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S4:E1 Overtown EatUp! LIVE 2024 I The Magic of Culinary Community

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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.

Food is more than just sustenance; it's a story, a community, and a way to bring people together. In this episode, we take you to the heart of Overtown, Miami, where the annual Overtown EatUp! was in full swing, across the street from Red Rooster Overtown, as part of the South Beach Food and Wine Festival. Created, curated, and hosted by award-winning chef, TV personality, and cookbook author, Marcus Samuelsson, this walk-around tasting spotlights the local cuisine and culture that remain at the heart of the city’s Black history.

Samuelson's philosophy is simple: "Let's become good. Let's be part of the neighborhood. Let's employ people. Let's figure it out, and let's work." This episode explores how his dedication is not just about bringing a new restaurant to an area but about inspiring the next generation and making a tangible difference in people's lives. Marcus’ insights into gentrifying neighborhoods, the importance of being part of the community, and the impact of food on society are a central theme of this episode.

Attending the festival, we meet various chefs and entrepreneurs who are making waves in the culinary scene. From the creators of Jamaican tacos and oxtail burritos to a chef who pivoted during the pandemic to feed over 100,000 children and family members in the Bronx, these stories are not just about food—they are about resilience, community, and passion.

Walking around we couldn’t help but notice the young people wearing white chef coats working as members of Careers through Culinary Arts Program (CCAP), which teaches life skills through the kitchen to inner-city high school students. This initiative is proof that the culinary world is not just about cooking—it's about creating opportunities and fostering growth.

See the full VIDEO episode on the Corner Table Talk channel on YouTube to experience the celebration of food, culture, and community. It's a testament to how culinary arts can be a powerful tool for change.

Thank you to Marcus Samuelsson for inviting us and the team at Red Rooster Overtown for their hospitality!!

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Theme Music: Inner Urban Zone by Alex Make Music

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