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 open to everyone.

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Fall Cooking Classes

Gluten Free Cooking
Tuesday, September 8, 6 – 8:30
Instructor: Laura Cavender
Location: Grace Episcopal Church

Confused about how to switch to a gluten-free diet? Cooking gluten-free does not have to be complicated or difficult, and you can still enjoy many of your favorite dishes using strategic ingredient substitutions. Laura will arm you with the basic knowledge you need to confidently choose ingredients and be able to make delicious gluten-free food in your kitchen. You will also make Parmesan Herb Crackers, Polenta Lasagna, Tempura Battered Green Beans and Tofu, Homemade Granola, and more.

Nourishing Kids
Wednesday, September 16, 6 – 8:30
Instructor: Heather Campbell, MS, RD
Location: Grace Episcopal Church

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. The format of this class will be both hands-on and educational as we focus on easy ways to add great tasting vegetables and nutrient-dense foods to meals and snacks for kids of all ages. 

Veganize It
Tuesday, September 29, 6 – 8:30 pm
Instructor: Ali Lopez
Location: Grace Episcopal Church

If you think you won’t be able to enjoy certain foods if you switch to a more plant-based diet, think again! There are plenty of healthy ingredients you can use to create creamy textures and flavors, and Chef Ali will show you how to make plant-based versions of some of your favorite dishes that are just as satisfying and delicious. In this class some of the tasty dishes you will learn to make include Nachos, Caesar Salad, Macaroni & Cheese, Burgers, and Chocolate Cake.

Register for classes

NOTE: These classes will be held assuming it will be safe to do so. We will have all the proper safety precautions in place. However, once September arrives, we will evaluate the situation at that time and let you know if we feel we must cancel the classes. Thanks so much for your patience.


Grace Episcopal Church Class Information & Registration

Location: 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. You can also register online at eventbrite.

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.

What to wear: For hands-on cooking classes, please wear comfortable clothes, closed toe shoes, and tie your hair back. Please do not wear perfume or scented products.

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.

Allergy Note: Cooking class kitchen facilities are not allergy-friendly. We do our best to ensure cleanliness but cannot guarantee absence of allergens.


About Our Instructors

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.

Heather Campbell, MS, RD specializes in healing with whole foods. She has been a Registered Dietitian since 1994 and has a background in critical care nutrition.  Heather believes good foods, containing enzymes, healthy fats and good bacteria are the building blocks of good health.  She teaches natural ways to detoxify your life and body.  Heather has worked with people from all walks of life, and seen countless disorders disappear when modern, refined foods were replaced with traditional foods.  She works at Whole Health Traverse City with a team of practitioners that have implemented a new way of thinking about health. www.wholehealthtc.com

Laura Cavender  has adventured around the world while cooking. After about 8 years sailing as a ship’s cook, she settled in the Traverse City area. Laura is committed to reclaiming a healthful connection between growing food, cooking food, and nourishing our bodies. She has taught many classes for Oryana and knows how to inspire people to get into the kitchen.