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Cooking and Wine Classes

GOOD BYE BOOK CLUBS, hello Cooking Clubs! Join us in our restaurant while we stir up a whole new way to socialize. Watch as our talented Culinary Team prepares your meal in an interactive Learning Environment and gives you tips about how to cook special dishes.3 hour hands on demonstration includes all food/beverage..

New Event

2017 Cooking and Wine Classes

Taste, See and Experience Café Merlot!

$69.00 each

To sign up for a class, please call Toni at 858-592-7785.

*NEW* At several locations, Private Classes and Children's Cooking and Gardening Classes are created for 20 or more by reservation - Call Toni for details

Ask about our In-Home Cooking School.

Unless noted, all classes are scheduled from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Tuesday, January 24th: Saints and Sinners Dessert – Gluten Free Cakes
- Learn basic gluten free cakes that taste sinful!
Thursday, February 2nd: Chef's Favorite Pasta, Pizza and Fresh Sauces
- Local ingredients that compliment your palate
Tuesday, February 7th: Romantic Mediterranean Meals
- Recipes that will get your heart pumping
Thursday, February 16th: Vegan and Vegetarian (Slow Food Style)
Tuesday, February 28th: Saints and Sinners Dessert – Gluten Free Cookies
- Small but tasty and gluten free
Thursday, March 2nd: Loaves and Fishes
- Seafood with a conscious
- Breaking bread together
Tuesday, March 7th: Make Ahead Recipes
- Enjoy preparing food on Sunday and eat the rest of the week!
Friday, March 10th: The Farm House Life – 9:30 am
- A visit to the wineries' Farmer's Market included
Tuesday, March 21st: Delicious Hearty Romantic Italian
- Foods good for the soul
Tuesday, March 28th: Saints and Sinners - Gluten Free Cupcakes
- Sinfully creamy and tasty and gluten free!
Friday, April 7th: The Yoga of Foods/Listening to the Rhythms of Nature – 9:30 am
- Trip to the wineries' Farmer's Market
Tuesday, April 11th: Savor the Season Super Sides and Make Ahead Meals
Tuesday, April 18th: Life Devoured
- Café Merlot favorite recipes
Thursday, April 20th: Romantic Springtime Dinners
- Comfort food
- Cooking for your loved ones
- Date night
- Celebrating Southern California Vintner's Wine
Tuesday, April 25th: Saints and Sinners - Gluten Free Cakes
- Basics on gluten free desserts
Thursday, April 27: Elegant Rustic and Retro Meals
- Meals that comfort and satisfy
- Signature drinks and Cabernets
Tuesday, May 2nd: Off the Hook
- Seafood cooked with local flavors
- Serving Bernardo Winery whites and sparkling wines
Tuesday, May 9th: Breaking the Mold
- Fast easy recipes "making" and utilizing GREAT cheese
- Buttery and soft Chardonnays
Thursday, May 18th: Super-Fast Italian Family Meals
- Old World dry red wines from Southern California
Tuesday, May 23rd: Half-Baked Desserts
- You are half crazed for chocolate
- Let us take you on a fun culinary journey with some variety
- Easy sipping reds and sparkling wines
Thursday, June 1st: BEST FOOD City Recipes
- Be your own food critic as you travel on a culinary adventure
- Bernardo Winery reds and local brews
Tuesday, June 6th: Fresh off the Vine – Early Summer Best Produce
- Savor the season
- Grassy Sauvignon Blancs; Earthy Petite Syrah's
Tuesday, June 20th: Romantic Roman and Italian Dinners
- White table cloth meals at red checkered table cloth prices
-Robust red wines
Tuesday, June 27th: True Food: Vegetarian/Vegan
- Harmony thru food/earthy teas/healing oils
- Learn your body type and what makes us hungry (QUIZ)
- Elixirs
- Organic wines and sour beers
Thursday, June 29th: BBQ's, Mops and Rubs
- Also, introducing brines and marinades
- Robust red wines
- New Sangria Blanca
Thursday, July 6th: Celebrate Summer
- Seasonal salads and sides
- Grilling tips
- Kabob combos
Thursday, July 13th: Fresh off the Vine – Early Summer Best Produce
- Lite Italian
- Savor the season
- Grassy Sauvignon Blancs; Earthy Petite Syrah's
Thursday, July 20th: Easy Family Dinners
- Pizzas, whole grains, sloppy joes and comfort foods
- Lite reds that delight the senses
Tuesday, July 25th: Garden Inspired, Fresh and Delicious
- Summer vegetables, spreads and outdoor party foods
- White wine sangria
- Sparkling wines
Tuesday, August 1st: EGG-Conomics
- All things poultry
- Buttery Chardonnays
Tuesday, August 8th: Super Bowls
- Explore farro, wild rice, quinoa and amaranth
Thursday, August 10th: CASH From Your Kitchen
- Making a profit for the love of food from your home
- Each student brings a concept to share!
Tuesday, August 15th: When in DROUGHT
- Heirlooms
- Sustainable foods
- Herbs
Thursday, August 17th: JAM Session
- Quick and easy preserves
- Summer's best recipes
Tuesday, August 29th: Romantic Roman and Italian Dinners
- Pasta for your soul
- Deep, rich reds
Tuesday, September 12th: Elegant and Rustic Dinners
- Simple but elegant recipes for entertaining
- Signature drinks

Please call 858-592-7785 to sign up for a class.

  • Farmers Market Finds and easy preparation
  • Preparing Finger Foods that are easy and fun
  • Buffet Displays that work
    • Basic Equipment and Serving Suggestions
  • Overview of Theme Parties
  • Special Occasion Recipes and Timelines
  • Edible Art - Gifts from your Kitchen
  • Men in the Kitchen
  • Women and Wine
  • Wine Pairing Menus with White Wine
  • Wine Pairing with Red Wine




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