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. Call 805.646.6635

TEAM BUILDING classes: The Ojai Culinary School is the perfect place to host your corporate team building class offered in two different formats. Our Italian Instructor Clarissa Fishman (and Innkeeper) offers an interactive approach where employees get to know each other in an environment that is ideal for building strong relations in a fun, hands-on way while eating delicious food. You have a choice of Italian or California/Italian Fusion classes. The other format for the Team Building class is similar to the TV Show “Chopped” where two teams compete to create the best recipe/food items with a preplanned set of ingredients. “Contestants” work together to plan and execute a dish to win a ‘prize’. Call Beth at 805-646-6635 for more information!

Reservations: 805-646-6635

For Ojai Culinary School’s upcoming CLASSES April-Sept, see the bottom of the page.

FARMERS’ MARKET TOUR COOKING CLASS Sunday May 7 @ 12:00 with Suzanne Landry author of the Passionate Vegetable, and Fresh Food Matters. Suzanne has taught healthy cooking classes at Ojai Culinary School for over 8 years and is returning from Oregon to teach this class!! Meet at the Lavender Inn at noon to walk next door for an enlightening, educational tour of Ojai’s Farmers’ Market to learn more than you can imagine about seasonal produce. Select items to take back to cook at the Lavender Inn. This is not a hands-on class; Suzanne demonstrates how to cook the menu while lecturing on nutrition. A can’t miss class if you’re looking to improve your health!!!

MENU: Beet, Blood Orange and Avocado Salad; Farrow Salad with Market Fresh Veggies and Herbs; Asparagus, Prosciutto and Spring Onion Frittata; Blueberry Crostade with Sweetened Mascarpone.

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.

AUTHENTIC MEXICAN Sunday June 4 at 1:00 with Sandi Tovias. Sandi was one of the owners and executive chef of her renowned families’ restaurant, Familia Diaz, in Santa Paula. The restaurant was sold after 80 (!) years in business. Let her share some of her family’s secret recipes and easy shortcuts in preparing delicious authentic Mexican food!

MENU: Quick and Easy Salsa, Mexican “street snacks” using Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, Refried Beans, Mexican Rice, Cheesy Chile Rellenos, Chile Verde

LAVENDER INSPIRED CLASS Sunday June 25 @ 1:00 with Chef Robin Goldstein, author of Taste of Ojai and Taste of Santa Barbara. . Going on the 13th year, the Ojai Valley Lavender Festival offers “everything lavender”. Traditionally the Lavender Inn has hosted a lavender cooking class on the Sunday following the Saturday Festival (ojaivalleylavenderfestival,org). Chef Robin Goldstein has not only been a speaker at the Lavender Festival, but has also offered a Cooking with Lavender class for the past few years.

MENU: Lemon Lavender Fizz, Warm Queso de Cabra, Bruschetta with Lavender; Brick Roasted Chicken with Lavender, Salsa Verde with Lavender, Lavender Lemon Bread with Lavender Honey Butter.                              $75/person

ARGENTINE SUMMER Sunday July 9 @ 1:00 with Vanessa, our own innkeeper/Personal Cook! Nothing is better than Milanesa sandwiches with light delicious sides on a hot summer day! You will learn how to make traditional Argentine Milanesa and turn it into the perfect grab and go meal. MENU: Milanesa Sandwiches (beef and vegetarian), Light and Creamy Herbed Potato and Pea Salad, Lemon Endive, Greens & Avocado Salad, and Iced Mate with Savory Mate Cookies, White Wine Sangria with Seasonal Summer Fruit.

SUMMER SOUPS Sunday, July 16 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.

CAMPING 101: CAST IRON SKILLET COOKING Sunday, July 30 @ 1:00 with April Tucker. Cast iron skillets are a must-have for any camping trip as they are rugged and circulate heat to perfectly cook almost any food on the campfire, coals, or grill. Removing the mystery and fear, you will soon find that the cast iron skillet is the most versatile piece of equipment in your camping cooking arsenal. Learn how to properly wash, season, and store your cast iron skillet for years of use!
MENU: Hearty Breakfast Frittata, Deep Dish Pizza, One-Dish Skillet Dinner, and ending with a yummy S’mores Dip.

clarissa-fishmanSPEAK COOK EAT: THE ITALIAN EXPERIENCE Coming in Sept. 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.

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 – Argentine Summer with Vanessa
July 16 – Summer Soups with Bianca
July 30 – Camping 101: Cooking with Cast Iron
August 13 – Grilling with Suzanne
August 27 – TBD
September 10 – Indian Food with Bianca
September TBD SPEAK COOK EAT ITALIAN with Clarissa

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