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 Rose of Compassionate Eating. Participants will learn how to use different flours and starch combinations along with unique natural binders such as flax and psyllium husk to get great results – no guar or xanthan gums! Baking healthy gluten free and vegan can still be tasty! All ingredients are infused with organic superfood goodness
MENU: Jackfruit Empanada, Spinach and Mushroom Quiche, Blueberry Hemp Muffin, Superfood Oatmeal Goji Cacao Cookie
ARGENTINE SUMMER PICNIC Sunday MAY 27th @ 1:00 with Personal Cook & Lavender Inn Innkeeper Vanessa. Nothing is better than a chilled Milanesa sandwich with light and delicious sides on a hot day! You will learn how to make traditional Argentine Milanesa and turn it into the perfect grab-and-go meal or picnic. Roll up your sleeves for this hands on class. It is the perfect family friendly class….all ages welcome!
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 & Grenadine Spritzer with Seasonal Summer Fruit.
COOKING WITH LAVENDER: Sunday, July 1st @ 1:00 with Chef April Tucker. Light and simple dishes perfect for a casual summer gathering. Start with a tall glass of refreshing lavender lemonade cocktail or mocktail and lavender-infused soft cheese and crackers. Students take home a complimentary bundle of lavender to get you cook’n!
MENU: 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 Coconut Milk Ice Cream.
SUMMER TOMATOES Sunday July 29 @ 1:00 with Chef Robin Goldstein Nothing tastes better than summer tomatoes fresh from the garden!
MENU: coming soon
SIMPLE WINE COUNTRY COOKING Sunday, Sept. 23 @ 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