Harlem Down South
On Saturday, April 28th, New York City-based celebrity chef Alexander Smalls headlined “Harlem Down South,” a brunch and book signing event to benefit Don’t Miss a Beat (Don’t Miss A Beat), a local non-profit with a mission to blend music, art, academic achievement and civic engagement to inspire and enlighten children and teens in the Riverside, Brooklyn and Woodstock communities. At the event, Smalls will be signing his newly released book, Between Harlem and Heaven– an homage to the food and cultural significance of Harlem and the Afro-Asian diaspora. He’ll also be in the kitchen with cooks from South Kitchen to prepare some of his recipes for the brunch event.
Smalls was invited to Jacksonville by DMAB’s artistic director, Ulysses Owens, Jr. Owens is a graduate of the Douglas Anderson School for the Performing Arts and a multi-Grammy award-winning jazz percussionist. Both have a passion for uplifting and educating kids through the arts – especially in underserved neighborhoods. Smalls serves on the board of the Harlem School of the Arts, while Owens founded DMAB in 2008 with his family.