Overtown EatUp! hosted by Marcus Samuelsson
Sunday, February 26
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Building on the success of Harlem EatUp! – the nation’s premier African American-focused festival that celebrates Harlem’s historically rich community of food, arts, and culture – SOBEWFF® is proud to program this first-of-its-kind event that highlights the equally diverse community of Overtown. Both curated and hosted by James Beard Award-winning chef, TV personality, cookbook author, and 2020 SOBEWFF® Tribute Dinner honoree Marcus Samuelsson, this rousing walk-around tasting will spotlight the local cuisine and culture that remain at the heart of the city’s Black history. Samuelsson’s famed Red Rooster Overtown (Miami New Times, Best New Restaurant 2021, a 2022 MICHELIN Guide Bib Gourmand winner) will create the perfect atmosphere for a remarkable roster of Overtown chefs to showcase their considerable talents, which pay homage to the neighborhood’s unique culinary traditions and cultural pride. Together, they’ll drum up a vibrant menu of flavors, complemented by top-tier wines and cocktails from the Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits portfolio. This jazzy afternoon event is guaranteed to stir up the snappiest sounds of days and nights gone by, when legends like Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Sam Cooke, and Aretha Franklin held court after performing at the Historic Lyric Theater across the street and would socialize at the Clyde Killens Pool Hall, now home to Red Rooster Overtown. Equal parts reverence and revelry, Overtown EatUp! is first and foremost a love letter to the “Harlem of the South” and its profoundly important role in shaping the Miami of today.
Proceeds from Overtown EatUp! will support FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management and will be specifically designated as scholarship funding for students from Overtown.
All net proceeds from the Festival benefit the students of the Florida International University Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management who assist Festival organizers in all aspects, including Festival planning, logistics and overall execution.