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*New York – Sylvia’s Restaurant, the world renowned culinary icon, celebrated 50 years of business and humanitarian efforts during Day 1 of its Golden Jubilee celebration on Aug. 1, 2012.

Sylvia’s Golden Jubilee title sponsor, Target,  hosted this free summer side-walk breakfast party. Actor, Michael K. Williams of HBO’s “Board Walk Empire” and “The Wire” served as the Master of Ceremonies.

Harlem residents and soul food enthusiasts were treated to a complimentary southern-style breakfast buffet, entertainment, children’s programming, and arts & crafts, complete with a tribute mini-parade presented by celebrity baker, Cake-Man Raven. The

festivities took place at Sylvia’s Golden Jubilee Plaza located at 126th & 127th Streets on Lenox Avenue. The mini- parade route started at the Adam Clayton Jr. Plaza, of the Harlem State Office Building, and ended at Sylvia’s Golden Jubilee Plaza.

About Sylvia’s Restaurant’s Golden Jubilee:
To celebrate this historic occasion and  commemorate this milestone, two events will be held. These events will salute Sylvia’s numerous contributions to American cuisine as the Queen of Soul Food™ as well as the humanitarian efforts towards the great village of Harlem and the African-American culture at-large. The Golden Jubilee Honorary Chairs are: Roberta Flack, Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson, Chris Rock, & Rev. Al Sharpton. TARGET is the Golden Jubilee title sponsor.

Aug. 1: The Woods family saluted Harlemites with a southern-style sidewalk breakfast party complete with a complementary buffet, entertainment, guest speakers, voters registration drive, children’s programming, prize give – aways, and plenty of dancing in the streets.

Sept. 18: Sylvia’s Golden Jubilee Gala will salute Sylvia’s as “the world’s kitchen” with a tented invite-only fundraising event for 600+ guests to benefit The Sylvia & Herbert Woods Scholarship Fund. The night will kick- off with a lavish cocktail hour, program, and live performances by Roberta Flack, Doug E. Fresh, Ron Grant & Friends, and others who have made Sylvia’s a home away from home for the past 5 decades. Dinner, dancing, proclamations, salutes and a grand announcement will round off this spectacular night.

About Sylvia’s Restaurant
Sylvia’s Restaurant, the Queen of Soul food™ was founded in 1962 by Sylvia Woods with a seating capacity of 35, and to date is owned and operated by three generations of the Woods family. This world renowned culinary icon has proudly served presidents, international dignitaries, celebrities and Harlem residents alike. For the past five decades, Sylvia’s Restaurant continues to flourish as “the world’s kitchen.” This family empire consists of a 450 seat restaurant, Sylvia’s Also Lounge, Sylvia’s Food Products – a nationally distributed line of products, and two successful cook-books. In 2001, in memory of Sylvia’s late husband Herbert, The Woods family founded The Sylvia and Herbert Woods Scholarship Fund where the believe system is that “a higher level of education should not be a high-end luxury, but a right to all  those who seek it” by offering collegiate scholarships to Harlem and local residents. To date the fund has dispersed 76 scholarships. Sylvia’s has appeared in numerous national/international media outlets and has been saluted by President Clinton, United States Congress, Governor Pataki, Mayors Koch, Dinkins, & Bloomberg, and the New York Stock Exchange to name a few. For more information please visit:

michael k & tren'ness

Michael K. Williams and Tren’ness Woods-Black

sylvia proclamation

Proclamation : Sylvia’s Restaurant Day in Harlem



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