Old Monterey District Blog

Esteban Restaurant’s Executive Chef Ben Hillan proudly announces his new spring menu. Rooted in Spanish tradition, Chef Ben’s new dishes stay in tune with the season to showcase the freshest and finest ingredients from Central Coast farmers, fishers, ranchers, and other artisan producers.

Chef Ben’s vibrant new tapas menu includes: asparagus with tarragon aioli, brown butter, Marcona almonds, Manchego cheese, and citrus yogurt; a refreshing watermelon salad with tomato vinaigrette, pickled cucumbers, feta foam, pistachio dust, and mustard frill; and crudo citrus-cured striped seabass with pineapple emulsion, dulse seaweed, and guava pink peppercorn gel.

The splendor of spring is showcased in Chef Ben’s new Raciones, medium to large plates that can be shared. The Iberian bone-in pork chop, with parsley root puree, sauteed greens, and cherry demi-glace, features the richest, most flavorful meat available - the Iberian pig, a breed native to Spain with naturally marbled meat rendering it buttery and tender. Other additions to the menu include conejo confitado (rabbit leg) and grilled Moroccan spiced cordero (made with New Zealand lamb),

Esteban Restaurant is located at 700 Munras Avenue in Downtown Old Monterey. Reservations are highly recommended - call to reserve your table, 831-375-0176. The restaurant is open 7 days a week for dinner, drinks, and tapas, and Saturday and Sunday for brunch.

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The Rose Books and Obscurities is offering 15% off any in-store purchase to those who mention the Old Monterey website or newsletter April 16-21, 2024. We're open Tuesday, 1pm-6pm, and Thursday-Saturday, 12pm-5pm.

The Rose, located at 136 Bonifacio Place in Downtown Old Monterey, offers a well-balanced selection of antiquarian collectible works and second hand books in all price ranges. The bookshop is charmingly small but carefully cultivated to satisfy serious collectors and general readers alike.

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Have you tried The Whisky Club’s Mocha Old Fashioned? Luxardo Espresso paired with Michters Rye and The Whiskey Club's house made syrups and bitters creates this sweeter Old Fashioned with a rye kick. It's a delightful after-dinner cocktail.

Visit The Whisky Club at 425 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. We're open Thu-Sat, 2pm-10pm and Sun, 2pm-8pm.

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Summer Music Camps for Kids at Wendi Kirby Music 2024

Posted on April 13th, 2024 by WendiKirby

Wendi Kirby Music, located at 550 Hartnell Street in Downtown Old Monterey, is now enrolling children for our Summer Music Camps, June through August 2024. Enrollment is limited to 10 students per class. Class information is below. Please email Wendi for more information and to register.


Piano Adventures (ages 6-8)
July 8-12, 9am-12pm
Instructor: Wendi Kirby
Students will have a fun-filled week of piano time, musical games, music history adventures, listening activities, ensemble playing, and much more.
Tuition: $375

How to Play Piano in a Band (ages 9-12)
June 24-28, 9am-12pm

Instructor: Wendi Kirby
Students will immerse themselves in the skills necessary to play in a band. Through fun and engaging activities, games, and time at the piano, students will learn lead sheets, Nashville numbers, pop form, improv skills, rhythms, and more. The week will end with a mini-concert for family and friends.
Tuition: $375

Little Musicians (ages 5-7)
July 29 - August 2, 1pm-3pm

Instructor: Wendi Kirby
Each day will have a theme-based musical adventure. Students will move, sing, play, listen, and engage in fun musical activities.
Tuition: $275

Raise Your Voice Singing Camp (ages 10-14)
August 5-9, 9am-12pm

Instructor: Anne Sibley
Singers will work towards improving their overall vocal ability, confidence, and performance skills this week. While singing with their peers and learning a variety of music in various genres, they will learn music theory, sight-singing, warm-ups and vocal health, breath control and support, ear training, and pitch accuracy. This camp is designed to be an encouraging experience for singers to expand their confidence and skills using their natural voice.
Tuition: $375

Musical Storytime (ages 5 & under with a caregiver)
Thursdays, 11:15am-12pm

Instructor: Anne Sibley
In Musical Storytimes, the magic of music meets the wonder of stories. Designed for children up to 5 years of age and their caregivers, this cozy gathering offers a delightful blend of reading, singing, and shared joy. Each story is carefully selected to delight young hearts and inspire young minds. With Anne’s repertoire of beloved children's songs and playful rhymes, this musical journey will have everyone leaving with a smile.
Fee: $25 drop-in, or $100 for 5 storytimes

Rotary Club Seeks Luggage for Foster Children

Posted on April 8th, 2024 by omba

Monterey Pacific Rotary Club is collecting new and gently used luggage (backpacks, duffel bags, carry-on bags, etc.) for The Kinship Center / Seneca through May 31, 2024.

Many local foster children carry their things in garbage bags, shopping bags, even pillow cases when transitioning into care homes. Monterey Pacific Rotary Club wants to help these kids in protective services by giving them their own luggage.

If you would like to donate your new and like-new luggage to a child in need, please call Carolyn Harris at 831-869-8655 by the end of May 2024. A pick-up can be arranged for those near Monterey or Salinas.

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Webster Street Art Gallery presents an exhibit of large paintings by a variety of artists through April 2024 at 188 Webster Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

This exhibit, which bridges the fine gap between representational and abstract painting, includes work by San Francisco North Beach artists James Redo, Robin Jones, and George Long.

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Venture Gallery presents the paintings of Dee Steiner, our featured local artist for April.

In Dee's latest exhibit, Color Solutions, she focuses on creating pieces in only 2, 3, and 4 colors, finding a way to dissolve their differences in a peaceful, harmonious manner. Dee writes, "Whether we are solving world problems or creating art, we must consider compromise."

Venture Gallery is open 10am-6pm daily. Dee Steiner's artwork will be featured through April 2024. Venture Gallery is located at 260 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey. Visit our website to shop online for work by our local artists.

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Spring Menu Items at Stokes Adobe

Posted on March 30th, 2024 by Stokes Adobe

Stokes Adobe's Executive Chef Aaron Rayor and Sous Chef Kyle Salcido have added new items to the menu for spring! Stop by and enjoy seasonal California cuisine at a historic Monterey building that's been lovingly redecorated, 500 Hartnell Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

Cavatelli Carbonara
handmade pasta, sugar snap peas, pancetta, and prosciutto crumble

Shiitake Mushroom Pizza
goat cheese mornay, asparagus, shiitake mushrooms, and garlic confit

Comanche Creek Baby Greens
toasted walnuts, fines herbs, beemster cheddar, and sherry vinaigrette

Merguez Sausage Pizza
eggplant purée, lamb sausage, sheep’s milk pecorino, aleppo pepper, and fresh dill

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Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! Turn 12 Bar and Grill is moving weekends into the fast lane. We're now offering $5 mimosas and bellinis during brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-2pm, when you purchase a meal. Visit us at 400 Tyler Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

Our brunch menu includes omelettes, french toast, waffles, breakfast pizza, pancakes, and more.

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We're famous! Downtown Monterey recently got a wonderful shout out from the Frugal Traveler column in the NY Times! In A Cheapskate in Monterey (gift article link), Elaine Giusac, explored Monterey looking for great travel experiences that won't bust the bank and she specifically called out Ad Astra Bread, Alvarado Street Brewery, Alta Bakery & Cafe, and El Charito Express as some of her Monterey highlights.

Thanks for coming to visit us Elaine! Come back anytime!

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Do you have books gathering dust on your bookshelf? Monterey Public Library Friends & Foundation (MPLFF) is seeking donations of gently used books, which they will then sell, all proceeds going to Monterey Public Library programs and events.

MPLFF now welcomes book donations in the following genres:
First edition or rare books
Adult fiction
Biography / Memoir
Local interest
Children’s picture books

At this time, MPLFF is not accepting coffee table books, children’s nonfiction, teen, DVD, CD, self-help, textbooks, or any books that are musty or damaged.

When dropping off your gifts, please pack donations in disposable bags or boxes and bring them to the Library's basement door (off the rear parking lot) on Wednesdays, 1pm-3om. If that time doesn't work for you, please email MPLFF and a volunteer will arrange a convenient time to meet you.

PLEASE NOTE: Book donations can NOT be accepted by Library staff, at the book return, or at the loading dock.

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Did you know that Revival Ice Cream can cater your next event? We’ve catered weddings, corporate events, birthdays, surprise parties, and more. We love sharing the Revival experience!

Revival lovingly crafts hand-made, small batch, organic ice cream, using locally harvested and sustainable ingredients and organic, California dairy. We also make plenty of dairy-free and gluten-free flavors, so our scoops can be enjoyed by even more people.

If you’re interested in hiring us for your next event, please contact us here. Revival Ice Cream is located at 463 Alvarado Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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Looking to add a little humor to your day? Franklin Street Collaborative now carries an assortment of very funny mugs handprinted in Akron, Ohio. Each 15 oz. mug is microwave and dishwasher safe, and is sublimated (printed) with high quality materials so the silliness won't fade with washing.

Stop by and check them out, along with a great selection of home decor at 201 W. Franklin Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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We have new demo bikes at Work Horse Bicycles! If you want to try out an e-bike, we have Levo bikes by Specialized now in the shop. It costs $150 to try one out for 24 hours and if you like it so much you want to buy one, we’ll take the $150 off your purchase.

Work Horse Bicycles is independently owned and operated by local bike enthusiasts at 486 Washington Street in Downtown Old Monterey.

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The Coastal Roots Hospitality Group - including Montrio restaurant at 414 Calle Principal in Downtown Old Monterey - has designated Seneca Central Coast as the nonprofit recipient of its Pick It Up - Pay It Forward Program for March and April 2024.

What does this mean? When you order takeout food from Montrio, 10% of your order will automatically be donated to this nonprofit agency. (Please note: this offer does not apply to delivery orders.)

Since 1984, Seneca Central Coast has helped build and strengthen families through vital community services including foster care, adoption, relative caregiver support, children’s mental health and wraparound services, legal guardianship assistance, and parent and professional education.

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Easter chocolates are now available at Parker-Lusseau Pastries and Cafe in Downtown Old Monterey. We make everything in-house and have a variety of designs including eggs, rabbits, chickens, fish, and ladybugs.

We hope to carry our delicious chocolates right up until Easter (March 31), but we can't make any promises, so don't wait! Stop by the shop at 539 Hartnell Street in Downtown Old Monterey and pick up yours soon.

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Slowfiber wants to make confident quilting converts out of all of you! Whether you know almost nothing beyond basic sewing technique, or you already understand how quilts come together but you still need to learn some extra skills, we can help get you and your bag of fabric to the finish line.

Slowfiber is now offering 8 different, stand-alone beginning quilting classes in Spring 2024 which can be mixed and matched to suit your needs. These include classes in binding, hand stitching and quilting, free-motion machine stitching, and how to quilt using upcycled fabric and non-standard-size pieces.

All off the classes are taught by Lyn Sandberg, a hot-shot quilter from Santa Cruz who is also a super-patient instructor. Lyn is full of fun stories and lots of tricks to help you expand your skill set.

**Spring 2024 Quilting Classes at Slowfiber**
517A Hartnell Street, Old Monterey

Hand Stitching Quilts: March 29, 12pm-4pm
Non-Standard Quilt Piecing: March 15 & April 12
Free-Motion Machine Stitching: May 18, 12pm-4pm
Seam Binding: May 25, 12pm-4pm
The Upcycled Quilt: May 31, 12pm-4pm

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