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. 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!
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.
SOURDOUGH BREAD BAKING WORKSHOP
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