Sanctuary Kitchen by CitySeed

"Food is the culture of every environment because it differs not only from city to city, but also within cities."

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At Sanctuary Kitchen, refugee and asylum seekers resettled in Connecticut are invited to step into the heart of the bustling New Haven food scene, sharing their culinary expertise as staff chefs. Located on Grand Avenue, the program hosts cooking demonstrations, hands-on cooking classes, supper club meals, catering and other culinary events. All food is prepared by Sanctuary Kitchen’s cooks who come from a variety of countries including Mexico, The Dominican Republic, Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Sudan, and The Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Sanctuary Kitchen believes that food is a vital tool in creating valuable relationships among members of a community. Sharing carefully prepared meals creates a space for cultural learning between local residents and new arrivals. By showcasing the culinary talent of its chefs, Sanctuary Kitchen encourages community while also providing support, income, and entrepreneurial opportunities to these talented individuals. Created in 2017, it is a program of CitySeed—a local New Haven nonprofit dedicated to providing access to fresh food for all—and runs with the help of a network of community volunteers.

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