What We Do

We host cooking demonstrations, hands-on cooking classes, supper club meals, catering, and other culinary events, all led by immigrants and refugees from around the world. Experience the cuisines of Mexico, The Dominican Republic, Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Sudan, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, and more!

Attending an event supports wages for Sanctuary Kitchen chefs. In addition to income, chefs in the program have opportunities to build their networks and culinary skills, share their stories and culture, and receive referral to food entrepreneurship services through CitySeed.

Cooking Classes

Join us for an authentic, hands-on cultural experience and learn how to cook delicious traditional dishes from all corners of the world! After the lesson, sit down to enjoy the meal you helped create and participate in a facilitated discussion to learn more about the chef’s cuisine, culture and resettlement experiences. Class size is limited to 12 people.  


Cooking Demonstrations

This is a great opportunity for you to meet local refugee and immigrant chefs and share stories, while watching how to cook their authentic, delicious cuisines. All demonstrations end with tasting the dishes presented and a facilitated discussion to learn more about the chef’s cuisine, culture and resettlement experiences.


Supper Clubs

Guests and refugee and immigrant chefs will gather together in an intimate setting to enjoy a delicious feast prepared by Sanctuary Kitchen chefs. Participants will share stories, develop cultural understanding, form connections, and build community. Trained facilitators will be present to assist each dinner party.

Sanctuary Kitchen Catering

We're cooking up new programs here at Sanctuary Kitchen! We would love to cater your event. Please contact us at skcatering@cityseed.org with your event details and we will work with you to create a unique catered meal for your event. At this time, a minimum of ten guests is required to place an order. You can view our two menus below. Thank you for considering Sanctuary Kitchen Catering!

Food Business Accelerator

The Food Business Accelerator by CitySeed and Collab is a statewide accelerator for Connecticut early-stage food entrepreneurs, and is open to Sanctuary Kitchen chefs who want to start a food business.

The aim of the Food Business Accelerator is to remove barriers to food entrepreneurship across the state of Connecticut through training, network-building, and access to resources. We work to create economic opportunity for all, increase leadership by people-of-color and immigrant food entrepreneurs, and strengthen our local food system by linking rising food entrepreneurs and farmers. We are seeking food entrepreneurs who have recently launched or are working toward launching a food business (such as a food truck, catering company, or food product line).

For more information: http://cityseed.org/food-business-accelerator/

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Sanctuary Kitchen Business Accelerator Participants - Cohort #1