This year Marcus Samuelsson and Herb Karlitz's Harlem EatUp! food festival will turn into a televised fundraiser on July 18, going by the new name of Harlem ServesUp!
The annual New York food event, which started six years ago and usually attracts big-name chefs and crowds, has this year been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, instead making way for a telethon.
Writing on his Instagram account, Samuelsson said: "In the absence of our week-long celebration, we knew we had to find a new way to celebrate the incredible small businesses that are the heartbeat of this community and also raise funds for charities that do a lot of great work for our neighbours in need."
A special one-hour TV fundraiser Harlem Serves Up! will air on Saturday, July 18th on @abc7ny at 7pm EDT. It will be packed with cooking demos, special appearances and messages from Harlem’s best, as well as notable figures who have supported this village for years.
Donations will benefit non-profits that fight food insecurity and serve Harlem, its residents in need, its businesses, and the City of New York.
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