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.


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Cooking Fresh from the Ojai Farmer’s Market with Suzanne Landry, The Fresh Food Chef

Sunday, July 20th @ 12pm

Join us for this Abundant Mid-Summer Seasonal Farmers’ Market Tour and Cooking Class!  Come and see what gifts of nature we have with Suzanne Landry, the Fresh Food Chef and Author of the Passionate Vegetable and Fresh Food Matters.

The tour of the Farmer’s Market begins at noon for one hour followed by a cooking class at the Lavender Inn from 1:00 – 3:30.  You will make healthy dishes with market fresh fruits and vegetables and experiment with unusual ways to prepare with the basics.  Dishes will be seasonal and prepared simply so that you can enjoy the best flavors that the prime season has to offer. 

 The Menu includes:  Spicy Watermelon Salad, Greek Quinoa Salad with baby Artichokes, Roasted Asparagus with Meyer Lemon, Heirloom Tuscan Tomato Bread Salad, Fava Bean & Corn Succotash, Swiss Chard with Garlic & Hot Peppers and Goat Cheese & Prosciutto stuffed Fresh Fig.

This Class is limited to 10 participants. $75 per person.  


campire aidanFarm Fresh Campfire Cooking with Vanessa, from ‘ this is not a restaurant

Sunday, August 3rd @ 1pm

One of Vanessa’s absolute favorite places to cook is in the outdoors camping!  Join us as she shows you how to make delicious, fresh, organic dishes without the fuss and enjoy the art of cooking full meals under the stars.  She’ll also be showing you tricks & tips on how to make the experience easy and an extension of your whole camping experience.  Don’t compromise your good eating habits by buying packaged or processed foods for your next trip. You’ll learn how to plan, pack and cook delicious meals and build the perfect fire!

 The Menu includes:  Farm fresh Vegetarian Breakfast Pizza, Sweet & Savory Campfire Panini with Homemade relishes & Avocado Salad, Herb Marinated Seasonal Vegetarian & Meat Kebabs, Vegetable & Cheese Stuffed Baked Potatoes, Homemade all day snacks.  * subject to available seasonal organic ingredients from the farmer’s market & local sources.

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



Summer Pies & Crusts with Samantha Bridger

Sunday, August 24th @ 1pm

Have you always wanted to perfect a pie crust?  Come join Samantha as she teaches you how to have fun and achieve the perfect pie.  Through hands on creating and baking traditional pies, students will learn how to impress guests with these delicious desserts.  Samantha, British born and bred, has always had a passion for baking.  Taught at an early age how to bake by her mother she has over 30 years of home kitchen experience.  With an abundance of traditional recipes, to mind, she continues to bake for pleasure.  Join us for this Super Sweet Class!

The Menu includes:  Traditional Apple Pie, Tangy Lemon Meringue Pie & Biscuit Crust Banoffee Pie.

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


clarissa Speak-Cook-Eat with Clarissa

Sunday, September 14th @ 12pm

Back by popular demand – Speak~Cook~Eat – The Italian Experience.  You don’t have to leave Ojai to experience the wonderful flavors and sounds of Italy.  In this deliciously fun and interactive class you will be transported to Tuscany as you learn how to cook a traditional Tuscan style meal and learn basic Italian vocabulary, as well as how to order in a restaurant.  We will enjoy role playing, socializing & eating the delicious food we will cook.

The Menu includes:  Prosciutto & Melon Antipasto, Capellini Pomodoro Primo, Roasted Rosemary Lemon Chicken with Roasted Garlic Potatoes Secondo, Insalata & Gelato. *All ingredients for the class will be organic, fresh from the Farmer’s Market and or sustainably sourced. Ingredients subject to seasonal availability.

This Class is limited to 10 participants. $90 per person.  

teaEnglish Cream Tea with Samantha Bridger

Sunday, October 12th @ 1pm

Afternoon tea has been fashionable since the 18th Century.  Come to master a tea party that traditionally has two main components a large pot of great tea and an ensemble of delicious baked treats.  Create an English Cream Tea with, British Born & one of Lavender Inn’s Innkeepers , Samantha.   Join us as she teaches the basics of mastering the arts of an English High Tea and how to savor it in this hands on class! 

The Menu includes:  Traditional English Scones, Victoria Sponge Cake, Bakewell Tarts & the Perfect Tea to match!  (of course). 

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.


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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)