How it Works:

An immigrant who is an amazing home cook and inspiring teacher welcomes you and 5 other people into their home.  
You cook together, eat together, learn together, and share culture and stories. You go home with a booklet of their family recipes and an in-depth shopping guide.
Had fun? Sign up again and go somewhere new! Learn new skills, meet new people, and experience a new cuisine and culture.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How are the workshops structured?

Immersion Workshops:

— Light lunch and drink/orientation/intros
— Hands-on cooking instruction
— Break
— Hands-on cooking instruction
— Start dinner
— Dessert, clean up
— Depart

"Taste of" Workshops:
— Welcome snack and drink/orientation/intros
— Hands-on cooking instruction
— Eat
— Depart

How much do the workshops cost?

4.5-hour immersion workshops are $175/person. 2.5-hour "taste of" workshops are $120/person.

How frequently do you add new workshops?

We generally post workshops 4-6 weeks in advance. Join our mailing list or follow us on social media to be notified when we post new workshops.

If you have a group of six and would like to schedule a private workshop for your group, we can schedule it many months in advance.

I want to sign up with five friends (and fill a workshop). Can you schedule a workshop specifically for us?

Yes! We can work with you to schedule a private workshop of your choice on the weekend of your choice.

Do you offer gift certificates?

Yes! You can purchase gift certificates for workshops here. Shortly after your order we'll email you a customized gift certificate (see example) that you can email or mail to the recipient.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you cancel two weeks before your workshop you will receive a full credit, which you can apply to another workshop. After that, you may send someone else in your place (we ask you to notify us in advance if you're doing this). In the rare event that an instructor needs to cancel last minute, students will receive a full refund. We do not otherwise offer refunds.

Can I return a gift certificate and get a refund?

Gift certificates are non-refundable.

I have food allergies and/or am on a special diet. Which workshops can I take?

All our workshop menus include detailed descriptions of ingredients and list the most common food allergens to help you choose a workshop that works for you. You can also email us to confirm anything specific that’s not listed. However, the menus cannot be altered in any way to suit personal preferences, and participation is at your own risk.

What is the skill level of your workshops?

Each workshop is designed to offer something for all levels—from beginner cook to professional chef.

Some of the cuisines we offer (like Greek and Lebanese) are generally based on using fresh ingredients in straight forward preparations, while others (like Indian, Bengali, and Afghan) are much more complicated when it comes to techniques, spices, etc. You may want to take that into account when choosing your workshop.

No matter what your level, you will learn something new in every workshop and go home inspired.

I'm having trouble choosing between an Immersion Workshop and a "Taste Of" workshop. Which type of workshop is best for me?

Consider choosing an immersion workshop if you would like a 4.5 hour immersive cultural experience that focuses on in-depth culinary instruction and covers a wide variety of recipes and techniques (4-5 different dishes). Immersion workshops include a light lunch and beverage, 3 hours of hands-on cooking time, a full dinner, and a booklet of recipes and culinary information.

You may prefer the shorter, 2.5 hour "Taste Of" workshop if you are seeking less in-depth culinary instruction and are most interested in the eating, cultural, and social aspects of our workshops. “Taste Of” workshops include a welcome snack and beverage, 1.5 hours of hands-on cooking time (covering 2-3 dishes), a small meal, and a booklet of recipes and culinary information.

I’d like to attend with my teenage daughter/son. Is this possible?

Yes! We welcome students ages 11 and up. If a student is under 18 they must be registered along with an adult.

How do I find the location of my workshop? What if I get lost?

Once you register for a workshop, you will be sent an email with the exact address of your workshop, along with transportation directions. There will also be a League of Kitchens staff member on-call on weekends from 11am-7pm whom you can contact if you’re lost or otherwise need help.

Who are your instructors? How do you find them?

All our instructors are immigrants who are exceptional home cooks with a deep knowledge of their cuisine. They are warm and generous hosts and enthusiastic and inspiring teachers. All our instructors are carefully chosen and thoroughly vetted and trained. We work closely with community and cultural organizations all over the city to find them.

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming an instructor, please check out our recruitment flier.

Do you offer scholarships?

Yes, we offer a limited number of partial scholarships. Please contact us for more info.

Do you do customized programs for companies and organizations?

Yes! We would love to work with your company to plan a unique event. Please see our private workshops page for more information.

Are you currently hiring new staff?

The best way to stay up to date is to follow us on Twitter and/or Facebook. We'll always post new job openings there, as well as on Good Food Jobs.

Banner testimonials
“The workshop was a lot of fun, a really special thing. It was really well done and everything was so thought through. Above and beyond what was expected.”
— Jeff O.
“Despina & the League of Kitchens allowed me to do a few of my favorite things all at once: eat amazing food, learn how to cook that food for myself, visit a new NYC neighborhood, and meet some fabulous new people!”
— Kemi I.
“It was a delightful experience. In many ways it was like a meal among friends where everyone gathers in a kitchen and chips in to prepare a meal. We left sated and knowing more about a cuisine and a culture.”
— Kemi I.
“I had a great experience with Nawida. She is a natural teacher. Also, I liked hearing about Nawida's story. There aren't many opportunities to share an experience with folks from other cultures without feeling like a tourist or voyeur. The workshop really fulfills an unmet need in that regard.”
— Dan B.
“Yamini welcomed us into her home, introduced us to her wonderful cuisine, and imparted her knowledge in a very warm, enthusiastic manner. The love for her culture and the Indian cuisine was felt in every technique and bite. She is an amazing women and great home chef! It was a wonderful day!”
— Joyce E.
“The meal was delicious—and unlike anything to be found in a restaurant. We lingered over it like old friends.”
— The Wall Street Journal
“Quite possibly the coolest foodie thing to do in New York, whether you’re a visitor or local.”
— Condé Nast Traveler
“It’s a culinary cultural exchange without a plane ticket.”
— The New York Times
“An afternoon with the League of Kitchens is inspiring, fulfilling and filling.”
— Tasting Table
“The best cooking class I've ever been to.”
— Max Falkowitz, Editor of Serious Eats NY
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