Cooking Classes at Oryana
Oryana cooking classes are hands-on and fun. Whatever your level of expertise in the kitchen, you’ll always learn something new and exciting. We’ve earned a reputation for great instruction by offering culinary expertise from our talented chefs as well as a diversity of local chefs and culinary instructors. Our classes fill up quickly so sign up early! See below for registration information. Classes are open to everyone.
Cooking From Your CSA Box
August 21, 6 - 8:30 pm
Instructor: Ali Lopez
Have you signed up for a CSA box this summer, shop Oryana’s local produce, or have your own garden? Do you want to use all that wonderful, fresh produce in the most efficient and delicious way possible? Make the most of in-season produce with healthy, easy recipes your whole family will love. Learn about some of the foods you may not be as familiar with and the best way to prepare them.
Cost: $30members/$35 non-members.
Register at Customer Service.
Location: Classes take place at the Grace Episcopal Church located at 341 Washington Street in Traverse City.
Parking: Park in the parking lot behind the church accessible via the alley and go directly to kitchen on the right side of the building.
Class size: Cooking classes are limited to 12 people. A minimum of 6 people is needed to hold each class.
Cost: $30/members, $35/nonmembers
Register for classes at the Oryana Customer Service desk. Or call 231-947-0191.
What to wear: For hands-on classes, please wear comfortable clothes, closed toe shoes, and tie your hair back.
What to bring: For hands-on classes, please bring a hat to wear. Aprons and knives will be provided but you may bring your own. You may also bring food containers in case there are leftovers.
Cancellation Policy: No refunds or credits will be given for a cancellation made less than 24 hours before the class. Oryana will refund your payment, in full, for cancellations made up to 24 hours before the class.
Children: Children 12 and older may register for a class if accompanied by a parent or guardian. (Both child and parent will need to pay for the class.) Please do not bring your young children to a class. Teens 16 and older are eligible to sign up for classes.
Laura Cavender has adventured around the world while cooking, reading and learning. After about 8 years sailing as a ship's cook, she settled in the Traverse City area and joined the staff with Oryana, actively engaging people in a positive food experience. Laura is especially dialed in to restoring the fun, art and wonder in the experience of cooking. Laura is committed to reclaiming a healthful connection between growing food, cooking food and nourishing our bodies.
Ali Lopez is a wellness chef and health coach. She has been cooking, feeding and teaching others about "real food" for over 20 years, She was Chef de Cuisine at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck NY, one of the largest vegetarian kitchens in North America. Ali is also a Certified Health Coach, a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Ali is passionate about working with fresh, local, organic and seasonal ingredients and describes her food philosophy and cooking style as simple, intuitive and seasonal, believing that delicious and nutritious meals nourish the body, mind and spirit. Being healthy also means keeping the body active. She practices yoga and is an avid runner and cyclist.