Alison Schneider and Julia Sullivan make a good pair: The first is a business-savvy mom with a love of greenmarkets, the second an acclaimed chef whose résumé includes stints at Franny's and Per Se. Together, they're the brains and brawn behind Haven's Kitchen, a just-opened specialty food store, cooking school, catering kitchen and event space.
Operating out of a former carriage house in Chelsea, Haven's Kitchen has the feel of an old-fashioned general store gone Manhattan chic: Black and white subway tiles line the walls, original 19th-century floorboards creak underfoot and baker's racks are stacked with locally sourced goods like Old Field Farm maple syrup ($17) and house-made granola blends ($11).
Walk farther back and you hit the gorgeous kitchen where Sullivan and her team teach hands-on classes ranging from Jam Making (January 26, $125) to Sparklers and Caviar (February 8, $175). We're particularly excited about the upcoming men's only Valentine's Day cooking course (January 28, $150).
You can rent the equally charming upstairs dining room for events like breakfast receptions and five-course dinners ($45 to $165 per guest), or the kitchen itself for private cooking parties ($2,000 to $3,000) from which your guests will depart both educated and stuffed.
Haven's Kitchen, 109 W. 17th St. (between Sixth and Seventh aves.); 212-929-7900 or havenskitchen.com