Posts Tagged With: Marcus Samuelsson

Ruler of the Roost

The 800-square-foot patio of Marcus Samuelsson’s condo includes “a whole kitchen,” with a grill, a stove and more. (Photo courtesy of the NY Post)


By MICKI SIEGEL
New York Post

There are numerous reasons why chef Marcus Samuelsson, owner of Harlem hot spot Red Rooster, loves his apartment. For one thing, it’s smack in the heart of Harlem, where he’s wanted to live ever since he was a boy growing up in Sweden. For another, it boasts a copper Blue Star stove, which he calls the “best of the best.” And for still another, he has plenty of room to create recipes.

But the main reason he loves his home is because it’s where he first met his wife, Gate Haile (he calls her Maya).

SNEAKER PEEK: Samuelsson’s apartment has colorful flourishes including a closet where he stores his shoes. (MICHAEL SOFRONSKI)


It was 2005; Samuelsson was one of the first buyers in the new condo building. His choice: a duplex with 1,100 square feet on each floor, 14-foot ceilings and an 800-square-foot patio. He paid, he says, around $1 million. He gave the apartment two important additions. The first was the Blue Star stove.

The 800-square-foot patio of Marcus Samuelsson’s condo includes “a whole kitchen,” with a grill, a stove and more.

“It’s really for chefs,” he says. “It has the highest BTUs of any stove. I test recipes in my kitchen. The idea of a dish starts here, and then I execute it at the restaurant.”

The other addition was another stove — on the patio.

HARLEM HOTTIES: Samuelsson and his wife, Gate Haile, have room to spread out and numerous quirky pieces in their 2,200-square-foot condo. Samuelsson, who decorated the apartment himself, creates recipes — and art — in his home. (MICHAEL SOFRONSKI)

“It’s a whole kitchen out there,” Samuelsson says. “It’s a grill, a stovetop and a salamander [another grill with very high heat].”

Both those kitchens and all that 2,200 square feet of space were originally for just Samuelsson himself. At that point, he hadn’t even met Haile. He filled the apartment with antiques and quirky pieces he’d accumulated over the years.

“Not long after I moved in and finished the apartment, I decided to have a housewarming party,” he says. “That was when I met Maya. Someone brought her. She’s a model, about 6 feet tall and stunning. But the main thing that attracted me is that she’s a very sweet girl.”

One thing led to another, and the couple (who were both born in Ethiopia and returned there for their 2009 wedding) soon moved in together.

“I brought all the furniture myself,” Samuelsson says. “All that was left for Maya to bring in was televisions and computers. And if it weren’t for her, I wouldn’t even have a television set.”

TVs aside, there’s no question that the apartment fulfilled many of Samuelsson’s longtime dreams.

“I think this building has one foot in the past and one foot in the future,” he says. “It looks old from the outside, but it’s very modern on the inside.

“I always wanted loft space. I work very thematically. Before I create a recipe, I
write down the concept of what I’m making. Then I paint those ideas — I make a collage.”

He points to a painting he did of some 1940s musicians.
“Those people didn’t have much money, they ate fried chicken feet and had a good time,” he says.

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Hot Bistro is Coming to Harlem

Le Bilboquet

By JENNIFER GOULD KEIL
New York Post

If the international jet set and the city’s multi-millionaires ever decide to venture beyond their favorite Upper East Side French bistro, Le Bilboquet, they will soon have a new place to go — in Harlem.
Cedric Lecendre, Bilboquet’s general manager and the nephew of its owner, Philippe Delgrange, has signed a lease for the eponymously named Cedric, which is slated to open in June.

The 650-square-foot Cedric at 185 Saint Nicholas Ave. will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., with brunch on the weekends. Cedric’s will have live music as well.

While not exactly what you would call a local restaurant, “it will be for people who live in the neighborhood,” said Lecendre, a Harlem resident.

Cedric’s is just the latest Upper East Side outpost to open in Harlem.

In December, Marcus Samuelsson — the Ethiopian-born, Swedish-raised chef who made his name at Midtown’s Aquavit and has cooked for President Obama — opened Red Rooster at 310 Lenox Ave.

Some downtown chefs will soon be a short stroll away from fresh farm food.

Today, the city’s Parks Department is announcing the opening of a one-acre urban farm at Battery Park. Chefs with restaurants in the area can plant there, while students and volunteers will tend the produce.

Food Network star Wade Burch — the chef at SouthWest NY in Battery Park City and Neely’s on the Upper East Side — is set on heirloom tomato seeds from the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, and Chef Zak Pelaccio of Fatty Cue will also be involved in the project. [NYPost]

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Obama Heads to Midtown for Speech at Al Sharpton’s Gala

President Barack Obama greets Rev. Al Sharpton in Washington DC in December 2010. (Reuters)

A week after holding a fundraiser in Harlem, President Barack Obama is coming back to Manhattan Wednesday for a brief visit to Midtown that could wreak havoc on the evening commute.

Obama will arrive at JFK Airport at 5 p.m. and immediately make his way to the Sheraton New York Hotel on Seventh Avenue between West 52rd and West 53rd Street for the Rev. Al Sharpton’s annual National Action Network Keepers of the Dream Awards Gala, according to his public schedule.

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Obama to Headline Fundraiser in Harlem

Tuesday’s event is expected to raise $1.5 million

President Obama will visit Harlem Tuesday for a fundraiser that’s expected to take in $1.5 million for the Democratic National Committee.
Obama will preside over a $30,800-per-person event for about 50 people at the acclaimed Red Rooster restaurant on Lenox Avenue, reports the Daily News.

It’s his first visit to Harlem since being elected to the White House and his first fund-raising event in Manhattan north of 125th Street.

“It’s the first African-American President back in Harlem for the first time since the campaign,” Kevin Wardally, a Harlem-based political consultant, told the paper. “It’s a powerful symbol.”

Local officials told the Daily News that the president was wise to finally host a fundraiser in Harlem.

“It’s not like he’s a stranger to Harlem — when he was a student at Columbia, he used to work these streets all the time,” said Assemblyman Keith Wright.

“I think it probably costs a lot of money to run for President,” said Wright, who had no problem with the event’s cost. “It’s good that he’s coming.”

Although this is Obama’s first fundraiser in Harlem, he’s a veteran of Manhattan’s money circuit. New Yorkers gave his 2008 presidential campaign more than $42 million according to federal campaign finance records.

Six of the top 10 zip codes that gave to Obama were in Manhattan, records show. Harlem residents gave his presidential campaign $785,000.

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Obama to Raise Money at Harlem’s Red Rooster Restaurant

President Barack Obama is Hosting a Fundraiser at the Red Rooster in Harlem (Photo courtesy of Politico & AP)


By MAGGIE HABERMAN
Politico.com

President Barack Obama is coming to New York City later this month to raise big bucks at a DNC fundraiser and hold a “thank-you” reception planned in Harlem, an important base of support for the president as the 2012 campaign takes off.

According to two invitations obtained by POLITICO, Obama will hold a small, six-table, high-dollar fundraiser at the Red Rooster Restaurant on Lenox Avenue. The restaurant is the brainchild of chef Marcus Samuelsson, who prepared the first White House state dinner in 2009.

The donation for the dinner is $30,800 a head, with funds going to the Democratic National Committee.

Later that evening, the president will attend what’s being billed as an an invitation-only, “Thank You Reception with President Obama,” at the Studio Museum on 125th Street. The DNC isn’t planning to solicit donations for that event.

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