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Alexander Smalls

Executive Chef of The Cecil and Minton’s Supper Club, Alexander has been a force in the New York City restaurant scene for several years. He has helped oversee the creation of three popular and high regarded restaurants before developing The Cecil and was honored by Esquire Magazine with the “Best New Restaurant in America 2014” award for The Cecil.

www.thececilharlem.com

www.mintonsharlem.com

Aliyah Baylor

Owner of Make My Cake Bakery in Harlem, has taken her southern baking traditions to a new level. She has helped take what was once a home based business and expand it to wholesale retail family dynasty. Make My Cake has received accolades from locals and celebrities as a must do when you come to NYC.

www.makemycake.com

Alvin Starks

Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, one of the leading institutions for African American, African Diaspora and African experiences in the United States. Alvin received his formal education from the State University of New York and Columbia University in New York City. He sits on several non-profit boards and has received numerous awards and fellowships for his leadership in philanthropy and racial justice. Alvin lives in Brooklyn.

www.nypl.org/about/locations/schomburg

Bevy Smith

Harlem resident and home cook, has combined her love for cooking and her love for people and has made her home a one stop shop for family and friends who want a good meal cooked with love.

Charles Rangel

New York City Congressmen and founder of the Congressional Black Caucus, is deeply rooted in Harlem. Born and raised in Harlem and later spearheaded the revitalization of Harlem and other urban US cities.

www.rangel.house.gov

David Dinkins

The 106th Mayor of NYC is the first and only African American to serve as Mayor of New York City, from 1990 to 1993. Received a law degree from Brooklyn Law School, Served as Manhattan Borough president before becoming mayor. Currently is a public affairs professor at Columbia University.

Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, one of the leading institutions for African American, African Diaspora and African experiences in the United States. Dr. Muhammad, a native of Chicago’s South Side, has served as Assistant Professor of History at Indiana University for five years, where he completed a major interpretive book in African-American studies, The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America.

www.nypl.org/about/locations/schomburg

Geraldine Griffin

Harlemite and restaurant entrepreneur, got her start as the head chef at the original Minton’s Supper Club. Later went on to open her own restaurant called Adele’s Kitchen in Harlem, a hot spot for celebrities and locals who just wanted good food!

Gloria Capers

Harlem resident and home cook, often called the mother of good ole fashion cooking. Her home in Harlem is the one place family and friends stop by, for Gloria, it’s all about food, family and fun.

Joseph Hayes III

Serves as the head chef at the 5 & Diamond restaurant on Harlem’s restaurant row. He prides himself on refined contemporary food with a southern and spanish twist. Passion and Harlem hospitality is the secret to his success. When he’s not in the kitchen creating a new dish he’s at his home art gallery creating a painting.

www.5anddiamondrestaurant.com

Joseph “JJ” Johnson

Known as Chef “JJ”, Joseph Johnson made a name for himself in the NYC food scene while working in some of NYC best restaurants, including Jane and Tribeca Grill. He has been featured on both the Forbes and Zagat “30 Under 30” lists and helped make The Cecil America’s Best restaurant in 2014, according to Esquire Magazine.

www.thececilharlem.com

JoAnn Baylor

Founder and Owner of Make My Cake, she took an underground baking business and molded into a thriving family business. What started as a hobby to earn extra money for vacation has now turned into one of the best bakeries in NYC. Make My Cake has 2 locations in Harlem.

www.makemycake.com

LeRone Wilson

Contemporary sculpture and artist Lerone Wilson living in New York uses the oldest form of painting to create original master pieces. He uses art not just as something you can see but something you can appreciate through touch. His work has been featured in over 40 exhibits and galleries around the country, including Miami, Chicago, Dallas, and New York. His work has been sold at live auctions, and has appeared in several publications.

www.leronewilson.com

Leah Abraham

Co-owner, of Settepani restaurant in Harlem, along with her husband, Antonio Settepani. For over 14 years their Italian Bistro has been a staple in Harlem. Falling in love with Harlem is their reason for opening up an eatery that is great for power lunches, romantic dinners, and community celebrations. Settepani, get’s their accolades from the community and the customers who continue to come back.

www.settepani.com

Lia Sanfilippo

Co-owner of 5 & Diamond Restaurant in Harlem. One of the pioneers of Harlem’s restaurant row, who’s mission was loyalty to the neighborhood, and to make the dining experience in their restaurant a top priority. A soul inspired restaurant that is committed to shopping local, creating a seasonal menus and always celebrating the food culture and spirit of Harlem.

www.5anddiamondrestaurant.com

Marcus Samuelsson

Born in Ethiopia and raised in Sweden, Marcus Samuelsson is a James Beard Award winning chef as well as a cooking television star with appearances on Top Chef, Iron Chef, Chopped and the Today Show. Marcus lives in Harlem where he opened The Red Rooster in 2010 and Ginny’s Supper Club in 2012.

www.redroosterharlem.com

Melba Wilson

Executive Chef and Owner of Melba’s. Got her start working in the world famous Sylvia’s in Harlem, Melba decided to branch out and open her own place full of love, music and good food. She has been featured on various television programs including The View, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Throwdown with Bobby Flay and many more.

www.melbasrestaurant.com

Selene Martinez

Co-owner of 5 & Diamond Restaurant in Harlem. One of the pioneers of Harlem’s restaurant row, who’s mission was loyalty to the neighborhood, and to make the dining experience in their restaurant a top priority. A soul inspired restaurant that is committed to shopping local, creating a seasonal menus and always celebrating the food culture and spirit of Harlem.

www.5anddiamondrestaurant.com

Sylvia Woods

American restauranteur who co-founded the landmark restaurant Sylvia's in Harlem on Lenox Avenue, New York City with her husband, Herbert Woods, in 1962. The soul food eatery is a popular gathering place for Harlem residents and tourists not far from the Apollo Theater. Woods died on July 19, 2012, at her home in Mount Vernon, New York, at the age of 86.

www.sylviasrestaurant.com

Tren’ness Woods-Black

She is the granddaughter of the late, great Sylvia Woods, the founder of Sylvia’s Restaurant. Tren’ness serves as the Vice President of Communications for the world famous Sylvia’s Restaurant in Harlem. With 20 years of experience under her belt, she is instrumental for keeping the brand name out there and brokering deals that keeps the restaurant thriving . She also lets the Harlem community know that the tradition of good food will go on forever. She has been featured in Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 List and has worked for such clients as BMG and DeBeers.

www.sylviasrestaurant.com