about chef russell markus

Food is a vessel that I believe should be accessible to all. It has the potential to elevate the human experience by breaking bread together, which is profound - something to be cherished and celebrated.

My cooking style balances simple, complex, and unexpected flavor combinations. It is led by intuition with the freshest ingredients local markets and farms have to offer.

Over the last 15+ years, hosting dinner parties and producing large-scale events have been my greatest gifts to share with the world.

My primary focus with it comes to sharing thoughtful and delicious food is a focus on relationships with local farms in the tri-state region. It is paramount to what I serve and what you will eat.

At the beginning of the pandemic, I helped co-start an organization called Breaking Bread NYC - it was birthed out of the 2020 George Floyd protests - focused on serving food boxes and meals to communities facing oppression, inequality, and food insecurity.

My philanthropic energy now focuses on supporting One Love Community Fridge, the Food Education Fund, and Oko Farms.

Prior to starting Essential Herbs Culinary Services, Russell background revolved around cultural research and strategy, community work, and over a decade of dinner parties.

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