Last week Harlem Park to Park and their Harlem Local Vendor Program held their first annual Harlem Summer Food Show Gourmet & Specialty Food Expo at the newly renovated Settepani Café. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., local businesses, chefs and restaurants were invited to walk through to meet Harlem food makers, taste their products, offer feedback and potentially strike some deals.

“Harlem’s network of restaurants and other businesses represent a potentially powerful distribution channel for locally made products,” says Harlem Park to Park’s Executive Director Nikoa Evans-Hendricks. “By working in partnership with makers, restaurants and retailers, HP2P’s Harlem Local Vendor Program and the Harlem Summer Food Show serve to connect local producers and buyers and aid in developing a thriving ‘Made in Harlem’ movement similar to that achieved in Brooklyn.”

I took a quick stroll through to see and taste all there was to offer. There were a dozen vendors, both sweet and savory, from which to sample. Loved seeing some of our Harlem EatUp! “I’m So AmNewsFOOD” winners, Rebecca Montero of Spreadmmms and Eileen and Jo-Ann Barret of Aromas Boutique Bakery, there doing what they do.

Other vendors included 718 Heat Factory hotsauce, Rubarama premium, Sweet Vegan Chocolates and K’s European Jams. I had to jet out but not before taking multiple samples of Janie’s Life Changing Baked Goods’ seasonal rhubarb pie crust cookie. Heavenly. Also, The Little Hog Dog Wagon’s organic homemade kraut needed yet another taste. Mama’s One Sauce, yes, you would have been nice on the ‘dog (on anything, really…I am a fan) but I am a bit of a purist.

Great work HP2P, HLVP and all of the vendors. We are grateful you are Made in Harlem.