Do you have a small food business in Harlem? Maybe you are a Harlem home cook with a great idea for a new food product. Or perhaps you know the food that should represent our community. No matter. Have we got an opportunity for you!

For more than 100 years, the Amsterdam News has been servicing Harlem and the greater Harlem community with the latest social and political news, arts and entertainment, health and sports information and, of course, food news! With this much time under our belt, we are excited to be an official media sponsor of the first annual Harlem EatUp! festival (@HarlemEatUp), going down May 14–17.

As part of our participation in the festival, the

Amsterdam News will have a booth in the middle of it all on the last day, Sunday, at A Sunday Afternoon in Harlem in Morningside Park, noon to 4 p.m. We will be doing what we do, signing up our awesome readers for annual subscriptions. We want you, Harlem foodies, to do what you do and have festivalgoers sample it and love it!

This is a unique opportunity to get your food in front of chefs, television food personalities, restaurateurs, patrons and choosy Harlemites. Time is of the essence, so let’s get right to the requirements for submission. Please read carefully and thoroughly:


You and/or your product must be from Harlem/made in Harlem.

You must produce 700 to 1,000 samples to give away. No items will be for sale.

Food products that can be served at room temperature or cold are optimal. Products requiring heating/electricity will be at an additional cost to you.

To serve your samples, you must have both a Certificate in Food Protection, issued by the NYC Department of Health, and either a Food Establishment Permit (for restaurants/food trucks) or a Temporary Food Establishment Permit (everyone else). If not, you will be responsible for hiring a server from the festival caterer at a nominal hourly fee.

Should you meet and agree with all of the above, email your submission with a photo, bio, brief description and reason why you should be chosen to with the subject line “I’m So AmNewsFOOD,” no later than Monday, April 27. Finalists will be invited to come to the

Amsterdam News offices with their submission for a taste test, where the winner will be announced to represent himself or herself, the newspaper and Harlem at our booth.

Good luck to all! We look forward to hearing, seeing and tasting what Harlem has to offer.

Happy eating and thanks for reading!

Kysha Harris is a food writer, culinary producer, consultant and owner of SCHOP!, a personalized food service offering weekly and in-home entertaining packages. Questions? Comments? Requests? Feedback? Invitations? Email her at, follow her on Twitter and Instagram @SCHOPgirl or on Facebook For even more recipes, tips and food musings, subscribe to her blog at