Haven’s Kitchen is a recreational cooking school, specialty food shop, and event space. Located in a charming carriage house two blocks from Manhattan’s Union Square, our business is dedicated to the preparation and enjoyment of delicious, sustainable, seasonal food.
Haven’s Kitchen has quickly become a celebrated neighborhood café and gourmet shop, a one-of-a-kind event venue, and an ideal place to learn about cooking and sustainability. Most importantly, we have become a place to reconnect with food, our community, and each other.
We believe that personal wellness and the well-being of our planet are intricately and permanently connected. We hope to nurture that connection in as many ways as we can, and share our enthusiasm with everyone who walks through our front door.
Like a great menu, our team has developed organically with a balance of skills, sweetness, and creativity.
While working towards a master's in food studies at NYU, Alison Cayne became inspired by activist and teacher Joan Gussow. Cayne focused her efforts on educating people about the importance of a healthy food system and our role as consumers, voters and cooks within that system.
In January 2012, she opened Haven's Kitchen, a cooking school with café and private event space, with the hopes of advancing Gussow's ethos of education, sustainability and integrity. Alison is committed to promoting good food policy and community activism and serves on the board of Edible Schoolyard NYC, Just Food and Food and Environmental Reporting Network. She has written for Huffington Post, USA Today and Find Eat Drink, and has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, Vogue, Domino, Remodelista and Living Etc.
A born-and-raised New Yorker, Ali lives in the West Village with her five children and their dog Ivy.