California Mission Dinner

MissionDinner_banner2013 marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Fray Junípero Serra, founder of Alta California’s first nine missions and co-founder of its four presidios. Join Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Monterey as we celebrate at Mission San Carlos Borroméo del río Carmelo’s Orchard House a private Adobe built in 1774 rarely seen by the public. Take a private tour of the historic Orchard House gardens and Carmel Mission, enjoy a wine reception then dine alfresco indulging in a multi-course menu for foodies featuring Native-American and Spanish cuisine.


 California Mission Garden Reception & Tours
Orchard House and Carmel Mission Basilica
Saturday, October 5, 2013
3:00 – 5:00pm
$55 per person
Price includes Orchard House Reception, Private Tour of Historic Orchard House Gardens and Carmel Mission.


 California Mission Dinner, Garden Reception & Tours
Orchard House @Carmel Mission Basilica
Saturday, October 5, 2013
3:00pm Garden Reception & Tours
5:00pm Chef’s Multi-Course Dinner
$200 per person
Price includes Orchard House Reception, Private Tour of Historic Orchard House Gardens and Carmel Mission, Six Course Chef’s Dinner including Wine & Beverages.

About Carmel Mission Basilica’s Orchard House

Built in 1774 the Orchard House was returned to the Carmel Mission Basilica in October 2011, officially known as the Orchardist’s Adobe, is the oldest residential dwelling in California.  Since the 1920s the Orchard House has been a privately owned residence not open to the public. Together with the Basilica, this is the only other historic building remaining from the mission period. The Mission was originally established at the presidio in Monterey in 1770 then was relocated to Carmel, the seventh and current mission was completed and dedicated in 1797.

About Dr. Rubén G. Mendoza

Dr. Mendoza is an archaeologist, writer, and photographer who has explored the length and breadth of Mexico, Central America, Europe, and the US Southwest documenting both pre-Columbian and Colonial era sites and collections. A founding faculty member of the California State University, Monterey Bay, Professor Mendoza has directed major archaeological investigations and conservation projects at missions San Juan Bautista, San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo, and Nuestra Señora de la Soledad, among others. Recent efforts at the Royal Presidio of Monterey resulted in the tandem discovery of the earliest Serra era Christian houses of worship in California dated to 1770 and 1771.


About Darlene Tenes

Darlene Tenes of CasaQ, a food writer, cooking instructor and television presenter, is renowned for creating exclusive culinary events and cultural experiences which incorporate the traditions and customs of Spain, Mexico and Latin America. Since 2002 she has been a television food correspondent sharing recipes and entertaining tips on NBC, CBS and PBS and is an eHow Food & Entertainment expert. She is notorious in Silicon Valley for her stylish and creative society events with impeccable menus to impressive decor, flawlessly merging cultural traditions with a modern twist.