Ojai Culinary School

ojai-culinary-school-logoThe 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 CLASSESgirls-night-inn: 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!

Reservations: 805-646-6635


For Ojai Culinary School’s upcoming CLASSES August -December, see the bottom of the page.


SUSHI, Sunday August 27 @ 1:00 with Bianca of Compassionate Eating. 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 ryorui (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, Spicy Vegan “Tuna” Roll, Avocado Veggie Roll, Soy-free Miso Soup, Gluten-free Tempura, and Cucumber Salad.
$75/person


clarissa-fishmanSPEAK 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.
$95/person includes paired wines


COOKING WITH CAST IRON, Sunday September 24 with April Tucker
Cast iron skillets are a must-have for cooking in the kitchen. It circulates heat to perfectly cook almost any food. Removing the mystery and fear, you will soon find that the cast iron skillet is the most versatile piece of equipment in your cooking arsenal. Learn how to properly wash, season, and store your cast iron skillet for years of use! Menu to follow.
$75/person


COOKING WITH GRAPES Sunday  October 29 @ 1:00 with Chef Robin Goldstein, author of Taste of Ojai and Taste of Santa Barbara. Recipes from this class are created for Robin’s upcoming 3rd cookbook Simply Delicious WINE COUNTRY Recipes. Robin will share her flair for Mediterranean cooking which of course involves cooking with grapes/wine.                            MENU: Iced Mulled Wine Cocktail: Wine Harvest Grilled Pizza with Thyme Roasted Grapes, Red Onions and Prosciutto; Seared Pork Tenderloin with Grapes, Dried Fruit and Pistachio; Roasted Cauliflower with Bacon Dressing; Grape Crostata with Ricotta Cream.
$75/person


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:

August 27         Sushi with Bianca
September 10      Speak Cook Eat Italian with Clarissa
September 24      Cooking with Cast Iron
October 22        Mediterranean Seafood
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

and more!


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