Food Republic co-founder Marcus Samuelsson had a little book come out yesterday. Actually, a big book: His long-in-the-making memoir, Yes, Chef, debuted yesterday to much critical acclaim (including a New York Times rave) and a top-50 spot on Amazon’s best sellers list. 

To celebrate, Samuelsson invited a few hundred of his closest friends to Ginny’s Supper Club (below Red Rooster) in Harlem, where an Ethiopian band performed, chefs and food personalities drank Skyy Vodka cocktails, and everyone ate Aunt Helga’s meatballs.

Marcus Samuelsson in front of Red Rooster in Harlem.

Chris Cosentino, Baltz & Co. PR founder Phillip Baltz and Samuelsson.

Blair Lockett, Arlinda McIntosh and Ayeshia Govan.

Andrea duBois, Mica Hughes and Terry Lyon.

Brooklyn Brewery Brewmaster Garrett Oliver (right) and guest.

Travel + Leisure publisher Jean-Paul Kyrillos, Samuelsson, Becca PR founder Becca Parrish and cookbook author Ted Lee.

Myra Fiori of Illy, Food Republic editorial director Richard Martin and Illy chairman and CEO Andrea Illy

The Aday Ethiopian Traditional Dance Group made the trip up from DC and put on a spirited performance.

The Yes, Chef cocktail.