This weekend, Morningside Park will be a mix of delectable grub, fragrant scents and talented chefs during the annual Harlem EatUp! festival’s market. Among the delights: Marlyn Lawrie-Rogers’ curried potatoes and chickpeas, a dish from her native Guyana.
“It was requested by Marcus Samuelsson,” she says proudly, referring to the superstar chef behind Red Rooster and Streetbird Rotisserie and a co-founder of the festival. “We’re also going to do bread — maybe a roti. We’re not sure yet. You’ll just have to come uptown to find out!”
Her Sisters Caribbean Cuisine (47 E. 124th St.) was founded in 1995 by Lawrie-Rogers and her sister after an unsatisfying meal in the neighborhood.
“We decided we could do better,” Lawrie-Rogers says. “Back then, when we first opened, nobody walked on our block. It was dark and dangerous.”
Today, Lawrie-Rogers gushes about her neighborhood and clientele, a mix of locals, European tourists and downtown foodies hungry for her mix of Caribbean and American Southern cuisines.
But theirs isn’t the only local restaurant represented this year at Harlem EatUp! market (free entry, just pay for the food). Skillet Rose is serving shrimp-and-grits salad with smoked bacon; Eddie G’s Kitchen is dishing up jerk-chicken Marsala; and El Kallejon is offering baby-shark tostadas.
Daniel Boulud and Emeril Lagasse are slated to give free cooking demonstrations alongside some of Harlem’s top toques. And an 11-year-old baking prodigy named Mr. Cory will run a cake-decorating class for kids.
The neighborhood food fest, says Lawrie-Rogers, is “telling us that Harlem is the up-and-coming place to be, the fun place to be right now.”
Saturday and Sunday, 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Morningside Park, at 112th Street and Manhattan Avenue; HarlemEatUp.com
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SOURCE: New York Post