Thursdays & 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.




Friday, November 20

Chef Cheri Hires

Bourbon and Barq's Ham

Honey Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Mixed Vegetable Casserole

Dark Chocolate Cherry Bombs



Holiday Baking

Do you wish you could bring handmade baked goods to all your holiday parties? Well you CAN!

We will be spending the day filling our freezers with ready to bake goods just in time for the holidays.

You can bake while you dress for your night out with family and friends.

We will be making an assortment of cookie doughs, pies, and rolls.

Instructor: Chef Cheri Hiers

Ages: 8 and Up

Date: Saturday, November 21

Time: 12:00 - 3:00 pm

Fee: $45 Members / $55 Non-Members


Holiday Candy Gifts for all Ages!

Learn the secrets of tempering chocolate, making English toffee, candied nuts, and creating candy plates.


English Toffee

Candied Nuts

Chocolate Cherry Bombs

Edible Stained Glass Platters


Instructor: Chef Cheri Hiers

Ages: 6 and up

Date: December 12

Time: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Fee: $35 Members / $45 Non-Members


Cookies for Santa

Parents... Do you need to do a little last minute shopping, holiday cleaning, or cooking? Do you want a fun activity for your kids to do while they are out of school? If so... The Mary C has a plan for you! Have your kids come by The Mary C on Tuesday, December 22 from 10:00 - 12:00 pm or 1:00 - 3:00 pm to make their own "Cookies for Santa." Each kid will have an opportunity to decorate a dozen cookies for the jolly elf!

Instructor: Chef Cheri Hiers

Date: Tuesday, December 22

Ages: 6 - 12 years

Times: 10:00 - 12:00 pm / 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Fee: $10 per student

Registration Deadline: December 20



(Feel free to bring your own adult beverage to any culinary class)


Starting in October....

Roll in the Dough Wednesday!

Every first Wednesday of the month, pick up a box of delicious goodies at The Mary C Cafe!

Each box will hold the following mouth watering delights: one loaf of handmade bread, one dozen scrumptious homemade cookies, and a half dozen delightfully flaky pastries!

These delightful morsels of tasty goodness can be enjoyed by your office personnel, the kids, or you and your friends over a pot of hot coffee.

Each month your box will contain a new explosion of flavor!

And of course... You are welcome to stop by the Cafe on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 am to watch and learn as Chef Cheri makes magic! Orders must be in by 10am Tuesday morning before the first Wednesday of the month. (All items are handmade and time must be allowed for dough to rise).

A limited number of boxes are made, so order yours today!



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