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.

Fermentation Class
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Cancellation Policy – In-person classes are refundable if you give us 2 business days notice before the class. Please contact us if you need to make a change to your registration. Online classes are non-refundable but you will receive a recording of the class.

Class Waiting List – If the class you want to take is full, email us to have your name added to a waiting list. People often end up dropping out so it’s worth it to get your name on the wait list.


Gluten Free Meals

Thursday, February 9, 6 – 7 pm
Instructor: Carol Bell
Cost: $40 Oryana owners/$45 non-owners

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 and recipes for easy, delicious gluten-free meals and snacks. (Demonstration class)

Cozy Vegan Comfort Meal – Virtual Class

Thursday, February 2, 6 – 7 pm
Instructor: Ali Lopez
Cost: $20 Oryana owners/$25 non-owners

Winter is the perfect time to indulge in cozy and classic comfort foods, and Ali will share some of her favorite comfort recipes. She will demonstrate how to make her vegan versions of a classic Caesar Salad, Macaroni & “Cheese” and a decadent but healthy Chocolate Mousse for dessert. (Zoom login information will be sent the day before the class and participants will receive a recording of the class.)

Weeknight Dinner Ideas – Virtual Class

Thursday, March 9, 6 – 7 pm
Instructor: Ali Lopez
Cost: $20 Oryana owners/$25 non-owners

Even experienced home cooks who enjoy meal prep can be stuck in a rut when asked the daily question, “What’s for Dinner?” Ali to the rescue! Ali will share two easy, hearty dishes that are perfect for a winter weeknight supper: Hearty Mexican Lasagna and Creamy Polenta with Caramelized Onion, Mushrooms, Kale and White Beans. (Zoom login information will be sent the day before the class and participants will receive a recording of the class.)

Beans & Beyond – With Gold Baby Biscuits

Thursday, March 23, 6 – 8:30pm
Instructors: Alicia and Lyndsey of Gold Baby Biscuits
Cost: $40 Oryana owners/$45 non-owners

Vegetarians who love beans, take note…Alicia and Lyndsey of Gold Baby Biscuits will be making three unique bean dishes that you may not have tried yet. Beans are high in protein, delicious, and versatile, as they lend themselves well to a variety of applications, as you will discover when you make Roasted Cannellini Beans with Feta & Tomatoes, Vodka Sauce Butter Beans, and Chickpea Cookie Dough. Join us in the community kitchen at Oryana West for this fun hands-on class!


Meet 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. 


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