Old Monterey District Blog

The City of Monterey has announced the selection of Stronghold Engineering, Inc. as the general contractor for the Monterey Conference Center revitalization project. Stronghold is expected to begin construction in December. The renovation will add more than $60 million in physical and technological improvements to the building.

The Conference Center renovation will create more flexible meeting space, more usable pre-function space, advanced technology, and the ability to host multiple meetings simultaneously in a LEED-certified building.

Adjacent hotels, the Portola Hotel & Spa and the Monterey Marriott, do not expect to be affected by the remodel and are open for business. Grand opening of the Monterey Conference Center is expected in early 2017.

For additional information, please contact Bob Cowdrey, Conference Center General Manager, 831-646-3770.

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Peter B’s Brewpub has been awarded a Gold Medal at the World Beer Championships 2015! Based on a scale of 1-100 points, Peter B’s Catch 24 English Pale Ale earned 93 points.

The Beverage Tasting Institute (BTI) describes Peter B’s Catch 24 English Pale Ale as having a hazy amber color with lively, toasty aromas of honeyed raisin toast and yams and dried fruits. It has a soft, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, stimulating, breezy salted nuts, toasted grain, watercress, and chocolate mint cookie finish. A precise and pleasing English style pale ale.

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Smokin' Hot Toddies at Montrio Bistro

Posted on November 21st, 2015 by omba

It's warm inside and out with hot toddies at Montrio Bistro on the patio starting November 15, 2015. Throughout the winter months, Montrio will be serving Smoking Firehouse Toddies for $11. Bring a friend!

Our secret recipe includes Laird's applejack brandy, ruby port, baked apple bitters, spiced honey, smoldering cinnamon stick, and lemon.

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First Night Monterey Seeks Volunteers

Posted on November 17th, 2015 by omba

Volunteers are the heart of First Night Monterey and why First Night Monterey is able to produce our festivals for the community! We need volunteers both before and during our big New Year’s Eve event on December 31, 2015.

Before New Year’s Eve, we need to paint murals, make puppets, and finish our peace poles. We invite you to sign up and join us at our art studio at Archer Park Center.

During First Night Monterey, we are seeking production gurus, a schedule coordinator, New Year’s Eve site managers and assistants, will call, and kiosk sales managers. If you volunteer 4+ hours a First Night Monterey, you’ll get free admission.

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Alvarado Street Brewery and Grill has just launched a brand new, seasonal fall menu highlighting Chef Jeremiah Tydeman’s take on simple, American classics executed with international influence. The new menu comes in a sleek new format, designed by local studio The Wecker Group.

“We wanted to reinvent the feel of our menus to evoke a fun, more approachable aesthetic that fits to our concept better,” says head brewer and co-owner, JC Hill. “Chef Jeremiah has completely transformed the menu, adding a new dynamic that called for an entirely fresh look.” Hill was able to squeeze in a “Beer & Food 101” section in the new menu as a pairing guide to educate the brewery’s patrons.

Chef Tydeman was brought onto the Alvarado Street team in June of this past summer and has slowly been introducing some of his New American dishes with a worldly twist, like homemade chicken pot pie, a Vietnamese-style lamb burger, curry pumpkin soup, a Hawaiian poke-style tuna tartare, and the ultra-decadent truffle crawfish mac ‘n cheese. Tydeman was also intent on including a not-so-traditional clam chowder by creating a Manhattan-style tomato based chowder stocked with PEI mussels and chunks of Baker’s bacon.

“It’s been a blast creating dishes around certain beer styles, there are so many different combinations of flavors and textures that beer and food can both play off each other,” says Tydeman. He’s currently working on dishes for a five course beer and sparkling wine collaboration dinner between Alvarado Street and Caracciolli Cellars on New Year’s Eve, to be held at the brewery.

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MIIS Winter Commencement Ceremony 2015

Posted on November 10th, 2015 by omba

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey presents the Winter Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at Monterey Marriott in the San Carlos Ballroom. Congratulations, graduates!

Seating for the ceremony begins at 12pm. The ceremony begins at 1pm. The hors d'ouevres and champagne reception will be held at 2pm at Samson Student Center.

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Ice Skating by the Bay on Hiatus in 2015

Posted on October 25th, 2015 by omba

Due to the construction on and around Portola Plaza, Ice Skating by the Bay (the outdoor ice skating rink) will be going on hiatus for the 2015 Holiday Season. We are very disappointed and will miss all the great people who help support and make the ice rink so much fun every year. Ice Skating by the Bay hopes everyone has a great holiday, and rest assured they'll be back for the 2016 Ice Skating by the Bay season!

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Authors and publishers, Old Capitol Books would LOVE to host your event! We supply a free venue to support local authors, illustrators, and publishers. We have a table and seating area with up to 12 chairs (with an additional 10 stools), which makes for a great intimate space for your event, or we have a cool little back alley which is great for poetry readings and live music.

Old Capitol Books provides: a nice, free, and well-lit space for your event; processing of all sales; free advertisement on our website, our social media, and our newsletter; and a press release sent to all local print publications (Monterey County Weekly, Monterey Herald, etc.).

Old Capitol Books offers our venue for no charge during store opening hours. If you’d like to have your event after hours, there will be a charge to cover staff. Any sales as a result of your book signing must go through the bookstore, which will take 40% of sales. Please note that Old Capitol Books DOES NOT purchase copies of your book in advance of the event. Authors are responsible for bringing copies of their book on the day of the book signing.

Get in touch to discuss what we can do as your local, independent bookstore to get you started. Please contact us at [email protected].

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Host Your Holiday Party at Cibo Ristorante Italiano

Posted on October 24th, 2015 by omba

The holiday season is fast approaching and now’s the time to plan your company parties and family get-togethers. Cibo Ristorante Italiano makes it easy and festive with a great menu, friendly service, live music, beautiful holiday décor and a comfortable and relaxing ambiance. There’s convenient parking in three nearby City of Monterey parking garages. Cibo is also a great place for any birthdays, anniversaries or other special occasions, too. Call Mario to book your special event at (831) 649-8151.

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Alvarado Street Brewery and Grill is now open for Sunday brunch! Doors open at 10am, and we'll have NFL Redzone screening every touchdown from every game plus $4 house drafts and $5 mimosas all day and night.

Here's a sneak peak at Chef Jeremiah Tydeman's brunch menu:

Biscuits 'n' Gravy Benedict
with country-style gravy, rosemary ham, home-made biscuits

Mexican Flatbread
with house chorizo, black bean puree, pickled chilies, mozzarella, and a fried egg

Cranberry and Cinnamon Sticky Buns
freshly baked with an orange cream cheese frosting...Read More

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Alvarado Street Brewery Wins Gold Medal!

Posted on October 10th, 2015 by omba

Alvarado Street Brewery is proud to report that we claimed a gold medal at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition. Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest national beer competition that recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the United States.

The top three winners in the competition’s 92 beer categories were announced September 26 at the Great American Beer Festival awards ceremony held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado. Mai Tai PA was recognized in the international-style pale ale beer-style category. The 2015 GABF competition winners were selected by an international panel of 242 expert judges from the record number of 6,647 entries, plus 91 Pro-Am entries, received from 1,552 U.S. breweries.

We’re brewing an ultra fresh batch of Mai Tai this week to celebrate, with the aim of having it on tap in just a few short weeks!

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Youngster Yoga at Om Studios

Posted on October 1st, 2015 by omba

Om Studios in Monterey is now offering Youngster Yoga for children ages 2-6 and their caregivers on Tuesdays, 3:30pm-4pm and Thursdays, 10:30am-11am. Fee is $10 per child.

You love yoga and now your child can too! Come join us for Youngster Yoga with Holly Baldwin. Your child will learn traditional yoga poses in a fun new way. Through our yoga journey we will travel the oceans, explore the jungle, and even be shooting stars! Most importantly, you and your child can enjoy yoga together.

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Holiday Parties at Montrio Bistro

Posted on October 1st, 2015 by omba

When it comes to holiday festivities, think Montrio Bistro. The holidays are a special time of year for entertaining friends, families and business associates. Montrio Bistro will be decked out in holiday trimmings and our crew will be on their toes to ensure your holiday socializing is relaxed and fun! It's not too early to plan and book your event. We have two private rooms overlooking Monterey where you can savor Anthony Vitacca's holiday-themed cocktails and Chef Tony Baker's amazing food. Or how about a cocktail party in our new parklet? Please phone us at 831-648-8880.

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Boardwalk Sub Shop Now Open on Alvarado Street

Posted on September 22nd, 2015 by omba

The Old Monterey Business Association is happy to announce that Boardwalk Sub Shop is now open at 470 Alvarado Street! Although Terry Teplitzky has called Monterey home for 35 years, he and his brothers, Howard and JT, grew up in the hotel and restaurant business in Atlantic City and never forgot the cuisine they grew up with. They're excited to share it with you at Boardwalk Sub Shop, serving a variety of subs, calzones, and salads.

Ask anyone on the east coast and they'll tell you the key to a good sub is “in the bread.” The brothers have spent the last few months working with a local bread company to come up with the perfect recipe comparable to the east coast roll. Each sub is made with the freshest, local ingredients and prepared right in front of you.

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Jacks Restaurant and Lounge, located within the Portola Hotel and Spa, has been awarded Wine Spectator’s 2015 Award of Excellence for its wine program. Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Wine List Awards recognize restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine, and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers.

“We are very honored to have received the Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence for the second year in a row,” said Sonny Peterson, Portola Hotel and Spa’s Food and Beverage Director. “This award shows that our wine list is not only diverse with a variety of selections but is also designed to accommodate the most discriminating connoisseur’s palate while simultaneously providing a sensory awakening for the novice.”

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