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.


Suzanne squareSpring is Blossoming at the Farmers’ Market with Suzanne Landry, The Fresh Food Chef

Sunday, May 4 @ 12pm

This Seasonal Farmers’ Market Tour and Cooking Class, Spring is Blossoming into seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables at the Farmer’s Market, will prove to be super fresh!  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.

Tour begins at noon for one hour followed by a cooking class from 1-3:30.  You will try some new and unusual herbs, fruits and vegetables and experiment in new ways with familiar ones.  Appetizer, Entree, Salad and a Farmer’s Market fruit based dessert will be prepared for your eating pleasure. Dishes will be seasonal and prepared simply so that you can enjoy the best flavors that the season has to offer. 

 The Menu includes:  Creamy Celery Root, Garden Peas and Mint Soup, Farmer’s Market Fritters, Dandelion Salad with Tahini Dressing, Bean Salad with Tomatoes and Fresh Herbs, Blood Orange Walnut Cake.

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

MacaroonsA Sweet & Savory Baking Class with Pastry Chef Daniel Mooney

Sunday, May 18 @ 1pm

“A recipe has no soul until you give it soul”, according to Chef Daniel Mooney.  Not only will Chef be teaching you how to bake Sweet & Savory goodies, but he will show you how to make it perfect when you do it with passion.  Chef Mooney has been cooking from a young age and has made it his career, but the trick to his success, as he puts it, is a “passion for life”.  You won’t want to miss this very hands on class!

 The Menu includes:  Macaroons and a Variety of flatbreads

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


robinCooking with Lavender with Private Chef Robin

Sunday, June 29 @ 12pm

As last years Lavender Festival Class was such a hit, Private Chef Robin will once again teach this very unique class.  Chef Robin will bring her Mediterranean travel experiences and over 30 years of experience to the plate!
You’ll enjoy how she demonstrates how easy it is to make seemingly complicated foods.  All of the ingredients will be organic, locally sourced (when possible) and sustainably raised.

The Menu includes: Lavender Lamb Kebobs With Rosemary-Lavender Salsa Verde, Asparagus With Lavender Lemon Sea Salt, Green Basmati Rice Salad with Fresh Herb’s and Lavender, Summer Garden Lovers Salad With Tangy Tomato-Lavender Infused Dressing, Lavender Fig Panna Cotta ** you’ll also be making your own sea salt and taking a jar home!

This class is limited to 10 participants. $75 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, 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)