Take Back the Kitchen

Take Back the Kitchen (TBK) is a cooking, nutrition, and gardening program for youth and their families. From its start as a single cooking class in 2006, TBK has grown into a dynamic program that reaches more than 300 students each year.

During Take Back the Kitchen cooking classes, taught by local expert chefs, healthful garden-to-table meals are prepared and shared in a Haley House kitchen. Cooking classes are vegetable-focused and emphasize cooking from scratch, trying new foods, and understanding both the personal and social impacts of how we eat. In gardening classes, students get their hands dirty in one of Haley House’s own urban agricultural learning labs. 

Take Back the Kitchen works with diverse community partners to offer cooking and gardening classes to youth and families. These partnerships include schools, after-school and summer camp programs, community centers, programs for women and children in transition, and community engagement/cultural awareness programs. If you represent a community organization and are interested in partnering with TBK, please email takebackthekitchen@haleyhouse.org.

If you are interested in volunteering with TBK, please see the Haley House Volunteer page for more details and to apply. Click below to download our flier (PDF).

TBK One Page Flyer 2017


Take Back the Kitchen

by Suzana Lisanti

Recipe of the Month 

Looking for inspiration? Check here each month for a new recipe created and illustrated by TBK Chef Ricardo Monroy!


April: Guacamole

May: Tortilla Espanola

June: Quick Tiramisu