The Kitchen is two cafes, a catering business and cooking classes, managed by Billings Forge Community Works as a business with a social purpose. Embedded in our farm to table business is a highly successful job training program for Hartford residents. We train upwards of 20 individuals a year in both culinary and customer service skills. Our trainees work hand in hand with our professional chefs to create the wonderful food that you can purchase for yourself and your family. Every time you patronize the kitchen you are creating an opportunity and a second chance.

The Kitchen at Billings Forge

559 Broad Street Hartford, CT 06106

Monday – Friday
8 am – 4 pm

Catering phone: (860) 727-8752
Café phone: (860) 727-8066

The Kitchen at the Hartford Public Library

500 Main Street Hartford, CT 06103

Monday – Friday
8 am – 4 pm

Catering phone: (860) 727-8752
Café phone: (860) 724-2168

We welcome you to visit our cozy café on Broad St., where the staff really will know your name. For dine in or take out we’re open for breakfast and lunch, offering wholesome and tasty foods including a full array of freshly baked pastries daily.

Located in the heart of downtown, our spacious café in the Hartford Public Library is ready to suit all your needs. Offering the same wholesome and tasty items as our original café, they can get you your lunch and coffee without ever having to leave downtown. The atrium space at the library is a bright and vibrant choice. Located between City Hall and the Federal Courthouse, we are your destination for a quick to go order or lunch in our comfortable café with a great patio seasonally. Remember the café can be rented for private parties. Patronizing this second location also supports our job training program for Hartford residents.