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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..

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.

Private Classes and Children's Cooking and Gardening Classes are created for 20 or more by reservation - Call Toni for details

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
Tuesday, April 25th: Saints and Sinners - Gluten Free Cakes
- Basics on gluten free desserts

2016 Cooking and Wine Classes

SAT's DATES – January 9th, February 6th
- 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
- The Yoga of Food: Self-Healing and Immunity Boosting Foods
- Aromatherapy, botanicals and gifts from your kitchen/ garden
- First 25 students receive culinary grade essential oil as gift!
Tuesday, January 12th: Romantic Winter Dinners
- Comfort food
- Cooking for your loved ones
- Celebrating Southern California Vintner's wine
- Date night
Tuesday, January 19th: Hearty Rustic and Retro Meals
- Meals that comfort and satisfy
- Signature drinks and local bold reds
Tuesday, January 26th: Off the Hook
- Seafood cooked with local flavors
- Serving Bernardo Winery whites and sparkling wines
Tuesday, February 9th: Asian/Hawaiian Fusion
- Create the new year with East meets West!
- Southern California Vintner wines
Tuesday, February 16th: Breaking the Mold
- Fast easy recipes "making" and utilizing GREAT cheese
- Buttery and soft Chardonnays
Thursday, February 18th: Super-Fast Italian Family Meals
- Old World dry red wines from Southern California
Tuesday, February 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, March 3rd: BEST FOOD City Recipes
- Be your own food critic as you travel on a culinary adventure
- Bernardo Winery reds and local brews
Tuesday, March 8th: Fresh off the Vine - Spring's Best Produce
- Savor the season
- Grassy Sauvignon Blancs; Earthy Petite Syrah's
Tuesday, March 15th: Romantic Roman and Italian Dinners
- White table cloth meals at red checkered table cloth prices
- Robust red wines
Thursday, March 24th: True Food: Vegetarian/Vegan
- Harmony through food/earthy teas/healing oils
- Learn your body type and what make us hungry (QUIZ)
- Elixirs
- Organic wines and sour beers
Tuesday, March 29th: Garden Fresh Growing and Easy Edible Garden Recipes
- Mocktails and shrubs (signature vinegar beverages)
Tuesday, April 5th: Urban Farm Projects
- Food from our back yard to your table
- Earthy white wines and red blends
- Life is worth living OUTSIDE!
Friday, April 8th: Farmers Market Finds – 9:30 am
- Bed and breakfast recipes
- Mimosas and front porch drinks
Friday, April 29th: Farmers Market Finds – 9:30 am
- Bed and breakfast recipes
- Mimosas and front porch drinks
Friday, May 13th: Farmers Market Finds – 9:30 am
- Bed and breakfast recipes
- Mimosas and front porch drinks
Tuesday, May 17th: Appetizers/Tapas and Tango
- Making sweet music to ones ears while creating fun and satisfying entertaining menus and recipes
- Sangrias
- Wine Margaritas!
Tuesday, May 24th: Outdoor Entertaining Made Easy
- Recipes that can be prepared ahead and go well at concerts, sporting events, picnics and sleepovers (adult sleepovers)
- Rose's, Pinot Grigio
Tuesday, May 31st: Pastas, Pizzas and Fresh Herb Sauces
- From our micro-farm
- Tasty reds and rose wines
Thursday, June 2nd: Romantic Summer Lunches and Dinners
- Edible flowers
- Fresh herbs enhancing all FIVE senses
- Mocktails and crisp warm weather wines
Thursday, June 9th: YIN/YANG of Desserts
- White chocolate/dark chocolate desserts
- Entertaining wines, Ruby Ports
Friday, June 17th: Farmers Market Finds – 9:30 am
- Bed and breakfast recipes
- Mimosas and front porch drinks
Tuesday, June 21st: Weekday Night's Best Recipes
- Local wines from Bernardo Winery and Southern California Vintners
Tuesday, June 28th: Super FOODS
- Boost your health
- Food that comforts
- Good, clean foods
- Teas and warm red wine
Thursday, July 7th: Timeless cabin/campfire meals and picnic foods that travel well and feed active hungry families
- Wines uncorked (great box wine) and summer beers
Tuesday, September 20th: Chef's Favorite Pasta Dinners
- A few of the Chef's special recipes
Thursday, September 22nd: Favorite Burgers
- From ground steak to veggie
- Everyone loves a good burger and sides
Tuesday, September 27th: Eat Your Greens Vegetarian Class
- Great new ideas and recipe from our gardens or yours
Tuesday, October 4th: Make Ahead Recipes
- For the time deprived cook
Friday, October 7th: The Farm House Life – 9:30 am
- The easier life's harvest
- House made Bloody Mary's
Tuesday, October 18th: Camp Cooking for Beginners
- Fun for home too
Thursday, October 20th: Delicious Romantic Italian Dinners
- Complete with Bistro table cloths
- Dry red wines
Tuesday, October 25th: Easy and Delicious Make and Take Dishes
- Served with fun Mocktails and Chef's favorite house wines
Friday, October 28th: Natural Cleaning Recipes – 9:30 am
- Best medicine and herbs
- Lite recipes that satisfy
Tuesday, November 1st: Loaves and Fishes
- Great breads and seafood
- Seasonal wines
Friday, November 4th: The Farm House Life – 9:30 am
- The easier life's harvest
- House made Bloody Mary's
Tuesday, November 8th: Breaking Breads
- Two bite appetizers
- Finger foods
- Sparkling wines
Tuesday, November 15th: Savor the Season's Super Sides
- Make ahead for the adventurous entertainer
Tuesday, November 29th: Life Devoured
- Café Merlot favorite recipes
- Ten years of cooking class favorites
Tuesday, December 13th: One Pot Recipes
- Feeds the body and soul
- Warms the spirit
- Served with hearty reds
Thursday, December 29th: Spice of Life
- Herb spice to unravel your senses
- Tasty recipes to satisfy
Tuesday, January 10th: Ooey Gooey Chef Warm Up Dishes
- Cheese, glorious cheese
- Comfort food by definition
- Served with Bernardo Winery's rich reds

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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