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 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.
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!
ARGENTINE SUMMER PICNIC Sunday MAY 27th @ 1:00 with Personal Cook & Lavender Inn Innkeeper Vanessa. Nothing is better than a chilled Milanesa sandwich with light and delicious sides on a hot day! You will learn how to make traditional Argentine Milanesa and turn it into the perfect grab-and-go meal or picnic. Roll up your sleeves for this hands on class. It is the perfect family friendly class….all ages welcome!
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 & Grenadine Spritzer with Seasonal Summer Fruit.
COOKING WITH LAVENDER: Sunday, July 1st @ 1:00 with Chef April Tucker. Light and simple dishes perfect for a casual summer gathering. Start with a tall glass of refreshing lavender lemonade cocktail or mocktail and lavender-infused soft cheese and crackers. Students take home a complimentary bundle of lavender to get you cook’n!
MENU: Poulet Au Citron et Lavande (Honey-Lemon Lavender Chicken), Lavender-Peach Quinoa Salad with Goat Cheese, Heirloom Tomatoes with Honey-White Lavender Vinaigrette, Lavender-Blueberry Coconut Milk Ice Cream. $75
SPEAK COOK EAT: UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN Sunday, July 15th @ 1:00 with Clarissa Fishman. Experience a Tuscan style summertime feast.
We will delight in the fresh, summertime flavors of northern Tuscany and pair our tastings with wines both from California and Italy, all while talking some very simple conversational Italian. The ingrediants are comprised of all the freshest, organic, seasonal produce of summer and delicious Watkins Farm GMO free, grass fed, sustainably raised, hormone-free meats cooked into Italian specialties. We look forward to sharing this experience with you, Arrivederci!
MENU: Coming soon. This will be a lighter fare which would eat in Italy in the hot summer. $95.00
SUMMER TOMATOES Sunday July 29 @ 1:00 with Chef Robin Goldstein Nothing tastes better than summer tomatoes fresh from the garden!