Harlem EatUp! is Back with Luminary Awards Dinner at Historic Alhambra Ballroom on November 2nd




Planned Harlem Alhambra (then called Auditorium) published February 1904, John B. McEffatrick & son, architects. Image via Wikipedia

Harlem EatUp! Co-founders Marcus Samuelsson, award-winning chef and restaurateur, and Herb Karlitz, veteran event marketer and international food festival producer, are pleased to announce the honorees for the sixth annual Luminary Awards — Two Time Emmy Award-winning TV host, executive producer, and author, Tamron Hall and the legendary Harlem-born artist, DJ and photographer D-Nice, of “Club Quarantine” fame. The Harlem EatUp! Luminary Awards Dinner will be co-presented by Citi and Mastercard® and will take place on Thursday, November 2, 2023 at the historic Alhambra Ballroom in Harlem.

Harlem EatUp! Founders, Chef Marcus Samuelsson and Herb Karlitz

The Luminary Awards Dinner kicks off a series of events heralding the return of the acclaimed Harlem EatUp! festival in spring 2024. “We are excited to reignite the Harlem EatUp! festival this fall and continuing into 2024. The community met a lot of challenges over these past few years, and while things still aren’t easy, we are eager to share Harlem’s renowned hospitality, incredible culture and amazing eats!” said co-founder Marcus Samuelsson. “After a 3-year hiatus, we’re thrilled to be planning the relaunch of HEU in person, starting with three high profile Harlem dinners in November, then gearing up for May 2024 when we’re back to celebrate this iconic neighborhood, its residents, food, art and music,” said co-founder Herb Karlitz.

legendary Harlem-born artist, DJ and photographer D-Nice, of “Club Quarantine” fame

The Harlem EatUp! Luminary Awards Dinner was created to spotlight local visionaries and leaders and has been a signature Harlem EatUp! event since the festival’s launch in 2015. Past honorees include The Honorable David Dinkins, Dapper Dan, Thelma Golden, Jonelle Procope, Bevy Smith, Lana Turner, and Madame C.J. Walker (posthumously.)

Two Time Emmy Award-winning TV host, executive producer, and author, Tamron Hall

This year’s awards dinner will be hosted at Harlem’s historic Alhambra Ballroom, 2116 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. This unique neo classically designed venue was built originally as a vaudeville theater in 1905 and played an important role in the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s and in the jazz scene of the 1930s and 1940s hosting performances by Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith, Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, and others.

The Harlem EatUp! Luminary Awards Dinner co-presenting sponsors are Citi and Mastercard. As a founding sponsor of Harlem EatUp! Citi has been a long-time supporter. “Harlem is one of the most vibrant and culturally diverse communities in the country and we could not be more excited about the return of the festival to recognize some of the neighborhood’s pioneers and most iconic culinary voices,” said Tina Davis, Interim Chief Marketing Officer at Citi. “As a long-time supporter, we look forward to once again celebrating the small businesses who have fueled Harlem’s progress and its culinary richness.”

Chef Marcus Samuelsson attends Harlem EatUp!’s Third Annual Festival Weekend at Morningside Park on May 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for Harlem EatUp!)

Mastercard is continuing its support of the culinary community as a co-presenting sponsor of the Harlem EatUp!Luminary Awards Dinner as well as two other upcoming Harlem EatUp! collaborative culinary events. Mastercard cardholders will have access to partake in this celebration and purchase VIP tickets to the Luminary Awards Dinner as well as Dine In Harlem dinner parties on Priceless.com.

Image courtesy Harlem EatUp!

Supporting sponsors include Foster Grant™ as well as wine and spirits sponsors Aslina Wines, B. Stuyvesant Champagne and Ten To One Rum.

Chef Marcus and Chef Ed Brumfield of Marcus Samuelsson Group will partner with executive Chef Daniel Philogene of the Alhambra Ballroom to create a festive meal celebrating African and African American cuisines featuring Harlem culinary favorites.

Image courtesy Harlem EatUp! Dine In Harlem Dinner Series

Other upcoming Harlem EatUp! initiatives include the “Dine In Harlem” series of dinner parties, featuring culinary collaborations between some of Harlem’s most prominent chefs and high-profile guest chefs from NYC and beyond. On Thursday, November 9, Melba Wilson and JJ Johnson will collaborate on a special menu at Melba’s Restaurant and on Wednesday, November 15, Marcus Samuelsson and Dawn Burrell will collaborate at Ginny’s Supper Club. The series will also be co-presented by Citi and Mastercard.

Harlem Eat Up! Festival – Dine In Harlem Dinner Series. Image courtesy Harlem EatUp!

Tickets for the Luminary Awards Dinner are priced at $200.00 per pair of tickets and are available exclusively to Citi and Mastercard cardholders at citientertainment.com and Priceless.com.

Harlem EatUp! Harlem Stroll in Morningside Park. Image courtesy Harlem EatUp!

Finally, in May 2024, Harlem EatUp! looks forward to welcoming everyone back to The Harlem Stroll now in Marcus Garvey Park for the first time! Join Harlem EatUp! in The Street Market for artisans selling food and wares, and the EatUp! Main Stage for culinary demos and live music. Don’t miss The Ultimate Grand Tasting with bites from Harlem’s best restaurants and live music. Be sure to follow on Facebook and Instagram.

Marcus Samuelsson and (the incomparable) Bevy Smith. Image courtesy Harlem EatUp!

Stay tuned for airdate on a one-hour program airing on ABC7 News featuring Black and women-owned local restaurants in the metro-NY region. EatUp! NYC is co-hosted by creator Marcus Samuelsson and TV/radio personality, host, and author, the incomparable Bevy Smith.

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