The gift of a tastemaker: San Diego food and wine to feed the senses
By Toni Kraft
How does a chef begin the task of inventing a new dish? How does a cook learn the intuitive sensory art of combining flavors and textures? Here in San Diego, food and wine experts at local restaurants often have prestigious credentials from renowned culinary schools around the globe. But cooking isn’t purely a teachable craft: great cooks must also posses the ability to go beyond the basics, create new tastes and pioneer fresh food ideas – both in the kitchen, on the plate and in the dining room.
Most people have heard of clairvoyance, or extra-sensory perception. But when it comes to matters of taste, there are those who posses a similar but much less well-known gift called “clairgustance” – the ability to taste without putting anything in the mouth. A clairgustant can experience all the vitality of complex flavors through their intuitive mind, and use their abilities to not only gain insight into flavor combinations and craft incredible dishes, but also to transform the dining experience.
Immerse yourself in a complete sensory experience: wine, dine and cook at Café Merlot
At Café Merlot, we strive to create a immersion experience for our guests: whether they are joining us for a relaxing lunch, an exciting cooking class, a wine pairing demonstration or a spectacular catered event, we bring all five sense to the forefront. Borrowing from the experience of clairgustance, we create meals that set a mood, featuring distinctive local flavors with Southern California flair to keep the taste buds alive and engaged. From palette-enhancing appetizers and wines to perfectly complementary main dishes and desserts, our menu is designed to take you for an unforgettable ride. Once you’ve joined us for a signature meal, your senses will remind you to come back again and again – and to learn our culinary secrets yourself at a cooking class, or bring the memories home with custom catering.
Led by talented chef Stella Midori-Mokofski, the Café Merlot staff welcomes you to take part in a culinary adventure. Join us for breakfast or lunch in the café, schedule catering for a special event, or attend one of our Rancho Bernardo cooking classes for a hands-on interactive treat complete with tastings and instruction. Classes fill up fast, so reserve your spot early. To learn more, read a full menu or peruse a list of upcoming classes and events, visit us online today: www.cafemerlot.com.
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