Nicky Marcelin | founder, Epicurious Safari

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Brooklyn Bombshells is a blog series from the desk of Rue Saint Paul featuring women movers & shakers, influencers, and makers & doers in Brooklyn. The blog is an inside look at the everyday woman in our own neighborhood, her passion projects, and her inspirations on life, fashion, and travel.

Read on about our feature Bombshell: Nicky Marcelin, founder of Epicurious Safari

Epicurious Safari @epicurioussafari 


Epicurious Safari | Rue Saint Paul

 What is your passion project? Why did you start it? 

I am currently in the process of building out my passion project,  Epicurious Safari, a curated lifestyle, culture and consultancy brand that aims to showcase talents of the diaspora who are doing amazing things within the hospitality world. Coming up in the food and beverage industry, I noticed that no one I looked up to had experienced the same flavors I had, nor were they able to relate to me.
I also noticed that Caribbean & African food and flavors were not truly represented in the fine dining realm. Yes, there are a few representations, but they are safe and approachable.
Epicurious Safari curates intimate culinary events for private clients and small brands. We are also currently working hard to launch our own supper club by next spring.

What has been the most challenging and most rewarding part of building your project?

The most challenging part of building this project has been putting my vision into action and not giving up during these earlier stages. It is challenging to work on a budget, ask for help, and learn how to pitch my brand to get the following I need.
The most rewarding part has been completing tasks, seeing the final project come to life for a client, and seeing that spark of forever trust in their eyes because they are happy with everything. It is a joy helping others discover more.


Epicurious Safari | Rue Saint Paul

Epicurious Safari | Rue Saint Paul


What brought you to Brooklyn? How long have you lived here? What Brooklyn neighborhood do you live in? 

I have always lived in Brooklyn, because my family has always lived here. I have lived in Brooklyn permanently for 13-14 years. I live on Kings Highway, a very traditional neighborhood with traditional immigrant families. Breaking the mold of style and fashion is often shocking here when a look or piece is unconventional!

Describe your style in 3 words?

Effortless, Chic, Evolving 

What is the one fashion accessory you cannot live without?

Bold earrings 

Where was your last trip and where is your next one?

My last trip in the U.S was to Washington DC. Outside of my birth country of Haiti, my next trip will be a multi-country trip to France, Spain, and Morocco. I will start in Paris then move to Lyon. I will then take the Euro Rail to Spain and from there take a ferry to Morocco. I will be ringing in my birthday in Marrakesh!

If you didn’t live in Brooklyn, where would you want to live?

If I did not live in Brooklyn, I would want to live in Paris. It's always been my favorite city. Plus, I can take weekend trips to London any weekend I want!

Epicurious Safari | Rue Saint Paul

Epicurious Safari | Rue Saint Paul

Learn more | Epicurious Safari @epicurioussafari | @lafille_gourmande

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