Ojai Culinary School

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RESERVATIONS: 805.646.6635

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 WINTER 2016 in addition-to private instruction sessions:
Feb. 7Valentine 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:  ChineseJapaneseMediterranean | Thai | Vegan Gourmet

June 26 – Cooking with Lavender with Chef Robin Goldstein

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.

Chocolate Hearts
Chocolate Bark
Peanut Butter Cups
Healthy Hot Chocolate
Chocolate Covered Coconut Macaroons
Chocolate Pudding

Class is $65/person

 Lavenderinn-spa-jarsRomantic 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 

private classes

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

ASIAN APPETIZERSapril_class-best
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
Filipino Lumpia
Sushi Rolls with Cooked Crab or Shrimp and Veggies

Class price $75 per person


LI_PCR 1© tracysmithstudioOJAI 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


CALL 805-646-6635 for RESERVATIONS & more information on private or these public classes!