Archive for the ‘Food & Wine’ Category

Thanksgiving at Jacks Restaurant (Leftovers Included!)

Friday, November 8th, 2013
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When the autumn leaves start falling and all the turkeys go into hiding, Americans across the country starts to tingle with anticipation because we all know that the most widely celebrated, and undoubtedly the coziest, holiday is right around the corner.  With all of the fuss and preparation, though, Thanksgiving can become a time of stress and exhaustion (and we’re not just talking about the unavoidable post-feast food coma), leaving little room or care to meditate on the real meaning of the holiday, to consider what we’re all truly thankful for.

This year, Jacks Restaurant at the Portola Hotel & Spa wants to help put the “Thanks” back in Thanksgiving!  Why not escape the stress of the holiday season and get away to beautiful Monterey?  A perfect backdrop to appreciate the blessings in life, press pause and enjoy the exhilarating winter chill and the majestic Monterey coastline with your family to help you put things back into perspective and really get into the holiday spirit.  And as for your Thanksgiving feast, our acclaimed restaurant Jacks has it covered.

Featuring a mouth-watering four-course menu, you can enjoy all of your favorites dishes with a new gourmet twist, like our luxurious sourdough stuffing, fluffy whipped potatoes, and our perfectly seasoned green beans with crispy shallots, not to mention a wonderful selection of holiday inspired desserts from our decedent dessert display.  You won’t have to lift a finger to enjoy all of the fun, food, and feelings that this holiday has to offer – plus the staff at Jacks will pack up your leftovers so you can continue your feast on Friday!

Leave it all to the team at the Portola and Jacks and enjoy the holiday the way it was meant to be spent, basking in the love of family and appreciating life’s bounty.

Visit Jacks website to tantalize your taste buds with a preview of our full menu and to get all of the details for this offer to be truly thankful for.

Create Holiday Magic Without the Stress!

Thursday, September 19th, 2013
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It might be a little early to be thinking about gifts under the tree, but it’s never too early to begin planning your holiday party…especially with gifts like this right at your fingertips.  The holidays should be a time to celebrate love and joy, and the Portola Hotel & Spa is here to help you enjoy all of the magic of the holiday season without the stress of planning.  Whether you’re thinking of an extravagant winter bash or a quaint family gathering, the Portola team will lend a helping hand with a variety of Holiday Party Planning Packages to fulfill all of your wintery wants and yuletide needs.

If it’s your turn to plan the annual holiday party for your work place, or if you’re known in your neighborhood for throwing the most impressive seasonal event, look no further than Portola for the perfect venue.  The Portola has released new booking incentives that could save you quite a bit of $$! Check this out – Book your holiday party or event by the end of September and receive 15% off your food and beverage. Book by October 31st and receive 10% off PLUS ask about special extras such as complimentary self or valet parking, complimentary dance floor or a customized menu.   

‘Tis the season to celebrate the joy of family and if you’re looking to plan the perfect family reunion or holiday gathering, think of Portola as your second home. Jacks Restaurant & Lounge provides a casually elegant and intimate setting, featuring a private dining room and lounge available for your guests.  Or, if your holiday wish is for a win for your favorite athletic team or alma mater; how about a themed party at Peter B’s Brewpub? With 15 HD TV’s, billiards and plenty of seating, it’s like you are having a tailgate in the comfort of home, but better (and without the mess)!

Make the perfect holiday event complete by treating yourself to a little holiday pampering.  Reward yourself for a party well done, and take the elevator home.  Stay the night at the Portola and take advantage of the Breakfast for Two Package where you and a guest can sleep in the comfort of one of our nautically inspired guest rooms and enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet along with Bottomless Mimosa and the popular Made-to-Order Omelet bar at Jacks Restaurant.

As one of the most beautiful locations on the Monterey Peninsula, the Portola will light up your guests’ holiday experience. Their team of hospitality pros will make sure your party is the highlight of the season, while sparing you the stress of holiday party nightmares past.

This holiday season, plan ahead and let the Portola take care of all the details.

After your Holiday party take the elevator home!

Big Sur Food & Wine

Friday, November 2nd, 2012
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Big Sur has been the location of movies and commercials and an inspiration to beatniks and metaphysical practitioners. It is beautiful, rugged and has been called the “greatest meeting of land and sea” by poet, Robinson Jeffers. And, while several thousand people call it home, interestingly, there is no actual city or town of Big Sur. What better way to properly celebrate this wonderful mish-mash of quintessentially Californian attributes, than to have a food and wine festival in its honor!

The Big Sur Food & Wine Festival runs Thursday, November 1st through the 4th and features a bevy of out of the box food and wine centric events, just like the region itself. Friday’s offerings feature the beginning of the Hiking with Stemware series with allows participants to take in the beauty of Big Sur on foot along with the beautiful taste of some of the area’s best wines. The events feature meals al fresco from local chef’s and are often paired with an inside look at artisan producers from around the state.

Evenings embrace the wild mystery of the area with events like the Wine & Swine and a series of Winemaker’s Dinners. These limited seating events feature small batch wineries paired with the creations of local chefs. The nighttime activities conclude with the After Parties at the Henry Miller Library. This venue has played host to a Who’s Who of American creative genius from Jack Kerouac to The Red Hot Chili Peppers and this weekend features music, wine, food and fun.

There is a wonderful mix of events throughout the weekend so you can choose to try a taste or go whole hog. The event organizers have graciously provided shuttle transportation for some of the events so be sure to check the Big Sur Food & Wine website for more details. As food and wine festivals go, this one may give you a little more than you bargained for; and that’s a good thing!

Salinas Valley Food & Wine Festival

Friday, October 19th, 2012
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The Salinas Valley is widely known as the “Salad Bowl of the World”. From strawberries and lettuce to artichokes and broccoli, much of our nation’s produce comes from this fertile region. So it should come as no surprise that one of the fastest growing events in Monterey County is the Salinas Valley Food & Wine Festival. The fun begins on Saturday October 20th at noon and runs until 5pm. Featuring world class wine and gourmet food, the event highlights the culture of the Salinas Valley and takes over six square blocks of Oldtown Salinas. The event is free to the public and those wishing to taste wine and beer can purchase a wristband.

In addition to the gourmet highlights of the day, a variety of art and activities are also available including musical acts performing throughout the day and a classic car show. The National Steinbeck Center also plays host to a VIP Pavilion starring an additional 150 vendors. In addition to food exhibitors the VIP Pavilion an additional 50 wineries and 30 breweries will be on site. The Portola Hotel & Spa’s very own Peter B’s Brewpub will be on site, pouring some of their famous craft beers. So come experience the bounty and the rich culture of the Salinas Valley at the Salinas Valley Food & Wine Festival!

Portola Burger; the best burger in town

Thursday, July 5th, 2012
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Burger & Beer @ Peter B’s Brewpub

Since the 18th century, the humble hamburger has graced the plates of commoners and kings throughout Europe and the United States. Originally a “food fit for a king” (literally as it was only the wealthy aristocracy that could afford it) it was brought to America by German immigrants who had adapted the dish to fit their station, shredding low-grade beef and mixing it with regional spices and serving it both cooked and raw. As the dish caught on, it began to be served on bread during the late 1800′s and soon made its way onto the menus of restaurants across the country. As its popularity grew, so did the styles of burger as well as the types of establishments serving it. Synonymous with fast food, the hamburger stood pat for many years and different chains competed to see who could serve the most, not the best.

That trend began to change in the late 1980′s as chefs in high end restaurants began to experiment with prime cuts of beef and expensive condiments. From Kobe to Angus and everything in between, the hamburger now is served alongside the most extravagant dishes in the most exclusive restaurants in America.

That is why Portola Hotel & Spa’s Executive Chef extraordinaire Jason Giles is proud to introduce The Portola Burger, quickly becoming known as “The Best Burger In Town”. The burger features 1/2 pound of hand formed certified Angus ground chuck grilled to perfection and served on a toasted Brioche bun. It comes with locally grown red leaf lettuce, shaved white onion and the Chef Giles’ very own special B&B sauce. As an extra treat the dish is also served with homemade pickles!

Served at Jacks Restaurant & Lounge for lunch and at Peter B’s Brewpub, The Portola Burger a “must-indulge” on your burger bucket list!