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Culinary Professional Development Resources for Lifelong Learning

The Olympic Culinary Loop Professional Development Center (PDC) connects culinary professionals at every step along the ‘food-chain’ to quality lifelong learning experiences in culinary professional development.

Culinary Professional Development Events

Save the Date - Sustainable Tourism Starts with You

In case you missed it, here are links to presentation materials from the Lunch-n-Learn and Olympic Tourism Summit.

OPTC – State of the Industry
WTA – New Tourism Marketing for Washington
DestinationNEXT: Olympic Peninsula Assessment
Coping with Success
Social Media Influencers (JayRay)
Social Media Influencers – Handout (JayRay)
Social Media Influencers (Blackball Ferry Line)
Learning Lab A – Sustainable Tourism – Discussion Notes
Learning Lab B – Show Me the Money
Learning Lab D – Technology Trends
Learning Lab D – Handout


October 31, 2018 - Join us for a Lunch-n-Learn" event in Port Angeles.

We all seek that perfect balance of avoiding "Overtourism" through just the right mix of visitor volume and breathing room.

Avoiding gridlock traffics, or crowds start with us. And strategic communication with our core customers.

Learn from global experts on this topic as we lead into the Olympic Peninsula Tourism Summit.

More details, including early-bird discounted registration will be posted shortly.

April 17, 2018 - "Farm - to - Chef" keys to a sustainable, and delicious, collaboration

Join us at the Finnriver Orchard's "feeding trough" as we learn from fellow farmers and restaurateurs who have successfully charted the often turbulent seas of mutually sustainable Farm-to-Chef business relations.

Coming off a successful initiative launch in Port Townsend, we invite you to join: Chef's Alison and Dan alongside Farmers Amanda and Crystie, and others, as we share tips and tools for how you can reach new culinary heights in this oft-challenging undertaking.

OCL Members save, and new members - joining the LOOP by April 10th will enjoy Lunch & Learn on us!

Register Now Make it "Bleisure!" Our partners at Chevy Chase Beach Cabins are offering  20% off their rentals "Lunch & Learn" and waiving their 2-night minimum! Contact them or call 360-385-1270 today, and tell them the LOOP sent you.




Continuing OCL Professional Development offerings:

Peninsula College Hospitality & Ecotourism Program Students at Nourish Sequim

Did you know that right here at Peninsula College there is a great program called Hospitality and Ecotourism? It provides classes in hospitality, ecotourism, marketing, and human relations. Core courses expand student knowledge and skills in hotel facilities and technology, event management, marketing, ecotourism, tourism policy and planning and accounting.

Nourish is thrilled that two of their team are involved in this amazing program. Dustin started the course a couple summers ago and has been plugging away, taking about ten credits every quarter as well as working and being a father of two boys. Courtney will be starting the course in the fall after our busy summer season is complete.

Courtney, who has been with Nourish before they opened. is excited to have an opportunity to further her education as a professional in the hospitality industry; as well as to be an example to her own little daughter that “it’s cool to go back to school!” We are very proud to support Dustin and Courtney throughout their journey in the Hospitality and Ecotourism Course at Peninsula College!

Get yourself and your staff involved today!

 Explore their Hospitality & Ecotourism Program offerings!

Long-time Olympic Culinary Loop founding board member and past president Diane Schostak passed away in March 2015. Diane was a visionary, a dedicated and tireless leader in building the tourism industry for the Olympic Peninsula, and across the state, in her nine years as the Executive Director for the Olympic Peninsula Visitor Bureau. Through her commitment to partnerships, she always kept her eye on the big picture, inspiring all who knew her to do so as well. Her love of the Olympic Peninsula went deep and was infectious to everyone she touched. Those of us who worked with her and called her our friend are committed to carrying on her legacy of collaboration in tourism and hospitality.

As a tribute to Diane, her family has established a scholarship fund in her name at Peninsula College in anticipation of supporting the college’s new Hospitality program. Diane participated in some of the initial planning for this new program, which is slated to begin Fall 2015. The chance to support career opportunities for the hospitality field seems a very fitting – and ongoing – tribute to our vibrant and passionate friend.

The OCL Board of Directors invites you to make a donation to the Peninsula College Foundation/Diane Schostak Memorial Fund, 1502 East Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles, WA 98362. Donations may also be made online:  For questions regarding any donations, please call the Peninsula College Foundation office at 360.417.6246. Thank you for your support of this exciting new educational opportunity on the Olympic Peninsula.

In addition to the Diane Schostak Memorial Fund, OCL recommends all interested learners to consider the various financial assistance offerings.

Past OCL Education events:

October 27, 2017 – “Raising the Bar – Dishing Up Customer Experience that Serves Your Best Interests”

Part of the 2-day Olympic Peninsula Tourism Summit

This delicious edition of OCL’s bi-annual “Lunch & Learn” will explore top ways to serve up sustainable, authentic customer service standards which all of our staff will be eager to dig-into.

Whether you are in lodging, food service or on a farm, we all deliver ample servings of customer service every time we make contact with a visitor.

Be sure you and your staff are serving the same quality customer service as your cuisine has become renowned for!

10/27/17 Presentation materials:







May 16, 2017 – Westport Winery “The Alphabet of Affiliations, Assessing and aligning yourself with certifications that best Impact your business


Growing good business as we personally and professionally develop our craft!


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