Chef Marcus Samuelsson was the opening exec of Stephen Starr's Washington Square in 2004 but left soon after the restaurant swung open the doors. Since then, Samuelsson has become an international superstar, helming the kitchen at Aquavit in NYC at the tender age of 24, and then winning Bravo's Top Chef Masters. He opened his debut restaurant Red Rooster in Harlem a couple years back, which has become a critical darling and one of the most decorated eateries in the city.
Tonight, Samuelsson returns to Philly for a special dinner being put on by the First Person Arts Festival at The Racquet Club of Philadelphia at 7 p.m. The menu is a mashup of Ethiopian and Swedish cuisines, which represent the two sides of Samuelsson's heritage and formative years.
Tickets can be purchased online for $100, and for you VIP types, there's a $150 option that gets you in an hour early for the chance to meet Samuelsson in a more private setting.