Ojai Culinary School

ojai-culinary-school-logoThe 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 CLASSESgirls-night-inn: 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

Reservations: 805-646-6635

  For some of our upcoming CLASSES April-Sept, see the bottom of the page.

lavender-inn-prep-2-aug-28-2016-copyHASSLE-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

TASTE OF GREECE!  Sunday March 5 at 1:00 with local caterer,  Chef Robin Goldstein, author of Taste of Ojai and Taste of Santa Barbara. Robin is back with a class in a different region of the Mediterranean – Greece.  This will be a demonstration class with some hands-on  participation of the various dishes.  The class is appropriate for all home chefs, regardless of experience.

MENU:   Santorini Sunset Cocktail with grapefruit, mint, thyme-infused honey, Smoked Salmon Taramasalata with Flatbread, Great Greek Rice Salad with Chicken & Feta Viniagrette, and Fitoura, a Traditional Semolina Sweet

Sunday March 26 @ 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
Class $95/person

Sunday May 14 at 1:00 with Eva Hoffman Nothing beats the flavor and chewy texture of sourdough bread, and the aroma and taste of a warm, freshly baked loaf right from your oven! Broaden your bread-baking skills with an informative introduction to sourdough culture/starter. Look forward to a fun, hands-on session going over everything you need to know about using and maintaining a wild-yeast, naturally fermented sourdough starter. Concentrate on the intricacies of creating a well-structured loaf with beautiful crust and crumb. We’ll make a while-grain sourdough loaf, practice scaling ingredients, mixing and developing dough strength over a series of stretch and folds. Practice shaping, scoring , and sample with tasty accompaniments at the end of class. Finally, everyone will go home with a picture-perfect, scored, fresh-from-the-oven loaf of sourdough bread, plus the sourdough starter. If you ever imagined pulling fragrant, crusty, home-made bread from your oven, this class is for you! Engage with this fascinating ancient craft, and make scrumptious sourdough bread at home for your family and friends.

SUMMER SOUPS                   
Sunday, July 30 1:00 with Bianca Rose Martinez. 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.  Bianca is author of Compassionate Eating: Conscious Consumption for Mind, Body, Spirit and Planet.
MENU: Melon Soup, Heirloom Tomato Soup, Corn Chowder, and Thai Vegetable Soup.

Coming soon with menus:
April 9th – Ojai’s Pixie Tangerine with Chef Robin
May 7 – Farmer’s Market Tour and Fresh Class – Suzanne L
May 14 – Sourdough Bread Making
June 4 –  Authentic Mexican with Sandi Tovias
June 25 – Cooking with Lavender with Robin
July 9 – Camping 101: Cooking with Cast Iron
July 30 – Summer Soups with Bianca
August 13 – Grilling with Suzanne
August 27 – TBD
September 10 – Indian Food with Bianca

CALL 805-646-6635 for RESERVATIONS & more information on private or these public classes!