It’s getting warmer, and you know what that means. Food festivals are coming back!
That’s right. We made it, guys. The lean months of winter are far behind us. It’s time to celebrate with a good meal—or twenty.
For your happy eating, consider Harlem EatUp!. Harlem EatUp! is a annual week-long festival celebrating Harlem’s food and culture. Every year, the hottest chefs and restaurants in the neighborhood participate.
Harlem EatUp! is the brainchild of the award-winning chef and author, Marcus Samuelsson, and the president of Karlitz & Company, Herb Karlitz. Their mission is to highlight the distinct culture of Harlem (its art, food, history & music) and strengthen the overall community.
This year, Harlem EatUp! will run from Tuesday, May 16th through Sunday, May 21st. A variety of events, free and ticketed, will be held throughout the week.
For starters, Harlem EatUp! will be kicking off with a concert at the Apollo Theater. The concert is a tribute to the iconic Harlem jazz musician and singer-songwriter, Billie Holiday.
Bevy Smith will host the event. It will feature over ten acts, showcasing different artists’ performances of songs from the Billie Holiday discography. This will include a special performance titled Portrait of Billie by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Other artists including William Bell, Ruthie Foster, Southside Johnny, Rickie Lee Jones, Bettye LaVette, Deva Mahal, Rachael Price, and Lizz Wright will be featured, as well.
“As a festival that celebrates Harlem's art and artists, we are thrilled to have these amazing performers honor the iconic Billie Holiday,” says Marcus Samuelsson, chef and co-producer of Harlem EatUp!. “This feels like an iconic way for us to kick off our third year, and we are so excited to be able to do it at the Apollo.”
The concert will be on Tuesday, May 16th from 8 to 10 PM.
For ticket information, check out: http://www.musicof.org/
Though, if you’re a senior in Harlem, the Aetna Foundation may have you covered!
What does the Aetna Foundation have to do with Harlem EatUp!? Well, Harlem EatUp! is partnered with various sponsors committed to the well-being of the Harlem community. The mission of the Aetna Foundation is to promote wellness and access to higher-quality healthcare for everyone.
For Harlem EatUp!, the Aetna Foundation will be providing seniors in Harlem with 150 tickets, as well as transportation. They hope to celebrate the seniors of the Harlem community with the Billie Holiday concert.
“Here in Harlem, we are working to improve the health of the community,” says Garth Graham, MD, MPH, President of Aetna Foundation. “We are thrilled to donate and, working with CityMeals on Wheels to distribute, tickets to this event so that some of Harlem’s most important residents, its seniors, have a chance to participate in this rich celebration of culture and community.”
Though all are welcome at Harlem EatUp! Come with a friend and an empty stomach!
And get a little taste of the neighborhood!