Tuesday, Feb. 17. Picture it. There is a knock at the door and you open it to find two world-class chefs with hot food in hand and smiles on their faces. Those two would be friends and executive chefs Marcus Samuelsson and Daniel Boulud as they delivered meals to homebound elderly to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Citymeals-on-Wheels’ “Chefs Deliver” program. Cold weather, snow and ice couldn’t stop these two as they set out on foot in Harlem, tote bags in hand, to offer food, a hug and companionship to those in need.
Boulud, the co-president of the Citymeals-on-Wheels board of directors, and Samuelsson, co-founder of the first annual Harlem EatUp! festival, planned and prepared the menu, which included fried chicken, greens, grits and apple raspberry clafoutis. For the chefs, each recipient of a meal returned their efforts tenfold with a simple “thank you” and a smile.
The day coincided with the launch of the schedule for Harlem EatUp!, taking place May 14 to May 17, of which Citymeals and Harlem Park to Park are beneficiaries. Boulud will be hosting a private dinner at the Carter Burden/Leonard Covello Senior Program in East Harlem. Samuelsson will be hosting a dinner at Ginny’s with guest chef Sean Brock of Husk restaurant and speaking at the Studio Museum, among other appearances.
Visit www.HarlemEatUp.com for more details and to purchase tickets.