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.
UPCOMING CLASSES & EVENTS:
CLASSES COMING IN WINTER 2016 in addition-to private instruction sessions:
Feb. 7 – Valentine Chocolate Lovers Treat-Making with Magda Freedom
Feb. 13 – Spa Gifts to take home with Rhys Keck
March 6 – Sauces & Vinaigrettes with Patricia Cuenot
March 20 – Asian Appetizers with April Tucker April 10 – Ojai Pixie Tangerines with a Twist with Chef Robin Goldstein
Also coming: Chinese | Japanese | Mediterranean | Thai | Vegan Gourmet
June 26 – Cooking with Lavender with Chef Robin Goldstein
VALENTINES CHOCOLATE LOVERS TREAT-MAKING CLASS
Sun. Feb. 7 @ 1pm with Magda
Attendees will get a crash course in the health benefits of chocolate and walk away with the ability to make yummy treats for themselves and their loved one. In this 2 hour class with a few recipes you will create multiple chocolate variations. All recipes are super easy and can be made by beginners. These recipes can be used for Valentines Day and, of course, year round.
Peanut Butter Cups
Healthy Hot Chocolate
Chocolate Covered Coconut Macaroons
Class is $65/person
Romantic Spa Treatments at Home for Valentines Day
Saturday February 13 @ 1:00- 3:30 with Rhys Keck
Get ideas for packaging and essential oil combinations. Special acknowledgment to lavender, of course! Wine and cheese will be served. Please join us for a fun, creative, and festive afternoon!
Create your own Bath Salts, Fizzy Bath Bombs, Tub Truffles to take home for yourself or your honey! $65 per person
WINTER FARMER’S MARKET CLASS Sunday Feb. 24 @ 12:00 pm with Suzanne Landry
Meet at the Lavender Inn at noon then cruise 2 doors down to the Farmers’ Market where Suzanne will amaze you with her knowledge of fruits and vegetables in their raw and cooked forms. Then you will return to the Inn to create dishes that are the freshest and seasonal from the market. Suzanne has been an instructor at Ojai Culinary School for over 8 years and we are still learning from her on the nutritional effect of foods in our bodies.
Suzanne is an author of numerous health-oriented cookbooks which are for sale in her class. Her recipes are beyond delicious!
Herb Roasted Rainbow Cauliflower with Leeks, Shallots and Butternut
Tri-color Beet Salad with Tangerines and Feta Cheese and Mint Vinaigrette
Spicy Asian Tofu with Gingered Wilted Asian Greens
Spuds and Sprouts – Brussels Sprouts and Potato Cheesy Casserole
Dessert: Poached Pears in Pomegranate Reduction with Lavender Whipped Cream
Class is limited to 12. $75
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN SAUCES & VINIAGRETTES
March 6 @ 1:00 with Patricia Cuenot
Description – Two warm sauces, one perfect for meats and hearty vegetarian or vegan dishes and one for fish and shellfish and three types of dressings
Mushroom Gravy with Garlic and Red Wine
White Butter Sauce with Lemon & Tarragon
Ojai Meyer Lemon White Balsamic Dressing
Green Goddess Tahini Avocado Dressing
Class limited to 10. $65
March 20th @ 1 pm with April Tucker
April Tucker has an extensive background in chefing, catering, and instructing classes on both the East and West Coast.
This class will be a hands-on technical class to learn the various ways to wrap and create these appetizers. You will practice making an array or various Asian favorites and the relevant techniques – rice paper wraps and cellophane noodles (reconstituting properly), lumpia wrappers and deep frying methods (correct temperature), and sushi rice (proper consistency) and using nori/seaweed wrappers for sushi. Lumpia is a common Filipino snack food; there are wrappers made especially for this purpose – very thin with a flour paste to seal them before deep frying. Each person will get a bamboo roller to use and take home.
Vietnamese Melon Skewers with Lemongrass
Thai Rice Paper Wraps with Fresh Peanut Sauce – Veggie and/or Chicken Versions
Sushi Rolls with Cooked Crab or Shrimp and Veggies
Class price $75 per person
OJAI PIXIE TANGERINE with a TWIST
Sunday April 10 @ 1:00 with “A Taste of Ojai” Cookbook author/ local Chef Robin Goldstein
MENU: Pixie Tangerine Mint Spritzers
Citrus Marinated Crudo (fish based on seasonal availability) with Orange Blossom Essence
Root Vegetable Salad of Shaved Radish, Asparagus, Turnip, Carrot, Pixie Tangerine Citrus-Olive Oil Dressing and A Taste of Ojai Pink Moment Sea SaltRoast Organic Chicken with Pixie Tangerine, Local Honey, Fresh Rosemary & Red Onion with Lemon-Rosemary Sea Salt Orange-Fennel Shortbread with Pixie Tangerine Curd
Class is limited to 12 $75