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. 


chef marcusTaste 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.

The Menu : Thai Fresh Spring Rolls, Vegetarian Thai Green Curry, Chicken Pad Thai, Thai Fried Bananas
This Class is limited to 10 participants. $65 per person. 


Randy (Logan Hall #1) Sep 2013Vegetarian 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

This Class is limited to 10 participants. $65 per person. 


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.


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)