Marcus Samuelsson Returning to Town Tonight For First Person Arts Fest

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Marcus Samuelsson Photo: Patrick McMullan

Since unceremoniously bowing out of his ill-fated partnership with Stephen Starr in Washington Square (now Talula’s Garden) back in 2004, America’s most recognizable Swedish-Ethiopian culinary star, and President Barack Obama’s favorite chef, Marcus Samuelsson has been rather seldom seen around these parts. Tonight he’s making a return visit for a First Person Arts Festival engagement at the The Racquet Club of Philadelphia. The Aquavit and Red Rooster owner will read from his recently piublished memoir, Yes, Chef, while the Racquet Club’s executive chef Brian Coseo turns out a four course dinner that celebrates Samuelsson’s Ethiopian and Swedish roots. Entry will set you back $100, and $150 if you decide to spring for the VIP treatment, which includes an intimate reception with the visiting chef. Keep reading to see the menu.

The Menu Created by Executive Chef Brian Coseo

First Course: Misr Wot (Ethiopian Lentil Soup)

Second Course: Tunisian Braised Short Ribs with Atakilt wrapped in Injera

Third Course: Seared “Taste of Norway Salmon” over Swedish Potato Cake and topped Cucumber Salad

Fourth Course: Poached Ginger Pear with Vanilla Cream

2010 Waterbrook Cabernet Sauvignon and 2011 Washington Hills Riesling will be served with dinner, courtesy of Precept Wine.


Act fast, tickets for this will likely sell out. If that’s the case, you could always try recreating the dishes Samuelsson has cooked for President Obama, as a consolation.