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18 Reasons: Cooking for Immunity

July 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Zoom Meeting Online PDT
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States

Member Price:

This is a live, hands-on cooking class held online via Zoom. This is an interactive experience; if online learning is new to you, please read this guide on How to Take an Online Class at 18 Reasons.

Registered students should take at least 30 min before class begins to do the following: download and set up Zoom, test audio and video, wash and prep ingredients, and bring out equipment in the kitchen, per the list linked below. 18 Reasons staff will e-mail registrants one message containing class recipes and a Zoom meeting link; check your junk/spam/event folder in case you do not see the e-mail. Search for any email from 18 Reasons, looking for a subject line containing the full title of the class.

Supporting our immune systems can be delicious. Food is medicine as well as pleasure. Here to remind you that these two goals are possible in the same meal are Sharon and Annie, whom we are glad to have back in our virtual classroom. Each dish has a connection to your immune system which Sharon and Annie will discuss, including anti-inflammatory ingredients and why they matter. Together, we will cook a meal that nourishes the body and soul.


Salmon in Saffron Coconut Broth

Instant Pot Mushroom Soup

Roasted Seasonal Vegetables

Equipment and Ingredient List for the class will be posted here for your shopping plans. Please check back soon.

If you have allergies or dietary restrictions that concern your ability to cook along, please e-mail info@18reasons.org before purchasing a ticket.

Sharon Meyer, DipION, CNC is highly skilled functional medicine trained nutritionist with over 20 years of experience, homing her practice at the Institute for Health & Healing, Sutter Health’s Integrative Medicine wing. She specializes in cancer, auto-immune diseases, heart health, digestive health, weight loss programs, elimination diets, anti-inflammatory diets and cleanses. Sharon has lectured around the world, from London to California, frequently featured on television, radio, and in print. She is also a qualified Cordon Bleu cook! Sharon creates recipes as she speaks, tailoring her recommendations to her client’s preferences and circumstances. She also relies on high-quality nutritional supplements with strong scientific research, demonstrating how healthy eating is key to optimum health. Sharon determines the status of various body systems, including digestion, immune system, hormone balance, and many others. She is engaging and compassionate, ready to provide nutrition information or design a practical, customized approach to nutrition that is flexible and easily adopted. Sharon grew up in South Africa, graduated from the Institute of Optimum Nutrition in London, a cutting-edge program founded by Patrick Holford, author of the popular book The Optimum Nutrition Bible.

A San Francisco native, Annie Obermeyer grew up in a family who loved to eat and cook in this vibrant food mecca of a city. Since childhood, storytelling, food, and Zen Buddhism were the three legs of Annie’s barstool and remain so to this day. While working at the Public Theater in New York, Annie started her own private chef business called Impossible Tomato, the name her Italian teacher gave her as a child – the shoe fit! Shortly after that, Annie lived, studied, and cooked at San Francisco Zen Center for three years. There, she learned what cooking mindfully truly means. Annie spent the summer of 2018 as a guest cook at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. This past fall she cooked for a group of spectacular playwrights as resident chef at SPACE on Ryder Farm, an artist in residency program on the grounds of a 223-year-old working organic farm in Putnam County, New York. Annie is honored to work at The Institute for Health & Healing, where she works with people living the IHH mission of healing people and transforming health care. Annie believes that food has the power to transform, heal, unite, and delight. She is thrilled that nourishing others allows her to explore life fully through myriad lenses. By gathering around a table, we discover the world, ourselves, and each other.


July 18
10:00 am - 12:00 pm


18 Reasons
3674 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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(415) 568-2710