Haven’s Kitchen

Haven’s Kitchen

Our Story

We’ve been helping people cook, not just follow recipes, since 2012, when Alison Cayne opened the Haven’s Kitchen Cooking School in NYC. For 8 years, we’ve been making cooking more fun and a lot easier, first with our classes, then with our cookbook, and now, with our squeezy sauces.

Why Pouches?

They’re easy. They’re neat. They show off the beautiful sauce. Also, they happen to be the most sustainable packaging option. Our pouches are also 100% recyclable through our partnership with Terracycle.

Why Cook?

Cooking is good for you and good for the planet. It can be fun, creative, and empowering. It has tremendous power to bring people together. You probably know all that already, and now, you’re likely finding yourself cooking more than ever. Which is great, but you may need some help. You’ve got this. We’re just here to give you (and your meals) a little boost.

Certified Products:

[toggles title=”Golden Turmeric Tahini”]A fresh take on a Middle Eastern classic, starring toasted sesame seeds, tahini, lemon and sumac. Haven’s Kitchen Golden Turmeric Tahini is bright, nutty, creamy and savory. Great for marinating chicken & fish, drizzling on raw & roasted veggies, or simply as a delicious salad dressing.[/toggles]

[toggles title=”Herby Chimichurri”]A fresh take on the zesty South American sauce, starring parsley and oregano + hints of capers and chili flakes. Although traditionally dolloped on grilled meats, at Haven’s Kitchen we love to use our Chimichurri as a marinade or drizzle for roasted vegetables, chickpeas and crispy fish.[/toggles]

[toggles title=”Nutty Lemongrass”]This vibrant sauce is inspired by Thai ingredients like cashews & coconuts, with hints of lime & lemongrass. Haven’s Kitchen Nutty Lemongrass works as a dressing for noodles and slaws, or as a dunk for spring rolls and kabobs.[/toggles]

[toggles title=”Red Pepper Romesco”]Our rich savory ode to a colorful Spanish classic, starring piquillo sweet peppers, almonds and calabrian chilis. Although, traditionally used a dipping sauce, we also love spreading Haven’s Kitchen Romesco on burgers and sandwiches, or using it as a marinade on meat or tofu.[/toggles]

[toggles title=”Zippy Chili Harissa”]This spicy & sweet sauce inspired by a North African condiment stars a 3-pepper mix and notes of cumin, cinnamon and dates. We love using Haven’s Kitchen Zippy Chili Harissa like Sriracha, as a marinade, or mixed with mayo as a dressing.[/toggles]


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Alison Cayne

Alison Cayne, CEO

Alison Cayne is owner of Haven’s Kitchen, a recreational cooking school, cafe and event space in Manhattan. Recognizing that improving our food system starts with showing people how to source and utilize sustainable ingredients, Alison conceptualized a school for the recreational cook that is both educational and comfortable. Located in a charming carriage house just two blocks from the Union Square farmers market, Haven’s Kitchen emphasizes the pleasures of cooking, eating and entertaining.

Before founding Haven’s Kitchen, Alison began working towards her Masters in NYU’s Food Studies program and worked with GrowNYC, educating school groups and visitors about the importance of regional ingredients and farming practices.

Every day, Haven’s Kitchen teaches guests that eating sustainably is synonymous with eating well, and serves as a one-stop-shop for guests who want to learn about, experience and enjoy local and artisanal food.

In addition to her work at Haven's Kitchen and studying at NYU, Alison is on the boards of Just Food, Edible Schoolyard NYC and FERN (Food and Environmental Reporting Network).

Golden Turmeric Tahini - Haven's Kitchen - Keto Certified by the Paleo Foundation Ingredients:
Water, Tahini, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Roasted Garlic, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Date Paste, Sea Salt, Turmeric, Cumin, Ground Sumac (Sumac, Salt), White Pepper.
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Herby Chimichurri - Haven's Kitchen - Keto Certified by the Paleo Foundation Ingredients:
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Parsley, Sunflower Oil, Caper Puree (Capers, Water, Vinegar, Salt), Oregano, Lemon Zest, White Wine Vinegar, Sea Salt, Crushed Red Pepper.
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Nutty Lemongrass - Haven's Kitchen - Keto Certified by the Paleo Foundation Ingredients:
Water, Cashews, Roasted Red Onion, Coconut Milk (Coconut Milk, Water), Lemongrass Puree (Lemongrass, Water), Rice Vinegar, Date Paste, Coconut Oil, Tamari (Water, Soybeans, Salt, Sugar), Ginger, Garlic, Apricot Juice Concentrate, Sea Salt, Lime Leaves, Crushed Red Pepper, Roasted Almonds.
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Red Pepper Romesco - Haven's Kitchen - Keto Certified by the Paleo Foundation Ingredients:
Piquillo Peppers (Piquillo Peppers, Water, Salt, Citric Acid), Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Roasted Almonds, White Wine Vinegar, Roasted Garlic, Smoked Paprika, Sea Salt, Crushed Calabrian Chili Peppers.
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Zippy Chili Harissa - Haven's Kitchen - Keto Certified by the Paleo Foundation Ingredients:
Roasted Red Bell Peppers, Water, Beet Juice Concentrate (For Color), Red Jalapeño Peppers, Sun Dried Tomatoes (Sun Dried Tomatoes, Salt), Roasted Red Onion, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Date Paste, Guajillo Pepper Puree (Dried Guajillo Chiles, Water), Garlic, Coriander, Sea Salt, Cumin, Crushed Red Pepper, Cinnamon, Citric Acid.
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Email: info@havenskitchen.com
Phone: (401) 315-4337

Or feel free to reach out to us via our contact form.

Where is Haven's Kitchen based?

Answer: NYC is our home. And although we no longer operate a cafe and cooking school, NYC will always be our stomping ground.

Where do you make your sauces?

Answer: We make and package our sauces in Rochester, NY.

How should I store sauces?

Answer: Sauces should always be refrigerated and consumed by best buy date.

Can your sauces be frozen?

Answer: While we recommend consuming the sauces fresh, it is safe to freeze. Color and consistency might be slightly different when thawed but they're still delicious and taste how intended. Always shake well!

Why does my pouch of Herby Chimichurri look cloudy?

Answer: We use olive oil, which can get cloudy in cool temperatures. Let it sit out of the fridge for a few minutes before using, then shake and squeeze.

Why does my sauce look separated?

Answer: Our sauces are free of chemical preservatives.

What does “cold processed” mean?

Answer: Part of the reason our sauces tastes so different from shelf-stable sauces is because we use pressure (HPP) to kill bacteria and stop oxidation, rather than excessive heat or chemical preservatives.

What does “globally-inspired” mean?

Answer: Part of our mission includes expanding home cooks’ horizons and helping them familiarize with flavors and ingredients from around the world. While we try to stay true to the sauce you would eat in its region of origin, we are aware that making sauce on a large scale (however small-batch) makes it nearly impossible to replicate a homemade recipe. So our flavors come from around the world, but we recognize that our sauces are interpretations.

Are your pouches recyclable?

Answer: Yes! Our pouches are 100% recyclable through our partnership with Terracycle. Even better news, pouches are a more sustainable packaging option than glass, releasing significantly fewer carbon emissions in production and transportation.

Why aren't your sauces organic?

Answer: Using organic ingredients would increase the price of sauce to a range the average consumer could not afford. We decided to prioritize gluten-free, Non-GMO, Kosher, and Vegan sauces. Allowing us to offer healthy, nutritious sauces at a fair price.

Do your sauces contain GMOs?

Answer: We are committed to only non-GMO ingredients. All of our sauces are Non-GMO Project verified.

Are Haven's Kitchen sauces vegan?

Answer: Yes!

Are Haven's Kitchen sauces gluten-free?

Answer: Yes! However, we make them in a facility that also produces products with gluten.

Do your sauces contain soy?

Answer: While most of our sauces are free of soy products, the GIngery Miso and Nutty Lemongrass contain Non-GMO soy.

Are your sauces kosher?

Answer: All of our sauces are certified parve kosher.

Where can I find Haven's Kitchen sauces?

Answer: We're available at grocery stores across the US! Check out our store locator for a store near you.

Can I visit the cooking school in NYC?

Answer: We unfortunately closed up shop permanently in July 2020. But check out our Instagram and Pinterest feeds for instructional videos and inspirational recipes from the comfort of your home.

Will you continue to offer virtual cooking classes?

Answer: Not at this time. Interested in a private cooking class? Email us at info@havenskitchen.com, and we'll be happy to discuss options.

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About Us : 

Established in 2010, The Paleo Foundation was first organized for the purpose of improving the tolerability of the paleo diet, and to help adherents easily identify products that met its basic tenets.  Since then, thousands of products have been certified through the Certified Paleo, Keto Certified, and lab -tested Grain-Free Gluten-Free certification programs.



100% of  Paleo Foundation revenue is generated through certifications.  We do not accept donations, corporate sponsorships, or financially benefit from the sales of any certified products, product giveaways, or partnerships with industry contacts or retailers for the purpose of maintaining the integrity of an impartial certification standard. 

Certified Paleo logo Certified Paleo:

Each certification program has a different set of standards.  Certified Paleo is the Paleo Foundation’s first, most popular, and highest level of certification for Paleo-compliant products.  Certified Paleo Products are products that contain Paleo ingredients, but may have some 21st-century processing or packaging methods allowing for shelf stability.


Grain Free Gluten Free Certified LogoGrain-Free Gluten-Free: 

Grain Free Gluten Free Certified products are gluten-free and do not contain any grains of gliadin competitive residues.  All Grain-Free Gluten-Free products have undergone two rounds of audits, including lab tests, and a final review to become approved for the Grain-free Gluten-free Certified Program. 



Keto Certified LogoKeto Certified: 

The ketogenic diet is a restrictive, demanding diet that can be difficult to maintain, and tolerability of the ketogenic diet is the single most important factor limiting individual acceptance for initiation.  Therefore, improving the tolerability of the ketogenic diet is crucial to preventing diet discontinuation, warranting further investigation into methods for improving palatability, improving the availability and convenience of foods that are compliant with the ketogenic diet, as well as addressing cultural and social acceptance.

The Keto Diet product market may be in a unique position to improve tolerability, especially in social and cultural environments that typically feature carbohydrate-rich “special occasion” types of foods. In 2016, the Paleo Foundation launched the world's first Keto Certified program for products with standards that were developed for adherence to a classical ketogenic diet.