Kids in the Kitchen

Mom and Dad, enjoy a healthy meal for a family of 4, made with love for you by your junior chef! Each fun afternoon in the Mary C Culinary Cafe is a hands-on lesson in life skills and exploration of the art and science of food.

Instructor: Chef Cheri Hiers

Age Requirement: 9 - 15

Dates: September 24, October 1, October 8

Day & Time: Wednesdays 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Youth Member Fee: $65 per class

September 24 - Fish Teriyaki with Vegetable Noodle Stir Fry

October 1 - Turkey Meatloaf, Cauliflower Mash, and Garlic Green Beans

October 8 - Grilled Loin Chop Curry with Jasmine Rice

Class Slots Available: Each class is available for only 6 kids each.






Healthy Cooking

Every month, Dr.Sheli Milam will teach healthy cooking based on the Medi -Weightloss System. A healthy meal will be served.

Instructor: Dr.Sheli Milam of the Ocean Springs Medi Weightloss Clinic

Dates: September 8, October 6, November 3 & December 1
Day & Time: Mondays, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Member Fee: $35 Per Person, Per Session
Non-Member Fee: $50 Per Person, Per Session





What you should know about cooking classes at The Mary C Culinary Arts Cafe

Come hungry! At the end of each class, everyone gets to enjoy the delicious delights that have been prepared…

You do not need to bring anything! We provide everything.

We offer different class formats depending on the topic and chef. Each class write-up specifies the class format. Some classes are Hands On and participants will take part in chopping, assembly and preparation of meals that the class feasts on at the end of the session. We also offer Demonstration type classes where participants watch the class instructor prepare dishes with explanations along the way and participants dine on what was prepared by the chef. 

We will have lots to do. Each class is packed with the preparation of several recipes and we like to get started on time.


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