio Museum in Harlem.
The Harlem EatUp! Festival is the brainchild of “Red Rooster” founder Marcus Samuelsson and his partner Herb Karlitz, as a way to bring more customers to Harlem while showcasing its restaurants.
The proceeds from the benefit will go towards local charities.