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 squareNew Year … New Healthy You! with Suzanne Landry

Sunday, January 25th @ 12pm

Suzanne will start the class with a Farmer’s Market Tour followed by a information packed cooking class. Taste delicious and healthy fare while learning what small changes you can make for profound results in your health.  Start the year off with a wealth of healthy choices that will impact your self in a positive way.
Suzanne is a celebrity chef, Wellness Educator, industry consultant, and author of The Passionate Vegetable and Fresh Food Matters.  She was the founder and director of Nature’s Table, a natural gourmet cooking school and has served as an industry consultant to manufacturers and retail stores as well as private individuals. Working for the renowned Issels Medical Center, she developed the nutrition education program for their cancer patients.

The Menu: Tuscan White Beans Soup with Lacinato Kale and Spicy Sausage, Arugula and Spinach Salad with Fennel and Apples in Walnut Oil Vinaigrette, Yellow Beets with Blood Orange Salad with Feta Cheese, Kobacha Squash and Leek Au Gratin with Walnut Crust, Blood Orange Walnut Cake with Lavender Whipped Cream
This Class is limited to 10 participants. $75 per person. 


Randy (Logan Hall #1) Sep 2013Vegetarian Comfort Food with Ojai Valley Vegetarian Chef Randy Graham

Sunday, February 8th @ 1pm

We are so excited to have one of Ojai’s homegrown original vegetarian chefs show you a humble way to cook amazing dishes.  In this very hands on class, Chef Randy will teach you how to make earthy but fancy foods you couldn’t have imagined.  He has a way to make the ordinary, extraordinary.  His way with food is amazing and tasty.  Join us for afternoon of comfort, fun and delicious food.

What we love about Randy is that he’s been doing this since the 70′s and now it’s a fashion.  He regularly hosts impromptu dinners at his home, cooks everyday, and aside from writing columns and articles for the Ojai Valley News, Edible Ojai and Visitors’ guide, he has a blog and published books.

The Menu:  Beggar’s Purses, Filo Dough and stuffing, Orange Fennel Salad with Orange Muscat Champagne Vinaigrette Savory Mushroom Risotto with Arborio Rice, Roasted Asparagus Spears, and Decades-Old Family Recipe for Twice Baked Biscotti.

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

Upcoming classes!  Menus to be posted soon.

February 22nd @ 12:30 pm

Speak.Cook.Eat.  Italian Language & Cooking Class with Clarissa enjoy a four course class with wine pairings all while learning basic Italian social conversations $90 per person


March 8th @ 1 pm

Small Plates & Appetizers and book signing with Private Chef Robin


March 22nd @ 1 pm

Thai  chef to be announced


April (DTBD)

Ojai Pixie Squeeze with April Tucker


… and there’s so much more spring …  All things Pixie, Chesapeake Bounty, Farm to Table…  check back soon for menus!



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)