Haven’s Kitchen, a gorgeous new cooking school/market/event space in Union Square, stands out in a city full of trendy locavore food businesses. Their classes aim to teach home cooks how to prepare delicious dishes that are good for people and the planet — a mission close to Clean Plates’ heart. Founder Alison Schneider hopes students will be inspired to demand more locally and sustainably grown products, which in turn will help small and mid-sized farmers thrive.
Each class focuses on an interesting theme, from “Chinese New Year – Veggie Style” earlier this week to “For Men Only: Cooking for Your Sweetheart on Valentine’s Day,” coming this Saturday — a lesson for the Y-chromosomed set on how to prepare an “easy but rad romantic feast.” Get the full schedule of classes (PDF).
In addition to its school, Haven’s Kitchen boasts a market where you can buy freshly roasted coffee, tea, baked goods and sustainably produced, locally-sourced-when-possible pantry items. Brands include Sir Kensington’s condiments, Crown maple syrup, Bellocq tea, Mast Brothers chocolate, Whimsy & Spice marshmallows, Grandaisy Bakery and Hot Bread Kitchen baked goods, and La Boîte à Epice spices. (Soon, the market will also feature produce, honey and flowers from Haven’s Rooftop — a rooftop farm.)
Last but not least, this Union Square oasis hosts monthly Supper Clubs featuring guest chefs from around the city. Join their mailing list for more info, and to get on their guest list.
Coming soon: Sunday brunch!
Haven’s Kitchen is 2 blocks from Union Square Greenmarket at 109 West 17th Street between 6th & 7th Avenues, NYC. 212.929.7900 — firstname.lastname@example.org