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-7:00pm
Beginning May 28, open Sunday until 9pm

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.

Get Cultured

Thursday, June 1, 6 - 8:30 pm
Instructor: Laura Cavender
Learn how to make cultured or fermented foods that are nutrient-rich and full of gut healthy probiotics with Oryana instructor Laura Cavender. Participate in this hands-on class and learn how to make sauerkraut, cultured carrots, and cultured beets. Love kombucha? Laura will also show you how easy it is to make your own kombucha as well as homemade rootbeer.

Spring Fling

Thursday, May 25, 6 - 8:30
Instructor: Laura Cavender

It’s Spring! That means the beginning of glorious local produce. Learn to make the most of fresh spring goodies by joining Laura in creating some lovely spring dishes such as Lemon Parsley Hummus, Garlic Scape Salad, Homemade Flaxseed Crackers, Spring Mushroom Skillet, and Easy Rhubarb Cake. Laura will also demonstrate how to make Wild Leek Pickles and Lavender Simple Syrup.

Italian Vegetarian

Thursday, May 11, 6 - 8:30
Instructor: Ali Lopez

It doesn’t have to have meat in it to be Italian, filling, or just plain delicious! Join Ali in whipping up an Italian feast that will include Classic Caesar Salad, Spaghetti with “Meat” balls, Creamy Polenta with White Beans and Broccoli Rabe, Asparagus and Mushroom Risotto, and Baked Eggplant Stacks with Ricotta, a meal fit for a hungry family or your next dinner party.

Class information:

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 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.

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.

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