3rd Annual Harlem Hospitality & Culinary Conference Date/Speakers Announced / GailPR

3rd Annual Harlem Hospitality & Culinary Conference Date/Speakers Announced / GailPRHarlem Park to Park (HP2P), a neighborhood development organization of entrepreneurs committed to community development in Central Harlem, will host its 3rd Annual Harlem Hospitality & Culinary Conference on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at the prestigious Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, from 8am to 2:30pm. This sell-out event offers informative insights into Harlem’s meteoric rise toward becoming New York City’s premier location for established corporate and emerging brands as well as entrepreneurs of new and expanding businesses.

This year’s conference theme focuses on Harlem’s Culture, Culinary and Commerce and how businesses can leverage Harlem’s rich culture as part of a brand. Leading the panel discussions is a stellar line-up of prominent industry leaders featuring:

  • Joseph “JJ” Johnson, Chef de Cuisine, The Cecil, Minton’s; Esquire’s Best New Restaurant in America
  • Marcus Samuelsson, Chef, Owner, Red Rooster Harlem, Streetbird Rotisserie; Celebrity Judge, ABC’s The Taste
  • Shola Lynch, Film maker, NAACP Image Award; Peabody Award; Curator, The Schomburg Center for Research
  • Jonelle Procope, President & CEO, The Apollo Theater
  • Jeffrey L. Bowman, Managing Director, Senior Partner, Ogilvy & Mather; Founder & Chairman, Reframe:

Event sponsors include American Express, Aloft Harlem Hotel, Uptown Magazine, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and Harlem Community Development Corporation. Jazz at Lincoln Center and Artistic Director Wynton Marsaliswill provide a Jazz trio to perform at the event and they are providing a FREE one-year membership to Jazz at Lincoln Center for the first 150 registrants for the conference.

Expert speakers include well established business owners in Harlem and cultural contributors to Harlem’s renaissance; and will offer guests their invaluable perspectives as they lead talks on the following panel discussion topics around the conference theme of Culture, Culinary and Commerce(see full conference schedule attached):

  • Opening Keynotes: (A)Harlem Then (B)Harlem Now
  • Panel 1: Building Your Brand through Partnership with Harlem Park to Park
  • Panel 2: Building a Rich Harlem Hospitality Experience
  • Panel 3: Celebrating Black Men in Hospitality & Culinary
  • Panel 4:Maximizing Your Culture & Culinary Brandwidth
  • Closing Discussion: Legacy Builders
  • Closing Keynote: Building Communities

The conference fee of $50 includes continental breakfast and lunch from leading Harlem catering restaurants. Tickets can be purchased atwww.hp2pconference2015.eventbrite.com. The Harlem Hospitality & Culinary conference has adopted #harlemontherise for social media. Harlem Park to Park established the business conference in 2012 to attract new businesses to Harlem and create a platform to discuss, develop and negotiate new business opportunities; as well as highlight the success others are achieving in the neighborhood. As one of the fastest developing and most iconic neighborhoods in New York City, Harlem is ripe with opportunity for savvy business owners interested in opening or expanding in the market.

Click HERE for PDF event flyer.

Click HERE for PDF of press release.

About Harlem Park to Park

Harlem Park to Park (HP2P) is a network of entrepreneurs committed to community development and sustainability for small businesses in Central Harlem, the hub for NYC’s premiere dining, shopping and nightlife destinations north of 110th Street. Formed in September 2009, HP2P’s membership is comprised of more than 80 premiere businesses located within the geographic area of Central Park North to 135th street and Morningside Park to Marcus Garvey Park. Its mission is to encourage commerce that successfully sustains small businesses; promotes the community and culture of the Village of Harlem and celebrates the neighborhood’s historic CHARM.