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According to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 29 percent of Central Harlem’s population lives below the poverty line, the second poorest community in Manhattan.

Talking SCHOP! Fowler & Wells

I’ve had nothing but great meals and experiences at every Tom Colicchio eatery in which I have dined.

Harlem Harvest Festival Bake-Off winners

I was honored again to judge the annual Bake-Off at the Harlem Park To Park Harlem Harvest Festival held last month on St. Nicholas Avenue between 116th and 117th streets.

Talking SCHOP! Ribollita

I am still working my autumn cleaning plan of cooking first from my pantry (freezer and refrigerator, too)to purge and make room for new ingredients.

Tapping into Hop House

A couple of Harlem friends and I decided a “catch up” was desperately needed—nothing too fussy, something local.

Talking SCHOP! Red Rooster: The cookbook

Last week chef and restauranteur, Marcus Samuelsson, celebrated the release of his latest publication, “The Red Rooster Cookbook.”

Harlem-made products in Whole Foods Market

During the Harlem Park to Park event, the public was invited to meet the first 11 Harlem vendors selected to have their products carried in the new Whole Foods Market on 125th Street (opening 2017).

Other tales of the pantry

No matter the time of year, it is always good practice to purge your pantry. Who knows what it will inspire for your next meal. Are you

Talking SCHOP! An autumn cleaning

Though recent temperatures suggest an Indian summer, September had me ready to pull out the Crock-Pot, fire up my oven and generally get ready for my favorite hearty food season.

Lemonade: That cool refreshing eatery

Eddie Murphy said it first, and best, when impersonating Elvis in “Delirious,” but the California fast casual eatery chain, Lemonade (@LemonadeLA, www.lemonadela.com), takes “cool” and “refreshing” to a whole new level.

Talking SCHOP! Convertible. Sun. Fun. Friends. It’s LA! Part II

My first visit back to Los Angeles in nearly eight years was proving to be just what the doctor ordered: sun, fun and friends, plus a convertible for added effect.

Magpies: Soft-served in LA

My visit to LA was not primarily about food

Talking SCHOP! Convertible. Sun. Fun. Friends. It’s LA! Part I

When planning the weekend to Austin, Texas, with my crew, I realized I had not been back to Los Angeles in nearly eight years.

Texas barbecue … For real!

Our final day together as five in Austin needed a punctuation, an exclamation point filled with authenticity, beer and lots of cooked meat.

Talking SCHOP! Three days, three nights in Austin Part II

From our first night, Austin was proving to be the food gem my “girls weekend” crew and I thought it would be.