Speaker: Melba Wilson, owner of a growing culinary empire based in New York’s famed Harlem neighborhood. Her renowned restaurant, Melba’s, is a hot spot for celebrities, locals and tourists from around the world who crave unbeatable American comfort food. Listen to her moving session on Building Your Self-Confidence in Launching Your Dream Business without a Loan. The end will have you scrabbling to take notes: http://www.audioacrobat.com/sa/W2VNdCrT
About the Author
Melba Wilson got her start in the restaurant business at Harlem’s famous Sylvia’s Restaurant, where she held a variety of service and managerial positions. She conceptualized and launched the popular Sunday Gospel Brunch, which was so successful that the restaurant industry’s elite quickly came calling. Today she is the proud sole owner of three Harlem based businesses, Melba’s Restaurant, Melba’s Catering, and a 350-seat dining hall and cafeteria on 125th street called Melba’s 125. Melba’s Restaurant has won rave reviews from New York Magazine, Time Out, The New Yorker, The Daily News, Zagat’s and Interview Magazine. The restaurant was also named Best Brunch for Kids by Time Out New York, and Best Soul Food by Zagat’s.
She appears frequently on national TV news and cooking shows. Designer Isaac Mizrahi hand-picked Melba as one of his Favorite Ladies to represent his Liz Claiborne line in a series of national advertisements entitled, REAL Women. The proud mother of a 14-year-old son, Melba has been honored twice by Ebony magazine with their Taste of Ebony Award; Melba is the recipient of the Westside Spirit Award, The Entrepreneur Award presented by Congressman Charles Rangel, The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce Award, The Thurgood Marshall Prestige Award, and the Heritage Award from the BCA.
BOOK: Melba’s American Comfort: 100 Recipes from My Heart to Your Kitchen by Melba Wilson
Fresh from the kitchen of her legendary Harlem restaurant, Melba’s, the reigning queen of American comfort food serves up one hundred delectable recipes that put her own special touch on favorite dishes—and taste just like home.
Where do celebrities and foodies go for the most delicious fried chicken and eggnog waffles? To Melba’s, of course! Melba Wilson is a sweet, upbeat, occasionally sassy, always genuine ambassador for the cuisine known for years as soul food but that she prefers to call American comfort food. Melba cut her culinary teeth at the iconic Sylvia’s, the famed Windows on the World, and the hugely popular Rosa Mexicano. Now, as the pioneering owner of her own legendary Harlem restaurant, she proudly holds court in Melba’s always-packed dining room, dishing out lovingly prepared sweet potato pie, wine-braised short ribs, BBQ turkey meatloaf, deviled eggs, and a legion of mouth-watering American classics as well as unforgettable special twists on beloved comfort foods.
Now you don’t have to leave the comfort of your own home to dig into her sumptuous signature recipes! With mouthwatering full-color photography and a beautiful design, Melba’s American Comfort features the secrets of her irresistible home cooking, passed down from her great-grandmother and other talented generations and given her own loving variations, plus a treasure trove of delightful stories from the heart of her bustling kitchen.