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  CLASSES girls-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 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!

Reservations: 805-646-6635

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!


 MENU:  Andalucian Style Gazpacho, Greek Tomato Rissoles, Charred Tomato Panini, Green Tomato & Green Apple Crumble with Roasted Tomato and Mascarpone Gelato        $75

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                                            $75

SPEAK COOK EAT: FALL IN ITALY, Sunday, July 15th @ 12:30 with Clarissa Fishman.   Experience a  Tuscan style fall feast.
We will delight in the seasonal, fresh flavors of northern Tuscany and pair our tastings with wines both from California and Italy, all while talking some very simple conversational Italian. The ingredients are comprised of all the freshest, organic, seasonal produce of fall and delicious Watkins Farm GMO free, grass fed, sustainably raised, hormone-free meats cooked into Italian specialties. We look forward to sharing this experience with you, Arrivederci!                                                                             
MENU: Coming soon.

Join us for our Summer & Fall  Classes:

 July 1 – COOKING WITH LAVENDER with April


July 29 – VEGAN CHEESE with Bianca

Aug. 12 – OJAI ENDLESS SUMMER PICNIC with Chef Randy

Aug. 26 – To be decided

Sept.16 – END OF SUMMER TOMATOES with Chef Robin


Oct. 14 – Return to Rosarita Beach with Chef Sandy Smith

Oct. 21 – Speak Cook Eat: Italy in the Fall with Clarissa


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