Events in the Monterey Bay - Monday, December 10 - Sunday, December 16

Check out our new weekly blog of fun things to do in the Monterey Bay Area!

*If you have any events that you would like us to add please email montereybayfoodtours@gmail.com

Monday, December 10th


Drink & Draw @ Post No BIlls - 5:30-8pm (21 & over)

Join EAAM members for our Monthly Drink and Draw at Post No Bills. Bring any current project you're working on, buy a beer, and help build this little artist community. All creatives welcome!

(Post No Bills does not serve food, but we'll be picking up some Costco Pizzas and will accept donations to our starving artist pizza fund.)

https://www.facebook.com/events/169791667143046/


Tuesday, December 11th


Drop In Guided Meditation - Monterey Bay Meditation 12:15-12:45pm - $5

Pausing to meditate with a group, even for just 30 minutes, can support and refresh your practice. Each week, we provide opportunities to engage in silent and guided meditation, as well as movement practice in a safe, comfortable environment. Our goal is to offer opportunities to practice that are conveniently scheduled, low-cost, and approachable. There is no pre-registration required for drop-in practice sessions— just show up and be present!  831-233-1411

https://www.montereybaymeditation.com/drop-in-meditation/


Wine Bingo at Sovino Wine Bar - 7pm

It's everything you like about Bingo, with wine and Sovino vocabulary associated with the numbers. Come and learn a little, play a little, drink a little. There shall be prizes!

http://www.sovinowinebar.com/


Wednesday, December 12th



Italian Night - Gusto - 6pm-9pm - $49.95

Live performances - Includes appetizer, pasta or pizza, desserts, glass of wine and limoncello.

Gusto is happy to once again offer our "Christmas in Italy" dinner and show featuring the Mike Marotta Band with vocalists David Marzetti & Erasmo Aiello! Italian sing alongs and all your favorite Christmas songs too! This event ALWAYS SELLS OUT so make your reservations now!
Grazie e Buon Natale!

For more information email info@gustopizzeriapasta.com or call 831.899.5825


Thursday, December 13th


Old Monterey Walking Food Tour - Monterey Bay Food Tours - 11am-2pm - $95

www.montereybayfoodtours.com/tours


Holiday Party at Pour Taproom - 6-8pm

Pour Taproom will host Farm Discovery’s Holiday Party.  A % of sales will go to Farm Discovery to support hands-on farm-based education and nutrition programs for local youth.)

https://farmdiscovery.org/events/


Wine Dinner Featuring Prisoner Wine Company - The Club Room @ The Portola - 6-10pm - $85

Experience a five-course pre-fixe dinner paired with a selection of Prisoner Wine Company wines. While enjoying a seasonal menu selection prepared by Executive Chef Danny Abbruzzese and his team.

Reservations required, please call (831) 649-7874

https://www.portolahotel.com/dining/the-club-room


Hellam’s Tobacco & Wine Shop - 7pm - $35

Just in time for the holidays, Hellam's Tobacco and Wine Shop presents a champagne tasting. We'll also offer special pricing and raffles.

https://www.hellamstobaccoandwineshop.com


Friday, December 14th


Saturday, December 15th


Old Monterey Walking Food Tour - Monterey Bay Food Tours - 11am-2pm - $95

www.montereybayfoodtours.com/tours


Carmel Berry Co. - Holiday Fair at Henry Miller Lab in the Barnyard - 10am-5pm - Free

https://www.facebook.com/events/657063461361064/


Annieglass Succulent Arrangement Workshop 2pm-3:30pm - $80 (10 & over)

Create your own succulent garden in a beautiful Annieglass piece. 

You can choose from gold or platinum-rimmed Annieglass piece to plant your succulents. We will share tips on planting your mini succulent garden. Workshop includes an Annieglass piece and a set number of succulents (Additional plants will be available for purchase). Pieces will be prepared ahead of time to allow for proper drainage. A glass of wine, beer or soft drink will be served complimentary.

https://annieglass.com/collections/craftbar/products/annieglass-succulent-arrangement-workshop?fbclid=IwAR31KRkdv54cWOcSWR488jIc7STB0MA6_RVzPczdBn0QDDvxxrdEAVbtYR8


Carmel Berry Co. - San Jose Made - San Jose Craft Holiday Fair - 11am-5pm - Free

http://www.sanjosemade.com/apply-to-san-jose-craft-holiday-fair-2018


Drinks, Sweets & Gingerbread Shenanigans! - XL Public House - 6-9pm - $55 (21 & over)

We are super stoked to bring you another fun Adult sip and craft night. Blue Aces Bake Shoppe and our friends at The XL Public House are hosting a night of drinks, cheer and adult gingerbread house decorating!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/drinks-sweets-gingerbread-shenanigans-tickets-50810676100?aff=ebdssbdestsearch


Sunday, December 16th 


Carmel Berry Co. - San Jose Made - San Jose Craft Holiday Fair - 11am-5pm - Free

http://www.sanjosemade.com/apply-to-san-jose-craft-holiday-fair-2018


Annual Furoshiki Gift Wrapping Class - Cha-ya - 2 sessions: 11am-12pm & 1pm- 2pm

The cost of the workshop is $20 and includes history of furoshiki, the demonstration, a book, as well as, a hand-out. This will be a hands-on class!

PLEASE CALL TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT 831.646.5486 

www.chaya4tea.com


Comanche Cellars - Holiday Open House - 2pm-7pm

Winemaker, Michael Simons will be on hand to sign bottles.  Complimentary cheeses while you sip and shop.

https://www.oldmonterey.org/event/2018/12/holiday-open-house-comanche-cellars


Holiday Craft Making Event on the Farm - Farm Discovery @ Live Earth Farm- 4-7pm - $85

Each guest will go home with 6 gifts and enjoy treats, like homemade chocolate truffles and apple cider, during the craft event.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/holiday-craft-event-tickets-53168439233


Jazz at East Village Coffee Lounge - 4-6:30pm - $8

Steve Abrams Trio

https://www.facebook.com/eastvillagemonterey

Monterey Bay Events - Monday 12/3- Sunday 12/9/2018

Monday, December 3 - Sunday, December 9, 2018


Monday, December 3

Monterey Bay Aquarium - Community Open House - 10 a.m.–5 p.m. - Free

Tri-county residents enjoy free admission during the annual Community Open House.

http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/visit/admission-tickets/special-offers/locals

Tuesday, December 4

Monterey Bay Aquarium - Community Open House - 10 a.m.–5 p.m. - Free

Tri-county residents enjoy free admission during the annual Community Open House.

http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/visit/admission-tickets/special-offers/locals

Holiday Caravan with The Squirrel Nut Zippers - Folktale Winery - 6pm-10pm - $50

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/holiday-caravan-with-the-squirrel-nut-zippers-tickets-50501157321

Wednesday, December 5

Monterey Bay Aquarium - Community Open House - 10 a.m.–5 p.m. - Free

Tri-county residents enjoy free admission during the annual Community Open House.

http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/visit/admission-tickets/special-offers/locals

Ladies Night Pop Up Shop - Folktale Winery - 6pm-9pm - $25

https://folktalewinery.com/calendar/ladies-night-pop-up-shop/

Thursday, December 6

Monterey Bay Aquarium - Community Open House - 10 a.m.–5 p.m. - Free

Tri-county residents enjoy free admission during the annual Community Open House.

http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/visit/admission-tickets/special-offers/locals

Old Monterey Walking Food Tour - Monterey Bay Food Tours - 11am-2pm - $95

www.montereybayfoodtours.com/tours

Hellam’s Tobacco & Wine Shop - Ashton Cigars - 7pm (raffle prizes)

https://www.hellamstobaccoandwineshop.com


Friday, December 7th

Monterey Bay Aquarium - Community Open House - 10 a.m.–5 p.m. - Free

Tri-county residents enjoy free admission during the annual Community Open House.

http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/visit/admission-tickets/special-offers/locals

Christmas in the Adobes - Historic Monterey - 5pm - 9pm - $25

https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=26922

First Friday - Sundance in Salinas- CSUMB Salinas Center for Arts & Culture - 5pm-9pm - Free

https://www.evensi.us/free-friday-sundance-salinas-1-main-street-california-93901/280100445

Popup tasting room at the Joseph Boston Store- 5pm-9pm - Free 

One-night-only tasting room featuring local, artisan products. Guests will be able to sample delectable treats crafted by Monterey County residents perfect for the holidays.  Taste jams from Happy Girl Kitchen; olives, bread dippers, and chocolates from Gil’s Gourmet; Chai Tea from Chai Five Tea; elderberry syrups and cordials from the Carmel Berry Co., and much more!

https://www.oldmonterey.org/event/2018/12/pop-tasting-room-joseph-boston-store


First Friday Gallery Night - Pacific Grove Art Center - 7pm-9pm - Free

https://www.facebook.com/events/304850093432378/

Saturday, December 8th

Jingle Bell Run Pacific Grove - Lovers Point Beach - 7:30am

https://www.arthritis.org/get-involved/jingle-bell-run/

Fourth Annual Holiday Open House at Succulent Gardens - Castroville - 10am-4pm - Free

https://sgplants.com/products/12-08-holiday-open-house

Monterey Bay Aquarium - Community Open House - 10 a.m.–5 p.m. - Free

Tri-county residents enjoy free admission during the annual Community Open House.

http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/visit/admission-tickets/special-offers/locals

Old Monterey Walking Food Tour - Monterey Bay Food Tours - 11am-2pm - $95

www.montereybayfoodtours.com/tours

Christmas in the Adobes - Historic Monterey - 5pm - 9pm - $25

https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=26922


Sunday, December 9th

Monterey Bay Aquarium - Community Open House - 10 a.m.–5 p.m. - Free

Tri-county residents enjoy free admission during the annual Community Open House.

http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/visit/admission-tickets/special-offers/locals


Carmel Berry Co. @ Botanic and Luxe - Santa Cruz

www.carmelberry.com


Monterey Bay Events - Thursday, November 29 - Sunday, December 2, 2018

Thursday, November 29 - Sunday, December 2, 2018


Friday, November 30th


Monterey’s Christmas Tree Lighting - Colton Hall Lawn - 5pm-6pm


Brews for a Cause 2018 - Monterey Museum of Art - 7pm-9pm - $15-25

http://www.montereyart.org/event/brews-for-a-cause-2/


Live and Let Die:  The Music of Paul McCartney - Golden State Theater - 8pm - $30-55

https://goldenstatetheatre.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=202


Saturday, December 1st


Monterey Bay Aquarium - Community Open House - 10 a.m.–5 p.m. - Free

Tri-county residents enjoy free admission during the annual Community Open House.

http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/visit/admission-tickets/special-offers/locals


Old Monterey Walking Food Tour - Monterey Bay Food Tours - 11am-2pm - $95

www.montereybayfoodtours.com/tours


Wine and Wreaths - Joullian Vineyards - 11am-4pm - $17-55

https://joullian.com/visit/special-events/


Santa's Live Reindeer - Golden State Theatre - 12pm-4pm - Free

http://oldmonterey.org


Paint with Dali17 - Dali17 Museum - 4pm - $35 (includes museum admission)

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paint-with-dali17-tickets-45874322333


Sunday, December 2nd


Monterey Bay Aquarium - Community Open House - 10 a.m.–5 p.m. - Free

Tri-county residents enjoy free admission during the annual Community Open House.

http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/visit/admission-tickets/special-offers/locals


Fall Culinary Series – Sobremesa - Chef Diego Felix from Colectivo Felix - Live Earth Farm - 3pm-6pm - $85

https://farmdiscovery.org/workshops/


Brighten The Harbor Boat Parade - Monterey Bay Coastline - 5pm - Free

https://www.seemonterey.com/event/brighten-the-harbor-boat-parade/6790/


THE ULTIMATE WEDDING EXPERIENCE WITH MONTEREY BAY FOOD TOURS

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Food, drink, and great company are what weddings are all about. I spent weeks thinking about who would cater my wedding, what drinks would be unforgettable, and who I would invite. My now husband of 10 years and I spent countless hours and arguments deciding what experience we would give our guests.

At last we landed on our favorite Indian restaurant who catered non-traditional wedding fare full of delicious chicken curry, lentils, basmati rice, nan and a lamb biryani. Our guests were a little surprised, but after having the first taste they couldn’t say enough about the vendor and wanted to know where they could go for more. For drinks, we took it island-style with fresh mojitos; we were in Georgia, in the summer, and my father had what seemed to be an endless supply of mint growing in his garden. The selection of food and drinks were a hit. It was a memorable event and the most unforgettable day of my life, other than the birth of my children!  

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Upon starting Monterey Bay Food Tours, I wanted my guests to experience food, drink, and company the way I did on my wedding day. Recently, we hosted a bachelorette party on an Old Monterey Tour. I made sure the party had an unforgettable experience. The party enjoyed Indian food with a white wine pairing at Aabha Indian Grill, local vinegars and olive oils from Monterey’s Tasty Olive Bar, authentic third generation Greek cuisine with Greek white wine at Epsilon Greek Restaurant, organic ice cream with locally sourced ingredients at Revival Ice Cream, the only Monterey Jack made in Monterey County from Schoch Family Farmstead and wine from a small batch local wine maker, Comanche Cellars, ending at a local co-op art gallery, Venture Gallery.  

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Contact Monterey Bay Food Tours for your wedding events from bachelor parties featuring a stop at the oldest tobacco shop in California, Hellam’s Tobacco Shop, to bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners, or any other food, drink, and great company event having to do with your wedding. We promise to make this an unforgettable experience just like my wedding!

Sustainability and Monterey Bay Food Tours

As a mother of four, I have a responsibility to leave behind a world in which the next generation can live and enjoy the way we have been lucky enough to. After moving to Monterey and deciding to start Monterey Bay Food Tours, I have tried to incorporate partners who share this vision, are environmentally conscious, and want to preserve the beauty the Central Coast has to offer.  

Revival Ice Cream, one of our original partners, epitomize this ideology sourcing their products locally from the likes of MEarth, a middle school garden sharing the vision with future generations. Revival uses re-usable tasting spoons and sells re-usable stainless steel pints that get you a $2 discount on pint refills. All of their cleaning products are 100% natural as their philosophy includes “living within the resources of the planet without damaging the environment now or in the future.”  

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Schoch Family Farmstead, one of our more recent additions, follows the same philosophy and provide the only Monterey Jack cheese still produced in Monterey County. Their cheese aging cellar relies on the naturally cold and high humidity in the air that they capture every night, which almost eliminates the need for artificial cooling and humidification. Most of the runoff from the operation is captured and utilized as irrigation water later in the season. The irrigation for the entire operation is mostly gravity-fed eliminating the need for electricity. One of the most unique practices is “spoon feeding” the nutrients the cows produce into the irrigation system to naturally fertilize the pastures without the need for synthetic fertilizers.  

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Ratel Cider, a local cider producer who makes ciders with close to zero residual sugars, source most of their fruit from orchards who use no fertilizers, but instead leave fallen fruit on the ground to go back into the soil keeping it fertile and nutrient rich.  

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One of our most unique spots is the historic Joseph Boston Store, run by volunteers from the Historic Garden League.They are very committed to sustainability by offering an array of hand-made, artisan products and organic food products made by local residents of Monterey County.  

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Another extremely unique partner who defines sustainability is Green Pedal Couriers. They deliver Heirloom Pizza to Fieldwork Brewery during our walking food tour. Green Pedal Couriers deliver food from 12 various restaurants around Monterey all the way to Carmel by bicycle.  

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Join us on a Monterey Bay Food Tour to try some of these local sustainable offerings, reducing the carbon foot-print, and learning more about our partners while taking in one of the most beautiful places on Earth, the California Central Coast.