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 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!
OJAI ENDLESS SUMMER PICNIC Sunday August 12 @ 1:00 with Chef Randy. Fall is just around the corner. Why not have one last blow-out family picnic before the end of the summer? This class will show you how to do it! You will learn how to make (and then taste) each recipe. Included in the $75 cost of this class is Chef Randy’s newest book, Ojai Valley Slow Cooker Cookbook.
MENU: Eggplant and Roasted Red Pepper Terrine, Flat Bread, Homemade Dill Pickles, Grilled Artichokes with Aioli Dip, No Potato Potato Salad (made with cauliflower instead of potatoes), Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies, and Fruit Punch (nonalcoholic) and/or wine.
VEGAN CHEESE, Sunday, July 29 with Bianca Compassionate Eating Chef Bianca Rose Martinez shows how to make delicious dairy-free cheeses including sliceable rounds, creamy herb cheeses, melty “mozarella” and more. Class includes demos, hands on activities and recipes plus wine, gluten-free mini pizzas, toasts and crudite to accompany all our creations!
END OF SUMMER TOMATOES Sunday September 16 @ 1:00 with Chef Robin Goldstein Nothing tastes better than summer tomatoes fresh from the garden!