Culture Kitchen Closes Shop


If you recently visited Culture Kitchen’s homepage you read the note below and learned that we have closed our shop.

Wondering what’s next for the blog?  I’ll be posting every few weeks, sharing my adventures continuing to cook with the amazing Culture Kitchen Cooks.  Right now I’m working on a post sharing an afternoon of cooking with Dang from Thailand.  Stay tuned!

Looking forward to continuing to cook with you!



2.5 years ago, the idea of Culture Kitchen was born

1.5 years ago, Culture Kitchen became a company.

Today, we close our shop & move on to new ways of pursuing our mission.

From the start, we set out to connect people by sharing culture and incredible food.  We began with cooking classes. We celebrated the amazing cooking skills and culture of our talented instructors, immigrants to the San Francisco Bay Area who have mastered their culture’s cuisine from years of cooking.  Our intimate classes focused not only on teaching authentic ethnic culinary cuisines, but the story of our instructors, bringing to life the flavors, experiences and essence of their home country.  We then ventured into a new product line, the Culture Kitchen Kits.  Our kits took some of the most memorable classes and instructors and brought their recipes and ingredients to the entire US.  In less than a year, we shipped cooking kits to almost all 50 states, covering 8 different cuisines and 8 incredible home-taught cooks.  Some of you shared your dinner photos with us and proved that together, we were able to connect people by sharing culture and food, no matter where you live.  

The last few years have been an amazing and life changing journey with the Culture Kitchen team, our vibrant cooks, their families, and all of our dedicated customers.  But we weren’t able to get everything to come together like we had imagined.  We had challenges with sales, bumps in the road with funding and sometimes dwindeling team energy from working very long hours.  All these things lead us to decide it was best to close-up shop, give big hugs to all of our Culture Kitchen family and explore our own ways of spreading culture through food with other projects.  It’s with heavy hearts that we close the doors of Culture Kitchen.  It has been a great privilege doing this work and making memories over the kitchen table with you. 

We are honored for all of the encouragement, enthusiasm, and support from our investors, teammates, customers, and everyone whose lives Culture Kitchen has touched.  Words cannot express how grateful we are to have had the opportunity to pursue our dream.  The mission of connecting people by sharing culture and food is bigger than just one company. We hope you will continue to explore ways to connect people through food.


Abby Sturges & Jennifer López



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