Apr 12, 2018
Haven's Kitchen hosts #weddingsare


Getting married?

Planning a wedding?

Thinking of popping the question?

We're hosting an intimate, curated experience meant for YOU.


is a chance to meet photographers, florists, illustrators, venue owners and caterers in an environment that’s different from the typical, over-crowded wedding fair. We’re working with some of our favorite people in the wedding world to create an event that’s inspirational, informative, and fun. 

Each vendor at #weddingsare will create an interactive experience to educate you on creating and planning for weddings in a hands-on way. Make connections, ask your questions, and DO something—build your own truffle box, make a boutonniere, design your own wedding menu.




6:30 – 9 PM

Haven’s Kitchen 109 West 17th Street

This is a free event. To attend, please RSVP HERE by April 19, 2018




Learn insights into creating your wedding menu – with Haven’s Kitchen

Learn how to make your own boutonniere – with Flower Girl NYC

Get in on a confetti photobooth – with Sarah Bode-Clark Photography

Build your own truffle box – with Mini Melanie

Learn make up tips and how tos – with Sam Jo Make Up

Check out the furniture, provided by –  Patina Studios

Get your burning questions answered and try tying a bowtie - Pink Bowtie Events



Haven’s Kitchen

@havenskitchen, @weddingsathavenskitchen


Unique within a city of large, industrial loft spaces or hotel ball rooms, Haven’s Kitchen is a dynamic, beautiful carriage house in Chelsea and serves as an all-inclusive wedding venue and destination. Cooking school and cafe by day, Haven’s Kitchen also offers three elegant yet understated wedding sites. Our culinary and service teams consist of fine dining professionals and experts. We work with couples to create joyful, seamless, personal wedding experiences through customized menus, programs and cocktail options.



Flower Girl NYC



Since 2004, Flower Girl has been bringing lush and whimsical arrangements with a distinct edge to New York City. Native New Yorker Denise Porcaro founded Flower Girl over ten years ago, having come from a background in production design for film. After discovering a creative outlet in flowers, she began crafting striking arrangements and bouquets for a select group of clients and friends. Over time, demand for Denise’s unique style grew through word-of-mouth praise, and Flower Girl was born.

Flower Girl arrangements always focus on what is available seasonally – flowers that evoke the vibrancy and changing seasons of NYC.



Sarah Bode-Clark Photography



Authentic, Friendly, Fun. Dorky on the dance floor. No matter the size or the style of your wedding, I've got your back. I'll deliver photos that don't feel stuffy or overly posed because I am not afraid to get goofy to help you feel at ease in front of the camera. I'll handle the little things—guiding you into good light or smoothing a rogue strand of hair during portraits—while still allowing the day to unfold naturally around you. I capture all of your candid laughs, tears, and booty shaking by getting right into the action beside you. And at the end of it all you'll get photos that pulse with the energy and fun of your day.


Mini Melanie



Chocolate truffles, cakes, and custom mini desserts from Food Network's Chopped Champion winning Pastry Chef, Melanie Moss.



Ellen Liu Chan, Designs by Ellen


Designs by Ellen is a stationary and calligraphy studio specializing in custom wedding stationary, elegant calligraphy and engraved gifts.



Pink Bowtie Events



Our events are a balance of classic elegant styling and finely tuned logistics.  Like a perfectly tied bow tie, they flow with ease and encapsulate both the traditional and the whimsical, leaving our clients with lasting memories.



Park Deli Brooklyn

Instagram: @parkdelibk

Skateboards, Flowers & Dry Goods in Brooklyn



Patina Studios


Instagram @rentpatina

We curate, design, and build a kick-ass collection of furniture and decor for their events, productions, or commercial spaces. Whether it is our rental collection, our commercial sourcing services, or the pieces we design for retail, the Patina collection is made of soulful pieces that help our clients tell their story through thoughtful design. Let's do something together!



Samantha Jo Makeup


Instagram @samjomakesup





Instagram @pjcprod

Patrick and his team provide cutting-edge visual solutions that excite the senses and infuse environments with a classic yet modern look.


Annie Witz Design



Custom Prints. Paper Suites. Signage & Swag.



And a special thanks to Simple Vodka for their donation!


**More partnering vendors and activities to come, check back soon and follow us @weddingsathavenskitchen for more!**

Sep 19, 2017
Five Years of #hknyweddings: Howie + Hakeem

Howie and Hakeem are one of those romantic stories of a serendipitous meetings. Their romance was forged from random circumstance (or fate) of sitting next to each other in a crowded bar on a Friday night. Five years later, Hakeem surprised Howie on their "meetiversary" with an engagement ring tucked inside a picnic basket. (She always wanted to have a picnic date.) They wanted an intimate wedding of close friends and family, and found the second floor of Haven's Kitchen the best and only setting for the occasion.




How did Hakeem propose to you (assuming he was the one that proposed)? 

Since we'd been together, I would always mention how much I wanted a picnic date and he'd always say, "Okay babe," but our picnic date never happened. Every year, we celebrate the day we met and have coined that day as our ",eetiversary." On our fifth "meetiversary," Hakeem totally forgot about this significant date. Or, that is what genuinely thought. During conversations throughout the day, he was so nonchalant and never acknowledged the date. Of course, I'm annoyed, until, he surprised me with sushi from my favorite restaurant. After dinner, he presented me with a beautiful picnic basket set and tucked inside this beautiful picnic basket: an engagement ring! One of the best nights of my life.


What was the most important part of the wedding planning process for you?

When we began the wedding planning process, the most important thing was making sure we found the perfect venue that would be able to accommodate our small number of guests and provide on-site catering. It was also important for us to choose a venue that required little decoration. Because Haven’s Kitchen has so much character with a vintage feel, we didn’t have to worry about decorating the ceremony or reception space.

We wanted to make sure that everything from the music, food, décor and all around vibe, mirrored our personalities both as individuals and as a couple. We wanted everything to look effortless and Haven’s Kitchen did an amazing job of capturing that.

Finding out that Haven’s Kitchen was also a cooking school was the icing on the cake.


howie_hakeem-bar-700Hakeem loves bourbon, especially Woodford, so the Old Fashioned was an important cocktail on their menu.

How did you plan the menu?

Menu planning was one of our favorite things throughout the whole planning process. Because one of us is the clear foodie and one of us is a bit more sensible when it comes to food choices, we wanted to make sure that our menu reflected that as well.

We decided to honeymoon in Italy so naturally we wanted our guests to experience cuisine from that region, but also able to create a menu option for our guests that had dietary restrictions. During the menu planning process, David (Haven's Kitchen Culinary Director) was genuinely interested in hearing our suggestions and thoughts on the menu and we really felt included during the process.

We wanted our family and close friends to feel like they were attending an amazing intimate and romantic dinner party and Haven’s Kitchen put a menu together that reflected who we are as a couple.


What were some of the details you were excited to see come to life as part of your wedding?

While we couldn’t wait to see everything pulled together, I was mostly excited to see the space and breathtaking flower arrangements that were personally created by the owner, Alison Cayne. The ambiance was one of romance and enchantment. It really was everything that we wanted and could not imagine at the same time. It was such a special night for us.   


howie_hakeem-mantle 960Haven's Kitchen owner Alison Cayne did the florals for the wedding including this opulent garland above the marble mantle. 


What have you learned about yourselves and each other in the last year as you’ve put together your wedding?

I think we’ve both learned to trust each other’s instincts more. There were times when we were indecisive about aspects during the planning process; but in the end we relied on one another to make the tough decisions.   




Venue / Food / Event Management: Haven's Kitchen 

Photographer: A Guy + A Girl Photography          

Her Dress: Christina Rossi    

Her Shoes: Badgley Mischka

His Tux/Suit: Hugo Boss       

His Shoes: Johnston Murphy

Flowers: Haven's Kitchen  

Her Hair: Shaniqua Jenkins

Her Make-Up: Janice Lindo

Cake: Empire Cake   

For more photos from Howie and Hakeem's wedding visit our new Instagram @weddingsathavenskitchen.



Sep 06, 2017
Five Years of #hknyweddings: Amy + Ted

Amy and Ted loved the idea of a winter wedding. They liked the feeling and aesthetic of its cool starkness in contrast with the desire to feel warmth and fire. The challenge was how to use the idea of winter without conjuring Christmas. With the help of the Haven's Kitchen events team and the artistic direction of Patrick Clayton, they relied on the minimalist loft-like third floor space to evoke the vast whiteness of winter with a fireside intimacy. 


What was the most important part of the wedding planning process for you?

Amy: Haven's Kitchen was actually the only place we looked at. A lot of the "big" decisions and moments in our relationship have come naturally to us like settling on Haven's Kitchen as our venue. They believed as we did in "forming communities through the pleasure of cooking and eating." With our wedding, we would be forming a new community. We're not really "wedding" people so it was vital that our venue give us a feel of comfort and home.

There are a lot of competing forces out there when it comes to getting married and having a wedding. Our plans for what we wanted for our wedding day has shifted a couple of times over the two years we were planning, but, at every point, Halle [Haven's Kitchen Events Director] was there to give guidance and help us keep the day entirely ours.



Amy's bouquet was done by event designer Patrick Clayton.


What were some of the details you were excited to see come to life as part of your wedding?

Amy: You know, every bit of it was exciting to see come to life. We loved working with Patrick (Clayton) on the decor for the third floor. Prior to guests arriving we took a quick look to see what he had created and we were blown away by how beautiful his work was. Minimal yet elegant. Exactly what we wanted.

There was a point during the evening when I was standing near the bar and I looked out into the room and was filled with a sense of peace and contentment. Everything we had worked for and wanted was right there in front of us. 



It's winter, not Christmas! Clayton used candles and winter greens to spruce up the third floor loft space to create a contrast of winter minimal and fireside cozy.


What have you learned about yourselves and each other in the last year as you’ve put together your wedding?

Ted: I came to realize Amy's capacity for compromise. Having a wedding was something that I was invested in and Amy is more the elopement kind. Through this experience I came to see how much we give and care for one another. We find our own happiness in the happiness of the other. We managed to find ways to make the wedding important for both of us and be honest to who we were as individuals and a couple.


Amy: I always knew that Ted was supportive and that he really considers my thoughts and feelings, but through planning the wedding I felt all of that more deeply. As he noted, I'm not really a wedding girl and could have done without it. But through his patience and working together while planning, I realized that I did want it. He opened my eyes in a way I wasn't expecting. As long as we were true to ourselves, it would indeed be a celebration of our love and commitment to each other and nothing else.


2016-12-Amy-Ted-FoodInstead of a traditional seated meal, Amy and Ted opted to do a cocktail-style reception. Amy's friend, Rachel Conemeyer did the desserts including these coffee pate choux. 


Anything you would change about your experience?

Amy: It was perfect. Truly perfect. At any point where we needed help, Halle was there. If it wasn't for her we wouldn't have found our photographer or event designer. And the two of them fit us and our dreams seamlessly. The ease at which we fell into our relationships with them and HK is something we'll never forget. Obviously not every part of wedding planning is peachy, but without a doubt we wouldn't change any bit of how it went for us. In fact, we'd do it again every weekend if we could.


Venue / Food / Event Management: Haven's Kitchen

Photographer: Sarah Bode-Clark Photography

Décor / Flowers: Patrick J. Clayton Productions     

Dress: Sarah Seven    

Her Shoes: Sam Edelman     

Hair & Make-Up: Glam Squad

Groom: The Black Tux

His Shoes: Hugo Boss                   

Wedding Cake: Cakes & Confections by Rachel Cronemeyer Flatley       

For more photos from Amy and Ted's wedding visit our new Instagram @weddingsathavenskitchen.

Aug 31, 2017
Haven's Kitchen Summer School: Dessert

Like all good meals, for our final lesson in #havenskitchencookbook Summer School, we end with dessert. Our Culinary Manager and in-house chocolatier, Zoe Maya Jones breaks down the method behind Ali's favorite chocolate cake.


Our recipe for this week is a true test of your summer school skills: a Chocolate Cake to Commit to Memory. If you can master this, you can truly have your cake and eat it too. With ingredients you probably have in the pantry (or can find at any corner store) you can bake a decadent cake. Bonus: it’s gluten free!



Not many foods make me happier than chocolate cake. It’s there for me when I need a hug, when I am celebrating a special event, when I’m craving something rich and sweet, when I’m heartsick, when I’m stressed, when I’m home alone and watching a full season of the Great British Bake Off… chocolate cake is always there.


An important phase in taking my and chocolate cake’s relationship to the next level was memorizing this recipe. While the cake is perfect on its own, it’s easy to jazz up with fun garnishes or flavors that pair with your dinner party menu. Once you have the base recipe down, find ways to play with it and add your own personality to the recipe.




If you’re having a Mexican-themed supper, whisk in a teaspoon of vanilla extract, cinnamon, and cayenne into the batter, throw a dollop of whipped cream on top at the end — et voila! — you have a Mexican hot chocolate spiced cake to match the occasion. If you’re looking for something more decadent, a topping of caramel (I like the whiskey sauce from the Gjelina cookbook) and walnuts reminds me of sticky toffee pudding. I recently had a few berries leftover from our CSA last week that weren’t looking quite up to snuff, but cooked down with a few teaspoons of sugar they turned into a tart, richly hued sauce that balanced well with the dark chocolate.


Important Tips
We find this recipe illustrates the idea of balancing structure and playfulness. There is some technique to the recipe: Since there’s no added leavening agent in the cake (such as baking powder), you must whip the eggs until they are very fluffy and aerated. The whipped eggs make the cake rise. Avoid stirring the chocolate too much after you add it to the melted butter. Stirring will cool the mixture too quickly and the butterfat will separate from the chocolate, making it look broken and messy. Let the chocolate melt in the warm butter and then whisk it together to combine. Keeping the fats emulsified will guarantee an even mixture when you fold the chocolate into the eggs.


Once you have this recipe memorized, you’ll be the favorite houseguest to any host. People might even start inviting you along on their long weekends away just to make it.


Chocolate Cake to Commit to Memory
Whiskey Sauce 



Follow along as we cook our way this summer through our cookbook, The Haven's Kitchen Cooking School. Find our stories on our blog, InstagramFacebook or through our hashtags: #havenskitchencookbook, #hknycookbook and #cookwithconfidence.