It's about the food! Toni and Rick are no strangers to Culinary Tourism and the Hospitality Industry. Along with a developed passion for quality food as well as being creative with fresh herbs and seasonal ingredients, Toni set off in the Midwest to open her own Catering Company. She was able to work alongside Wolfgang Puck, and Oprah Winfrey, and design many events for dignitaries and corporations. Today she shares that same passion with her customers and balances this with fine wine and serene surroundings. With her feet firmly planted at the Vineyard, she draws on her memories and on all of her five senses to add to the recipes of Cafe Merlot. 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. 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.