“YES, CHEF”…but… “Civilization begins with Distillation”

Chef Marcus Samuelsson was in New Orleans last Friday for his book tour of new release “Yes, Chef”. With a very condensed schedule, Marcus did a book signing at Whole Foods on Veterans Blvd., a four-course meal at restaurant August, followed by an after-party/book signing at loa bar in International House Hotel hosted by Sean Cummings and Hill Harper.

Sean Cummings and Hill Harper bought 100 books, which Marcus signed and gifting to attendees, 30 books were donated to culinary students of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) who represent the next generation of talent and 20 books were given to the various artisans and entrepreneurs who have moved to New Orleans. 
 
Chasing flavors with Marcus Samuelsson, in the city that invented the cocktail.  Chef. Author. Rebel with a cause. Spiritual being. Human journey.  From Ethiopia to Sweden to Harlem. Beauty infused with great meaning.  New talent. New ideas. New O. From New York to New Orleans and the White House to International House. Marcus Samuelsson brings his vision, passion and uncommon excellence to the city that invented the cocktail.

Hill Harper and Sean Cummings hosted an after-party at Loa internationally recognized chef and author Marcus Samuelsson to celebrate Marcus and his New York Times best-seller “Yes, Chef.”  Hill Harper and Sean Cummings bought 100 books, which Marcus signed and gifting to attendees, 30 were donated to culinary students of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) who represent the next generation of talent and 20 books were given to the various artisans and entrepreneurs who have moved to New Orleans. Like Marcus, they are inspired by a divine impulse to create and whether their art is a literal canvas or a company that is their canvas, they are transforming the local economy in new and exciting ways.

It has become part of International House Hotel’s mantra to celebrate the creative ones with a tribute series dubbed “Here’s to the Creative Ones”, honoring uncommonly talented people. Friday, July 20, we celebrated Marcus Samuelsson as he was added to the hotel’s Pantheon of creative ones. Alan Walter, ever-gifted spirit handler created a cocktail called “Chasing Flavors” in tribute. “Chasing Flavors” was distributed to all the attendees and a toast was made.

A silent continuous looped film of Marcus was played on an upper wall within the lobby of International House Hotel, near Byron Buchanan’s mixed media paintings of Audrey Hepburn, Nelson Mandela, John Kennedy and Steve Jobs. Marcus was in good company, among the Creative Ones. It has become part of International House’s mantra to celebrate the creative ones with a tribute series dubbed “Here’s to the Creative Ones”, honoring uncommonly talented people. Friday, July 20,  Marcus was celebrated as he was added to the hotel’s Pantheon of creative ones. In a speech over the microphone, Marcus talked about his own courage to create and the interesting life path he has experienced, as he was “chasing flavors” not only in his kitchen but also in life itself.  Honoring Marcus Samuelsson’s ever-fashionable wardrobe, Sean Cummings gifted a parcel of the hotel’s summer dress attire – a seersucker vest with coined skull buttons.

Alan Walter, ever-gifted spirit handler created a cocktail called “Chasing Flavors” in tribute. Lyrical libation. Layers to discover. Chasing life’s flavorful experiences.  “Chasing Flavors” was distributed to all the attendees and a toast was made to Marcus.