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:
Culinary Journey to South India with Private Chef Aparna Khanolkar
Sunday March 22nd @ 1 pm
We are very excited to have Aparna teach another healthful Ayuveric class. Aparna’s approach to food & health is from the inside out and always using Fresh, Seasonal, Organic ingredients that are not only cleansing and nourishing, but also mood altering. Aparna will show you how to apply these healthy choices to your life, in a seamless and delicious way.
The Menu includes: Lime and Coconut Rice spiced with fresh Chilies, Indian spices, Cashews & Turmeric, Onion Chutney, Potato Bondas (spiced potatoes coated with a Chickpea batter and fried to a crisp), and Date Banana Drink
This Class is limited to 10 participants. $65 per person.
Sunday April 12th @ 1 pm
Come celebrate Pixie month with Chef April Tucker! If you’re not familiar, Pixies are a locally coveted sweet tangerine variety grown and harvested in Ojai. Chef April will be offering a unique Asian-themed cooking class incorporating the authentic flavor of Pixies. The menu includes a chopped Asian salad with Pixie-infused dressing, Pixie-honey-sesame chicken served over jasmine rice, Thai coconut custard topped with a hand-dipped dark chocolate Pixie sprinkled with pink Hawaiian sea salt, and Pixie coolers to wash it all down. Your taste buds will tingle with refreshing Pixie delight!
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.
Chesapeake Bay Bounty with chef April Tucker
Saturday, May 16th @ 1pm
Come join Chef April Tucker cook up some traditional Maryland crab delights. Enjoy the process and camaraderie while learning a bit about the culture and history of Maryland and the natural bounty of the Chesapeake Bay! This should prove to be a delectable class.
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.
The Menu: Old Bay hot crab dip for starters, followed by Maryland crab soup and crab cake sandwiches with a side of sweet corn and tomato salad. Top it all off with a slice of Smith Island cake, the official cake of Maryland dating back to the early 1800′s.
This Class is limited to 10 participants. $75 per person.
Upcoming classes! Menus to be posted soon.
… and there’s so much more spring … Farm to Table, all things Lavender… check back soon for menus!
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)