Ojai Culinary School

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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. See below for more on private classes.



Argentine Inspired Fish & Vegies
Sunday October 11 @ 1:00 with Argentinian Chef Diego Felix

Diego Felix was featured in Travel + Leisure, when they listed his Buenos Aires restaurant-home, Casa Felix, in an article about the world’s best secret dining clubs.  What I didn’t know was that he also runs Colectivo Felix.  For part of the year, this intimate group of family and friends leaves Casa Felix to travel the world creating prix-fixe meals for private supper clubs.  At each destination, Diego seeks out the local and seasonal foods of the region.  Working with farmer’s markets, fishermen, foragers, and even vineyards, he conjures up a unique flavor that combines the area’s locavore cuisine with his Argentinian roots.
The Menu:
CHIPA: A tradicional street food bread in inherited from the Guaraní indigenous group from Paraguay , Brazil and north west of Argentina.
LLAJWA: This is the Pre-columbian Gazpacho with a different approach to this tradicional dish from Spain.
FISH & CHIMICHURRI: Learn how to make a tradicional Argentinan chimichurri and other creative ways to use it.
LAVENDER PANNA COTTA:  Inspired by the name of the Laveneder Inn.  This is a  healthy and tasty dessert with coconut milk.


Demystifying Wine Pairings
Sunday, Oct. 25th @ 1pm with Sommelier Vera Long & Chef Hollingsworth

This class is all about selecting the wines that will fit the sumptuious foods. Sommelier Vera Long will teach you how to gain confidence in pairing wines with food.  Chef Hollingsworth is a well-known local chef who has 24 years of professional experience in many exotic and classic food disciplines.   He is a multi-award winning chef including Top Chef Central Texas.  He has been the Executive Chef at the Pierpont Inn, the Ranch House and NoSoVita.                                                                                                       To learn more go to www.ojaisoul.com.  $75 per person.

The Menu:
BUTTER LETTUCE CUPS, smoked berloti beans, parsnip, pork cracklins                                  CHIOGGiA BEET BUCKWHEAT RISOTTO, slow roasted Lamb Loin, orange-walnut  gremolata, pomegranate sage glace de viande
Brown butter SCALLOP, sweet PEA PUREE, crispy shallots, red grape, dehydrated tomato powder
Arborio RICE PUDDING, brulee of PEAR, rhubarb umeboshi, caramel

Sunday Nov. 8th @ 1:00 with Suzanne Cuenot
The Menu:
Traditional savory buckwheat galettes                
Smoked bacon, egg and onion crepe                  Roquefort cheese and walnut crepe                         Leek, goat cheese and honey purses                      Dessert crepes using wheat flour: Flambeed apple crepe Normandy & Chocolate, Pear and Praline crepe


tamalesTAMALES, TAMALES, TAMALES                                                Sunday Dec. 6 @ 1:00 with Chef April Tucker

For more information and reservations call the Lavender Inn at 805-646-6635.

***  a 72 hour cancellation required for a full refund.  


The Foodie Package is available for those who stay at the Lavender Inn while taking a class with a 10% off your room for one night per class.


Create your own private class for 8 – 12 of your friends! Whether it’s a Birthday, Baby shower, Family-get-together, kid’s party, company retreat, or time with friends, we can help you design an intimate class and menu around your theme. These classes are unique way to spend time with friends and enjoy delicious food. Sweet? Savory? We cater to any palate with a long list of chefs including April Tucker, Aparna Khanolkar, Chef Marcus Hollingsworth, Private Chef Robin, Suzanne Landry and many more … Let us help you create the ultimate food experience and leave the work to us! The Ojai Culinary School @ The Lavender Inn 805.646.6635 210 East Matilija street , Ojai