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Ojai Valley Inn Unveils their New Wedding Venue: The Farmhouse

New $20 Million Epicurean Event Center & New Culinary Ambassador Nancy Silverton
By: 
Lainey Dow

Ojai Valley Inn has debuted a brand new $20 million event center, The Farmhouse at Ojai Valley Inn. Acclaimed architect Howard Backen, of Backen Gillam Kroeger in Napa, created the grand 30,000 square foot addition. The space is dedicated to connecting the worlds of food and entertainment. Renowned chef, author and James Beard Foundation Award winner Nancy Silverton was announced as The Farmhouse's Culinary Ambassador.

Ojai Valley Inn, first founded in 1923, rests within the Topa Topa Mountains in Ojai Valley. The resort provides the perfect balance between the luxury of Southern California and the natural aesthetic of bohemian Ojai. Ojai Valley Inn boasts an impressive 220 acre landscape dotted with oak and olive trees and offers many amazing amenities including the 31,000 square foot Spa Ojai and its Spa Village, The Artist Cottage, a historic golf course, apiary and beekeeping, various pools and more than five dining concepts.

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The new Farmhouse offers a stunning view of the mountain range with its gorgeous indoor-outdoor spaces. Ancient olive trees, an organic chef's garden cultivated by local landscape designer Scott Daigre, a lovely two-story fireplace and a century old oak tree make The Farmhouse a truly one-of-a-kind space. The Kitchen showcases a cutting edge Viking Kithcen, exhibition center, high-definition displays and stadium seating allowing up to 80 guests to see The Farmhouse's chefs at work. The Lawn, home to the Lynx Outdoor Kitchen, includes state-of-the-art cooking technology, spacious outdoor seating and even a wood-burning pizza oven. The Farmhouse also houses The Great Room, an incredible 8500 square foot ballroom space.

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As Culinary Ambassador, Silverton will craft "bucket list-worthy epicurean events," providing guests the opportunity to partake in culinary classes, book signings and workshops, among many other experiences. “Being the newly appointed culinary ambassador at the Ojai Valley Inn is a thrill,” said Chef and Restaurateur Nancy Silverton. “The Inn, less than 90 minutes from my home in L.A., has always been an oasis. I'm excited about helping to bring the newly constructed Farmhouse into the elite league of American culinary destinations.”

“With the opening of The Farmhouse at Ojai Valley Inn, we’re thrilled to provide exceptional culinary experiences in a venue that is truly groundbreaking in the greater Southern California region” said Chris Kandziora, Vice President of Marketing at Ojai Valley Inn. “We’re confident that this endeavor, in partnership with Nancy Silverton and our team of extraordinary culinary talent, will bring Ojai Valley Inn to the national forefront as an esteemed West Coast culinary destination.”

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Upcoming events designed by Silverton at The Farmhouse at Ojai Valley Inn include:

Eat Like Phil Rosenthal and Nancy Silverton’s Friends Behind The Flame (April 17-18, 2019)

A unique opportunity to “Eat Like Phil” with television writer and producer Phil Rosenthal, host of Netflix’s popular “Somebody Feed Phil” series during a multi-course lunch of menu items that highlight his travels and finds. Later, a multi-course dinner with wine pairings will feature friends behind the flame and at the table, such as Suzanne Tracht, Mary Sue Milliken, Lissa Doumani and Hiro Sone.

 Nancy Silverton and Evan Funke in a Celebration of Pasta (June 15-16, 2019)

Includes a duo of epic pasta proportions - Nancy Silverton and acclaimed chef, pasta master and culinary storyteller Evan Funke with his team from Felix, for a pasta-focused multi-course dining and wine pairing experience; pasta making master class and more.

Conversations, Books and Bites with the Legendary Ruth Reichl (September 21-22, 2019)

A rare conversation with a legend – Ruth Reichl, former New York Times restaurant critic, final editor-in-chief of Gourmet, co-producer of PBS’s Gourmet Diary of a Foodie, and enduring leading voice in food. Includes a signed copy of her new book and a family-style lunch inspired by her recipes.

Nancy Silverton with Dario Cecchini on the Art of Butchering (November 23-24, 2019)

Internationally renowned Tuscan butcher Dario Cecchini will be on hand for back to back events ranging from an exclusive master class to a meat-centric dinner accompanied by wines from famed Chianti producer, Fontodi Winery. The weekend will also include a grill demonstration with Eric Gephart of Kamado Joe Grills and live-fire cooking demonstration and Middle Eastern dinner with Debbie Michail.

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