Greenleaf Catering bringing authentic Persian cuisine to Connecticut

SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Six years ago, an Iranian family emigrated to Connecticut looking for a better way of life. Today, they’re making a name for themselves in Connecticut’s culinary scene by keeping ties to their Persian heritage, while living their American dream.

Samuel Rose spoke with News 8 about how his family’s move to Connecticut had them starting all over again with a new life.

“The reason we started this kitchen is because we moved to this country exactly six years ago. We came to this country as Christian refugees from Iran. We had to leave our whole life behind, pretty much start everything from scratch again, from zero.”

Rose’s dad is the Executive Chef at Greenleaf Catering. He has experience working for a French catering company in the Persian Gulf. Before that, he was a personal chef to the ambassador of England in Iran, and he actually had the opprtunity to work for Prince Charles when he was visiting Iran.

Rose’s mom is a Marine Psychicist. According to Samuel, in Iran, she could not teach because she is a woman, and because she is Christian. She did not have the opportunity to do what she likes and teach, but hope to pursue that dream now in the United States.

As for Samuel himself, he is a full-time Business Management student at Central Connecticut State University. Rose is going for his Bachelor’s degree, and has one more semester left.

While working for Greenleaf Catering, Rose’s brother is studying Electrical Engineering at CCSU. Both brothers are full-time students while working full time in their family business.

Rose explained how Greenleaf strives to offer delicious and healthy options.

We are actually the only catering service in Connecticut that offers authentic Persian cuisine. I think the Persian cooking method is different in the way that we use fresh ingredients all the time. We don’t have any deep frying and mostly healthy options. We try to offer something that everyone can enjoy without changing the taste too much.

In March of 2016, the family became American citizens after five years of living in Connecticut. They were also able to participate in this year’s Presidential election; something the family was excited to do.

We were so happy that we could partake in the election this year and vote as American citizens. It’s a dream come true for us to be Americans, and we are very proud of it.

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