Author Archive | Camilla M. Mann

7D Steakhouse Opening Thursday

June 28, 2017 – After years of celebrating the vegetable bounty of the Salinas Valley, is the Monterey Peninsula hungry for meat? We’ll soon find out when chef Todd Fisher’s sizzling new 7D Steakhouse opens on Thursday, to be followed in August by chef Fabrice Roux’s new Carmel Valley Chophouse.

Officially called the Seventh & Dolores Steakhouse, the new venture is run by Folktale Winery with a team that not only includes Fisher, but also chef Jeremiah Tydeman, previously with Alvarado Street Brewery & Grill, and Joe Valencia, a veteran of Rio Grill and Porter’s in the Forest, in the front of the house.

The Folktale Winery team is taking on the concept of a great American steakhouse and launching it over the top in what proprietor Gregory Ahn is … Read More

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Revamped Portola Hotel a True Reflection of the Monterey Bay

Portola Hotel & Spa—the first LEED® certified hotel on California’s Central Coast—has just completed a beautiful multi-million dollar renovation that includes a reimagined space in the hotel lobby with a new restaurant/bar concept and an exciting new menu from executive chef Danny Abbruzzese.

Designed by the San Francisco-based Puccini Group and unveiled at the Grand Opening on June1, the remodel creates a sophisticated yet comfortable space that reflects the palette of the local coastline.

“The coastal Monterey landscape, wildlife and local artist community had a tremendous influence on the project,” says Rob Polacek, Puccini’s chief creative officer. Complementing the open design and natural light, the decor uses crisp blues like the Pacific Ocean, subtle browns of weathered docks, and the muted greens of coastal flora. Live trees, now adorned with … Read More

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Folktale Winery Unveils Exciting New Menu

May 23, 2017 – Since leaving Tarpy’s Roadhouse and signing on as executive chef at Folktale Winery, Todd Fisher has been busy working on a new menu and transforming the Greenhouse at Folktale into a four season space. 

And while still more an extension of the wine garden experience, versus a full-service restaurant, Fisher is excited about the offerings. “The new menu is centered around three priorities,” he explained. “We want food that pairs with our wines; local, natural ingredients that promote Monterey; and food with soul and story.”

In that vein, the menu will be constantly changing and evolving with the seasons, complementing their wine offerings, and drawing from inspiration from their travels and lives. Fisher says that the same can be said about their winemaking and the property itself: … Read More

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Jacks Monterey Opens With Breezy New Look

April 25, 2017 – Portola Hotel & Spa cuts the ribbon Wednesday on its entirely reimagined restaurant and bar space—Jacks Monterey—and unveils a new menu that chef Danny Abbruzzese calls ‘California Cultural Cuisine.’

“I’m thrilled about how opened up Jacks is now. It’s an inviting space. We have seating in the atrium so you can sit under the stars at night and the sun during the day,” says chef Danny. “I’m very excited about serving our interpretation of fresh, cultural foods from this region.”

General Manager Janine Chicourrat says: “There is no other place that has more cultures than California. There are so many varied flavors and seasonings.”

In that vein, Chef Danny’s new menu reflects a melting pot of flavor profiles. He takes traditional moussaka, which is ubiquitous in every … Read More

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Conscious Cuisine and Unobstructed Views at the Highlands Inn

Stepping out onto the new, 1200-square-foot deck of California Market at Pacific’s Edge restaurant at the Hyatt Carmel Highlands is a treat, especially at this time of year. The longer days mean that you can linger over cocktails and dishes from the restaurant’s stellar menu, enjoying them as the sun dips into the ocean. The air is just crisp enough to be refreshing, and the unobstructed, panoramic views of Big Sur’s craggy cliffs and the majestic Pacific below will take your breath away.

A century after Frank Devendorf founded the Highlands, an extensive renovation and a new, cutting-edge plant-based tasting menu reflect the Highlands’ continued appreciation of its history and location as well as a look forward to where the local food scene is moving.

The Highlands’ current owner, Florida-based … Read More

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