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 For Men
September 11, 6 - 8:30 pm
Instructor: Tom Sisco
So guys, whether you’re cooking for yourself, cooking to impress someone special, or cooking for the family, you’ll want to take this class. You’ll get to eat, play with fire, use sharp knives, eat, learn easy recipes, and eat. Oryana’s Tom Sisco has two fantastic menus planned along with a great dessert. For meat & potato eaters: Hunter Pork Chops with Mushrooms, Lyonnaise Potatoes, “Manly” Spinach Salad, and Parmesan Crusted Cauliflower. For Tex Mex men: Fish Tacos, Coleslaw with Lime Vinaigrette, Corn Black Bean Salad, and Raspberry Ricotta Cake to round out both meals. Space is limited (for men only!) so sign up quick.
Gourmet Meals on a Budget
Friday, September 25, 6 - 8:30 pm
Instructor: Ali Lopez
Cooking on a budget doesn’t have to mean beans and rice for dinner every night. Learn how Chef Ali transforms everyday, low cost ingredients flavored with ethnic spices and seasonings into gourmet, mouth-watering dishes that will have everyone asking for seconds. Ali will share tips on meal planning, where and how to get healthier foods for less, and which foods pack the most nutritional punch for the lowest cost. In this class you will be making Creamy Polenta with Caramelized Onions, Mushrooms, White Beans and Kale, Roasted Vegetable Frittata, Tex Mex Sweet Potato Skillet, Spicy Fall Vegetable Curry, Asian Soy Ginger Peanut Stir Fry and Mexican Tortilla Casserole.
Friday, October 9, 6 - 8:30 pm
Instructor: Cheryl Janz
Bring sunny island life into your kitchen with easy recipes featuring fresh, tropical ingredients. Caribbean cuisine is a fusion of tastes from around the globe and Chef Cheryl will be making Avocado, Watercress and Pineapple Salad, Caribbean Chicken with Brown Sugar Peanut Spice Rub, Bahamian Peas and Rice, Caribbean Fried Plantains with Sweet Heat, Jamaican Sweet Corn Bread, and Puerto Rican Pineapple Rum Cake. Bring your sunscreen. (Just kidding!)
Journey to India
Friday, November 6, 6 - 8:30 pm
Instructor: Tom Sisco
Travel to India without leaving town! Learn all about how Indian food is spiced with Oryana’s Indian food specialist Tom, who studied with renowned Indian chef Julie Sahni in NYC. How to properly use seasonings is the secret to Indian cooking and Tom will lead this class in making Masala Lamb with Carrots, Tinda (Squash) Stew, Aloo Gobhi (Cauliflower and Potatoes), Saag Channa (Spinach & Chickpea) Fritters, Masala Machi (Indian Spiced Fish), Coconut-Cashew Rice, and Strawberry-Basil Lassi (Indian Yogurt Smoothie.)
How to Make Gnocchi
Friday, October 23, 6 - 8:30 pm
Instructor: Ali Lopez
Gnocchi, a quintessential comfort food, is an Italian style of pasta. We will learn to make these pillowy light dumplings from scratch and pair them with fresh, complimentary sauces. Chef Ali will show you how to make traditional potato gnocchi as well as sweet potato gnocchi accompanied with an herbed butter sauce, a pesto, and a seasonal sauce. Come hungry!
Holiday Baking & Desserts
Friday, November 13, 6 - 8:30 pm
Instructor: Cheryl Janz
Team up with Chef Cheryl to create beautiful and festive holiday treats that are sure to become family favorites. Some of what you’ll be whipping up include a Caramel Cranberry-Almond Tart - great for a family dinner or to give as a gift, Fruit Strudel with Custard Sauce, Elegant Poached Pears with Raspberry Coulis, Biscotti with Cherries and Pistachios, and Parmesan Thyme Crackers, which are great alone or with salad, soup, or as an
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.
Cheryl Janz learned to cook and bake at a very young age from her mother. Although she joined the corporate world after college, she would eventually be drawn back to food preparation. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, she began her second career as a catering business, and taught culinary classes at the College of Du Page in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Today, she is an independent chef and culinary instructor, living in Traverse City, Michigan. Since she grew up on a farm in southwestern Michigan, Cheryl has always appreciated the variety of great products grown in this state.
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.
Tom Sisco graduated from the Northwestern Michigan College culinary program in 1982 with a degree in Foodservice Management. He has worked in a variety of food establishments, from a Mom & Pop diner to a 4-star hotel. He is currently the Kitchen Manager at Oryana Natural Foods Market.