Cooking with Oryana!

Oryana cooking classes are fun, informative, and full of great food! Whatever your level of expertise, you’ll always learn something new and exciting. We’ve earned a reputation for offering great instruction from our talented culinary experts and a diverse group of local chefs. Our classes fill up quickly so sign up early! See below for registration, pricing information, and learn about our instructors. Or visit our Events Page. Classes are currently taking place online via the Zoom app and are open to everyone.

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Fermentation Class

Prep Once Eat All Week

Thursday, January 14, 6 – 7 pm
Instructor: Ali Lopez
Cost: $10

If you’ve been wanting to eat better but need some inspiration for how to go about it, get some great tips from Ali for how to batch cook for several days’ worth of delicious, creative, and fast meals. Ali will cover preparing grains, seasonal veggies, beans, and flavorful sauces to complement your basic components. Deciding what’s for dinner will be easy!

Nourishing Kids

Thursday, January 28, 6 – 7 pm
Instructor: Heather Campbell MS, RD
Cost: $10

Ensuring your children get good nutrition doesn’t have to be complicated, expensive, or difficult. Registered Dietitian Heather Campbell will discuss tips and techniques for how to please even the pickiest eaters. Heather will demonstrate how to make an easy cashew cream & milk, homemade ranch dressing, and a nutritious smoothie. She will focus on easy ways to add great tasting vegetables and nutrient-dense foods to meals and snacks for kids of all ages.

Dairy Free & Delicious

Thursday, February 11, 6 – 7pm
Instructor: Elizabeth Kebler
Cost: $10

Share in Ellie’s passion for a dairy-free lifestyle and learn some great tips for achieving fabulous flavor and creaminess using healthy dairy alternatives. Ellie will show you how to make Macaroni & ‘Cheese’ and Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies. She will discuss various everyday, healthy ingredients you can use to obtain a creamy consistency in many of your favorite dishes and snacks. Once you have this knowledge and taste the results, you will not miss dairy!

Easy One Bowl Curries

Thursday, February 25, 6 – 7 pm
Instructor: Loghan Call
Cost: $10

Join Chef Loghan of Planted Cuisine to learn how to create a simple, delicious, and healthy curry. We’ll go over the various flavors and ingredients you can use, we’ll discuss traditional and non-traditional flavor sources, as well as how to take advantage of local produce available in the winter months of Northern Michigan. We’ll cover garnishes and the easiest way to make rice (which is a MUST for a great curry!)

Gluten-Free Meals

Wednesday, March 10, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Instructor: Carol Bell, MS RD
Cost: $10

Adapting to a gluten-free diet may seem daunting at first but it doesn’t have to be. Learn plenty of tips for transitioning away from gluten with Registered Dietitian Carol Bell. She will show you how to make gravies & sauces and how to cook with GF grains. She’ll go over GF breads & wraps, how to make starchy food swaps, and what foods to avoid that have hidden gluten ingredients. Get ideas for easy, delicious gluten-free meals and snacks.

Registration & Information

These classes are offered live via the Zoom app. You will receive an email with recipes and class details two days in advance. After class, we will share a recorded version. Register at You must have an email address to sign up for Zoom classes. Cost: $10

About Our Instructors

Carol Bell, MS RD, LMT is a Registered Dietitian and Licensed Massage Therapist at Table Health in Traverse City. She has a passion for teaching about healthy, whole foods in an entertaining and lively manner.  She earned her master’s degree in 2013 in Dietetics and Nutrition from Eastern Michigan University and has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 1994.

Loghan Call is a regenerative foods system chef and owner of Planted Cuisine. Loghan switched from a career in media to food after beginning to understand the connections between soil health and human health. Five years later, he has hosted dinner experiences centered around this core understanding throughout the United States. Now based in Traverse City, his work is centered around creating symbiotic relationships between the future leaders of our communities: farmers, doctors and chefs. Seeking fundamental change in the way we perceive and interact with food, Loghan is committed to seeing our communities recognize food as medicine and food as our number one priority. 

Elizabeth Kebler is the creator of Ellie’s Dairy Free Kitchen and is a new resident of Traverse City. Ellie’s goal is to create recipes that make everyone feel their best. She is a master’s student at Georgetown University and spends her free time creating dairy-free recipes that can easily be incorporated into daily routines. Ellie hopes to inspire others by sharing her own experiences and tips she has learned over the years along with easy, clean, dairy-free recipes.

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 and a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.