Cafe Merlot


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In a Nutshell

  • Local food and wine tastings
  • Charity fundraiser
  • Elegant winery setting

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For $14, today's side deal gets you one person's admission and $20 worth of food & drink tickets to the Fall Festival of Forks and Corks, held Thursday, October 28, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Café Merlot (a $30 total value).

  • Café Merlot teaming up with LifeStyles INFOCUS for second-annual benefit at the Bernardo Winery, showcasing the tastes of the region
  • Portion of proceeds goes toward Poway Unified School District Foundation
  • Redeem food & drink tickets for local wines, microbrews, gourmet food samples, and chocolates
  • Live music, silent auction, raffle, and other entertainment

Café Merlot

Located between the barrel room and the vineyards at the historic Bernardo Winery, Café Merlot combines Europe cuisines with Southern California flare. Café Merlot co-owner Toni Kraft grew up in a home with the smells of baking bread, and counts planting, harvesting, and consuming fava beans with her grandmother among her fondest childhood memories. After a career in catering in the Midwest, where she worked alongside the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Wolfgang Puck, Toni brings an experienced but experimental philosophy to her current restaurant’s seasonally-changing menus. And with the help of executive chef Ferdinand, Toni also helps with the cooking classes, which range from cooking with wine to Super Bowl snacks, spreads, and marinades.

The bistro uses the 123-year-old winery’s rustic surroundings to great effect. On the patio, olive trees and grapevines gossip above diners. Indoors, a warm-toned Tuscan ambiance welcomes guests. Sundays see Chef Daniel roll out some of his specialties on the brunch menu, such as lobster eggs benedict and Kahlua French toast, making the cafe an enticing destination for a romantic breakfast date or a confusing business meeting.

Customer Reviews

It was a great way to get together with friends and work together! I felt it was a lot of talking not as much instruction! Good thing we knew what to do, we were not strangers to the kitchen!
Sharon E. · May 29, 2017
Gave this as gift and was a loved present!
Corinna D. · May 3, 2017
Chefs are wonderful, food is great too.
Katherine M. · April 21, 2017
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