On Thursday, February 16, Atlantans can have a taste of Harlem without leaving the city limits. For one night only, celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson will pair up with his friend and fellow James Beard Award winner Linton Hopkins at Hopkins’ Restaurant Eugene in Buckhead for five spectacular courses inspired by Samuelsson’s newest book, The Red Rooster Cookbook: The Story of Food and Hustle in Harlem (released October 2016).
It’s not the first time Restaurant Eugene’s intimate, elegant dining room has hosted the New York (by way of Ethiopia and Scandinavia) chef. “We did a dinner in honor of him for Yes, Chef [Samuelsson’s memoir],” Hopkins said. “ Then he released this other great cookbook. He called me up and said ‘Let’s do something.’This is a celebration of what he’s done in Harlem, which is amazing.” While the two are still sorting out the specific dishes, the 65 guests in attendance can expect to see classics with grits, greens, ham and a Spanish Harlem influence as well, paired with flights of wine and beer selected by Restaurant Eugene’s sommelier team.
The fact that the dinner occurs during Black History Month is, in a word, serendipity. “Marcus and I talk a lot about the African American experience and as chefs how we’re tapping into that,” Hopkins said. “This dinner is a celebration of where our food comes from and our shared Southern and American identity. A lot of that is tied into Africa and Central America.”
The cost is $150 per person. Learn more at at 404.355.0321.