When my sister and I went to New York last month, I begged her to go with me to The Red Rooster restaurant. I read about the place when I devoured Marcus Samuelsson’s memoir Yes, Chef: A Memoir.
Yes, Chef appealed to me because of Samuelsson’s life as an immigrant in America, the passion he exuded with cooking, and the honest and authentic way he relayed his memories.
Hopping on the 1 train, my sister and I headed to Lenox Avenue and entered Harlem. Everything I have read about the pulse of Harlem was true. While Manhattan crackles with a frantic pace, the rhythm of Harlem is one that digs deep into your soul and doesn’t let go.
While waiting for our seats, I spied Chef Samuelsson working his way through the restaurant. There was no way I was leaving without saying hello. After complimenting my color choices (this red hair is a hit every time), I shut up long enough to get my picture snapped.
THe meals was sumptuous. The vibe was one of laid back chill. Music flowed from the inside bar, and I never went a moment where I had to search for a waiter or deal with an empty glass. The service was superb.
Last week I had the chance to meet Chef Samuelsson at Center City Macy’s Culinary Council.
With a $30 purchase, attendees received a copy of Samuelsson’s book Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook at Home
This book not only has recipes that Chef Samuelsson enjoys cooking himself, but playlists that add extra oomph for dining pleasure.
Once again Chef Samuelsson was gracious and inviting, giving my niece tips about being a successful chef and posing for pictures despite having to return to New York.
Next week I’ll join other women for a private dinner at The Red Rooster during the BlogHer conference. I’m looking forward to meeting Chef Samuelsson again. This time I’ll leave my pink dress at home.
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