The tragic East Harlem explosion of March 12 occurred only blocks from his restaurant. This Wednesday April 2, at Ginny’s Supper Club underneath Red Rooster Harlem, Marcus Samuelsson will host a benefit to for the American Red Cross Greater New York East Harlem Collapse Relief Fund. And he’s recruited a passel of chef-friends to help him.
Chef Aaron Sanchez is co-hosting; Jonathan Waxman is serving Barbuto favorites to compliment the Red Rooster menu, which itself is luxe (read: deviled eggs with caviar.) Karl Franz Williams from the nearby lounge 67 Orange Street will mix cocktails; and Amanda Freitag will MC the live auction. Attendees can bid on any of several NYC-based packages, including New York Giants tickets and opening-night tickets to “The Maids” starring Cate Blanchett. "It's amazing that so people have jumped on board to help,” Samuelsson says. “The response says a lot about the close-knit community in Harlem, and how we all come together in a time of need." General admission tickets are $175. Tickets to the VIP hour are $350.