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.
UPCOMING CLASSES & Events:
Sunday, December 14th @ 1pm
April’s passion for cooking began at a young age. Encouraged by her parents and influenced by her Hispanic roots, she honed her skills and became a private chef and caterer, teaching cooking and nutrition classes at various locations for both children and adults. In addition, April was a vendor at a Maryland farmers market for several years selling homemade baked items and canned goods.
Taste of Thai with Chef Marcus Hollingswoth
Sunday, January 11th @ 1pm
You won’t want to miss this class! Award winning Chef Marcus Hollingsworth cut his teeth in some of the best eateries in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties as well as the Western United States. Chef Marcus is now the Executive Chef of NoSo Vita in Ojai, keeping an eclectic and refreshing menu, constantly raising the bar on expectations. Spend the day learning and cooking, playing and thinking with Chef Hollingsworth as you experience hands-on learning, combining all of your senses while challenging your mind and tasting with your spirit.
Vegetarian Comfort Food with Valley Vegetarian Chef Randy Graham
Monday, February 9th @ 1pm
Learn how to cook with Phyllo (Filo) dough while making Beggar’s Purses. Move on to a refreshing and light Orange-Fennel Salad with an orange-Muscat-champagne vinaigrette then learn to make a Savory Fresh Mushroom Risotto with Arborio rice. While the risotto is absorbing liquid, learn how to make fresh Roasted Asparagus Spears in less than 15 minutes from prep to plate. Finish with a decades-old family recipe for Twice-Baked Biscotti. Take home pre-printed 3×5 index cards for each recipe.
Randy has developed original vegetarian recipes since August 1975. He eats local and organic grain, fresh fruit, and vegetables as much as possible and enjoys cooking for friends and family using ingredients from his backyard vegetable and herb gardens. His vegetarian recipes are syndicated in various California newspapers and his food related articles frequently appear in the Ojai Valley Visitor’s Guide and the Edible Ojai and Ventura Magazine. He and his wife, Robin, live in Ojai with their dog Willow. Robin and Willow are not vegetarians
Upcoming classes! Menus to be posted soon.
January 25th @ 12 pm
New Year, New You Farm to table tour/class w/Suzanne Landry
February 22nd @ 12:30 pm
Speak.Cook.Eat. Italian Language & Cooking Class with Clarissa
March 8th @ 1 pm
Small Plates & Appetizers and book signing with Private Chef Robin
March 22nd @ 1 pm
The Tao of Cooking with Chef Marcus Hollingsworth
For more information and reservations call the Lavender Inn at 805-646-6635.
*** a 72 hour cancellation required for a full refund. The Lavender Inn is conveniently located behind the arcade in downtown Ojai at 210 E. Matilija. The Foodie Package is available for those who stay at the Lavender Inn while taking a class with a 10% off your room for one night per class.
MORE ON PRIVATE CLASSES
Create your own private class for 8 – 12 of your friends! Whether it’s a Birthday, Baby shower, Family-get-together, kid’s party, company retreat, or time with friends, we can help you design an intimate class and menu around your theme. These classes are unique way to spend time with friends and enjoy delicious food. Sweet? Savory? We cater to any palate with a long list of chefs including April Tucker, Aparna Khanolkar, Chef Marcus Hollingsworth, Karen Evenden,, Private Chef Robin, Suzanne Landry and many more … Let us help you create the ultimate food experience and leave the work to us! The Ojai Culinary School @ The Lavender Inn 805.646.6635 210 East Matilija street , Ojai (across from the Rainbow Bridge)