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.

TEAM BUILDING CLASSES: The Ojai Culinary School is the perfect place to host your corporate team building class offered in three different formats. First, 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 second option is a Pizza Making/Interactive class with Chef Randy Graham. This class has proven to be fun yet bonding while creating your own pizzas (gluten-free as well).  The third format of our Team Building classes 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


FARMERS’ MARKET TOUR COOKING CLASS Sunday November 5th @ 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: Buttercup Squash, Sage and Leek Pie, Herb Roasted Rainbow Cauliflower, Grapefruit, Kale and Avocado salad with pomegranate, Blackberry & Plum Galette with Lavender Whipped Cream


MAKE-AHEAD HOLIDAY BRUNCH,  Sunday December 3rd @ 1:00 with Vanessa. Join us for a festive Holiday event to make delicious food for our family and friends…with ease. Vanessa has been making breakfasts and brunches for the Lavender Inn for nine years. (We have return guests who rave about her breakfasts!) Vanessa will show you how you can make a spectacular Holiday Brunch for all your guests, planning, prepping and preparing without stress.Perfect for just the family or a small gathering.

MENU: Seasonal Holiday Strata, Perfectly Roasted Sweet & Yukon Potatoes, Sweet & Savory Chicken Sausage, Brioche French Toast with Seasonal Fruit and a Holiday Brunch Cocktail.


GINGERBREAD HOUSE BAKING CLASS,  Sunday December 10th @ 1:00 with Eva Hoffman, Bread Maker. Take a break from last-minute gift shopping and get messy in the kitchen. Enjoy a hot chocolate with friends while constructing your very own Gingerbread House!  In this ‘playshop’, Eva will provide all of the essentials you’ll need to make your own royal icing “mortar” for use in assembling and decorating the cutest gingerbread house EVER!  You will love the endless decoration options from candy roofs to pretzel picket fences. You will leave with your gingerbread house and all instructions to bake and build at home! This will definitely put you in the holiday spirit!!!


Fall Classes:

August 27               Sushi with Bianca
September 10      Speak Cook Eat Italian with Clarissa
September 24      Cooking with Cast Iron
October 22            Mediterranean Seafood
November 5         Farmer’s Market with Suzanne
November 11       Private (Italian with Clarissa)
December 3          Make-ahead Holiday Brunch with Vanessa
December 10       Gingerbread House with Eva
Winter Classes posted soon!


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