About US

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 the simplest and most genuine cultural exchanges can occur. We believe in community and 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 understandings across diverse cultures in the most delicious ways 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 resettled in Connecticut. In addition to its historical diversity as a refugee resettlement hub, New Haven alone received over 500 refugees in 2016 and expects a similar number in 2017. With this diversity comes delicious opportunities for cultural exchange, enriching the community at large and building ties across demographic divides.


Refugees and immigrants arrive here with the potential to contribute their own 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 their 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.

About CitySeed
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