Cooking for Healing - Online (FREE)

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Saturday, July 27, 2024 10:00am to 12:00pm
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Zoom Meeting (Pacific Time)
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This is a live, interactive, hands-on cooking class held online via Zoom. See our registration policies here. Please register in advance of the event so we can communicate important class information.


Inspired by a teenage member of our community, we’re excited to offer this new class to help people going through or having gone through cancer, their families, and their caregivers. Through simple recipes that are easy to prepare and filled with nutrients to prevent, protect, and nourish our bodies, we will spend two hours cooking together and sharing. We will strive to make the recipes accessible, repeatable, and adaptable to what’s available. We will also leave space for moments to share verbally as we cook together. We believe in the transformative power of home cooking, and hope that this class will be a safe space for sharing, bonding, coping, and nourishing. 

This unique class is free to attend for all attendees, thanks to funding from San Francisco University High School. The grant was secured by Aria, the teenager who inspired this 18 Reasons class. Aria will be cooking alongside you during class and looks forward to connecting with you.

Besides delicious food, here's what you can expect from an online class with Camila: Chef Camila has a broadcast-quality multi-camera setup with professional microphone and lighting, creating top notch video quality. Some visuals and graphics are included for clarity and visual aid. The class is fully interactive; Camila can see your home setup and respond to questions in real time on substitutions, cookware, technique, and the recipe. Classes are paced so that you can cook along in real time, or, if you prefer, sit back, watch, enjoy, and learn. Registrants will have access to the class video to rewatch as many times as your heart desires! Click here to see a sample video of what to expect in class.



Rainbow Lunch Bowl—A nourishing meal featuring peak seasonal produce and what is accessible to the chef. A template meal with endless possibilities!

Healthy Caprese Salad—Celebrating tomatoes in their prime, this crowd pleasing salad packs flavor and nutrients for a one-two punch! This will be a dairy-free version using homemade cashew cheese and a vegan basil pesto.

Congee-esque soup—A comforting meal for when you feel down, or when your system can’t bear too much of a load. Light, yet warming, this is a flexible recipe with room for a variety of garnishes to add nutrients, color, and flavor.


Equipment and Ingredient list can be found here!


This menu contains the following common allergens: Tree Nuts. There will be options to adapt to any major restrictions. If you have allergies or dietary restrictions that concern your ability to cook along, please e-mail before purchasing a ticket.

Let’s Cook Together!


If you’re new to 18 Reasons Online, please read this guide: How to Take an Online Class at 18 Reasons. Five calendar days before class, 18 Reasons may decide to cancel this class if not enough tickets are sold. We will notify registrants by email about cancellations.


Camila Loew holds a Ph.D. in Humanities and is a certified nutrition consultant. Having lived alongside the Mediterranean for almost two decades, she believes that the best cooking relies on simple recipes with outstanding ingredients. That's the Mediterranean way she conveys in her classes, along with the concept of sobremesa, which happens to be the name of the company she runs. Sobremesa is the leisurely time we spend gathered around the table. In addition to running Sobremesa Culinary Tours, through which she offers delicious cultural and culinary experiences abroad for fellow food-lovers, Camila founded and directs the Food Studies & Gastronomy program at the University of Barcelona, and teaches academically about Mediterranean food culture to American students abroad. Since 2014, Camila has been sharing her love of regional Spanish and Mediterranean cuisines at 18 Reasons. Additionally, for the past 10 years, she teaches regularly for the Cancer Support Community of the SF Bay Area.  For more information visit her website