Café Merlot the Bernardo Winery Home for over 13 years and thrived in the Location. We have now Reached toward the Sun and have a New Kitchen and Café to Root all over again, Elements Cafe/Culinary Savants.
Café Merlot Custom Catering has been designing menus for Clients from SD to all over California- We thrive on Sourcing our Food, Knowing our Farmers, and understanding the different social and corporate needs of our clients.
We have been pleased to have so many guests that we know call friends – we are all holding hands on this next journey.
Toni and Rick are no strangers to Culinary Tourism and the Hospitality Industry. Toni was born from a family tradition of bread making and cooking – she could not and did not want to escape the smells coming through her family’s home every day. Along with a developed passion for quality food as well as being creative with fresh herbs and seasonal ingredients, she set off in the Midwest to open her own Catering Company. Toni was able to work along side WolfGang Puck, and Oprah Winfry, and design many events for dignitaries and corporations. Custom catering became a natural for her for parties from 20-20,000.
Today she shares that same passion with her customers and balances this with fine wine and a serene surrounding. With her feet firmly planted at the Vineyard, she draws on her memories and on all of her 5 senses, to have added to the recipes of Cafe Merlot Custom Catering & Elements Cafe. She recognizes the importance of family and those who have touched her life not only in the kitchen but in all aspects of business. This has taught her to work hard, have integrity, and to always be optimistic in life. Thus the result is the fruition of Toni’s life long dream to produce great food, and teach the love of cooking – she can now see a little glimpse of paradise here on earth.
Café Merlot as guest on Fox 5.
Café Merlot in the Bernardo Windery pairs wine with breakfast. Café Merlot explains how to pair wine with a seasonal menu
Cooking Classes. GOOD BYE BOOK CLUBS, hello Cooking Clubs! Join us 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 experience includes all food/beverage. $69.00 per person.
Cooking Demonstrations: by top local chefs will provide an intimate atmosphere for you to ask questions and get straight answers from the experts. They will prepare and reveal the secrets of their finest recipes. This is a fun-filled and entertaining evening that you’ll not soon forget.