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, Eritrea, Colombia, Cuba, Iran, Rwanda 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-to-Farmers’ Market Incubator program will support refugees/immigrant entrepreneurs to develop and market food products from their culinary tradition for sale at CitySeed Farmers’ Markets, and beyond! This 10-week program runs from September 2017 - February 2018 and provides business training and guidance, as well as access to our commercial kitchen space, to help new food entrepreneurs succeed. Sanctuary Kitchen lends support to this exciting program where and when it is needed.

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).

Participants have been selected for the Incubator Kitchen Program and the program will begin in October 2017. 



Need an event catered in the Greater New Haven area? The cooks of Sanctuary Kitchen can supply you and your guests with a unique menu of authentic international food. Contact us at sanctuarykitchen@cityseed.com to arrange catering.