Bay View

Crystalline views of Monterey Bay are part of the Lower Presidio Park appeal.

"Picnic in the Park" doesn't quite do it justice.

Most picnics don't have a view like this, let alone pirate cameos, or this amount of food for thought and belly.

Old Monterey Foundation hosts the picnic at Lower Presidio Historic Park—one of the true under-the-radar gems on the Central Coast—from 11am-3pm Saturday, July 1, with no charge to come.

The free entertainment includes DiFranco DanceProject, Derek Bodkin & the Hovering Breadcat Folk Ensemble, historic reenactments of pirate legend Hippolyte Bouchard (who captured the Presidio in 1818), face painting and a scavenger hunt.

Food trucks from Poke Lab, India Gourmet and Taste of Mexico fuel the feast and there will be beer and wine for purchase.

Free walking tours of the Lower Presidio Historic Park with historian Tim Thomas happen at 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30pm.

The Presidio of Monterey Museum, also located on the site, presents a place to view exhibits, artifacts and videos to lead visitors back through Monterey's various stages of military development, Spanish and Mexican rule and indigenous periods.

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More food news nibbles appear here:

• The burger of the month at Knuckles Sports Bar (372-1234) is a beast: Strauss grass-fed burger, purple jalapeño slaw, American and smoked cheddar cheeses, red onion and bacon ($14).

Kathy’s Cafe is now open a door down from its homespun parent restaurant Kathy's Little Kitchen (659-4601) on the main drag in Carmel Valley.

Seventh & Dolores' enterprising raw bar/steakhouse pushed its open-to-the-public date to Thursday, June 29.

Morgan winemaker dinner with Dan Morgan Lee flows 7-9pm Wednesday, June 28, at Gusto ($75, 899-5825).

Lee’s Garden on Reservation Road in Marina (384-6887) has new ownership and is serving spicy Korean noodles.

• Hyatt Carmel Highlands' California Market at Pacific's Edge and sister spot TusCA at Hyatt Monterey both have new summer menus coming on line.

• There's cause for hope: Acme Coffee Roasting Co. (393-9113) gives its long-term employees health coverage.

Discretion Brewing in Soquel (316-0662) hosts its fifth annual Free Day IPA release 11am-9:30pm Saturday, July 1, with live music, special menu and expanded beer garden. It also hosts the West Coast paperback premiere of Monterey Bay by Lindsay Hatton 7pm Thursday, July 6.

• Klaus Georis is now general manager at Casanova (625-0501) after apprenticing as a chef for the past four years, with the goal of learning front-of-the-house ops to better equip himself to open his own place some day.

Cloth & Flame out of Arizona introduces its take on wilderness dinners in Big Sur Saturday, July 29 ($125,

• The new "Jesus Juice" by Peter B’s bartender Jesus Martinez combines summer love-in potions like his vodka, peach schnapps, lemonade, cranberry juice and lime version ($8, 649-2699).

• Adventurous souls should earmark a special community ice cream social anchored by Ben Spungin and featuring sundaes, sorbets, cookies and kombucha floats at 3 Acres, next to the Big Sur Post Office, noon-4:00pm Saturday, July 1, to fundraise for the Big Sur relief fund.  

Stone Creek Kitchen (393-1042) has a bunch of nice-and-easy July 4 ammunition to pick up, including barbecue chicken in honey-BBQ sauce for a modest $8.99 a pound. 

• Oldtown Salinas authority Mary Duan sent me to Monterey Coast Brewing (758-2337) for the best burger on the block. The juicy "works" burger did not disappoint. 

• The solid in-movie craft beverage options at Osio Cinemas include Alvarado Street Brewery Mai Tai IPA and tallboys of Alloy Wine Works Chardonnay.

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