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Help for the Holidays

Updated: Dec 29, 2021

By Kysha Harris, Food Editor, @SCHOPgirl

Happy holidays from all us here at Experience Harlem! We know the big day is creeping up on us. After that Indian summer, we thought there might be a mild winter. Alas, ole man winter seems to want to be giving us a white Christmas now. Are you ready? No? Neither are we! So to help all of us Experiencers out, we have compiled some of the Harlem chefs and food makers that will help you shine as bright as the star on the top of your tree.

Let us begin with our fearless food editor, Kysha Harris (a.k.a. me, She has been cooking for busy urban professionals for going on sixteen years now. One of her personalized home cooking packages makes the perfect gift those culinarily-challenged loved ones in your life. She also offers event planning and in-home catering packages. As the Talent Manager for Harlem EatUp!, I was introduced to a bevy of talented Harlem chefs serving everything from that good “laissez les bons temps rouler” N’awlins food to modern American food. These chefs are not playing.

You will never, ever see Vaughn Moore of Mere’s Viola Catering ( not dressed to the nines. His fashion is just an indication of the amount of detail he puts in his food. From boudin to baking, Vaughn will give you that bead throwing, Zydeco playing, Mardi Gras good time.

One can fall love with food of Darshellia Butler of Skillet Rose ( at first sight. It is some pretty, pretty food you cannot stop looking at to eat, but once it hits your mouth…baby…it tastes even better. With her signature hair, Chef Butler is giving you rock-n-roll food with jazz hands. Get into it!

There are more Harlem food makers who can make your holiday season a little easier like Adolis Tesfamariam of Lovely Rita ( who will soon be opening in Harlem.

And for those holiday sweets, Raven Palmer of Cupcake Queen Raven ( and Lynee Jordan of Granapoos Creations ( will deliver the perfect holiday ending.

For more awesome Harlem holiday ideas visit our 2017 #ShopHarlem Holiday & Events Guide. Shop local. Eat local. Celebrate local. Christmas in Harlem!

Kysha Harris is a food writer and editor, culinary producer, consultant and owner of SCHOP!, a personalized food service in NYC for over 15 years. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram, @SCHOPgirl, on Facebook, /SCHOPnyc, and her blog,


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