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

How to Grow Fresh Sprouts

Zoom Class
Tuesday, January 18, 6 – 7 pm
Instructor: Robert Sainz

Learn how to grow fresh sprouts in your kitchen year-round. From lentils to sunflower seeds and spicy radish seeds, sprouts are incredibly nourishing and a great way to boost your nutrient intake. Sprouting is such an easy way to grow your own food and Dr. Sainz will take you through all the steps of choosing what seeds to sprout and what equipment you will need. It only takes a few days to have fresh, crunchy sprouts ready for your salads and meals.


Warming Winter Soups & Stews

Zoom Class
Instructor: Ali Lopez
Tuesday, January 25, 6 – 7 pm

Warm up body and soul with a hearty, homemade bowl of roasted vegetable soup. Or how about a customizable vegan chili with marvelous toppings? Join Chef Ali in her cozy kitchen where she will choose the best local ingredients available to make two delicious vegan dishes that will help you enjoy cold winter evenings. Ali’s recipes are uncomplicated, full of flavor, and satisfying. Add a loaf of bread and a bottle of wine and you’ll be all set!


How to Make Fire Cider

Zoom Class
Instructor: Katie Nehil
Thursday, February 10, 6 – 7 pm

Come and learn about ways to put common herbs and produce to work for winter wellness. Together, we will prepare Fire Cider. Fire Cider is an herbal vinegar infused with aromatic herbs, fruits, and vegetables – some of which you may have grown in your garden or you may already have in your spice cabinet! Fire Cider has traditionally been used as a winter ally to help keep germs at bay, and can be an important part of your winter wellness plan.


Winter Salads

Zoom Class
Instructor: Loghan Call
Tuesday, February 22, 6 – 7 pm

Join Chef Loghan Call as we dive into the art of making winter salads…locally. We’ll explore different vegetables, greens, and grains that can create hearty, delicious and locally-sourced salads, even in the heart of our Michigan winters. We’ll cover some easy salad dressing ideas as well! As always, Chef Loghan’s classes are taught through the lens of food as medicine principles and showcase how we can get as many nutrients as possible in each meal through sourcing, diversity and moderation.


Vegan Indian Cuisine

Zoom Class
Instructors: Tarah and Satya of Zest Plant-Based Kitchen
Thursday, March 3, 6 – 7 pm

Indian cuisine, known for its diverse and warm, complex flavors, lends itself perfectly to vegan palates. Co-owners Tarah and Satya of Zest Plant-Based Kitchen in Traverse City will share some easy and delicious Indian dishes that you can make to warm up a winter evening. Join them in their kitchen as they prepare Spicy Braised Cabbage & Potatoes and Sweet Potato Tamarind Curry.


Registration & Information

The Oryana 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

Loghan Call is the owner, activist & regenerative foods chef of Planted Cuisine. Chef Call focuses on building a Localized Regenerative Food System that heals our bodies, the environment and our collective future.

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. 

Katie Nehil is a registered nurse, clinical herbalist, registered yoga teacher, college professor, and gardener.  She holds a BS in Nursing (Spring Arbor University), a MS in Therapeutic Herbalism (Maryland University of Integrative Health), and a Post Master’s Certification in Nutrition and Integrative Health (Maryland University of Integrative Health).  She is also a registered yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance with certifications in curvy yoga, ascension yoga, Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra, and Aqua Kriya yoga. Katie practices herbalism in her community by providing individualized herbal consultation and formulations for clients, and through community education and teaching. 

Robert Sainz is a retired chiropractor. He hosts a weekly local TV show, “Highway to Health,” on Traverse Area Community Media. His show features interviews with diverse health disciplines from surgeons to naturopaths, chiropractors, and acupuncturists. He lives in Traverse City. 

Tarah Elharden & Satya Pillay are a local husband and wife team passionate about plant-based eating and offering plant-based options to the Traverse City community with their restaurant, Zest Plant-Based Kitchen in downtown TC.