Spring Recipe Feature: Coke Farm Baby White Turnips

Spring Recipe Feature: Coke Farm Baby White Turnips Created by Portola Hotel Executive Chef, Danny Abbruzzese   Locally grown, fresh produce is in abundance in our Tri County area, and here at the Portola Hotel & Spa, we love featuring the bounty of the season in all our menus, whether it be catering or in our…

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From Farm to Fork

From Farm to Fork Farm fresh, isn’t something we take lightly here at the Portola Hotel & Spa. In fact, we take that phrase quite literally! From our restaurant menus at Jacks Monterey, The Club Room and Peter B’s Brewpub to our extensive catering department, Executive Chef Danny Abbruzzese works directly with local farms, sourcing…

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5 Ways to Romance Your Valentine

Love is in the air and so is the panic that ensues around this time of year of how to best spoil your Valentine! Leave it to the pros here at the Portola Hotel & Spa to help give you a bit of inspiration. We’ve come up with a few ideas to help create a…

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Fall Recipe: Coke Farm Beet Salad

Around this time of year, we all begin planning our Thanksgiving Day/Weekend menus and sometimes it’s fun to mix it up with something new! This year, the Portola Hotel & Spa’s Executive Chef Danny Abbruzzese is sharing one of his favorite, Fall-inspired salad recipes, featuring local, organic produce and the season’s finest ingredients. Happy cooking!…

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You Had Me at Pizza

We had the chance recently to sit down with Danny Abbruzzese, Executive Chef at Jacks Monterey here at the Portola Hotel and talked all things artisan pizza. As a huge fan of the pizza pie, and a self-proclaimed – connoisseur, I can speak from firsthand experience – the pizzas at Jacks Monterey are completely original,…

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Summer Recipe: Fried Green Tomatoes

From the Kitchen of Jacks Monterey Executive Chef Danny Abbruzzese Fried Green Tomatoes, Serves 4 Ingredients        4 each, Green Tomato, sliced 1/2 Panko Crust (see recipe below) 1c Aioli (see recipe below) 2c Chow-Chow (see recipe below) 1 bunch Italian Parsley-Chiffonade Kosher Salt to taste Black Pepper to taste Sliced green tomatoes ready for breading Directions Prepare Panko Crust Prepare…

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Locally Inspired: Discover Jacks Monterey Guest Post by Jacks Monterey Executive Chef, Danny Abbruzzese

Inspired by fresh ingredients grown locally throughout Monterey County, we have been able to incorporate what we are calling California Cultural Cuisine into every dish here at Jacks Monterey. Featuring ethnic flavors with a California twist, our specialties for both lunch and dinner service include palate pleasing artisanal pizzas, sustainable seafood and a variety of…

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Let’s Toast to the Holidays!

‘Tis the season to celebrate! Our friends here at the Portola Hotel & Spa are offering up some great tips and ideas to help toast to the holiday season and enjoy every single moment of this magical time of year! Enjoy, and make sure to celebrate responsibly. When toasting during the holidays I like to…

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Fall Inspired Holiday Cooking

The holiday season always inspires me to be creative in the kitchen. I love utilizing locally sourced ingredients that epitomize this time of year and with the help of Executive Chef Danny Abbruzzese here at the Portola Hotel & Spa, my family will be enjoying one of his amazing recipes! Coke Farm Acorn Squash w/…

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