Spark up the grill and light the flame! There's a new sizzlin' event coming to town that'll be bringing heat, soul, and a whole lot of tasty treats to the Big Apple.
In an event that's longgg overdue, Harlem will hold its first annual EatUp! on May 14-17.
Co-founded by Marcus Samuelsson and Herb Karlitz, the four-day festival will proudly celebrate the food and culture of this historic neighborhood.
It will also spotlight local Harlem chefs, restaurants, and artists, as well as nationally renowned chefs and personalities who have an affinity for the neighborhood.
This year's schedule is definitely worth checking out and includes a stacked roster of finger lickin' good restaurant vendors, culinary events, and keynote speakers.
Check out some of the highlights below and remember to save the dates.
Friday, May 15th
The festival will kick off with its “Dine In Harlem” ticketed event, which will pair select local Harlem chefs and restaurants (including The Cecil, Ginny’s Supper Club, and Dinosaur Bar-B-Que) with national chefs who have personal ties to Harlem (including Carla Hall, Jonathan Waxman, and Sean Brock) to collaborate on multi-course dinners.
Each “Dine In Harlem” dinner will also highlight a dynamic selection of local performing and fine artists; dinners are $85 and $125, and some restaurants will offer two seatings.
Saturday, May 16th
Bring your friends and family along to “The Avenue,” a free admission event open to the public, that will include artisans and purveyors selling specialty foods, and exciting culinary demonstrations from acclaimed chefs.
But if you're in the mood for a more uptown, funkier atmosphere, head over to “The Experience” which will feature four tents influenced by the art, music, style, and dance of Harlem.
They will showcase local artists alongside Harlem restaurants presenting tastings of signature menu items beside wines, beers, and spirited drinks.
Sunday, May 17th
“A Sunday Afternoon in Harlem” will feature Harlem restaurants selling their tastiest fare sold a la carte; tasting tents featuring wine, beer, and spirits.
By the way, if you're worried about spending a little extra change on the last day, don't worry. This event will be free admission, and will offer an EATS package that includes food tickets, and a SIPS pass for the beverage tents.
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