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.


grillingMEXICAN GRILL                                                                         with Chef April Tucker                                                 Sunday, August 9 @ 1pm

Running out of ideas for the grill? Learn new GRILLING TECHNIQUES. Join seasoned Chef April in preparing a colorful, refreshing, light, and easy menu with a Mexican twist.
MENU:                                                                                                     BLACKENED GRILLED TUNA STEAKS topped w/ mango tomatillo salsa,
GRILL-ROASTED red pepper, corn, and black bean SALAD.
GRILLED PEACHES alongside dulce HOMEMADE DULCHE DE LECHE ice cream, drizzled with warm honey-cinnamon butter and roasted pecans

April’s passion for cooking began at a young age.  Encouraged by her parents and influenced by her Hispanic roots, she honed her skills and became a private chef and caterer, teaching cooking and nutrition classes at various locations for both children and adults.  In addition, April was a vendor at a Maryland farmers market for several years selling homemade baked items and canned goods.

This Class is limited to 10 participants. $75 per person.



THE ART OF SUMMER FOOD                                                with Chef Marcus Hollingsworth                                         Sunday June 28th @ 1 pm

Get serious about PRESENTATION of FOOD from Executive Chef Marcus Hollingsworth. I mean, have you ever made “glass” or a “tuile” ortwirls”?  Learn the hands-on basics and pro’s secrets of organic geometry, color, balance and the simple flourishes that will delight your guest’s imagination as well as their palate. Perfect for the home cook or professional.  This will be a fun, informational, and lively workshop!               

MENU:  ROASTED VEGETABLE SALAD with opal basil pesto, pan fried maitake mushrooms, crispy parmesan tuile;                                                                                                                                        HEIRLOOM TOMATO and hand-pulled BUFFALO mozzarella CAPRESE with jumbo basil “glass”, saffron vinaigrette;                                                                                                                                                     Golden bell pepper and peach “lotus” GAZPACHO with shrimp, mango, habenero pico de gallo, toasted coriander oil;                                                                                                                                                        RICE NOODLE SALAD  TWIRLS with sesame agave soy, herbs, flax seed with golden miso mayo and caramelized black garlic;                                                                                                                            MEDJOOL DATES with marscapone crème fraîche, blue cheese, lavender clover honey and sweet pickled goji berries.

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.

 This class is limited to 10 participants. $65 per person.


Suzanne-PR-shot1Fall Harvest Farmer’s Market to Table                                       with Chef Suzanne Landry – coming this fall

Join us for this Abundant Fall Seasonal Farmers’ Market Tour and Cooking Class!  Come and see what gifts of nature we have with Suzanne Landry, the Fresh Food Chef and Author of the Passionate Vegetable and Fresh Food Matters.

The tour of the Farmer’s Market begins at NOON for one hour followed by a cooking class at the Lavender Inn from 1:00 – 3:30.  You will make healthy dishes with market fresh fruits and vegetables and experiment with unusual ways to prepare with the basics.  Dishes will be seasonal and prepared simply so that you can enjoy the best flavors that the prime season has to offer.  Menu to follow.     This Class is limited to 10 participants. $75 per person.

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

***  a 72 hour cancellation required for a full refund.   The Lavender Inn is conveniently located behind the arcade in downtown Ojai at 210 E. Matilija. 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, Karen Evenden,, 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 (across from the Rainbow Bridge)