The intimate Lavender Inn is the setting for the innovative Ojai Culinary School. The cooking school offers a wide variety of hands-on and demonstration cooking classes ranging from visiting chefs to local artisanal cooks. The emphasis on the cooking classes is to develop technique and expertise along with a sense of ease in the kitchen.
PRIVATE COOKING CLASSES: Let us cook up a celebration for you – whether it’s a birthday, a bridal shower, or just a group getting together. We can tailor your class to your group’s cooking skill level and type of desired menu. Chefs will work side by side with your group to create a memorable meal. We also offer team building class competitions similar to Top Chef. Call Beth to customize your private class: 805.646.6635
HEALTHY BODY, HEALTHY MIND Sunday Jan. 8 @ 1:00 with Ash Archambeau Start 2017 off with a commitment to take care of your body and put your mind at ease! Ash will help you get back to basics to organize, select,and prepare sustainable meals. Ash is a “kitchen koach” whose goal is to teach healthy, sustainable cooking. As a cancer survivor, she believes in the power of our bodies to self heal when given proper nutrition.
This class will include hands-on recipes for an alkaline meal: Immunity Tonic, Minty Basil Dip with crudite, Sesame Carrot Vegetable Rainbow Salad, Lentil-stuffed Poroabellos, and Raw Chocolate Raspberry Torte.
HOLIDAY MIXOLOGY Sunday December 11 @ 1:00 with Kevin Cribbs – If you are having a holiday party or just want to master some bartending skills, you will love this class!
Kevin will teach you techniques bartenders use, and everyone will have a chance to learn and practice ‘free pouring’. He will teach you the basics of bartending and how to balance the ‘profile’ of a cocktail. Then there will be a hands-on opportunity to construct 1 of 5 holiday creations (using vodka, tequilla, whiskey, gin, and spiced rum) with various festive presentations.
Kevin Cribbs is an experienced bartender and has taught mixology classes. He has worked at Southern Wine & Spirits, the largest distributor of alcohol in the US.
Menu inludes Black Walnut Old-Fashioned – a simple holiday twist on a whiskey lover’s classic; Chocolate Margarita – You’ll love the chocolate Oreo twist on this popular cocktail; Peppermint Martini, Gingerbread Eggnog White Russian, and the Blue Dreidel, a delicious ‘spin’ of fresh coconut and light rum…and it’s blue! A festive wine & cheese platter will accompany the class.
ARGENTINE COMFORT Sunday, January 22nd @ 1:00 with personal cook (and our Innkeeper!) Vanessa. She was raised in Argentina with a middle eastern background. Her food is a fusion of these and Italian Spanish culture. It’s all simple rustic delicious comfort food. In this class you will make a Classic Heart of Palm Salad, a Shepherds Pie with an Argentine twist (A vegetarian version will also be created.) and Churros with Dulce de Leche. Best of all, you get to make and taste it all. Sangria and Seltzer will be served. ** Organic, local and sustainable.
WINTER SOUPS Sunday, Feb 5 @ 1:00 with Bianca Rose. This class will focus on the healthy benefits of soup. Participants will learn to make several different soups, including tricks to make dairy free creamy soups and how to use healing herbs and spices for specific health issues and overall wellness.
MENU: Ginger Coconut Carrot Soup, Vegan Clam Chowder with Gluten-Free Sourdough Bread Bowl, Creamy Cauliflower Parsnip Soup, and Vegetable Miso Soup with Ginger and Lemon Grass.
HASSLE-FREE GLUTEN-FREE COOKING Sunday Feb. 26 @ 1:00 with Randy Graham. Randy introduces gluten-free dishes that are easy, nutritious, and tasty. He is a local cookbook author and food columnist specializing in Vegetarian, Vegan, and Gluten-Free cooking. Prior to the class, Randy’s 3rd book will be released. A signed copy of “Ojai Valley Gluten-Free Cookbook” will be included in the cost of the class. Menu includes: Caprese Salad Stacks, Broccoli-Cheddar Crustless Quiche, Fresh Green Beans with Dijon-Vinaigrette Dressing and his versatile Dukkay Seasoning
SPEAK COOK EAT: THE ITALIAN EXPERIENCE
Sunday, March 5 @12.00 with Clarissa Fishman
You don’t have to leave Ojai to experience the wonderful flavors and sounds of Italy. In this deliciously fun and interactive class you will be transported to Tuscany as you learn how to cook a traditional Tuscan style meal and learn basic Italian vocabulary, including how to order in a restaurant. We will enjoy socializing & eating the delicious food we will cook.
Menu: Coming Soon