Chef’s Thanksgiving Recipe: Sugar Pie Pumpkin Maple Muffins

Chef’s Thanksgiving Recipe: Sugar Pie Pumpkin Maple Muffins Pumpkin spice and everything nice! Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and why not add in a new recipe for friends and family to enjoy! This season, Portola Hotel & Spa Executive Chef Danny Abbruzzese is sharing a family favorite, Sugar Pie Pumpkin Maple Muffins. So, preheat…

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Fall Inspired Recipes by Chef Danny

Fall Recipe Feature: Mama’s Eggplant Parmesan & Sticky Toffee Pudding Fall is almost upon us and our Portola Hotel & Spa, Executive Chef Danny Abbruzzese is sharing two of his favorite dishes of the season. Whether you’re looking for something comforting and hearty or a sweet treat, it’s all right here! Mama’s Eggplant Parmesan Yields:…

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Club Sandwich from Jacks

10 Reasons to Dine at the Portola

Summer’s Here – 10 Reasons to Dine at the Portola When in comes to dining in Monterey, the Portola Hotel & Spa has it dialed in. With three onsite restaurants, with three very distinct menus, Jacks Monterey, Peter B’s Brewpub and The Club Room –features the best of the Monterey Bay. Take a look at…

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Turnip recipe

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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Rodini Farms Brussel Sprouts

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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Beet salad from Jacks Monterey

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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Pizza at Jacks

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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Fried Green Tomato

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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fresh food items

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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