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.
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!
GLUTEN FREE VEGAN BAKING Sunday, April 22 @ 1:00 with Bianca Baking healthy gluten free and vegan can still be tastey! All ingredients are infused with organic superfood goodness!
Menu: Jackfruit Empanada, Seasonal Vegetable Vegan Quiche, Blueberry Hemp Muffin, Oatmeal Goji Cacao Cookies
ARGENTINE COMFORT FOOD, Sunday March 4th @ 1:00 with Vanessa. Join us for a scrumptious traditional Argentine meal with Vanessa. Vanessa has demonstrated her finesse at cooking as an innkeeper at Lavender Inn for nine years, but she has a particular flair for Argentine food, having grown up in Argentina. She will share her tips and techniques in the kitchen. Perfect for just the family or a small gathering.
MENU: Traditional and vegetarian argentine Pascualina ( savory pies )
Dulce de batata with cheese ( sweet potato jam )
Handmade Mate Pastries and crackers with spiced Mate tea
Sangria with seasonal fruit
COOKING WITH LAVENDER: Sunday, JULY 1 18th @ 1:00 with Chef April Tucker. These are all light and simple dishes for the summer with flavors that compliment lavender. The recipes provides an opportunity to explore several culinary techniques. April will first serve lavender-infused soft cheese and crackers to snack on while cooking. The lavender lemonade is refreshing; none of the menu items are overpowering in lavender taste except the ice cream, which is a nice ending to the meal. Participants will have some small bundles of lavender for students to take home. MENU: Lavender Lemonade (with optional cocktail mix), 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 Ice Cream. Yum-um!
SIMPLE WINE COUNTRY COOKING Sunday TBD @ 1:00 with Chef Robin Goldstein author of “A Taste of Santa Barbara”, “A Taste of Ojai” and “Simply Delicious Wine Country Recipes”. Need a break and feel like getting inspired? Chef Robin will work her culinary magic combining unique flavors with seasonal local ingredients and will give you tips on cooking with wines. Because of her culinary and plate styling artistry, she is a popular caterer and private chef. Chef Robin is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in NY.
MENU: Crab Beignets, Blue Cheese and Pear-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin, Roasted Cauliflower with Warm Bacon Dressing, Mulled Red Wine Ice Cream