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.

 

Upcoming 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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Past Events:

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.