Kathy Charlton signs her new book, “Working Girl: Behind the Cellar Door”, at Olympic Cellars.

Former Olympic Cellars Owner Kathy Charlton

Authors New Book, Royalties Support Local Charity

Kathy Charlton, Olympic Cellars’ former owner, is author of book, “Working Girl: Behind the Cellar Door”

Winery to host book signing on October 24

 Port Angeles, Wash., October 24, 2017 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. –  Join Kathy Charlton, Olympic Cellars’ former owner and original Working Girl, will greet the public and sign her new book, Working Girl: Behind the Cellar Door, on Tuesday, Oct. 24 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Olympic Cellars. Royalties from the sale of the book, which shares Charlton’s story of “an entrepreneur’s journey from a bankrupt winery to gold medals,” will support a local charity to be announced at the book signing event. Charlton intends that support for this charity will become part of her legacy.

 

“You might want to pour yourself a glass of wine and put your feet up. I’m a Working Girl and have a story to tell you from Behind the Cellar Door,” Charlton laughed relaying a quote from her book. “Seriously though, the winery, its land and historic barn are part of the heritage of the North Olympic Peninsula and Washington State’s wine industry and became my heritage to preserve. My book is part memoir, part business book with a focus on owning and marketing your small business in today’s Amazon driven marketplace.”

Sixteen years ago, Kathy Charlton made a hard-right turn, the new owner of a bankrupt winery, knowing nothing about running a small business, nor wine other than she liked her red wine served cold, sometimes over ice if she was in a hurry.

Bucking tradition Charlton rolled-up her sleeves and began to rebuild her winery. Driven by a personal motto of “out of sight, out of mind, out of business,” marketing became her middle name sparking a new passion for off-the-wall guerilla tactics. Women and wine became the platform to reinvent the winery through creative labeling, philanthropic initiatives in support of women, and a series of ongoing unique winery events that piqued the interest of consumers, industry players and the media.

“Sipping wines at sunset it wasn’t.” Charlton details battling everything from a leaking septic system that shut the winery down, exploding wine presses, shortchanged bottle inventory and now-legendary lawsuit brought forth by the United States Olympic Committee.

How did she do it? Well, that’s where the hard work and yes, the fun began as Charlton takes a winery with little name-recognition and massive quality issues and parlays it into an award-winning operation with double-gold medals to prove it.

This in the trenches book captures winery life, the ups and downs, in poignant and sometimes laugh-out-loud stories. It’s real life with a dose of laughter, a few tears and some zany antics to keep things interesting. Throughout Charlton shares her own Working Girl approach to business including her constant focus and passion for her customers, without whom she emphatically exclaims, “There is No Business.”

 

About Kathy Charlton

Charlton worked for the high-tech giant, Texas Instruments, for 25 years. A born entrepreneur, she earned a reputation as a highly effective manager by “making things happen”. Recognized early on for her abilities to get-to-the-bottom of a problem, analyze it and come up with a workable solution – Fast, it wasn’t long before her assignments moved outside her comfort zone of finance into the business sectors.

Then in 1999, life threw Charlton a winery! The opportunity to turn the business around and take it in a whole new direction lent itself to Charlton’s skills and experience and set her enthusiasm on fire. She jumped on an early retirement package offered by Texas Instruments in 2001, packed-up her Dallas home, and together with her husband headed north to begin an exciting second career at the age of 51.

Charlton was honored when Leslie Sbrocco wrote the foreword for her book. Leslie was voted one of the Top 100 most influential people in the American wine business and is an award-winning author, speaker, consultant and television host. Both ladies focused on women and wine and in 2003 Kathy launched the Working Girl Wines; at the same time Leslie published her first book, Wine for Women, A Guide to Buying, Pairing and Sharing Wine.

 

Serving up memorable CX at Olympic Peninsula Tourism Summit – Lunch & Learn

Join Olympic Culinary Loop for a “Lunch & Learn” deep dive into an interactive session directed at providing hospitality pros – be you culinary, lodging, retail, tourism activities, or other – insightful take-aways to improve your whole organization’s reputation through a customer experience that’s as memorable as our Olympic Peninsula.

This “Lunch & Learn” is a special part of the entire 2017 Olympic Peninsula Tourism Summit conference.

“Raising the Tide – A Culture of Collaboration”

Port Angeles, Washington, THURSDAY & FRIDAY – October 26 & 27, 2017

You are encouraged to sign-up and attend the entire Tourism Summit conference.

Yet if you can only attend the “Lunch & Learn” know that your OCL membership is here to help!

Deeply discounted, luncheon only, tickets are available on-line.

Sign-up today!

Falling into Mushroom Fest!

There are several types of mushrooms found wild in the Northwest and even on the Olympic Peninsula. Locally Chanterelles, King Boletes (Porcini) , Oyster Mushrooms, Morels, Lobster Mushrooms and more are wild harvested.

Two great opportunities to learn all about and to taste these seasonal salutes to Fall:

Northwest Wild Mushrooms

October 13th & 14th – Michael’s Fresh Northwest Seafood & Steakhouse 

MUSHROOM FEST MENU

Lobster Mushroom Bisque
Porcini Mushroom Risotto
Chanterelles & Crispy Bacon
Crab Stuffed Crimini Mushrooms
Cauliflower Mushroom Croquettes
Mixed Pate Bruschetta (Chanterelle & Foie Gras Pate)
Matsutake Mushroom Ice Cream

As always Michael’s will be pairing these with tasty ciders, wines, beers, and spirits. Reservations encouraged, 360-417-6929.

15th Annual Mushroom Festival 

Friday, October 20, 2017 – Sunday, October 22, 2017

Lake Quinault Lodge

Mingle with experienced mushroom enthusiasts to share the art and science of mushroom collecting. Guest speakers, guided mushroom walks, oyster mushroom kit workshop, forest health, mushroom identification classes and much more!

Mushroom Festival Event Schedule

MUSHROOM FESTIVAL RESERVATIONS


Lake Quinault Lodge – Mushroom Dining Events

Bring an appetite for these delicious Lake Quinault Lodge dining events that are featuring mushrooms for our Mushroom Festival. Please note that these dining events are not included in the Mushroom Festival ticket price.

Breakfast Buffet

The buffet will be featuring mushroom specials in celebration of the Mushroom Festival.

Better hold your breath…

“Every 2nd human breath is oxygen produced by phytoplankton. Without phytoplankton, life dies.”

According to Dr. Boris Worm, marine research ecologist at Dalhousie University and head of the Worm Lab study of marine biodiversity: The planet has lost 40 percent of plankton production over the past 50 years, primarily as a consequence of climate change/global warming.

For a real time example of changing ocean chemistry, professional hatcheries of shellfish in America have already experienced too much ocean acidification. Ocean water intakes for inland shellfish hatcheries killed off shellfish larvae because of excessive acidity.

Taylor Shellfish Farms (100 years of farming some of the World’s Best Oysters) Bill Dewey claims: “The rate of change that we’re seeing in the ocean and the changes it’s going to create in our food chain, it’s going to be dramatic and it’s going to be in our lifetime. The things that we’re used to eating may not be available any more, and we’ll need to transition to eating jellyfish or something like that.” (Source: Racing Extinction)

Bon appétit, tonight’s menu: Boiled Jellyfish.

“No one knows exactly how marine life around the world will fare as the seas continue to sour, but fear is spreading. ‘People who are aware are panicked,’ said Dewey, who recently traveled to New York to speak at the United Nation’s first Ocean Conference. ‘The level of awareness is increasing rapidly and the story is getting out there.” (Source: Lisa Stiffler, Investigate West, Climate Change Turns Puget Sound Acidic and Region’s Signature Oysters Struggle to Survive, July 10, 2017).

Breath deeply and read the rest of the story.  https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/222413-A-creeping-threat

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Old Dominion Headlines Hot Entertainment Line-Up at Grays Harbor County Fair

The Grays Harbor County Fair runs August 9-13 at the fairgrounds in Elma, Wash.

Oh, the food, the fun, the festivities! Carnival rides and games, that unique and blissful “fair food” and the hometown entertainment, as well as livestock and home crafts—could it get any better? Yes! And it does.

As always, there’s world class music coming to the Grays Harbor County Fair. And, this year’s headlining entertainment on the Pepsi Stage is no exception, featuring one of Billboard’s Top country artists, 2016 CMA nominee Old Dominion. Also appearing on the grand Pepsi stage are the locally popular Olsen Bros. Band from Olympia, a popular fan favorite that continues to grow in popularity. For something different, enjoy a cappella group The Coats from Puyallup and Portland’s Petty Fever—an award-winning Tom Petty tribute band.

Old Dominion
Billboard chart topping group Old Dominion will be the Grays Harbor County Fair’s headlining act in 2017, performing on Wednesday, August 9. Photo courtesy: Old Dominion

RCA recording artist Old Dominion’s music has what reviewers call an “old-fashioned country charm, lyrical wit and rock n’ roll grit” that features “radio-friendly hook-heavy pop nuggets.” The band hits the Pepsi Stage on August 9. According to their website the band has “emerged as one of the hottest breaking bands in country music.” When they released their first full-length album Meat and Candy, ‘Entertainment Weekly’ called it a “deceptively smart, occasionally cheeky, stellar debut.”

Gray’s Harbor County Fair Admission prices are as follows: Adults are $10, Seniors (63+) $7, Youth (6-15) $7, Kids (under 5) are free. Thursday is “Kids Day” with a $2 discount for Youth Admission and a Military Discount is offered throughout the entire Fair. Plus, Admission is FREE for one hour only (from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.) on Sunday of the fair. Parking is $5 per day. Carnival Wristbands, for unlimited rides, will be on sale at the Fairgrounds Office, plus three Anchor Banks in Grays Harbor County (Elma, Montesano and Aberdeen)—pre-sales are $22; day of fair price will be $27 each.

CrabFest is calling creative Chefs on-stage

Cooking demos are an annual crowd favorite at the Dungeness Seafood & Crab Festival in Port Angeles

Laurette of Sweet Laurette”s Cafe and Bistro shared her talents with us, along with Chef Ashley of Kalaloch Lodge, and Chef Dan of Resort at Port Ludlow.  This year we’ll welcome Lissa from Hama Hama Oysters and maybe you!  Sign-up fast as only a couple of cooking demo slots remain.

Full details and an imbedded RSVP form on-line

Olympic Cellars Summer Concert Series

The Olympic Cellars 2017 Concert Series Line-Up starts Saturday, July 22 with the West Coast Women’s Blues Revue !

Treat yourself to a Summer Concert at Olympic Cellars this summer!

The Olympic Peninsula is a very special place to visit and an awesome place to live.  Our community is somewhat isolated from the rest of the United States. So, out here at the edge of the world we make our own fun.  During the summer months, when the sun sets late and the days are warm and filled with sunshine, our community comes together at The Barn to dance the night away.

The music is always toe-tapping and the wine flows.  Our venue is absolutely spectacular.  The concerts are held outside with a big, in your face view of the Olympic Mountains.  As the sun sets and the moon rises, the band plays.  And boy do they play.

As those of you who have attended know, our concert attendees love to dance and they are up on their feet beginning with the first song.  In return, the bands love the adoration creating a positive feedback loop.

We put the FUN in fundraiser with our annual Summer Concert Series.  These concerts are a great way to spend an evening having fun with a purpose.  All of the concerts are partnered with a local, non-profit organization.  In return for providing us with volunteers; all of the tips, dollar dance money and a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales are donated to the non-profit group.

Through our concerts, we have raised over $150,000 for local, non-profit organizations.

The doors open at 6:00.  All concerts begin at 7:00 p.m.  Sequim restaurant, Nourish will be onsite with food available for purchase; wine will be available for purchase by the glass or by the bottle. All concerts are family-friendly but 90% adults over 21. Arrive early for best seating.

The cover charge for each concert is $13.00 in advance or $15.00 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online through BrownPaperTickets.com. Search for “Olympic Cellars.”

A Season’s Pass is available for just $75.00, and includes admission to all 2017 concerts. Passes can be purchased online at Season’s Pass.

Planting seeds for a new website

In Agritourism terms Olympic Culinary Loop is moving from transplanting propagated seedlings from the greenhouse into the fields. With every expectation and confidence of a bumper crop of goodness will be harvested later this summer!

Thanks to the hard, thoughtful, work of the dedicated Olympic Culinary Loop Board a full RFP (Request For Proposals) has gone out seeking contract web designers.

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Watch this space as the web offerings from Olympic Culinary Loop improve over the next couple of months.

Question – What “must have” website features are you hoping to find on the soon-to-be-new Olympic Culinary Loop site?  Let us hear from you!

Sip and Savor Your Way Through Grays Harbor

(Note:  This article of Olympic Culinary Loop destinations throughout Grays Harbor County originally ran in the   )

West of Seattle is a region rich in native fish species, heirloom vegetables, and traditional, local foods found only in the Pacific Northwest. With miles of shoreline and acres upon acres of farm and forestland, Washington’s Olympic Peninsula and the Grays Harbor region are a gastronomic haven brimming with restaurants, wineries, markets and farms all stocked with fresh and local foods.

Raw oysters, Taylor Shellfish Farms.
Raw oysters are a specialty at Taylor Shellfish Farms in Shelton. Photo courtesy of Olympic Culinary Loop.

Ocean Crest Resort offers an impressive menu of local fare paired exquisitely with the restaurant’s extensive wine list. Add a view of the ocean crashing against the shore just outside the window, and each sumptuous bite becomes enhanced by the sounds and sights of the region.

Another can’t-miss culinary experience, Shively recommends Grays Harbor visitors visit the Salmon House at the Rain Forest Resort. Shively says the incredible culinary creations featured on the restaurants fresh sheet add to the charming ambiance of the lodge. With outstanding accommodations, divine dining and a national forest all on-site, Shively says Quinault is a must see — and taste — destination.

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The Perfect Pairing – Drink in this Taste Tour of the LOOP

Wine, Cider & Chocolate Tour

February 11th & 12th, 2017 // 11am – 5pm

February 18th, 19th, & 20th 2017 // 11am – 5pm

A scrumptious red wine perfectly paired with just the right chocolate can bring out the romantic in anyone. The Olympic Peninsula Wineries will take that perfect pairing to another level in 2017, bringing together new release varietals and blends created with premium Washington grapes and decadent chocolate delights that will make you a better wine lover!

Be sure you plan your Tour to visit:

Finnriver Farm & Cidery – Finnriver invites you to join us at the Cider Garden this Valentine’s to delight your senses with a tantalizing taste of our sumptuous special release brandy wines, including the limited edition and vibrantly pink Huckleberry Wine.

Alpenfire Cider – Help guarantee a successful 2017 harvest at Alpenfire’s Organic Late Winter Wassail. Toast our tree’s with cider, visit the bonfire and sip hot Lamb’s wool cider.

Eaglemount Wine & Cider – is excited to partner once again with local Olympic Peninsula favorite Chocolate Serenade. They will pair their artisan wines, ciders, and fruit meads with Jim’s delicious hand-dipped chocolates, truffles, and caramel sauce. Featured colorful ciders and wines will bring out your Valentine’s spirit, including Raspberry Hopped Cider, Cranberry Mead, Rhubarb Cider, Cab Sauv Dessert Wine, and more!

Wind Rose Cellars –  is proud to be hosting local Olympic Peninsula chocolatier Yvonne Yokoda from Yvonne’s Chocolates. She’ll be on hand both weekends to talk about her chocolates as well as offer tasty samples from the variety of chocolates she produces. We will be pouring some new wines: 2015 Pinot Grigio, 2014 Hunter’s Red (Grenache & Cab) 2013 Bravo Rosso (Italian blend) , 2014 Field Blend (Cabernet Sauvignon) and our 2013 Primitivo.

Olympic Cellars – will feature new releases of their dessert wines. Sailing Moon Ruby is made from a blend of Portuguese/Spanish grape varietals, including Tempranillo and Souzao. It’s rich and warming and pairs beautifully with cuddling by a fire and enjoying a piece of chocolate. Sailing Moon White is made from locally-grown Madeleine Angevine grapes and fortified with brandy distilled in Port Townsend.

Camaraderie Cellars –  Celebrating history with our 25th year of making great wine in a beautiful spot! There will be tastes of older vintages, pulled from our cellar and the debut of our newest varietal, Dolcetto. Favorite savory chocolate tastes from the wood-fired oven and the Cocoa Spiced pulled pork, delicious bittersweet chocolate heart cookies, and some crunchy biscotti.