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Anna Francese Gass + New Haven’s Sanctuary Kitchen

Anna Francese Gass – Author of Heirloom Kitchen: Heritage Recipes and Family Stories from the Tables of Immigrant Women

Anna Francese Gass is the author of Heirloom Kitchen: Heritage Recipes and Family Stories from the Tables of Immigrant Women. Anna’s mother, an immigrant from Italy, is a phenomenal scratch cook. And although Anna trained at the French Culinary Institute and immersed herself in the world of food and recipe testing, she was embarrassed to admit that she didn’t know how to make her mother’s meatballs. Heirloom Kitchen documents Anna’s effort to capture and master her mother’s unwritten recipes, as well as the treasured recipes of women from all over the world who resettled in America. It was a delicious and uplifting experience. Also this hour, a conversation with the women of Sanctuary Kitchen in New Haven. We’ll talk to Co-founder Sumiya Khan, Culinary Coordinator Carol Byer-Alcorace, and Sanctuary Kitchen Chef Rawaa Ghazi.

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Robyn Doyon-Aitken and Catie Talarski produced this show.

Guests:

Anna Francese Gass – Author of Heirloom Kitchen: Heritage Recipes and Family Stories from the Tables of Immigrant Women
Sumiya Khan – Co-founder and Program Manager of Sanctuary Kitchen in New Haven, Conn.
Rawaa Ghazi – Chef at Sanctuary Kitchen in New Haven, Conn.
Carol Byer-Alcorace – Culinary Coordinator at Sanctuary Kitchen in New Haven, Conn.

Featured Recipes:
Gina’s Brodo di Mama e Polpette (Meatballs with Tomato Sauce)
Safoi's Chicken Tagine
Maria’s Sancocho (Meat Stew)

Robyn is the senior producer of Seasoned, a show celebrating food and farms. She’s filled in as a producer for several of our local shows, most notably, Where We Live. In 2021, she was part of the team that received first place in the Interview category from the Public Media Journalists Association for the episode “Who Owns History? Connecticut Woman Sues Harvard For Family Photos.” She produced The Faith Middleton Food Schmooze® from November 2015 until the broadcast ended. Before that, she ate her way through the previous seven years of Fine Cooking magazine while its web producer. Robyn is food-obsessed, loves to bake, and constantly thinks about people in the food world, both nationally and locally, who have compelling stories to tell about food.
Chef Plum, co-host of Seasoned.
Marysol Castro, co-host of Seasoned.