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.



robinTomatoes, Tomatoes, Tomatoes with Private Chef Robin

Sunday July 26 @ 1 pm

Come celebrate tomato season with Private Chef Robin.  Author of a “Taste of Ojai“, Chef Robin will bring over 30 years of experience to the plate!
Nothing says “summer” more than homegrown tomatoes!  Robin’s recipes are unique and delicious as she uses organic, seasonal, and locally sourced  ingredients.  Come taste all the wonderful flavors she will help you create.

The Menu:  Andalucian Style Gazpacho, Charred Tomato Panini, Greek Tomato Rissoles, Green Tomato and  Green Apple Crumble with Roasted Tomato and Mascarpone Gelato – Yum!

This class is limited to 10 participants. $75 per person. Call 805-646-6635


Suzanne-PR-shot1Summer Farm to Table with Chef Suzanne Landry

Sunday, July 12th @ 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:  Lavender Blackberry Punch, Yellow Heirloom Gazpacho Soup, Goat cheese with Kale & Tomato Pie, Honeyed Carrots with Sesame Seeds, Seasonal Fruit Market Dessert, Cheesy Kale Chips.

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


Upcoming classes!

Late Summer Mexican Grill with Chef April Tucker

Tomatoes, Tomatoes, Tomatoes! with Chef Robin

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)