Ojai Culinary School

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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.


CLASSES COMING IN 2016 in addition to privates:

Sunday Jan. 17 @ 1:00   New Year New You with Suzanne Landry

Chocolat  l    Spa Gifts for Valentines Day   l     Sauces & Vinaigrettes    l   Thai   l    Breads

Sunday Nov. 8th @ 1:00 with Patricia Cuenot
One of our all-time favorite classes is Patricia’s crepe class.  Hooray – We brought it back!  Join Patricia as she explains the techniques of making, folding, and rolling the crepes which you will try first-hand.  You will make various batters, including buckwheat which is gluten free, and fillings to match the type of crepe.  French-born Patricia, a local private chef, has a history of making crepes!  Gluten-free options will be presented.

 The Menu:
Traditional Savory Buckwheat Galettes                                                                                   Smoked Bacon, Egg and Onion Crepe
                                                                                     Roquefort Cheese and Walnut Crepe
                                                                                            Leek, Goat Cheese and Honey ‘Purses’                                                                               
Dessert Crepes using Wheat Flour                                                                                            
Flambeed Apple Crepe Normandy                                                                           Chocolate, Pear and Praline crepe

tamalesTRADITIONAL TAMALES MADE EASY!                                    Sunday Dec. 6 @ 1:00 with Chef April Tucker                       Join Chef April in making traditional tamales for the holidays… and saving time in the process.  Learn how to make a simple masa (corn-based dough), stuffed with your choice of spicy chipotle pork, mild green chile chicken, or plain cheese and sauteed vegetables.  You will practice 3 different ways to roll/fold corn husks.  You will top the tamales off with homemade salsa and guacamole that you make.  Impress your guests this holiday season and start your own family tradition!  April’s passion for cooking began at a young age.  Influenced by her Hispanic roots, she honed her skills and became a private chef , caterer, and a cooking and nutrition instructor for both children and adults.   For more information and reservations call the Lavender Inn at 805-646-6635.

***  a 72 hour cancellation required for a full refund. *** 

The Foodie Package is available for those who stay at the Lavender Inn while taking a class with 10% off your room for one night per class.


Create your own private class for 8 – 12 of your friends! Whether it’s a Birthday, Baby shower, Family-get-together, kid’s party, company retreat, or time with friends, we can help you design an intimate class and menu around your theme. These classes are unique way to spend time with friends and enjoy delicious food. Sweet? Savory? We cater to any palate with a long list of chefs including April Tucker, Aparna Khanolkar,  Private Chef Robin, Suzanne Landry and many more … Let us help you create the ultimate food experience and leave the work to us! The Ojai Culinary School @ The Lavender Inn 805.646.6635 210 East Matilija street , Oja