Kings and presidents have dined on his scrumptious delights. As a critically acclaimed chef he has prepared unforgettable meals from Paris to New Orleans and finally in New York where James Rosebud created J. Rose Catering.
This New York chef, by way of St. Petersburg, Florida commands rave reviews wherever his food is served and Saturday, Nov. 7, 2011 was no exception. The city’s elite came out to celebrate a newly launched partnership between J. Rose Catering and the Harlem Common Wealth Inc. (HCC).
The long-time executive chef for the legendary Cotton Club will also be holding court at 361 W. 125 St. on the main floor of the Harlem Common Wealth building.
Saturday was an elegant night and the room was filled with such luminaries as Tony Award winning choreographer George Faison, Harlem State Office Building Chief, Willie Walker and Harlem Opera Theater Board Secretary, Carol Brown.
Delicious designer drinks like the Harlem-Tini and addictive fish hors d’oeuvres kicked off the evening during the 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. cocktail hour in the festive HCC lobby. As soon as the polite and articulate staff opened the dining room doors guests gasped at its stellar decor. There were tastefully placed candles, mirrors, and black feathered centerpieces; the scene was reminiscent of a 1930’s French brasserie.
While the handpicked group of invited guests finished their main course you could hear a pin drop. Dr. Joseph L. Tait, president and CEO of the HCC, took that opportunity to explain the multifaceted agenda of the benevolent organization.
He explained that HCC secures medical scholarships for needy students as well as assist fledgling Harlem businesses get their start through private donations. He went on to announce that the HCC would be renting conference room space as well as the beautiful banquet room on a per event basis.
After finishing dinner which included baked chicken, broiled filet, fresh string beans & pasta along with Rosebud’s specialty candied carrots, guests indulged in rich deserts and then there was dancing through the night.