The funny thing about living in Manhattan is that it actually starts to feel like a small town after you've lived here for a while. And like any small town, the information you get through the grapevine is always the best. Our friend Adair Ilyinsky (who has impeccable taste) told us that we had to check out Haven's Kitchen, a recreational cooking school, specialty food shop and truly unique event space located just steps from Union Square. The founder, Alison Schneider, is inspiring and not just because she makes amazing food with local and sustainably grown produce; she is also managing to raise five (!!) kids in the city. Adair's sister, Lela, happens to be the extraordinary events manager there and Adair swore to us that we would find a foodie paradise.
Since that was music to our ears, we made a pilgrimage last Tuesday afternoon. We write about a lot of things for Enterloop but let us tell you that this was not exactly a tough assignment. In fact, we had such a good time there that we forgot to photograph a couple of key things - like the salted chocolate chip cookies that we grabbed on our way out; they were ridiculously delicious. A good portion of salt to balance out the sweet really is the key, don't you think?
Haven's Kitchen looks like a relatively small, intimate space when you enter, but it's actually three spacious floors, perfect for accommodating a crowd. (It left us looking for an excuse to throw a party.) We're also anxious to try a cooking class after tasting all of the delicious eats.
If you happen to live in NYC and you are looking for last minute small gifts, pop by Haven's Kitchen. We also think that lots of their yummy treats are perfect for keeping on hand during your time off over the holidays. Lots of their items are available online and they also take phone orders.
Dawn and Lissa