All proceeds are used to compensate the cooks and support the cost of materials and kitchen space. 
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.


WORLD REFUGEE DAY FOOD BAZAAR

ThuRsday, June 20, 2019, 5:30-7:30pm

New Haven Green: Festival Center

Join Sanctuary Kitchen for a World Refugee Day Food Bazaar at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas - an evening of cuisine and culture from around the world. Enjoy multicultural food and drink prepared by recently resettled refugees, and celebrate their contribution to the diverse and changing face of the Greater New Haven Area. Mix and mingle, create connections, and feast while listening to a world music concert on the New Haven Green.

Ticket Price: $40


Learn to Make Yalanji - Syrian Stuffed Grape Leaves

Sunday, May 19, 2019 from 3:00 - 6:00 PM

THE KITCHEN AT CITYSEED - 817 GRAND AVENUE, NO. 101, NEW HAVEN, CT 06511

A unique hands-on cooking experience that gives participants the opportunity to learn authentic recipes from Syrian Chef Gadeer! Participants will learn how to wrap traditional Syrian stuffed grape leaves - Yalanji (vegetarianand Yabraq (meat and rice filled). In addition to the grape leaves, Gadeer will teach everyone how to make a Syrian dessert! Come learn about Gadeer's culinary background and inspirations, and gain insight into her experiences as a refugee in New Haven. After the lesson, sit down to enjoy the meal that you helped prepare!  All participants will receive copies of the recipes used. Class size is limited to 15 people.  

Ticket Price: $45. Sliding scale tickets also available

Sanctuary Kitchen’s Taste of Ramadan

Thursday, May 9, 2019 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) at Yale | 421 Temple Street | New Haven, CT 06511

We invite you to join Sanctuary Kitchen chefs to break bread and break fast during this special Ramadan Iftar. For Muslims around the world, Ramadan is a time for personal and spiritual reflection, and a time to gather together with friends and family. Come create new connections and relationships with us while you enjoy a multicourse traditional Iftar and dinner, learn about Ramadan traditions, and share stories with Sanctuary Kitchen refugee and immigrant chefs. Free parking is available in the OISS parking lot. Additional metered parking is available along Temple and Trumbull Streets.

Special thanks to our partner: Office of International Students & Scholars at Yale.

Ticket Price: $45. Sliding scale tickets also available

 

Soup & Salaam #4: Creating Community Over Soup and Conversation with Sanctuary Kitchen

THURSDAY, April 24, 2019 FROM 6:00 PM TO 7:30 PM

THE KITCHEN AT CITYSEED - 817 GRAND AVENUE, NO. 101, NEW HAVEN, CT 06511

Join us for the last of Sanctuary Kitchen's winter series: Soup & Salaam! Soup & Salaam aims to bring the community together through the warm and nourishing power of soup and conversation. We invite you come and break bread over soup with our refugee and immigrant neighbors. It will be an inclusive space to share stories, deepen mutual understanding, and form real connections. 

Each month, we feature a different Sanctuary Kitchen chef, a traditional soup, salad and bread of her country of origin, and her culinary and cultural stories. April's comforting meal will consist of Congolese ugali na samaki na mboga za majani - fish soup, sautéed greens and ugali - prepared by Congolese chef, Chabusiku. Ugali is a stiff cornmeal mixture that is used to pick up other dishes, like stew and vegetables.

Chabusiku is a refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who arrived in New Haven three years ago, after spending over twenty years living in a refugee camp in the neighboring country of Tanzania.  She learned to cook from her mother, and began cooking herself at the age of seven.  Chabusiku is happy to be part of Sanctuary Kitchen, and wants to share her traditional Congolese cuisine and culture.

Ticket Price: $20. Sliding scale tickets also available

 

Sanctuary Kitchen Syrian Supper Club

Friday, April 12, 2019 From 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM


Location: Private Residence, New Haven, CT. Address will be released

after ticket purchase

Guests and Syrian refugees will gather together in an intimate setting to break bread - come share stories, develop cultural understanding, form connections and build community. Enjoy a delicious meal prepared by Syrian chef Afeefa and her husband Sami, who resettled in New Haven in 2016 from Daraa, Syria with their family as a result of the ongoing conflict. Afeefa has over 40 years of experience cooking, and was one of the first refugee chefs to join Sanctuary Kitchen at its inception in 2017. Come learn about Afeefa and Sami's culinary background and inspirations, and gain insight into their experience as refugees in New Haven. Trained facilitators will be present to assist the dinner party

Ticket Price: $60. Sliding scale tickets also available

Celebration of Nowruz: Persian New Year

Sunday, March 24, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM (EDT)

The Kitchen at CitySeed | 817 Grand Avenue | No. 101 | New Haven, CT 06511

Celebrate Nowruz with Sanctuary Kitchen! Nowruz, or "new day" in Persian, is an ancient festival that marks the beginning of spring and celebrates the rebirth of nature. Chef Dariush Rose, a refugee from Iran and chef-owner of Green Leaf Catering, will share the significance Nowruz and of the ceremonial table known as the haftseen, and provide a tasting and cooking demonstration of his Iranian delicacies. Guests will get to know Chef Dariush, and learn about his culinary background and inspiration, and his experience as a refugee in Connecticut.

Ticket Price: $35. Sliding scale tickets also available

 

Soup & Salaam #3: Creating Community Over Soup and Conversation with Sanctuary Kitchen

THURSDAY, March 28, 2019 FROM 6:00 PM TO 7:30 PM

THE KITCHEN AT CITYSEED - 817 GRAND AVENUE, NO. 101, NEW HAVEN, CT 06511

Join us for Sanctuary Kitchen's winter series: Soup & Salaam! Soup & Salaam aims to bring the community together through the warm and nourishing power of soup and conversation. We invite you come and break bread over soup with our refugee and immigrant neighbors. It will be an inclusive space to share stories, deepen mutual understanding, and form real connections.

Each month, we will feature a different a Sanctuary Kitchen chef, a traditional soup, salad and bread of her country of origin, and her culinary and cultural stories. March's comforting meal will consist of Sudanese Shorba - a hearty vegetarian stew with sweet potatoes, beans, spinach and peanuts (vegan, GF), Aish - a handmade flatbread, and a salad prepared by Sudanese chef, Amna.

Amna immigrated to New Haven with her husband and children from Sinar, Sudan. She has been cooking since the age of 10 and her favorite dish to make is tagallia - a popular Sudanese meat sauce. Her other specialties include ful mudammes, salat aswad, sambousa and basta. Amna likes living in New Haven, saying, “People in New Haven always help and offer assistance to me. I feel like I’m still living in my country.” Amna is happy to be joining Sanctuary Kitchen and looks forward to sharing her cuisine, meeting new people, improving her English and providing for her family.
Handmade ceramic soup bowls made by local potters are available for purchase - proceeds support Sanctuary Kitchen programming.

Ticket Price: $20. Sliding scale tickets also available

 

The Middle East in New Haven: A Celebration of Community

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 From 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Location: Second Floor, Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Ave, New Haven, CT

Description: New Haven is home to incredible mosaic of cultures, languages and histories from around the world, so it’s no surprise that there are vibrant communities here from across the breadth of Middle East and Africa. In this special celebration, we connect with these communities through food, music and histories. Join us for concurrent panels with Sanctuary Kitchen chefs, community leaders and refuges activists on making New Haven home; and Professor Shawkat Toorawa (Chair, Department of Near East Languages & Civilizations) as he explores the medieval Arab culinary arts. Enjoy a culinary tasting tour through Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan and Syria by Sanctuary Kitchen Chefs – with a chance to speak to chefs about their repasts and stories. There’ll be a special musical accompaniment from New Haven artist Iraqi-born Mustafa Adel on the oud. The entire community is welcome!

This is part of the outreach initiative sponsored by the Council on Middle East Studies with the Council on African Studies and CitySeed. Funded partly by a U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant.

Ticket Price: Free

 

For the Love of Mokha: A Celebration of Coffee, Conversation, and Yemen with Mokhtar Alkhanshali

Thursday, February 14, 2019 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM 

Yale University Office of International Students & Scholars at Yale (OISS)

421 Temple Street, New Haven

Valentine's Day is a celebration of love, and few things are as beloved to us as coffee! Join Sanctuary Kitchen for a special Valentine's night with Mokhtar Alkhanshali, the founder and CEO of Port of Mokha, in conversation with journalist and 2017 Yale World Fellow Abdul-Rehman Malik. Growing up between Brooklyn, San Francisco and Yemen, Mokhtar comes from an ancient lineage of coffee farmers, that traces back to where the world’s first coffee was cultivated over five centuries ago.

In 2013 Mokhtar began focusing on his family’s roots as coffee farmers in Yemen. Seeking to reverse Yemen’s nearly lost art of coffee cultivation, he founded Port of Mokha. Combining his knowledge of specialty coffee production, progressive infrastructure strategy and community organizing, Mokhtar has helped to reverse the declining quality of Yemeni coffee and re-establish it as the one of industries most treasured origins. Best-selling author Dave Eggers’ “The Monk of Mokha” traces Mokhtar’s journey as a social entrepreneur and his harrowing escape from war torn Yemen with his first coffee samples. Mokhtar strives to empower coffee farmers with the knowledge and tools to bring about radical improvements in the quality of their coffees and lives.

Guests will have the unique opportunity to sample the award-winning coffee, as well as traditional Yemeni cuisine prepared by Sanctuary Kitchen chefs. 

Profits from this event will be donated to support families in Yemen impacted by the current famine and ongoing war. 

Special thanks to our event partners: Yale MacMillan Center Council on Middle East Studies, Muslim Life Program - Yale Chaplain's Office, Yale Muslim Students Association, Muslim Leadership Lab at Dwight Hall at Yale. 

For more information about Port of Mokha, visit https://www.portofmokha.com/

 

Soup & Salaam #2: Creating Community Over Soup and Conversation with Sanctuary Kitchen

Thursday, February 28, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

The Kitchen at CitySeed - 817 Grand Avenue, No. 101, New Haven, CT 06511

Join us for Sanctuary Kitchen's winter series: Soup & Salaam! Soup & Salaam aims to bring the community together through the warm and nourishing power of soup and conversation. We invite you come and break bread over soup with our refugee and immigrant neighbors. It will be an inclusive space to share stories, deepen mutual understanding, and form real connections. 

Each month, we will feature a different a Sanctuary Kitchen chef, a traditional soup, salad and bread of her country of origin, and her culinary and cultural stories. This month's comforting meal will consist of Afghan Aush Rishta - a hearty stew made with spinach, a variety of herbs, legumes and noodles (vegeterian) - handmade naan, and a salad prepared by Afghan chef, Maleka. 

Maleka came to New Haven in 2013 with her family from Ghazni, Afghanistan. They were forced to leave their home due to the insecurity caused by the Taliban. Maleka has been cooking for 12 years, and her specialties include aush rishta soup, bolani (stuffed flatbread),  Qabili palau (spiced rice with lamb, caramelized carrots and raisins), and firni (a creamy cardamom-rose pudding). Maleka loves to cook Afghan food, and want to share it with others through Sanctuary Kitchen. She is also eager to learn from Sanctuary Kitchen chefs from other cultures.  

Ticket Price: $20. Sliding scale tickets also available

 

Soup & Salaam #1: Creating Community Over Soup and Conversation with Sanctuary Kitchen

Thursday, January 31, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

The Kitchen at CitySeed - 817 Grand Avenue, No. 101, New Haven, CT 06511

Join us for Sanctuary Kitchen's winter series: Soup & Salaam! Soup & Salaam aims to bring the community together through the warm and nourishing power of soup and conversation. We invite you to come and break bread over soup with our refugee and immigrant neighbors. It will be an inclusive space to share stories, deepen mutual understanding, and form real connections. 

Each month, we will feature a different a Sanctuary Kitchen chef, a traditional soup, salad and bread of her country of origin, and her culinary and cultural stories. 

Ticket Price: $20. Sliding scale tickets also available

 

Learn to Make Pasteles en Hoja - Dominican-Style Tamales

Sunday, February 17, 2019 from 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM

The Kitchen at CitySeed - 817 Grand Avenue, No. 101, New Haven, CT 06511

A unique hands-on cooking experience that gives participants the opportunity to learn authentic recipes from Dominican Chef Eduardo! Participants will learn how to prepare traditional Dominican style tamales - Pasteles en Hoja. Typically made during the Christmas Holidays, Pasteles en Hoja is a plantain and root vegetables masa (dough) filled with meat or vegetables, and made into a pocket using plantain leaves. 

Come learn about Eduardo's culinary background and inspirations, and gain insight into his experiences as an immigrant in New Haven. After the lesson, sit down to enjoy the meal that you helped prepare!  All participants will receive copies of the recipes used. Class size is limited to 15 people.  

Ticket Price: $45. Sliding scale tickets also available


Afghan Cooking Class - Traditional Stuffed Dumplings (Mantu and Aushak)

Sunday, January 13, 2019 from 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM

The Kitchen at CitySeed - 817 Grand Avenue, No. 101, New Haven, CT 06511

A unique hands-on cooking experience that gives participants the opportunity to learn authentic recipes from our Afghan refugee cooks - Laili and Khurshida! Participants will learn how to prepare traditional stuffed dumplings - Mantu (meat-filled) and Aushak (leek filled). Come learn about their culinary background and inspirations, and gain insight into their experiences as immigrants and refugees in New Haven. After the lesson, sit down to enjoy the meal that you helped prepare!  All participants will receive copies of the recipes used. Class size is limited to 15 people.  

Ticket Price: $45. Sliding scale tickets also available

 

Bake Holiday Cookies with Sanctuary Kitchen!

Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM

The Kitchen at CitySeed - 817 Grand Avenue, No. 101, New Haven, CT 06511

Join Sanctuary Kitchen for a unique baking experience this holiday season! Work alongside chefs from around the world who have resettled in New Haven and are excited to share their culture. During the class, you will bake various traditional cookies for the holidays and get to know Sanctuary Kitchen Chefs who are new to our community. Come learn about their culinary background and inspirations, and gain insight into their experiences as immigrants and refugees in New Haven. After the lesson, sit down to enjoy the cookies that you make over tea and coffee! All participants will receive copies of the recipes used. Class size is limited to 15 people.

Ticket Price: $45. Sliding scale tickets also available


Syrian Brunch

Sunday, December 2, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM

The Chetstone | 154 East Grand Avenue | New Haven, CT 06513

Join Sanctuary Kitchen for our first traditional Syrian Brunch! Enjoy a delicious brunch spread prepared by Syrian chef, Abir, at the historic Chetstone House, a beatifully restored Victorian Gothic manor in Fair Haven Heights. In this elegant and intimate setting, guests and Syrian refugees will gather together to break bread - come share stories, develop cultural understanding, form connections and build community.

Abir resettled in New Haven in 2016 from Daraa, Syria with her family. Before coming to the US, Abir was in Jordan for 4 years, where she volunteered for the International Rescue Committee, and often cooked for their doctors and nurses. She is passionate about cooking, which she learned as a young child from her mother, and enjoys sharing traditional Syrian cuisine. Come learn about her culinary background and inspirations, and gain insight into her experience as a refugee in New Haven. Trained facilitators will be present to assist the party.

Ticket Price: $60. Sliding scale tickets also available


Learn to Make African Pastries!

Monday, November 12, 2018 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

The Kitchen at CitySeed - 817 Grand Avenue, No. 101, New Haven, CT 06511

A unique hands-on cooking experience that gives participants the opportunity to learn authentic recipes from Ghanaian chef Rahina and Sudanese chef Azhar! Participants will learn how to prepare traditional Ghanaian savory meat and spinach pies, and Sudanese Ka'ak - shortbread cookies with various seasonings. Get to know Rahina and Azhar, learn about their culinary background and inspirations, and gain insight into the experiences of immigrants and refugees in New Haven. After the lesson, sit down to enjoy the pastries that you helped prepare! All participants will receive copies of the recipes used. Class size is limited to 15 people.

Ticket Price: $45. Sliding Scale tickets also available

 

Learn to Make Afghan Bolani- Stuffed Flatbread

Sunday, October 21, 2018  3:00 - 5:30 pm

The Kitchen at CitySeed - 817 Grand Avenue, No. 101, New Haven, CT 06511

Learn to make Afghan Stuffed Flatbread with Afghan chef, Homa! Join us for a unique hands-on cooking experience making traditional Afghan Bolani - flatbread filled with spiced potatos or winter squashYou will learn to make the flatbread dough, fillings, and a tangy dipping sauce. Get to know Homa and learn about her culinary background and inspirations, as well as gain insight into her refugee experience. All participants will receive copies of the recipe used.  Class size is limited to 15 people.  
Ticket Price $45

 

Learn to Make Fatayer- Iraqi savory stuffed pastries

 

Sunday, September 23, 2018  3:00 - 5:30 pm

The Kitchen at CitySeed - 817 Grand Avenue, No. 101, New Haven, CT 06511

A unique hands-on cooking experience that gives participants the opportunity to learn authentic recipes from Syrian chef - Nour! Participants (omnivores and vegetarians alike!) will learn how to prepare traditional Fatayer, savory stuffed pastries, like Fatayer sabanekh (spinach), fatayer jebneh (cheese), and sfeehas (meat pies). Get to know Nour, learn about her culinary background and inspirations, and gain insight into the experiences of new immigrants and refugees as they adjust as new residents of New Haven. After the lesson, sit down to enjoy the meal that you helped prepare!  All participants will receive copies of the recipes used. Class size is limited to 15 people.
Ticket Price:  $45

 

Sanctuary Kitchen in the Garden

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Armory Community Garden. 290 Goffe Street. New Haven, CT

Join the New Haven Land Trust and CitySeed's Sanctuary Kitchen in the garden at this Afghan cooking demo! Learn authentic recipes from Afghan chef, Sharifa, and hear her stories. Participants will observe the preparation of  traditional Afghan salads and side dishes using garden produce, and gain insight into Sharifa's experience as a refugee and as a new resident of New Haven. You will enjoy food together after the demonstration and receive copies of the recipes prepared.

Admission is free but space is limited and must be reserved.

This cooking demo is sponsored by the International Association of New Haven through the New Haven Land Trust, and put on in partnership with CitySeed’s Sanctuary Kitchen program. 

 

Past Events:

Local Market, Global Table 

Friday, August 17, 2018 6PM

Common Ground High School, New Haven CT

Local Market, Global Table is a Storytelling Dinner Benefit to celebrate and support the remarkable work of CitySeed and Sanctuary Kitchen. This mid-summer evening event features an elegant, multicultural dinner by Sanctuary Kitchen chefs that highlights the fresh Connecticut produce and products from CitySeed’s market vendors.

In addition to delicious food and drinks, the evening will include culinary storytelling and conversations with immigrant and refugee chefs from Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq and Sudan.

Event proceeds will go directly back into CitySeed programs, including Sanctuary Kitchen. Please join us for this unique dining experience — and help make fresh, local food accessible and remove barriers to food entrepreneurship in our city!

6 PM Cocktail Hour  |  6:30 PM Dinner, Music & Storytelling

 

Syrian Supper Club

Saturday, July 7, 2018 6:00-8:30 PM

Wallingford, CT

Guests and Syrian Refugees will gather together in an intimate setting to break bread - come share stories, develop cultural understanding, form connections and build community. Enjoy a delicious meal prepared by Syrian refugee, Omaia, who resettled in New Haven in 2016 with her family.   Omaia is excited to share her love for Syrian cuisine and has hopes of starting a food business in the area. Come learn about her culinary background and inspirations, and gain insight into her experience as a refugee in New Haven.  Trained facilitators will be present to assist the dinner party. 

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World refugee day Festival

Saturday, June 23, 2018 2:00-6:00 PM

World Refugee Day brings awareness to the refugee crisis while honoring their courage and strength. Celebrate through a festival of cultures and diversity of new immigrants with international cuisine, world music, and a photography exhibit — all featuring refugees from around the globe.

Co-sponsored by IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services), Trinity on the Green & Sanctuary Kitchen 

 

Sí Se Puede - A Film Screening of "Dolores" with talk-back

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 6:30-9:30 PM

Come watch the inspiring story of Dolores Huerta with Sanctuary Kitchen and Common Ground High School! Dolores Huerta fought tirelessly alongside Cesar Chavez for racial and labor justice and is among the most important activists in American history, yet she remains little-known. Dolores gives this enigmatic, intensely private, and defiant feminist the spotlight she deserves. 

Stay after the film for a talk about food, labor and migrant farm workers in Connecticut with farm workers, activists and Dr. Anne Gebelein, Associate Professor in Residence, Latin American and Caribbean Studies at UConn's El Instituto: Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies.Fresh Mexican tamales and dessert prepared by Sanctuary Kitchen's chef, Esther, will be available for purchase during the event. 

This event is made possible by Sanctuary Kitchen and Common Ground High School. 

 

The Sanctuary Kitchen Table at 116 Crown

Monday, April 30, 2018 6:00-9:00 PM

Join Sanctuary Kitchen and 116 Crown for a unique multicultural dinner experience! Enjoy a multi-course feast prepared by husband & wife chefs Asad & Fatima from Afghanistan and Amer & Nour from Syria. This event will showcase the talented culinary skills of these recently resettled refugees and immigrants, and celebrate their contribution to the diverse and changing face of the Greater New Haven Area.

During dessert, there will be a discussion with the chefs where you can learn about their culinary backgrounds and inspirations, and gain insight into their experiences resettling in New Haven. Trained facilitators and interpreters will be present to assist the discussion.

 

Sweet Treats from across the Globe: A 2-Day Cooking Class

Join various Sanctuary Kitchen cooks in our 2-class series and learn how to multicultural desserts in this hands-on cooking class. Meet cooks from Syria, Afghanistan, Sudan and Latin America, learn about their culinary backgrounds and inspirations, and gain insight into the experiences of new immigrants and refugees as they adjust as new residents of New Haven. All participants will receive copies of the recipes used. Class size is limited to 15 people.

Class 1: Sunday, April 15, 2018 / 1:00-4:30pm

C lass 2: Sunday April 22, 2018 /1:00-4:30pm

This class is sponsored by the International Association of New Haven (IANH) and Guilford Savings Bank. All proceeds are used towards future Sanctuary Kitchen programming at CitySeed. 

 

Iraqi Supper Club

Sunday, February 4, 2018. 5:30-8:00 PM

Guests and Iraqi Refugees will gather together in an intimate setting to break bread - come share stories, develop cultural understanding, form connections and build community. Enjoy a delicious meal prepared by Iraqi refugee, Muna, who resettled in New Haven in 2012 from Baghdad with her family.  Muna loves cooking, and meeting new people, and is excited to share her traditional cuisine and culture. Come learn about her culinary background and inspirations, and gain insight into her experience as a refugee in New Haven.  Trained facilitators will be present to assist the dinner party.

 

Learn to Make Mexican Holiday Tamales with Esther

Sunday, December  10, 2017, 2:00PM - 5:00pm

Learn to make holiday Tamales with immigrant cook, Esther! Join Sanctuary Kitchen for a unique hands-on cooking experience making traditional Mexican tamales - with mole sauce, chicken, and jalapeños (vegetarians can replace the chicken with cheese!). You will learn to make the maseca (the corn masa used to make tamales), Esther's special mole sauce containing 12 ingredients, and then assemble the tamales wrapped in banana leaves. You will get a chance to interact with the cook and learn about her culinary background and inspirations as well as gain insight into the experiences of a Mexican immigrant. All participants will receive copies of the recipe used to take home! Class size is limited to 15 people. 

This class is sponsored by the International Association of New Haven (IANH) and Guilford Savings Bank. All proceeds are used towards future Sanctuary Kitchen programming at CitySeed.

 

Cooking for a Cause: Learn to make Empanadas!

Friday, November 3, 2017, 6:30PM - 9:00pm

Learn to make Ecuadorian Empanadas with Fanny and Marco! Proceeds from this hands-on cooking class will provide assistance to the Reyes family while Marco seeks sanctuary from a deportation order that would separate him from his family. To learn more about Marco's situation and support his family, click here.

While cooking, you will get a chance to meet Fanny and Marco, gain insight into their experience as immigrants from Ecuador, and learn how current immigration policies are affecting families like the Reyes'.  After the lesson, sit down to enjoy the food that you helped prepare!  All participants will receive copies of the recipes used. This class is supported by the International Association of New Haven (IANH).

 

Sudanese Cookies and Smoked Tea

Saturday, October 14, 2017, 10:00am - 12:30 pm

Join Sanctuary Kitchen for a Sudanese cooking class with Salma, a recent immigrant, and Badria, a resettled refugee. Enjoy a unique hands-on cooking experience making Ka'ak - sugar coated butter cookies with various fillings - and chay mubakhar - traditional tea smoked with aromatics. You will get a chance to interact with the cooks, gain insight into the experiences of Sudanese immigrants and refugees as they adjust as new residents of New Haven.  All participants will receive copies of the recipes used. Class size is limited to 15 people.  This class is sponsored by the International Association of New Haven (IANH) and Guilford Savings Bank.

 

Fall Tastings from New Haven Farms: A Fundraiser

Saturday, September 30, 2017, 4:00-6:00PM

Join us at the home of Elizabeth Magenheimer, APRN, and Jeremiah Coffey, PhD, to celebrate the harvest season, and learn more about how New Haven Farms plants seeds of hope and change in New Haven's under-resourced neighborhoods.

 

STORIES OF A NEW AMERICA

a play by the Collective Consciousness Theater

Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 6:00-8:30PM

SHIRR (Shoreline Interfaith Refugee Resettlement) and CT Shoreline Indivisible will proudly present Stories of A New America by the Collective Consciousness Theater. The play is a series of vignettes about refugees developed through interviews. Funny, sad and poignant, the actors talk about their experiences. It will be held at First Congregational Church of Guilford. A reception featuring international cuisine catered by refugees begins at 6:00 PM. The performance is at 7:00 PM, followed by a discussion facilitated by Chris George of IRIS and refugees in our community.

 

Learn to Make Afghan Food!

Sunday, September 17, 2017, 1:00-3:30PM

Join Sanctuary Kitchen's Afghan cooking class and learn authentic recipes from our Afghan refugee cooks - Sharifa and Laili! Participants will prepare traditional stuffed dumplings - Mantu (meat-filled) and Aushak (leek filled). You will get a chance to interact with the cooks and gain insight into the experiences of Afghan refugees and their way of life as new residents of New Haven.  After the lesson, sit down to enjoy the meal that you helped prepare!  All participants will receive copies of the recipes used. Class size is limited to 15 people.  

This class is sponsored by the International Association of New Haven (IANH) and Guilford Savings Bank.

 

Sanctuary Kitchen in the Garden! 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 6:00-8:00pm

Join Sanctuary Kitchen in the garden at this Syrian Mezze cooking demo! Learn authentic Mezze (Middle Eastern appetizers) recipes from our Syrian refugee cook -- Omaya -- and hear her stories. Participants will observe the preparation of several traditional Syrian salads and dips using garden produce, and gain insight into Omaya’s experience as a refugee and as a new resident of New Haven. You will enjoy the delicious Syrian meal together after the demonstration and receive copies of the recipes prepared.

 

The Sanctuary Kitchen Table at Atticus Cafe

Thursday, July 20, 2017, 6:00-9:30pm

Join Sanctuary Kitchen and Atticus for a unique multicultural dinner experience! Enjoy a 5-course prix-fixe menu prepared by Afghan cook Sharifa and Syrian cooks Fatema and Afeefa. This event will showcase the unique culinary skills of these recently resettled refugees and celebrate their contribution to the diverse and changing face of the Greater New Haven Area. Buy tickets and choose from 3 scheduled seatings - 6, 7, and 8pm.

 

Learn to Make Fatayer- Iraqi savory stuffed pastries

Sunday, July 23, 2017, 1:00-3:00PM

A unique hands-on cooking experience that gives participants the opportunity to learn authentic recipes from our Iraqi refugee cook - Zainab! Participants (omnivores and vegetarians alike!) will learn how to prepare traditional Fatayer, savory stuffed pastries, like Fatayer sabanekh (spinach), fatayer jebneh (cheese), and sfeehas (meat pies). You will get a chance to interact with the cooks, gain insight into the experiences of Iraqi refugees and their way of life as new residents of New Haven.  After the lesson, sit down to enjoy the meal that you helped prepare!  All participants will receive copies of the recipes used. Class size is limited to 12 people.  

 

Sanctuary Kitchen & SGARR Syrian Supper Club

Saturday, July 1, 2017, 5:30-8:00PM

Join Sanctuary Kitchen and the Spring Glen Alliance for Refugee Resettlement for a Syrian Supper Club! Guests and a Syrian Refugee family will gather together in an intimate setting to break bread – enjoy a delicious meal prepared by Mona, a Syrian refugee cook, and share stories, develop cultural understanding, form connections and build community. Trained facilitators will be present to assist the dinner party.

 

World Refugee Day Food Bazaar at the International
Festival of Arts & Ideas

Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 6:00-8:30pm

Join Sanctuary Kitchen and IRIS for the World Refugee Day Food Bazaar at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas - a one night only experience highlighting cuisine and culture from around the world. This event will showcase the unique culinary skills of recently resettled refugees and celebrate their contribution to the diverse and changing face of the Greater New Haven Area. Mix and mingle, enjoy food from around the world, and listen to stories from our newest residents.

 

Congolese Cooking Demonstration

Saturday, June 10, 2017, 10:30–1:00PM

A unique cooking experience that gives participants the opportunity to learn authentic recipes and hear the stories from refugee cooks from the Democratic Republic of the Congo -- Neema and Chabusiku. Participants will observe the preparation of a traditional meal of Ugali (a starch dish made from corn- vegetarian), Lituma (a mashed plantain dish - vegetarian), Supu Nyama na Mboga (meat and greens stew), and Supu ya Ndizi (peanut stew with bananas and potato - vegetarian). You will get a chance to interact with the cooks, gain insight into the experiences of Congolese refugees and their way of life as new residents of New Haven, and enjoy the delicious meal together after the demonstration. All participants will receive copies of the recipes prepared. This event is sponsored by the International Association of New Haven (IANH).

 

LEARN TO MAKE MAHSHI - SYRIAN STUFFED VEGETABLES

FRIDAY, MAY 19, 2017, 5:30–7:30PM

A unique hands-on cooking experience that gives participants the opportunity to learn authentic recipes from our Syrian refugee cooks -- Fatema, Ghadeer and Afeefa -- and hear their stories! Participants (omnivores and vegetarians alike!) will learn how to prepare traditional Mahshi, Syrian stuffed vegetables, like koosa mahshi (stuffed squash), mahshi batinjaan(stuffed eggplant), yarinji (vegetarian stuffed grape leaves) and warak enab (meat stuffed grape leaves). You will get a chance to interact with the cooks, gain insight into the experiences of Syrian refugees and their way of life as new residents of New Haven. After the lesson, sit down to enjoy the meal that you helped prepare! All participants will receive copies of the recipes used.

 

Make Ma'amoul (Not War) 

Sunday, May 14, 2017, 1:00-3:00PM

Come join Sanctuary Kitchen and Meredith Lee Events  this Mother’s Day for a unique baking experience! Work alongside Syrian and Iraqi women who have been resettled in New Haven and are excited to share their culture. Together you will make ma’moul, a delicious shortbread cookie filled with dried fruits and nuts, and forge a connection with these individuals who are new to our community. This event is open to participants ages 12 and up.

 

AFGHAN SUPPER CLUB

FRIDAY, MAY 12, 2017, 6:00-8:30PM

Guests and Afghan Refugees will gather together in an intimate setting to break bread - come share stories, develop cultural understanding, form connections and build community. Enjoy a delicious meal prepared by Afghan refugee, Homa, who resettled in New Haven in 2016 from the Jaghori District of Afghanistan with her husband, and 3 children.  She is passionate about cooking and sharing her traditional cuisine, and welcomes opportunities to share her culture. Trained facilitators will be present to assist the dinner party.

 

Syrian Supper Club

Saturday, April 29, 2017, 5:00-7:00PM

Guests and a Syrian Refugee family will gather together in an intimate setting to break bread – enjoy a delicious meal prepared by a Syrian refugee husband and wife team - Mazen and Rawan - and share stories, develop cultural understanding, form connections and build community. Trained facilitators will be present to assist the dinner party.

 

Syrian Cooking Demo

SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 2017, 4:00-6:30PM

A unique cooking experience that gives participants the opportunity to learn authentic recipes from our Syrian refugee cooks -- Fatema, Ghadeer and Afeefa --  and hear their stories. Participants will observe the preparation of a traditional meal of Shorbet 'Adas (lentil soup - V), Laban bikhyar (cucumber yogurt salad -V), Ruz Ma Shayreeyeh (Vermicelli Rice - V), Kafta kabob (ground beef skewers) and Qatayef (Ricotta Filled Dessert Pancakes). You will get a chance to interact with the cooks, gain insight into the experiences of Syrian refugees and their way of life as new residents of New Haven, and enjoy the delicious Syrian meal together after the demonstration. All participants will receive copies of the recipes prepared.