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

Let’s Get Cheesy

Thursday, April 29, 6 – 7 pm
Instructor: Sue Kurta
Join local cheesemaker Sue Kurta of Boss Mouse Cheese for an hour of recipes, Q&A, cheese chat, and fun! Sue will share tips on everybody’s favorite comfort food, CHEESE! Sue will join us from her dairy plant in Kingsley and lead participants through how to curate a cheese platter, cheese pairings, what to do with leftover cheese, and share her vast knowledge on cheese. Don’t miss all the cheesy fun!


Delicious Superfoods

Thursday, May 6, 6-7pm
Instructor: Ali Lopez

You’ve heard the term ‘superfoods’ but what exactly are they and how can you incorporate them into your diet? Ali will discuss various superfoods, their benefits, and how to prepare them. It’s important to include nutrient dense foods in your diet and Ali will show you some easy recipes featuring many superfoods including greens, cruciferous vegetables, berries, and nuts.


Fermentation for Everyone

Thursday, May 13, 6-7pm
Instructor: Laura Cavender

Happy belly, healthy bodies! Fermented (or cultured) foods are easy to make and incredibly nourishing, and in this class, food educator and Oryana Board Director Laura Cavender will walk you through making your own fermented foods at home. Laura will show you how to make sauerkraut and ginger carrot sticks, and you will learn the dynamics of confidently fermenting at home.


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

Laura Cavender is an avid fermenter, private chef, food educator and runs a local Bed & Breakfast. She is actively engaged in the Northern Michigan community and serves on the Oryana Board of Directors. You also may remember her friendly face from working at the Co-op for years. Laura is committed to reclaiming a healthful connection between growing food, cooking food and nourishing our bodies. She is also a great fan of campfires, storytelling, sailing, hiking, jam making and naps.

Sue Kurta took an interest in cheese making as a hobby while working in corporate finance in New York City. That hobby became a passion, and she furthered her education in cheese making with courses and workshops in Vermont, and an apprenticeship on an organic goat farm in rural Maine. Returning to her home state of Michigan in 2010, Sue bought an historic 1867 Kingsley, Michigan Centennial farm, and launched Boss Mouse Cheese. Using locally sourced, pasteurized, grass-fed cow’s milk and combining traditional techniques with modern recipes, Boss Mouse offers a variety of aged cheeses, fresh cheese curds, mozzarella and feta cheese, and their legendary smoked butter. 

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.