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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..

15-Hour "Culinary Skills 101" Class

Learn from the masters at Cafe Merlot. These accomplished chefs bring their innovative garden-to-table cooking style to the in-depth, 15-hour "Culinary Skills 101" class. Start your culinary career right with expert instruction.

  • $750 per person for three-day (15-hour) "Culinary Skills 101" class on February 11, 18, and 25 from 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Great for the home cook who wants to understand more than reading a recipe
  • The perfect introduction for someone considering a career in the culinary field
  • Receive your own personal chef coat and set of chef's knives
  • Makes a great gift
  • Call (858) 592-7785 to register

2014 Cooking and Wine Classes - Sip, Cook, Eat!

$60.00 each

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

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

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

ADVANCED STUDENTS - Coming February 11th
- Ask us about our NEW Cooking School
- 15 hour hands on La technique classes Feb 11th, 18th and 25th
Coming Soon SAT's DATES - New Age Afternoon Tea
- Grow and utilize your own Herb Garden for Relaxing and Medicinal Teas
- Great Recipes for one to use for both traditional and Nontraditional TEAS
Thursday, February 13th: Romantic Winters Dinners
- Comfort food
- Cooking for your loved ones
- Celebrating Southern California Vintner's wine
Thursday, February 20th: Cooking with Culinary Essential Oils
- Share what you know, share what you grow
- Enjoy MOCKTAILS on Café Merlot's patio
Tuesday, March 4th: Good Ol' New Orleans/Mardi Gras
- Celebrate FAT TUESDAY in style with special guest artist and local cookbook author Cook Ren Daniels
- Traditional favorites and NEW popular dishes
Tuesday, March 18th: Breaking the Mold
- Fast easy recipes "making" and utilizing GREAT cheese
- Buttery and soft Chardonnays
Tuesday, April 8th: Super-Fast Italian Family Meals
- Old World dry red wines and Chiantis
Tuesday, April 15th: Conscious Cuisine- Healthy Food/Healthy Mind
- Learn how to RELAX in the kitchen
- Easy sipping sparkling wines
Tuesday, April 29th: BEST FOOD City Recipes
- Culinary adventure with signature drinks and brews
Tuesday, May 13th: Fresh off the Vine - Spring's Best Produce
- Savor the season
- Grassy Sauvignon Blancs; Petite Syrah's
Tuesday, May 27th: Romantic Roman and Italian Dinners
- White table cloth meals at red checkered table cloth prices
- Robust red wines
Tuesday, June 3rd: Ayurvedic Vegan
- Harmony thru food/earthy teas/healing oils
- Learn your body type doshas and what make us hungry (QUIZ)
Thursday, June 5th: BBQ's, Mops and Rubs
- Also introducing brines and marinades
- Robust red wines
Tuesday, June 24th: Garden Fresh Growing and Easy Edible Garden Recipes
- Mocktails and shrubs (signature vinegar beverages)
Tuesday, July 8th: Timeless cabin/campfire meals that travel well and feed active hungry families
- Wines Uncorked (great box wine samples)
Tuesday, July 22nd: Urban Farm Projects - FULL
- Food from our back yard to your table
- Earthy white wines and red blends
- Life is worth living OUTSIDE!
Tuesday, August 5th: Breakfast for Dinner - FULL
- Going beyond the egg!
- Brunch menus for a crowd
- Signature mimosas and Prosecco drinks
Thursday, August 7th: Appetizers/Tapas and Tango - FULL
- Making sweet music to ones ears while creating fun and satisfying entertaining menus and recipes
- Sangrias
- Wine Margaritas!
Tuesday, August 19th: Half the Calorie Main Dishes - FULL
- Fresh flavors not short on taste
- White wines from local vines
Tuesday, September 2nd: Outdoor Entertaining Made Easy - FULL
- Recipes that can be prepared ahead and go well at concerts, sporting events, picnics and sleepovers (adult sleepovers)
- Rose's, Pinot Grigio
Tuesday, September 30th: Romantic Late Summer Lunches and Dinners - FULL
- Edible flowers
- Fresh herbs enhancing all FIVE senses
- Mocktails and crisp warm weather wines
Tuesday, October 14th: Pastas, Pizzas and Fresh Herb Sauces (From Our Micro- Farm) - FULL
- Tasty reds and rose wines
Tuesday, October 21st: YIN/YANG of Desserts
- White chocolate/dark chocolate desserts
- Entertaining wines, Ruby Ports
Tuesday, October 28th: AMP up Thanksgiving and All of Your Holidays - FULL
- Amazing birds
- Brilliant sauces
- Roasted root garden veggies
Tuesday, November 4th: Super FOODS
- Boost your health
- Food that comforts
Tuesday, November 18th: Weekday Night's Best Recipes
- Local wines from Bernardo Winery and Southern California Vintners
Tuesday, December 2nd: Delicious Stews and Savory Pies
- Glogg and velvety Merlots
TBD 9a.m. - Kids in the Kitchen Playdates
- Easy entertaining ideas for entertaining that includes the kids and menus for ages 8-12
TBD Friday 9a.m. - Kids in the Kitchen Playdates
- Ages 3-5 yrs old SAME AS ABOVE

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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