Past Event: Unexpected Pairings: Beer & Chocolate

When: Thursday, July 19, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Price: $25 General Admission | $20 for Museum Members

Indulge in the flavors of Harlem with an unlikely combination of savory and sweet - beer and chocolate - made by neighborhood entrepreneurs.  

Harlem bursts with flavors influenced by its diverse culinary traditions, from classic Southern soul food, Caribbean cooking, and African fare to recent innovations by chefs and makers with both global and local roots. Inspired by this vibrant local food scene, meet two entrepreneurs who recently launched their own businesses in the neighborhood, lawyer-turned-brewer Julian Riley, founder of Harlem Blue, and graphic designer-turned-chocolatier Jessica Spaulding, owner of Harlem Chocolate Factory. The two will discuss how they reinvented themselves – and two American staples, beer and chocolate – with Kysha Harris, food editor at New York Amsterdam News.

After the conversation, join us for a tasting of Harlem Blue and samples from Harlem Chocolate Factory on the Museum's Terrace. Enjoy a live jazz-swing-pop fusion performance by singer Marjie Shrimpton, with Henry Koperski on keyboard. 

Additional drinks and snacks will be available for purchase from Amy's Bread.

About the Speakers:
Julian Riley founded Harlem Blue, a craft brewery, in 2014 after working as a contracts lawyer in New York City. Harlem Blue's 1658 Ale and Hectic IPA, inspired by local history, are both currently available at bars all over the neighborhood. 

Jessica Spaulding is the owner and founder of Harlem Chocolate Factory, an artisan chocolate company. Before launching her own business, she worked in graphic design and marketing. Now, she seeks to convey the cultural experience of Harlem through chocolate. 

Kysha Harris (moderator) is a food writer, culinary producer, consultant and owner of SCHOP!, a personalized food service offering weekly and in-home entertaining packages. 

Part of our new series Unexpected Pairings, in which New York's most adventurous brewers and distillers share their craft and pair their drinks with distinctive local bites. To view all of the programs in the series, click here.

$25 General Admission | $20 for Museum members
21+ event. Includes Museum admission

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Groups of 10 or more get discounts; contact us at or 917.492.3395

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