Join co-founders Marcus Samuellson and Herb Karlitz as they celebrate the food, culture, and art of Harlem during the Harlem EatUp! Festival. From May 15th through May 21st, guests can dine at some of the neighborhoods top restaurants, enjoy live music, and take part in a grand tasting at Morningside Park. By Carly Petrone.

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The Harlem Stroll Presented by Citi: Ultimate Grand Tasting

Morningside Park
112th and Manhattan Ave.
New York, NY

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Attention foodies! Make your way uptown to Morningside Park on May 20th and May 21st because Harlem Stroll’s Ultimate Grand Tasting is taking place from 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Guests can taste creations from some of Harlem’s top restaurants including Babbalucci, Harlem Shake, Row House, Red Rooster, Seasoned Vegan, Shake Shack, and more. There will also be 30-minute Bordeaux 101 wine classes happening every hour for those who are 21 and over. Citi Cardmembers can relax in the lounge and say hello to celebrity chefs while sipping on specialty cocktails. Tickets start at $85 and can be purchased here.

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The Eatup! Main Stage Performances

Morningside Park
112th and Manhattan Ave.
New York, NY 10026

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Stay up to date on the Harlem EatUp! website because celebrity chefs and entertainers will be hitting the Main Stage (presented by Macy’s) to take part in live demonstrations. Marcus Samuelsson (Red Rooster, Streetbird, The Food Network) will hit the stage at 2:40 p.m. on both Saturday, May 20th and Sunday, May 21st while fans of Buzzfeed’s Tasty series can learn about Tasting Our Roots starting at 1:50 p.m. on Sunday, May 21st. There will also be plenty of live music happening throughout the day with DJ Stormin’ Norman and the folks from Sundae Sermon Music Festival keeping the party going.

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Kick-Off Concert: Homage to Billie Holiday

253 W. 125th St.
New York, NY 10026

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Harlem EatUp! begins with a special Kick Off Concert at the Apollo on May 16th. Bevy Smith hosts an Homage to Billie Holiday, a night filled with live performances by Rickie Lee Jones, William Bell, Ruthie Foster, Southside Johnny, and many more. The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will be performing a modern piece entitled “Portrait of Billie,” which originally premiered in 1959 at Jacob’s Pillow. This show, produced by City Winery, will definitely have you up on your feet. General admission tickets range from $40-$140, VIP tickets are $300, and Backstage VIP tickets are $1,500. Plus, 100% of the net proceeds will go to the Harlem EatUp! Foundation.

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Dine In

Various Restaurants in Harlem

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There are still tickets available to take part in the festival’s popular Dine In series. More than a dozen of Harlem’s top restaurants will open up their doors for a very special evening of incredible food, wine & cocktails, and conversation. Guest chefs like Carla Hall, Michael White, Marcus Samuelsson, Leah Cohen, and Dale Talde will take over the kitchen to present fresh, seasonal dishes. Just a few participating restaurants include LoLo’s Seafood Shack, Minton’s, Vinateria, Ginny’s Supper Club, and Blujeen. The Bordeaux Wine Council is the official wine of the Dine In Harlem series so get ready to enjoy wine pairings with your meal. In fact, diners can enjoy delicious Bordeaux wines by the glass now through June 2nd at various Harlem hot-spots like Seasoned Vegan, Settepani, Vinateria, Harlem Shake, and more. See website for more details.

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Carly Petrone is the founder of Petrone on the Rocks, a lifestyle site about food, drinks, beauty, travel, and more. She lives in New York City.