Get Ready For ~ Harlem EatUp! 2019 ~ Now in its 5th Year!



Ultimate Grand Tasting. Image courtesy Harlem EatUp!

Harlem EatUp! Celebrates Culinary All-Stars, Music, Culture & Art in NYC’s Vibrant Uptown Community. Chef Marcus Samuelsson and Herb Karlitz Present the Fifth Annual Festival, WarmUp! to EatUp! beginning May 8 through Harlem EatUp!  May 17-19, 2019.

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!)

Harlem EatUp! (HEU) Festival co-founders Marcus Samuelsson and Herb Karlitz announced the all-star line-up and schedule of events for the fifth annual festival. With events hosted in Morningside Park and restaurants around Harlem and Manhattan, admission to Harlem EatUp! ranges from free and pay-as-you-go in the Harlem Stroll Marketplace to the ticketed Ultimate Grand Tasting (also at the Stroll) and the Dine in Harlem dinner series.

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

During the dynamic vibrant week-long festival, Harlem restaurants and culinary stars will welcome their peers from New York City and across the country for a variety of events. Harlem EatUp! features the festival’s signature Dine in Harlem series, a multi-night and multi-room dinner party featuring one-night-only culinary collaborations between Harlem’s best chefs and restaurants with acclaimed guest chefs; the annual Luminary Award Dinner honoring Harlem fashion icon Lana Turner, with a menu created by award-winning chefs Mashama Bailey, Emma Bengsston and Marcus Samuelsson; The Harlem Stroll, a two-day outdoor event at Morningside Park, one of Harlem’s most historic parks, consisting of the Ultimate Grand Tasting (ticketed) and the Marketplace (free admission) with the EatUp! Main Stage, offering cooking demonstrations and live musical performances; the brand-new pre-Festival EatUp! Downtown Dinners; and more. Citi is returning for its fifth year as a founding partner of Harlem EatUp!

Harlem EatUp! Harlem Stroll. Image courtesy Harlem EatUp!

As part of its mission and dedication to Harlem, a portion of the Festival’s proceeds will be donated to Harlem Park to Park, Citymeals on Wheels and Historic Harlem Parks, and will be disbursed by the Harlem EatUp! Foundation, whose mission is to strengthen the community by supporting the people, cultures and non-profit organizations that empower Harlem. Harlem EatUp! is a celebration of Harlem’s rich-culinary, culture and art communities. The multi-day festival takes place throughout Harlem’s diverse neighborhoods, with new and returning events throughout the week.

Harlem EatUp! Mr. Cory, Cory’s Cookies. Image courtesy Harlem EatUp!

“I’m really excited about Harlem EatUp! this year because having this vision of ours turn five years old is huge and so meaningful for us and for the community,” says co-founder Marcus Samuelsson. “It’s incredible to see that the third week in May, over 11,000 people come to Harlem to eat and cook and celebrate together, to see Harlem become the culinary capital of the city and the host of the coolest dinners out there.”

Main Stage. Image courtesy Harlem EatUp!

“For our fifth year, we are excited to amp up our celebration of Harlem ~ the community, the food, the drink, music and culture,” says co-founder, Herb Karlitz. “We’ll be bringing back our signature events, along with a few surprises we can’t wait to share with our guests.”

Current culinary talent at the fifth-annual Harlem EatUp! is schedule to include Mashama Bailey (The Grey); Emma Bengtsson (Aquavit); Daniel Boulud (Restaurant Daniel); Adrienne Cheatham (Sunday Best); Sylvain Delpique (21 Club); Michael Elegbede ( ÌTÀN); Leah Cohen (Pig & Khao); Amanda Freitag (Food Network’s Chopped); Melba Wilson (Melba’s); Carla Hall (Carla Hall’s Soul Food); JJ Johnson (Field Trip); Yvette Leeper-Bueno & Mimi Weissenborn (Vinateria); Karl Franz Williams & Mike Maitrel-Burgard (Solomon & Kuff Rum Hall); Massaharu Morimoto (Morimoto Restaurants): DJ Stormin’ Norman (Sundae Sermon); Jelena Pasic (Harlem Shake); Wolfgang Puck (CUT at The Four Seasons); Marcus Samuelsson; Gail Simmons (Food Critic, TV Host and cookbook author); Carlos Swepson (BLVD Bistro); Kenichi Tajima (Tastings Social presents Mountain Bird); Michael White (Altamarea Group); Marc Vetri (Vetri Cucina); and Andrew Zimmern (Passport Hospitality).

Ultimate Grand Tasting. Image courtesy Harlem EatUp!

A sample of the local restaurants, food makers, artisans and small businesses scheduled to be featured at this year’s festival include: Aroma’s Boutique Bakery; BLVD Bistro; BO’s Bagels; Cove Lounge; Charles Pan Fried Chicken; Dear Mama; Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Harlem; The Edge Harlem; Ginny’s Supper Club; Harlem Chocolagte Factory; Harlem Shake; Harlem Tavern; Lady Lexis Sweets; Lee Lee’s Bakery; LoLo’s Seafood Shack; Lloyd’s Carrot Cake; Maison Harlem; Make My Cake; Melba’s; Miss Mamie’s Spponbread; Nocciola Ristorante; Piatto d’Oro; Row House; Settepani; Shake Shack; Sisters Caribbean Cuisine; Sugar Hill Creamery; Tastings Social presents Mountain Bird; Trade Street Jam Co.; Terranga; Uptown Veg & Juice Bar; and more to be announced.

Image courtesy Harlem EatUp!

Participating local vendors from the Harlem Park to Park Local Vendors Program, Harlem Business Alliance, Union Settlement, Uptown Grand Central and East Harlem Community Alliance include Janie Bakes, The Little Hotdog Wagon, Ida’s Preserves Sol Cacao, UGC Eats and Cassava House.

“Spending time in Harlem is a feast for the senses in so many ways. Its music, food, history, architecture and cultural relevance are unsurpassed, now more than ever!” says Gail Simmons, Food Critic, TV Host and cookbook author. “I am thrilled to be part of this year’s Harlem EatUp!, helping to showcase the breadth of experiences, innovative small businesses and global influences that this unique and ever-evolving neighborhood has to offer.”

Gospel for Teen courtesy Harlem EatUp!

“I am excited to partner with my good friend Marcus Samuelsson on our dinner,” says chef Wolfgang Puck. “Guests will be in for a real treat as we merge the relaxed culture of California with the flare of New York.”

Check out the Harlem EatUp! website for schedule and tickets to Dine In Harlem Dinner Series ~ Harlem EatUp! Luminary Award Dinner ~ Info on The Harlem Stroll and Ultimate Grand Tasting

Come visit East Harlem during Harlem EatUp!

East Harlem Nights on May 31st in the Union Settlement Garden on 104th Street.

WarmUp! to EatUp! Curated Culture Taste Trolley on Wednesday, May 8 from 7-9pm

And Save the Date, May 18th, for the Annual Ethnic Festival in East Harlem.

The Africa Center

WarmUp! to EatUp! at the new Africa Center with “All Power to All People” tasting held by Teranga on the plaza adjacent to The Africa Center, 1280 Fifth AVenue at 110th Street on Saturday, May 11th from 11am to 7pm.

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