Ojai Culinary School

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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.


tamalesTraditional Tamales Made Easy with Chef April Tucker

Sunday, December 14th @ 1pm

Join Chef April Tucker in making traditional festive tamales for the holidays…and save time in the process!  Learn how to make a simple masa (corn-based dough), stuffed with your choice of spicy chipotle pork, mild green chile chicken, or plain cheese, and fold three different ways using corn husks.  Top it off with some easy homemade salsa and guacamole.  Impress your guests this festive season and start your own family tradition!
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.
This Class is limited to 10 participants. $65 per person.  


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.


Ojaj School 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 Ellen Sherwood, Aparna Khanolkar, Chef Marcus Hollingsworth, Karen Evenden, Chef Dave Cagnacci, Private Chef Robin, Patricia Cuenot 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)