Lila Volkas, pickling and fermentation, food and drink tasting, cooking and cocktail teacher

Lila Volkas

location_on Oakland, Oakland (Bay Area)

local_activity classes: KombuchaPickling and FermentationFood and Drink TastingCookingBaking and DessertsTeaCocktail

4.9 (44)
Instagram followers1k


Lila Volkas is a Certified Nutrition Consultant and workshop facilitator based in Oakland, California. Lila brings joy and connection to employees around food and nutrition through her Corporate Team-Building Workshops. She makes nutrition and culinary information easy to understand and fun to learn through her food writing, illustration, and one-on-one consulting.

Lila has been hosting food events and classes for over a decade with thousands of participants all around the world. She works with companies like Google,  Microsoft, and Amazon to bring team-bonding and wellness into the workplace. These sessions are not your average mixology classes, Lila brings a unique Do It Yourself and “healthy-ish” spin to your favorite cocktails and treats.

Lila found her way to holistic nutrition after a six-year healing journey from chronic skin and digestive issues. She has come to recognize the onset of these health challenges as a blessing in disguise. They led Lila to her dream job of helping others find connection, joy, and healing through food.

Last, but not least - it’s not all about kale and quinoa! Lila believes in balance and enjoying the sweet things in life. She empowers her clients and workshop participants to make educated decisions about their health while also keeping it real.






Classes


Mocktail Mixology Class

5.0 (1)

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Comes to you

10 to 400

label $80

DIY Kombucha Class for Teams

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Oakland / Mobile

10 to 100

label $75

DIY Plant Based Elixirs Class

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Oakland / Mobile

10 to 100

label $80

DIY Healthy Snacks Workshop for Teams

date_range Your choice of time

location_on Oakland / Mobile

10 to 100

label $80

Learn Tea-Based Mocktail Mixology

date_range Sat, Jul 20, 11am

videocam

LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Cocktail kit delivered

1 to 1000

label $50 - $80

Learn Mocktail Mixology

5.0 (30)

date_range Your choice of time

videocam

LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Cocktail kit delivered

10 to 1000

label $50 - $80

DIY Pumpkin Spiced Treats

5.0 (2)

date_range Your choice of time

videocam

LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Craft kit delivered

10 to 300

label $50 - $80

Make Mocktails - Mini Session

5.0 (2)

date_range Your choice of time

videocam

LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Cocktail kit delivered

10 to 1000

label $58

DIY Kombucha for Teams

5.0 (1)

date_range Your choice of time

videocam

LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Craft kit delivered

10 to 100

label $75

DIY Plant Based Elixirs for Wellbeing

4.2 (5)

date_range Your choice of time

videocam

LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Kit delivered

10 to 100

label $80

Make Healthy Snacks for Teams - Mini Session

date_range Your choice of time

videocam

LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Craft kit delivered

10 to 1000

label $58

DIY Healthy Snacks for Teams

date_range Your choice of time

videocam

LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Craft kit delivered

10 to 1000

label $50 - $80

Make Plant Based Elixirs - Mini Session

date_range Your choice of time

videocam

LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Kit delivered

10 to 1000

label $58

Decorate a Gingerbread House

5.0 (2)

date_range Your choice of time

videocam

LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Craft kit delivered

10 to 100

label $85

Holiday Elixir Happy Hour

5.0 (1)

date_range Your choice of time

videocam

LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Craft kit delivered

15 to 300

label $80

Decorate a Valentine's Day Gingerbread Love Shack

date_range Your choice of time

videocam

LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Craft kit delivered

8 to 200

label $75

Decorate Cookies: Halloween Haunted House

date_range Your choice of time

videocam

LIVE STREAMING

local_shipping Craft kit delivered

10 to 100

label $78




Reviews

(44)


Div Raju Jun 2024


Lila hosted a mocktail class for a virtual corporate team event. It was an awesome event. Lila is a great host and we learned a lot in addition to making two delicious cocktails

Joy Xie Jun 2024


We had a great time learning from Lila! Everyone enjoyed the class and the mocktails! Lila was very detailed throughout the planning and the class.

Ally Jun 2024


As someone who doesn't drink alcohol due to health reasons I loved learning how to make drinks that are fun, taste good and have health benefits to them. Mocktails don't need to be boring and they also don't need to make you feel sluggish afterwards like store bought ones do. I can't wait to make these again for my friends next time they come over.

Jenny Jun 2024


Lila was such a lovely host! The mocktails were delicious, it was super accessible, and she did a great job of keeping the energy up while making space for us to participate and connect with each other. A great class for a remote office that needs some structure to connect socially.

Kelly Jun 2024


Lila is clear, engaging, and personable! I liked how she discussed mocktails in general and encouraged us to share our own experiences and products we like. I would take another class from her!

Asia Nguyens Jun 2024


Lila was very kind and knowledgeable! The mocktails were delicious and the whole experience was a lot of fun.

Lara Jun 2024


Really enjoyed it. Lila was very knowledgeable and friendly. It was a great way for virtual to spend time with my virtual co-workers.

Haydee Jun 2024


What a terrific team activity! Given our remote operation we dont get time to do things together or to share time outside of work so this was a nice and tasty experience to have as a team. The teacher was really generous with her instruction, feedback and with the gift from her lemon tree in the packet. I really appreciated all the information, the instruction and the experience. Thank you so much!!!

Jennifer Jun 2024


It was so much fun and the mocktails are genuinely delicious - and I am not someone who would generally drink a mocktail or try a lot of the ingredients. But Lila truly creates delicious drinks, and the thought and care she puts in make them even better. The class was a great way to spend time with my coworkers outside of a meeting, and the beverages were delightful, summery, and refreshing. I would definitely recommend this as a fun activity with friends or coworkers.

Victoria Jun 2024


Lila gave my coworkers and I a great virtual mocktail class! We learned all about the different ingredients, the benefits and how they work together and were able to enjoy a delicious drink together at the end. Thanks Lila!

Julie McMahon Jun 2024


Lila created a fun and educational event for us! She supplied us with all of the ingredients prior to the event and walked us through how to make a yummy, healthy Mocktail! Lila shared her knowledge and expertise, while facilitating a great group conversation! Thank you Lila!

Zack Jun 2024


Awesome workshop! Really delicious drinks and lots of great inspo for other mocktails! Would highly recommend.

Dan Brooking Jun 2024


Lila was great. The mocktails tastes fantastic and were easy to put together by following her directions. Pace was very good, no-one seemed to be falling behind. She was also very knowledgeable about mocktails and the ingredients and shared a lot of that in addition to the actual making of the drinks.

As a company we've done a lot of virtual team events like this and this seems to be everyones favorite by far.

Highly recommended!

Grace Jun 2024


Did a wonderful job leading the class, was very technical about ingredients, mixers, etc. but kept it fun! Feel like I learned a lot & was very happy with the drinks we made (they were delicious, in fact!)

Kate Jun 2024


I had such a great time! Lila was great at explaining how these were made and why different aspects of the mocktail were important. What's even better is that they tasted delicious!

Maggie Jun 2024


Lila was amazing! Loved how she coached our group through the recipes but also all the things we learned about mocktails and the ingredients

Danya May 2024


Awesome class! I really enjoyed learning about all of the different health properties of the ingredients.

Ashayla May 2024


This class was so great! I am someone who doesn’t like to drink alcohol much but still love that style of beverage. This class has given me some recipes and information to really dive into mocktails! I already had my mom try them and she also loved them. I am so excited to continue and hopefully attend another class in the future.

Carley May 2024


What a fun way to take a break at work! Learned so much about the world of mocktails and how to pair different flavors with textures to make a yummy N/A drink. Excited to explore different concoctions on my own. My husband didn't participate but got a taste of the drinks (I had to make extra because he took them back to his office)!

Jasmine May 2024


cocktails were delicious and the instructor was so fun and knowledgable. I had such a great time!

Sabrina May 2024


Delicious, fun, and informative! One of the best remote team building exercises I’ve participated in.

Andie Coakley May 2024

5 ClassBento workshops attended • 5 reviews


Lila was an absolute amazing teacher and subject matter expert on DIY Kombucha. She was able to answer all questions thoughtfully and provide the reasoning behind the answers. Thank you for a wonderfully informative class that provides a life skill for years.

Danielle Ainabe Mar 2024


I attended a virtual mocktail mixology class! The host was knowledgeable, all ingredients provided and mailed ahead of time and the experience was awesome. She took time to do an icebreaker, answer questions, and walk us through the purpose of certain flavors and how complexity affects the taste. I would definitely recommend it!

Brittany Mbaezue Mar 2024


Amazing experience! Lila was great at explaining every step and even gave tips on why we were doing certain tasks. Definitely will recommend her again!

De'andrea Harrington Mar 2024


This was so fun! The occasion was for our employee resource group. Lila was fun and engaging. She did a great job of explaining the different flavor profiles and how to elevate our mocktails.

Keisha Johnson Mar 2024


I loved this experience. The host did a fantastic job of sharing knowledge with us about what makes a mocktail great.

Nia Jackson Mar 2024


The host was great, she helped us make easy, simple but great mocktails!

Brady Trevisan Mar 2024


Lila provided a really fun and informative class! We learned a lot about how to make complex and delicious mocktails, and had a great time tasting the mocktails and competing to see who could make the best one! Lila brought a bunch of really interesting and fun ingredients, so we could all let our creativity shine through! We had a great time and would take another class from Lila!

Debbie Melkonian Jan 2024


We had a great team experience, Lila was engaging, informative and a very friendly host.

Food and Drink Tasting class review by Debbie Melkonian

Dayanna Belisario Dec 2023


Lila was very nice and kept us well engaged. The packaging was easy and perfect to use.

Natalie Mercuri Dec 2023


Materials were perfectly packaged, including an adorable little peppermint extract. Lila was knowledgeable and kept the group engaged. Highly recommend.

Donna McCatty Dec 2023


Lila was wonderful. I love how fun this event was and how Lila made sure that we all stayed on track as we built our mocktails. The team had a lot of fun and our drinks were GREAT!

Cocktail class review by Donna McCatty

Grace Lancaster Dec 2023

5 ClassBento workshops attended


Amanda was an excellent teacher. She was upbeat, flexible and fun! We loved the ingredients included too :)

Shalene Watanabe-O'Toole Oct 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended


The kits are so cute and the treats are delicious! Our team really enjoyed our class with Lila and will definitely be doing more in the future!

Emmett Oct 2023


This was super fun and informative - thank you so much!

Mairead Oct 2023


Lila was awesome - great mix of educational and fun. She did a great job of connecting with a large virtual audience. Loved the experience.

Alicia Kellum Oct 2023


Lila was a great instructor - very knowledgeable and the mocktails were AMAZING!

Kenneis Thorpe Oct 2023


Lila was a great instructor she engaged the group and made us all feel comfortable taking her time and sharing nutritional information on all the ingredients. I received so many compliments on the event like -

Lila was great!
We should do this again!
I will be using the recipes provided with my family and friends!

Samantha Dale Sep 2023


The team really enjoyed your session, thank you for hosting our virtual mocktail experience and shipping everything so fast!

Taylor Lauren Roesch Lizzadro Sep 2023


Awesome class would highly recommend! Lila’s kit and instruction was perfect pace and so informative. Everyone had a blast

Ashley Horton Sep 2022

32 ClassBento workshops attended • 29 reviews


Everyone loved this event! Lila is just amazing, and I can't wait to book with her in the future! I would highly recommend booking her events, she's great

Drew Sep 2022


It was great learning about the uses and benefits of each of the ingredients, and finding out about ingredients that I'd never heard about before! Plus, everything was delicious!

Michaela Sep 2022


Such a great experience I learned so much and got to make/taste some fun, new drinks

Pedro Mass Aug 2022


Link didn't work to join the class

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