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:

Stuffed Dishes from Around the World: A 3-Class Series

Cuisines around the world share the culinary theme of sweet and savory stuffed foods. Join various Sanctuary Kitchen cooks in our 3-class series and learn how to prepare stuffed vegetables, dumplings, and pastries in this hands-on cooking class. Meet cooks from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, 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.

$150 Ticket includes admission to all 3 classes:

Class 1: Thursday, February 8, 2018 / 6:00-8:30pm

Class 2: Thursday, February 15, 2018 / 6:00-8:30pm

Class 3: T hursday, February 22, 2018 / 6:00-8:30pm

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. 

 

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.

$100 Ticket includes admission to 2 classes:

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. 

 

Past Events:

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.