Last week, co-founders Marcus Samuelsson and Herb Karlitz announced that ticket sales have begun for the third annual Harlem EatUp! festival taking place May 15-21, 2017. Harlem EatUp! is a celebration of Harlem’s rich culture, art and rapidly growing culinary scene. The four-day festival will take place throughout the village, with events such as Dine-Ins and the signature two-day outdoor event, The Harlem

Stroll at Morningside Park.

Among the many restaurants to be featured this year are Chaiwali, Harlem Shake, Vinateria, LoLo’s Seafood Shack, Melba’s, Minton’s, Red Rooster, Tastings Social presents Mountain Bird and more. Additional festival information will be announced throughout the spring.

“The Harlem EatUp! Festival is inspired by the vibrancy of the Harlem community and all that it encompasses: music, art, people and, of course, food,” said Samuelsson. “If you haven’t danced in the tents in Morningside Park yet and sampled some of the city’s best food and drink, we hope to see you this year!”

As part of its mission and dedication to Harlem, the festival’s net proceeds will be donated to Harlem Park to Park and Citymeals-on-Wheels. These donations will be disbursed by the newly formed Harlem EatUp! Foundation, whose mission is to strengthen community by supporting the people, cultures and nonprofit organizations that empower Harlem.

“We are so excited to have our founding sponsors back and so many of our local Harlem restaurants joining for year three,” said Karlitz, president of Karlitz & Company.

Kicking off the festivities again this year is the always-anticipated Dine In Harlem series Friday, May 19. It is the one-night-only multiroom dinner party of the season where an array of Harlem restaurants and chefs host chefs from NYC and from across the country to collaborate on a menu showcasing the unique feel of

Harlem’s food landscape.

Menus will be paired with wines from the Bordeaux Wine Council, and each dinner will feature Harlem artists and performers. Some of these collaborative dinners include Lolo’s Seafood Shack with guest chef Dale Talde of Talde; Minton’s with guest chef Leah Cohen of Pig & Khao; Streetbird with guest chefs Four J Foods; Tastings Social presents Mountain Bird with guest chef Laurent Tourondel; Chaiwali with guest chef Daniel Holzman of Meatball Shop; and Ginny’s with guest chefs Roger Mooking of Cooking Channel and Alex Becker of

Kuro, Seminole Hard Rock.

Go to for more information and to purchase tickets.

Happy eating and thanks for reading!

Kysha Harris is a food writer and editor, culinary producer, consultant and owner of SCHOP!, a personalized food service in NYC for more than 15 years. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram, @SCHOPgirl, on Facebook, /SCHOPnyc, and her blog, Questions? Comments? Requests? Feedback? Invitations! Email AmNewsFOOD at Follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @NYAmNewsFOOD and tag us with #SoAmNewsFOOD with your food finds!