Posts Tagged ‘Green’

Peter B’s Brewpub Goes Green

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
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While most of the news in the foodie world revolves around new trends at the table and from the bar, there is a growing movement behind the scenes to move towards a greener restaurant scene and not just the vegetable kind. Peter B’s Brewpub, behind the Portola Hotel & Spa, is at the forefront of this movement and incorporates these environmentally friendly practices just about everywhere.

One of the most visible green efforts from Peter B’s is the sourcing of local, sustainable and responsibly grown ingredients. Executive Chef Jason Giles and Head Brewer, Kevin Clark work diligently to make sure what is served is the best not only for their guests, but for the environment as well. Participation in the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program® is also a critical component of the restaurant’s sustainable and green focused efforts. With a location so close to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, it’s only natural that Peter B’s focuses on the best sourcing of seafood possible. Furthermore, all to-go containers and cups are Bio-Pak, which is a compostable material.

Clark takes these green practices to new heights with upgraded brewery equipment and plumbing resulting in a savings of 41,000 gallons of water per year, an important initiative during California’s drought. In addition, he has implemented unique uses for the leftover spent mash utilized to brew his award-winning craft beers. Peter B’s has created a seal-shaped custom dog biscuit for the hotel and restaurant’s furry friends and also donates the remaining mash to local farmers for cattle feed, a process that elongates the use of the material and reduces the carbon footprint of producing the beer.

Most of us would be happy that the food and drinks we are being served are an environmentally responsible choice, but Peter B’s takes it a step further with their Food Scrap Program. Once you have finished that delicious meal, what happens to the scraps? Traditionally, scraps were taken to the local landfill, but Peter B’s, Jacks Restaurant & Lounge and the Portola Hotel & Spa participate in the Monterey Regional Waste Management District’s Organics to Energy compost program, where each week, over 2000 lbs. of food scraps and other organic waste is diverted from landfill disposal and after inspection, is mixed with mulch and turned into compost. The methane gas produced during the process is captured and used as fuel to produce energy and the compost is used by local farmers and winemakers to help grow their crops. In addition, all the cooking oil is specially recycled and turned into bio diesel fuel.

So the next time you are enjoying a fantastic meal or house-brewed craft beer at Peter B’s, take a moment to thank your server. Not only for the great food and drink, but for doing everything they can to make the Monterey Peninsula a happier, healthier and greener place!

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Season Preview

Thursday, April 25th, 2013
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At the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, nothing gets the heart pumping faster than witnessing auto racing’s elite hurtle around the track at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. Once again, Spring brings the kings of the hairpin turn to the Monterey Peninsula for a full slate of American Le Mans, MotoGP, Historic Motorsports and Superbike racing.

The season kicks off with the American Le Mans Monterey presented by Patron May 9-11, 2013. This is the 15th year at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the world’s premiere sports car racing championship and as a global leader in Green Racing, The American Le Mans Series pushes the drivers and their crews to the limit of human endurance. The weekend offers speed and excitement that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Not to be outdone by their four wheeled friends, supped up cycles descend on the Peninsula during the Red Bull U.S Grand Prix, July 19-21, 2013. In its ninth year at Mazda Raceway and featuring the MotoGP World Championship and a full slate of American Motorcycle Association (AMA) races, this weekend is one of the sport’s most popular events and draws huge crowds to watch 18 separate races over the three days.

Part of the Monterey Peninsula’s Classic Car Week, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, August 16-18, 2013 offers a glimpse into the past as authentic, race proven; period autos compete in class to determine bragging rights. This year, the featured marque is the American classic Chevrolet Corvette celebrating its 60th anniversary.

The season continues with the Continental Tire Sports Car Festival powered by MAZDA. The September 7-8, 2013 event features the Grand Am-Rolex Sports Car Series as well as the Daytona Prototype class and Grand Touring (GT) competition with some of the most exciting, in close racing this side of NASCAR. This weekend is a true treat for the whole family (You too ladies) as race weekend includes autograph and meet and greet sessions with the drivers that have in the past included Grey’s Anatomy star McDreamy himself, Patrick Dempsey and other stars of film and television.

The bikes return in the final event on the schedule as the SBK-Eni FIM Superbike World Championship makes it’s only U.S. appearance September 27-29, 2013. Two high speed races are featured over the weekend as teams’ race high-performance bikes from manufacturers like Kawasaki, BMW, Suzuki, Ducati and Honda.

With so many great motor sports events, why not enjoy them even more by booking your stay at the Portola Hotel & Spa. Nautically inspired guestrooms only steps from the Monterey Bay coupled with a location just a short drive from the Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway makes the perfect complement to any of these action fueled weekends.

Earth Day is Every Day at the Portola Hotel & Spa

Thursday, April 4th, 2013
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With Earth Day right around the corner, many businesses and organizations start talking about being green. It’s a positive step in the right direction and every little bit helps. The green movement has made its way into the hospitality industry as well. While many hotels are beginning to go green, the Portola Hotel & Spa is one of the most environmentally friendly places to stay not only on the Monterey Peninsula, but throughout California’s Central Coast. As one of Central California’s first Silver LEED®-EB Certified hotels, the Portola has implemented a host of green initiatives focused on the well-being of the environment.

LEED Certification refers to a rating system that considers everything from the materials used to build a building to the way a business disposes of their garbage. Everything is taken into account and the entire staff at the Portola has embraced these initiatives. Some of the more innovative green practices are utilized in housekeeping. These include 100% organic cotton mattresses that are hypoallergenic and an Ozone Laundry System that utilizes an enzyme based laundry detergent for sanitizing linens and towels. They also include a green cleaning program that uses H203 system to clean and disinfect guest rooms without any harsh chemicals and guest room carpets that meet with the Carpet and Rug Institute’s plus program for low VOC material and paint that meets low VOC standards as well.

Not to be outdone is the group sales department. They have implemented the Monterey Green Meetings program that works with meeting and event planners, as well as private parties to plan green events and environmentally conscious team building exercises. Food and Beverage is also heavily involved in the movement by offering sustainably grown, organic and locally sourced ingredients as well as repurposing waste from Peter B’s brewery operation.

The Portola Hotel & Spa is continuing to strive for environmental excellence by going through a LEED recertification process by the U.S. Green Building Council. So as Earth Day draws closer, residents of and visitors to the Monterey Peninsula; can rest assured that one of the area’s premiere hotel and spa destinations, and their restaurants are leaders in the protection of our precious environment.

To Your Health: We Make Your Stay Healthy

Thursday, March 29th, 2012
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If you travel a lot for work or pleasure, you have probably learned some tricks to try to stay healthy while on the road. Drink plenty of fluids, don’t overdo the airport food and try to get in a little exercise whenever possible are just a few tips you have heard. But have you ever stopped to think about your actual physical health and the health of the hotel itself?

Many hotels and motels are happy to provide a clean room with clean linens, but what about a healthy room? The Portola Hotel & Spa is one of the healthiest places to stay not only on the Monterey Peninsula, but throughout California’s Central Coast. With the distinction of being the local region’s first and only LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™ certified hotels, comes a host of initiatives focused on the health of their guests and staff. Some of those include: 100% organic cotton mattresses that are hypoallergenic, an Ozone Laundry System that utilizes an enzyme based laundry detergent for cleaning linens and towels. They also include a green cleaning program that uses H203 system to clean and disinfect guest rooms without any harsh chemicals and guest room carpets that meet with the Carpet and Rug Institute’s plus program for low VOC material and paint that meets low VOC standards as well. This might not mean a lot to the average traveler, but to put it in terms that everyone can appreciate: when you come home from a vacation or business trip and everyone is healthy you know you have done your job and so has your hotel. Stay at the Portola Hotel & Spa and stay healthy!