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.


Screen shot 2014-10-13 at 8.54.27 PMChesapeake Bay Bounty with Chef April Tucker

Sunday, October 26th @ 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 set up shop at California Farmers’ markets and the went on to Maryland to hone her skills as a private chef and caterer.

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. $65 per person.  


Coming in December.   Tamales! with April Tucker


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.


Ojaj School 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)