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 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 June-December, see the bottom of the page.
LAVENDER INSPIRED CLASS Sunday June 25 @ 1:00 with Chef Robin Goldstein, author of Taste of Ojai and Taste of Santa Barbara. . Going on the 13th year, the Ojai Valley Lavender Festival offers “everything lavender”. Traditionally the Lavender Inn has hosted a lavender cooking class on the Sunday following the Saturday Festival (ojaivalleylavenderfestival,org). Chef Robin Goldstein has not only been a speaker at the Lavender Festival, but has also offered a Cooking with Lavender class for the past few years.
MENU: Lemon Lavender Fizz, Warm Queso de Cabra, Bruschetta with Lavender; Brick Roasted Chicken with Lavender, Salsa Verde with Lavender, Lavender Lemon Bread with Lavender Honey Butter.
ARGENTINE SUMMER Sunday July 9 @ 1:00 with Vanessa, our own innkeeper/Personal Cook! Nothing is better than Milanesa sandwiches with light delicious sides on a hot summer day! You will learn how to make traditional Argentine Milanesa and turn it into the perfect grab and go meal.
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 with Seasonal Summer Fruit.
SUMMER SOUPS Sunday, July 16 1:00 with Bianca Rose Martinez.
This class will focus on the healthy benefits of soup. Participants will learn to make several different soups, including tricks to make dairy free creamy soups and how to use healing herbs and spices for specific health issues and overall wellness. Bianca is author of Compassionate Eating: Conscious Consumption for Mind, Body, Spirit and Planet.
MENU: Melon Soup, Heirloom Tomato Soup, Corn Chowder, and Thai Vegetable Soup.
CAMPING 101: CAST IRON SKILLET COOKING Sunday, July 30 @ 1:00 with April Tucker
Cast iron skillets are a must-have for any camping trip as they are rugged and circulate heat to perfectly cook almost any food on the campfire, coals, or grill. Removing the mystery and fear, you will soon find that the cast iron skillet is the most versatile piece of equipment in your camping cooking arsenal. Learn how to properly wash, season, and store your cast iron skillet for years of use!
MENU: Hearty Breakfast Frittata, Deep Dish Pizza, One-Dish Skillet Dinner, and ending with a yummy S’mores Dip.
PIZZA PARTY, Sunday August 13 @ 1:00 with Randy
Learn how to make restaurant quality pizza at home!!! Ojai author and private chef Randy Graham will show you how to make pizza using pizza stones and traditional ingredients. In addition, there will be enough to satisfy everyone. Signed copies of his local Ojai Valley cookbooks will be available for purchase.
MENU: Basic Pizza Crust, Basic Pizza Sauce, Cauliflower Pizza, Mexican-Style Pizza, and Margherita Pizza
SUSHI, Sunday September 24 @ 1:00 with Bianca This hands-on class will feature exotic rice varieties including green jade rice and forbidden black rice along with traditional sushi. The class is infused with the wisdom of shojin ori (a dietary tradition eaten by vegan Buddhist monks) and Ayurveda which includes foods by dosha, the 5 tastes, herbs, spices and probiotic foods for healthy digestion.
MENU: Shiitake Mushroom Roll, Spicey Tuna Roll, Avocado Veggie Roll, Soy-free Miso Soup, Gluten-free Tempura, and Cucumber Salad.
SPEAK COOK EAT: THE ITALIAN EXPERIENCE, Sunday September 10 with Clarissa Fishman
You don’t have to leave Ojai to experience the wonderful flavors and sounds of Italy. In this deliciously fun and interactive class you will be transported to Tuscany as you learn how to cook a traditional Tuscan style meal and learn basic Italian vocabulary, including how to order in a restaurant. We will enjoy socializing & eating the delicious food we will cook.
FARMERS’ MARKET TOUR COOKING CLASS Sunday November 5th @ 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!!!
Coming soon with menus:
June 4 – Authentic Mexican with Sandi Tovias
June 25 Cooking with Lavender with Robin
July 9 Summer with Vanessa
July 16 Summer Soups with Bianca
July 30 Camping 101: Cooking with Cast Iron
August 13 Pizza Party with Randy
August 27 Sushi with Bianca
September 10 Speak Cook Eat Italian with Clarissa
September 24 The Simple Art of Pies with Samantha
October 22 Mediterranean Fish
November 5 Farmer’s Market with Suzanne
November 11 Private (Italian with Clarissa)
December 3 Seasonal Treats with Vanessa
December 10 Gingerbread House with Eva