About Us

The League of Kitchens is a culinary dream-team of women from around the world who will welcome you into their homes, teach you their family recipes, and inspire you with their personal stories.

Each experience offers opportunities for meaningful connection and social interaction, cultural engagement and exchange, culinary learning and discovery, and exceptional eating and drinking. Through this experience, the League of Kitchens seeks to build cross-cultural connection and understanding, to increase access to traditional cooking knowledge, and to provide meaningful, well-paid employment and training for immigrants.

The League of Kitchens has been featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the Chew, Tasting Table, Saveur, The Splendid Table, Eater, and Time Out New York, among others. Conde Nast Traveler called the League of Kitchens “quite possibly the coolest foodie thing to do whether you're a visitor or local.

Our Team

Lisa Gross
Founder/CEO

As the daughter of a Korean immigrant and a Jewish New Yorker, Lisa was raised on one grandmother's denjang-guk and the other's matzoh ball soup. The League of Kitchens is borne out of her passion for New York City, her love of cooking, and her connection to the immigrant experience. Lisa's projects as an artist, educator, and social entrepreneur create opportunities for learning, connection, and multi-sensory engagement. She received her MFA in participatory public art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University and has a B.A. from Yale University. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.

Sonya Kharas
NYC Manager

Born and raised in Washington, DC, Sonya has always been surrounded by people and food from all over the world. The daughter of a Parsi immigrant and a Jewish New Yorker, Sonya was raised eating everything from dhansak (a traditional Pakistani dish combining lamb, lentils, and vegetables and served with rice) to chicken noodle soup. She has always been inspired by different cultures and the wisdom that often lays hidden in the smallest of habits and family traditions. Sonya spent two years living abroad in Bangladesh and Italy before moving to New York City in 2010. Since then, she has worked in community gardens, farmers' markets, and food pantries throughout the five boroughs, and has become passionate about exploring the different neighborhoods of New York City, especially when she can travel by bike! Sonya received her MA in Food Studies from New York University and has a BA in Art History from Wesleyan University.

Carina Finn
Communications and Marketing Manager

Carina Finn was born in Brooklyn and is a writer, chef, and entrepreneurial spirit. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Notre Dame, works in the rock climbing industry, and is the chef-owner of Oy Benne! -- a Jewish-Italian comfort food pop-up in NYC. She lives in Kensington, Brooklyn with fiancé and a cat who has her own seat at the dinner table.

Liz Tarpy
Supervising Recipe Writer/Editor/Tester

As a food and travel lover, the opportunity for Liz to cook with and learn from the instructors at the League of Kitchens — and then translate their family recipes into written ones we all can use — has been a dream come true. When not cooking the cuisines of the League of Kitchens instructors, Liz is a freelance recipe developer, tester, and editor, culinary researcher, and food media professional. Her clients include HelloFresh USA, Food Network, Volpi Foods, and Meredith Corp.

Nancy Pappas
Designer

Nancy is a Korean American, St. Louis and Kansas City native, Brooklyn-based food illustrator and graphic designer. She splits her time between Brooklyn and traveling internationally in search of new cuisine, cultures, and experiences. Nancy is a co-Producer for Happy Family Night Market and Designer/Social Media on Essie's Hour of Love Podcast. She collaborates with clients within the food industry, like the League of Kitchens, and works with small publications such as Weldon Owen, Edible Queens, Counter Service, and others.

She's recently been featured in Cherry Bombe Mag, Word of Mouth, and Slant'd Media, and contributes to various publications like Edible Queens and Counter Service.