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.


clarissa Speak-Cook-Eat with Clarissa

Sunday, September 21st @ 12:30pm

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)