Posts Tagged ‘Monterey’

Celebrating Heirloom Tomatoes, Guest Post by Chef Jason Giles

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014
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There’s nothing better than locally grown, fresh produce.  I am so fortunate to live here in Monterey County where the bounty is endless.  One of my favorite treats of the season is fresh Heirloom Tomatoes, both beautiful to look at and amazing to eat!  Serving as the inspiration for our upcoming Brewer’s Dinner at Peter B’s Brewpub on September 4th, the possibilities are endless when it creating new recipes and menus.

Visit your local Farmer’s Market or Farm Stand and take a moment to try this recipe, it will quickly become a favorite!

 

- Seasonal Heirloom Tomato Salad -

INGREDIENTS

  • 2-3 Large Heirloom Tomatoes cut into wedges, salted and peppered
  • 5-6 Mix of Cherry Tomatoes cut in half and tossed in sherry vinegar and extra virgin olive oil
  • 1Tbs Bacon Pesto (bacon, basil, walnuts, garlic, butter, salt, pepper)
  • 1Tbs Basil Oil
  • 2 Grilled Treviso
  • 3 leaves of Basil
  • 1 slice Grilled Bread
  • Shaved Saba Cheese

 

DIRECTIONS

Take sliced heirloom tomatoes and top with mix of cherry tomatoes tossed in a sherry vinaigrette, grilled Treviso and fresh basil leaves. Drizzle with a bacon basil pesto, top with shaved cheese and serve over grilled bread.

 

Enjoy!

Nautically Inspired Crafts & Decor

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
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As a true coastal gal, there is nothing I love more than a good nautical theme.  The crispness of navy blue and white accented by hints of gold have forever been a favorite color combination of mine. It was a match made in heaven when the team at the Portola Hotel asked me to contribute to their blog as editor – as their seaside sanctuary is known from far and wide not only for its fabulous accommodations, but amazing décor and their panache for finding the perfect nautical accents is second to none!

When I approached the design team at the Portola for some tips on incorporating a nautical theme into my home, here were a few fun ideas they shared:

-Make it personal – use life preservers, sea shells, vintage clocks/compasses or old flags and personalize them with a name, date or location, welcoming guests to your space

-Explore antique shops and flea markets for vintage model ships that can be displayed as statement pieces for all to enjoy

-Oversized rope is your friend; wrap lamps, vases or table bases and quickly transform something ordinary into the perfect nautical accent

-Find nautical hardware for drawers and doors swapping out old, boring pulls and knobs with nautical whimsy

-And don’t forget, you can never have enough navy and white – especially stripes, thick and thin

So no matter where you live, it’s easy to bring in a nautical theme.  AND if you’re like me, the search for DIY projects is never-ending!  My friend, Holly at 504main.com created a fun and simple way to bring a nautical flair to your home with her Nautical Knot Vases.

 

 

Monterey Peninsula Car Week 2014

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
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Portola Hotel & Spa lobby.

Whether you are a classic car aficionado like Jay Leno or just a casual observer, there is nothing like seeing the glimmering shine of a freshly detailed car or hearing the roar of an engine coming to life. Celebrities of the human and automotive kind will be on hand August 11-17, 2014 during the Monterey Peninsula’s Car Week. What was once a couple of events has transformed into an entire week of automotive excess with no less than 25 separate events including shows, auctions, rallies and entertainment. Most of the action centers on the major viewing competitions and the various auctions. From the tony Pebble Beach Concourse d’ Elegance and the horsepower and miniature might of Downtown Pacific Grove’s Little Car Show, to The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and the RM Auctions Sports & Classics of Monterey auction, the multitude of offerings is almost too many to fathom.

The Portola Hotel & Spa is not only right in the thick of the action, but it also plays host to the RM Auctions Sports & Classics auction event. With secure covered parking and a number of alternate transportation options right at your fingertips, classic car owners or fans of the cars themselves can easily access any of the events around the Peninsula. As headquarters for Friday and Saturday’s RM auctions the Portola’s restaurants will be featuring special hours with Peter B’s opening for lunch at 11am on Thursday August 14th and Jacks Restaurant open for Dinner until 11pm on August 14th & 15th and Jacks Lounge open until 1am Thursday through Saturday.

If you need a break from the rev of the engines, the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail is located just outside the Portola Hotel & Spa. Wander along some of the most beautiful coastline in the country before returning back to the action. So put the top down and motor into the Monterey Peninsula for what some say is the greatest gathering of steel and wheels in the world. Car Week on the Monterey Peninsula is an event not to be missed!

Meet Arturo Corres

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
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Meet Arturo Corres; hardworking, takes charge and extremely reliable.  Arturo has been pumping out clean dishes and keeping the kitchen running at the Portola Hotel & Spa in Monterey, California for the past 22 years. He joined the team as an entry level Dishwasher and within a few years, his outstanding performance and high standards for cleanliness showed in every task he was assigned.   Arturo was quickly promoted to Dishwashing Supervisor, a job he takes great pride in, every single day.

Organization and staff management are important to Arturo, especially when he and his team are supplying glassware, china, utensils, pots and pans to the Hotel’s two bustling restaurants and onsite banquet events throughout the property. Arturo is the hub of the Kitchen Department and is not afraid to step in and assist in his fellow team members; in fact he is known to help with plating and numerous other kitchen duties, always with a smile. When the Hotel has a plated dinner for over 750+ people, Arturo often joins the line and never leaves until the last plate is plated, then quickly returns to his cleaning station.

What stands out about Arturo Corres? -  Simple – the ability to get any job done – dishes for 1,100 people? No problem, Arturo’s your man!

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!