At Sanctuary Kitchen, we believe that sharing a meal and personal stories is a strong and meaningful gesture of welcome and acceptance, an intimate space in which simple and genuine cultural exchanges can occur. We believe in community and we hope that our programs will cultivate authentic connections between local residents and new arrivals. Food brings people to the table, enriches lives, and fosters mutual understanding across diverse cultures in the most delicious way possible.
Sanctuary Kitchen, a program of CitySeed in partnership with a network of community volunteers, was formed in 2017 to promote and celebrate the culinary traditions, cultures, and stories of refugees and immigrants resettled in Connecticut. In addition to its historical leadership as an immigration hub, New Haven receives up to 500 resettled refugees annually. With this diversity comes opportunities for cultural exchange, enriching the community at large and building ties across demographic divides.
Refugees and immigrants arrive with the potential to contribute their unique skills and passions to the diverse and changing face of the Greater New Haven Area. Sanctuary Kitchen seeks to highlight these skills in economically viable culinary pursuits that provide personal income potential, while promoting culinary traditions, cultures, and stories to improve understanding and appreciation throughout our community. By attending a Sanctuary Kitchen event, you're helping refugees and asylum seekers receive training, support, income and opportunities to share their skills in meaningful ways.
CitySeed is a nonprofit organization that seeks to provide access to fresh, local food for all New Haven residents. We operate a series of food-related services and activities toward that end. CitySeed’s mission is to engage the community in growing an equitable, local food system that promotes economic development, community development and sustainable agriculture. CitySeed has a licensed, commercial kitchen space, which was built with the aim to joyfully build culture and community through education and entrepreneurship. Sanctuary Kitchen is an important piece of this work.
Sanc·tu·ar·y - Place of refuge or rest, a place where you can feel at peace
Origin and Etymology of Sanctuary: Middle English seintuarie, sanctuarie, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin sanctuarium, from Latin sanctus. First known use: 14th Century
Sanctuary Kitchen's cooking classes and kitchen incubator are sponsored by the International Association of New Haven