Take Back the Kitchen 

A cooking and nutrition program to promote the joy and health benefits of cooking food from scratch


Spring 2020 Update:

Click here for information about our 4-week series of open-enrollment Parent and Child VIRTUAL classes funded by the Fellowes Athenaeum Charitable Trust (Wednesdays 5/27-6/17).


Questions? Contact TBK Program Coordinator, Ricardo Monroy here


Program Description

Haley House’s Take Back the Kitchen (TBK) is a cooking and nutrition program that promotes the joy and health benefits of cooking food from scratch. Our curriculum emphasizes using whole foods, trying new things, and understanding the personal, environmental, and social impacts of how we eat. Whenever possible, we use produce from Haley House’s own farm.

Our approach is hands-on. Classes are taught by passionate, experienced chef-educators. During each class, students learn basic cooking techniques, nutrition essentials, kitchen safety, and knife skills. Simultaneously, students prepare a meal to be shared at the end of the class, while reflecting on their experiences that day.

Our classes provide students with life skills and food information that will help them navigate the increasingly complex and confusing world of food, nutrition, and health. They also examine how their food choices affect the health of their bodies, their communities, and the environment.

We typically work with organizations to serve students 10 years old and up. We have developed curricula to offer class series of various lengths or one-time classes for specific populations and groups (primarily youth and teens).

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 here to view our flyer.

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  • Brie Garner
  • Mónica Leitner-Laserna
  • Ricardo Monroy

Some of our Partner Organizations:

  • Berkshire Partners Blue Hill Boys & Girls Club
  • City On A Hill Charter Public School
  • Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción
  • Ellis Memorial (Camp)
  • Fenway High School (BPS)
  • Mandela Homes
  • McKinley South End Academy (BPS)
  • Timilty Middle School (BPS)
  • Roxbury Tenants of Harvard
  • St. Stephen’s Youth Program
  • Wediko Children Services
  • YMCA



Take Back the Kitchen

by Suzana Lisanti

Illustrated Recipes

Looking for inspiration? Check out the recipes below created and illustrated by TBK Chef Ricardo Monroy.


April: Guacamole

May: Tortilla Espanola

June: Quick Tiramisu


January: Ceviche

March: Fried Sardines