Oryana Natural Foods Market
Oryana Natural Foods Market
260 East Tenth Street | Traverse City, MI 49684 | (231) 947-0191

Monday - Saturday 7:30am-9:00pm | Sunday 9:00am-9:00pm

Cooking Classes

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.

Summer Gazebo Series Classes

Gazebo Series

Dates: Every other Thursday: 7/13, 7/27, 8/10, 8/24
Time: 7 pm – 8 pm
Cost: $25 owners, $30 non-owners
Location: Oryana patio gazebo

Gather under our new green roof Gazebo and delight in a balanced menu of 2-3 simple recipes, demonstrated live – then shared family-style with your fellow students. Participants will learn tips for preparing simple but delectable dishes with fresh ingredients and receive the collection of recipes to take home.

Lunchbreak Series

Dates: Every Thursday in August; 8/3, 8/10, 8/17, 8/24, 8/31
Time: Noon – 12:30 pm
Cost: $15 for everyone
Location: Oryana patio gazebo

Share your lunchtime with us partaking in and learning about a filling, packable salad lunch recipe. While you enjoy the lunch provided, the recipe and techniques will be demonstrated for you. The freshly prepared lunch is included in the cost and participants are asked to provide their own beverage.    

The Basics Series

Dates: Every Thursday in September; 9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28
Time: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Cost: FREE for everyone
Location: Oryana Cafe Dining Room

Your love affair with cooking can start with a single chop. This free educational demonstration class covers the down, dirty and delicious of basic cooking skills that will empower you to create your own simple, fresh, plant-based meals, even if you’ve never held a knife before. 

Week A. Chop
Week B. Stock
Week C. Heat
Week D. Eat

Summer/Fall Classes

Tween/Teen Summer Cooking Class!

Same class offered two different times:
Tuesday, August 8, 10 am - 1 pm
Tuesday, August 8, 3 - 6 pm
For tweens/teens ages 9 - 13
Instructor: Laura Cavender
$35 kids of owners
$40 kids of non-owners
Location: Grace Episcopal Church kitchen

Attention, budding young chefs. Do you want to learn new kitchen skills and taste some new creations? Our goal is to familiarize you with some new cooking methods and learn more about food culture. This class will focus on confident knife skills and creating fun dishes from scratch with fresh ingredients. And of course, lots of adventurous tasting!     How do you follow a recipe? How do you measure ingredients? And how do you go off-road and creatively follow your instincts? Food Educator Laura Cavender will guide you through easy recipes from start to finish. You’ll make memories and take away new recipes to try at home. Come and be willing to learn new techniques and try new foods. 

One Bowl Meal

Same class offered on two dates:
Thursday, September 7, 6 - 8:30
Tuesday, September 26, 6 - 8:30
Instructor: Ali Lopez
$35 owners
$40 non-owners
Location: Grace Episcopal Church kitchen

What could be better than a filling, delicious, complete meal in a single bowl? Chef Ali will show you how one-bowl meals can be endlessly adaptable and easy to prepare with different combinations of grains, legumes, vegetables, meat if desired, fresh dressings and quick sauces. You will make several hearty one-bowl meals with plenty of ideas for mixing and matching different ingredients to suit your tastes. 

Class information:

Location: One Bowl Meal and teen 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 10 people. A minimum of 6 people is needed to hold each class.
Cost: $35/owners, $40/non-owners

Register for classes at the Oryana Customer Service desk. Or call 231-947-0191.
What to wear: For hands-on cooking classes, please wear comfortable clothes, closed toe shoes, and tie your hair back.
What to bring: For hands-on cooking 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.
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.
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.

Gazebo Series Classes
Class Location: at Oryana outside the cafe in the gazebo

Lunch Series Classes
Class Location: in the Oryana Cafe


About Our Instructors

Laura Cavender has adventured around the world while cooking, reading and learning. After about 8 years sailing as a ships 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.




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Breads at Oryana

Delivered Daily

Bay Bread
Old Mission Multigrain
Stone House Bread
Pleasanton Bakery

Oryana's Own:
Pretzel Bread
Quick Breads
WF Sandwich Bread
WF Vegan Flaxseed Bread