Kids Cooking Classes


The mud pies they make in the backyard aren't very appetizing. Give your aspiring chefs a true culinary experience this summer.

Cooking classes at Cafe Merlot are the perfect introduction for foodies of even the youngest ages. Kids in the Kitchen is a two and a half hour interactive cooking class offered for ages four to 12. This learning opportunity goes beyond cooking for kids. Touring a vegetable garden and tasting new foods will definitely make their taste buds happy. Plant, Play, & Eat is a 3-day culinary adventure for ages four through nine where kids will explore locally grown foods and experiment with new flavors, learn how to plant and grow their own seeds, experiment with different types of foods and make some yummy treats! 

While the kids are attending class, Mom can enjoy brunch at Cafe Merlot on the outside patio or wander through the shops at the beautiful Bernardo Winery. Then head home and let your little top chef whip something up for you both for lunch!

Heather K.


My kids love helping out in the kitchen and Cafe Merlot provides cooking classes that are interactive and fun for them. The best part is Mom gets to relax on the patio or visit the local shops while the kids cook up something yummy to eat!


Heather K.

San Diego, CA

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Proud new Cafe Merlot owners, Toni and Rick Kraft, along with the talented culinary team of Chef Daniel Reynolds and Sous Chef Stella Midori-Mokofski have taken their years of culinary experience, their love of food, and the Southern Californian sun, and transformed an already great restaurant into a full dining experience. Cafe Merlot offers lunch Tuesday through Sunday and Brunch on the weekends until 1pm. Cooking Classes are also held at the cafe!

  • Bernardo Winery Shops
    13330 Paseo del Verano Norte
    San Diego, CA 92128
    (858) 592-7785

$30 for a Cafe Merlot Kids in the Kitchen Cooking Class - $50 Value
$65 for a Plant, Play, & Eat 3-Day Culinary Adventure - $150 Value

The Nitty Gritty:

  • Classes are offered weekday mornings beginning at 9am
  • Call 858-592-7785 for current schedule and to check availability
  • For ages 4-12
  • Limit 1 voucher per transaction
  • Entire voucher amount must be used in 1 transaction
  • Reservation required
  • 24 hours' notice required for any cancellations
  • Voucher may not be combined with any other offers or promotions
  • Additional Terms and Conditions apply