Farewell Cecil, Hello Minton’s 2017: the redux

After a three-year run, the Afro-Asian-American Harlem eatery, The Cecil, will close as a restaurant at the end of the year and reopen as a private events space while a long-term vision is determined.

Talking SCHOP! Needed luck in 2017

I hope you enjoyed a merry Christmas with friends and family and your new year’s plan is as lively or sedate as you desire.

Something to wine about: Ntsiki Biyela

Ntsiki Biyela is a force to be reckoned with. She is more than just another highly talented winemaker. As South Africa’s first Black female winemaker, she is also a pioneer who continues to be inspired and to inspire others.

Talking SCHOP! Sticky roasted carrots

Every time I step into a grocery store to shop for my clients is an opportunity to get inspired and create something new on the weekly menu.

Breadsticks for everyone: Olive Garden opens in Harlem

Taking a bite out of Applebee’s, putting rubber bands on the claws of Red Lobster and laying flowers at the grave of Joe’s Crab Shack, comes 125th Street’s next national chain restaurant, Olive Garden.

Winter weather warmup

Sweaters and scarves aren’t the only ways to brace yourself against blustery weather. There’s no time like winter to putter in the kitchen, where the cozy heat from the stove and the aromas of mouthwatering dishes can warm you from ...

Best Thanksgiving ever!

Kudos to my mom for a truly wonderful Thanksgiving. The invitation, “come and bring containers for leftovers.”

Talking SCHOP! First Friendsgiving

Did you take my suggestion from last week’s Talking SCHOP! to practice thankfulness during this holiday season, being in the moment, calmly achieving a state of awareness and being grateful for togetherness?

Thanksgiving for all

Thanksgiving is a time for everyone to come together, be generous of spirit and perhaps help others to share the same experience.

Talking SCHOP! Thankfulness

A very happy Thanksgiving to all! Family and friends, and maybe even you, traveled near and far to be together today.

Leek-cauliflower mashed “potatoes”

I made this dish for a client’s weekly service to a great response. It has all of the feeling of mashed potatoes, but much lighter. It’s a great addition to your holiday table.

Talking SCHOP! Remaining thankful

With T-minus seven days until Thanksgiving, we present the annual turkey recipe.

NYC Food—Equal access to fresh healthy food starts here

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.