Tuesdays - Fridays, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Join us for a delicious meal, prepared by our chefs, in a casual cafe' setting. 

Chef Cheri, as well as other local celebrity chefs and cooks,

will be leading cooking demonstrations, followed by exciting meals!


$12.00 Online Reservations / $14.00 At The Door

Walk ins are welcome, if space is available. Reservations are highly encouraged.

The menu for this week includes.....

Join us in The Mary C. Cafe for....

Junior Chef Lunch and Learn

Each day, Monday - Friday, our summer camp Junior Chefs will prepare lunch and lead a demonstration for our cafe patrons.

Make sure to come check out our next generation of professional chefs from 11:30 - 12:30 pm.


Camps Led By Chef Cheri Hiers

Monday, June 29

Turkey Burgers with Fresh Buns, Vegetable Chips, and Marshmallows

Tuesday, June 30

Green Onion Sausage, Omelets, Pancake Muffins with Blueberry Syrup

Wednesday, July 1

BBQ Chicken Legs, Oven Fried Onion Rings, Grilled Vegetables, Root Beer Cookies

Thursday, July 2

Ravioli with Fresh Ricotta, Meatballs and Red Sauce, Caramel Apples

Friday, July 3

Taco Soup with Tortilla Noodles, Grilled Corn on the Cob, Watermelon Cake

Cafe Classes

Knife Skills
Students, sharpen your knives! In this class we will learn specific techniques for cutting fruits and vegetables into all shapes and sizes. After slicing and dicing a mountain of julienned carrots, bell pepper brunoise and chiffonade of basil, students will turn their handiwork into a light and healthy Lunch.

Class: Hands-On
Instructor: Chef Cheri Hiers
Day & Time: Saturday, 11:00am-2:00pm
Member Fee: $50 (Non-Member Fee: $60) per person


Pilates and Plates

Ellen Miller, owner of Bayou Pilates in Ocean Springs will be leading this exciting, new Mary C class. Ellen is Mississippi's first Pilates instructor to be certified by the prestigious Pilates Method Alliance. Pilates is a system of slow and controlled exercises which focus on the core muscles of the body. The exercises are completely adaptable to every fitness level and many of the exercises can be done standing up. This class will focus on learning to identify and correctly engage the deep abdominal muscles and learning to exercise within a range of motion that's perfect for your body.

Each class will conclude with a Lunch and Learn demonstration in The Mary C cafe, where Chef Cheri Hires will show you how to eat clean and healthy, and enjoy a meal.

Instructor: Ellen Miller and Chef Cheri Hires

Fee: $150 Members / $160 Non Members



Book Your Private Gathering at the Mary C Culinary Arts Cafe

In response to requests, the Café is now offering private cooking class events! Classes can be demonstration or hands-on. Call today to book your private event in the Café for a relaxed gathering of friends, a holiday celebration, birthday gatherings…any special occasion.

Class size: 8-10 people

Call to book your event in the Café - 228-818-2878


Birthday Parties in the Café

Have your child’s birthday party in the Café at the Mary C. No mess for you, children do the cooking and we do the cleaning.  We have a wide choice of themes and menus. Let us help you plan a party that is a fun and memorable event for your family and friends.

Gift Certificates

Want to give a special gift of fun times in the Mary C Culinary Arts Café? We sell Gift Certificates! A secured spot in the Café classes make wonderful birthday, anniversary and Christmas gifts.


We are not stopping here. We still have more ideas for additional culinary adventures.

Class Return and Exchange Policy: If you are unable to attend a class, we will issue a full refund if you notify us a minimum of one week before the class. If the notification of withdrawal is given after this time but at least 48 hours prior to the class date, we will issue a class credit to be applied to future classes. Refunds will be processed and mailed within 30 days of cancellation. Less than 48 hours prior to the class date, refunds will not be given. Exceptions to this policy may be granted on a case by case basis or in cases of documented family or medical emergency. Call 228-818-2878 if you are unable to attend a class.

Class Locations: All Cafe classes are taught in the Mary C Culinary Arts Cafe located in The Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center (unless otherwise noted in the class description), 1600 Government Street, Ocean Springs, MS.

Class Information: The Mary C. O’Keefe reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes up to the day of the class. We understand that short notice cancellations are inconvenient as such will only occur in extreme cases. In the event a class is cancelled, all students will be notified and full refunds will be given. Refunds will be processed and mailed within 30 days of cancellation The Mary C. O’Keefe reserves the right to substitute ingredients and menu items. All classes include menu recipes and the opportunity to eat what we cook in our class. We ask that all students wear closed-toe shoes in all hands-on classes. Please be prompt as our classes cover several recipes and cooking techniques and we want time to eat what we cook. We ask that cell phones be silenced during the class in respect for our chefs, instructors and class participants.



The Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center of Arts and Education    1600 Government Street, Ocean Springs, Mississippi 39564    228.818.2878    228.818.2886 fax   info@themaryc.org