Festival Producers

Community, diversity, mentorship, and culinary distinction are core to our beliefs and offerings. We are committed to creating outstanding experiences that celebrate food, music, culture and art in all our endeavors from high-end restaurants to fast-casual cafes to festivals and special experiential events. Founded and led by award-winning chef, international restaurateur, and cookbook author Marcus Samuelsson, we maintain his culinary and cultural pillars in all that we do.

Herb Karlitz launched Karlitz & Company in 1990 as a full service “lifestyle and entertainment” marketing firm, which is now the industry leader in leveraging culinary partnerships and designing memorable experiences that enhance luxury and lifestyle brands.  A recognized innovator in creating celebrity chef-driven events, programs for corporate partners, sponsors, and festivals.

Harlem EatUp! Culinary Council

Jo-Ann Barett and Eileen Barett
Aromas Boutique Bakery 

Yvette Leeper-Bueno

Camaron Fagan
Harlem Tavern/Row House

Lexis Gonzalez
Lady Lexis Sweets

Roy Henley
Bierstrasse/The Grange Bar & Eatery

Tabatha Lozano
Sprinkle Splash Sweet Shoppe Inc.

Jelena Pasic
Harlem Shake

RanDe Rogers
Sisters Caribbean Cuisine 

Leah Abraham and Antonino Settepani

Carlos & Markisha Swepson
BLVD Bistro 

Karl Franz Williams
Solomon and Kuff Rum Hall / 67 Orange

Melba Wilson
Melba's Restaurant

Leticia Skai Young & Chef Raymond Zamanta
LoLo's Seafood Shack

Steering Committee Members


Steve Aiello, Senior Advisor, Public Affairs
Hill+Knowlton Strategies  

Curtis Archer, President
Harlem Community Development Corporation

Sanford Biggers

Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President
Office of the Manhattan Borough President

Rochelle Brown, Co-Founder
PowerHouse Productions

Rev. Dr. Calvin Butts, Pastor
Abyssinian Baptist Church

Andrew Chapman, Co-Owner
Red Rooster

President  William Clinton
Honorary Chair

Yasmin Cornelius, Vice President
Community Affairs
L&M Development Partners

Philippe Doh
William Raveis NYC

Derek Evans, Partner/CEO
Marcus Samuelsson Group

Nikoa  Evans- Hendricks, Executive Director
Harlem Park to Park

Karl  Franz Williams, Owner
Solomon & Kuff

Thelma  Golden, Director and Chief Curator
The Studio Museum in Harlem

Michael Inserra EY Americas Senior Vice
Chair & Deputy Managing Partner

Princess Jenkins, Owner
The Brownstone

Herb Karlitz, President
Karlitz & Company

Raymond P. Lewis, President/Owner
RP Lewis & Associates

Kevin Liles, Entrepreneur/ Author
300 Entertainment

Bobby Martin Jr., Founding Partner
The Original Champions of Design

Ron Moelis,  CEO/Founder
L+M Development Partners

David O'Brien, Partner,
"One EY" Business Transformation

Jonelle Procope, President and CEO
Apollo Theater Foundation Inc.

Hannah Richert
Office of President Clinton

Marcus Samuelsson, Red Rooster
Marcus Samuelsson Group

Dr. Daniel Shasha    

Bevy  Smith
Sirius Radio Andy

Elinor Tatum, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief
New York Amsterdam News

Jonathan Tisch, Chairman of Loews Hotels/
Co-Chairman of the Board and Member of the
Office of the President of Loews Corporation
Loews Corporation

Rev. Michael Walrond Jr., Pastor
First Corinthian Baptist Church

Melba Wilson, Restaurateur
Melba's Restaurant