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UC Recap – October 1 – October 6

 October 1 – October 6

Red Rooster in Harlem continues to amaze and astound. I had the distinct honor of attending the first ever Chef Ed’s Mixtape dinner at Ginny’s Supper Club, which is the subterranean speakeasy that exists on the lower level of Red Rooster, on Sunday, October 7. More than a meal, Chef Ed’s Mixtape was a wonderfully curated experience that transported revelers to the early 90’s to the golden age of Hip-Hop. With classics tunes being spun by DJ Masai and PhearNone getting busy on the violin, diners were treated to a Hip-Hop inspired menu that was expansive, innovative and downright delicious.

Executive Chef Ed Brumfield concocted a delectable menu that was infused with the spirit of classic Hip-Hop songs and lines. For starters, we tried the Liquid Swords appetizer (corn soup, squid ink meringue, roasted swordfish, grilled corn, chili oil, mint), which was inspired by the album/song by the GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan and was quite simply out-of-this-world. My entrée, inspired by a classic Biggie Smalls line, T-Bone Steak, Cheese Eggs & Welch’s Grape (dry aged ribeye, poached farm egg, rosemary cheddar, big papa sauce) was excellent baby baby (Biggie voice). The culinary ingenuity also informed the libations. My favorite of the cocktails was Scooped In The Ice Cream Truck, which was a spectacular blend of vodka, vanilla ice cream and caramel. So there you have it, check out the site for pics and videos and make sure you are there for the next Chef Ed’s Mixtape. “And if you don’t know, now you know…”

Mark your calendars, folks. Join the global digital magazine Ozy for a televised debate on Monday, October 22 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the venerable Riverside Church. The new show “Take On America” will be making a stop in our neck of the woods for a town hall-style discussion that looks to shine a spotlight on the perspectives and views of groups and voices that are often overlooked. Politicians, celebrities and thought leaders, including actor John Leguizamo and Congressman Adriano Espaillat will be a part of this crucial discussion that will touch on immigration, family and generational differences. Hit up the site for details on how you can be in attendance for this next-generation forum.

Keep checking us out at www.uptowncollective.com.


Led Black


The Uptown Collective


The UC’s mission is to become “the definitive, transformative and community-based force impacting the arts, culture, business and New York City’s overall perception of Upper Manhattan. Its objective is to reset, reboot and positively redefine Uptown’s artistic, political, cultural and business spheres via the online space as well the collective’s initiatives and functions.

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