What We Do

We host cooking demonstrations, hands-on cooking classes, supper club meals, and other culinary events and opportunities, all led by resettled refugees from around the world. Experience the cuisines of Afghanistan, Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Iran and the Democratic Republic of the Congo! Our cooks are compensated for their efforts with revenue generated from event ticket sales.

In addition to income and with the assistance of CitySeed, our cooks receive additional support with culinary training, food safety, business development, marketing skills, and public speaking. 

Cooking Classes

Join us for an authentic, hands-on cultural experience and learn how to cook amazing traditional dishes from all corners of the world! After the lesson, sit down to enjoy the meal that you helped prepare. Class size is limited to 12 people.  


Cooking Demonstrations

This is a great opportunity for you to meet with refugees and asylum seekers and share stories, while watching how to cook their authentic, delicious cuisines. All demonstrations end with tasting the dishes presented. 


Supper Clubs

Guests and refugee cooks will gather together in an intimate setting to break bread – enjoy a delicious meal prepared by the refugee cooks and share stories, develop cultural understanding, form connections and build community. Trained facilitators will be present to assist each dinner party.


Incubator Kitchen

CitySeed’s Kitchen Incubator program will support refugee/immigrant food entrepreneurs to develop and market food products from their culinary tradition. Participants will have the opportunity to vend at CitySeed Farmers’ Markets, and will have support and mentorship to launch the concept as a food business! This 10-week training program runs from October 2017 - March 2018 and provides business training and mentorship, seed funding, as well as access to CitySeed's commercial kitchen space, to help new food entrepreneurs succeed. 

This year, this program is open to refugees, asylum-seekers, or new immigrants in the Greater New Haven area who are interested in food entrepreneurship (e.g. launching a food business, restaurant, food truck, catering company, food product for sale, etc). We hope that after this pilot year, the program can grow and expand.



We're cooking up new programs here at Sanctuary Kitchen! We would love to cater your event. Please contact us at sanctuarykitchen@cityseed.com with your event details and we will work with you to create a unique catered meal for your event.