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Serving up Sustainable Hospitality

Join us Tuesday, April 16, Noon - 1:30 p.m. at Ocean Shores Convention Center - 120 West Chance a La Mer Northwest, Ocean Shores, Washington.

The invitation to “Eat Local” all too often involves the same distant sourced pieces of the puzzle and an unfortunate legacy left for our environment and future generations.

How might the Olympic Culinary Loop become known for not only delicious food but also innovative and sustainable hospitality practices?

From understanding and educating to wrestling the waste challenges commonly associated with the hospitality industry to identifying economies of scale solutions that can make a change for the better.

These are some of the topics our panel of passionate experts will discuss at “Lunch & Learn”.  

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Be sure to bring your appetite! Our luncheon buffet will be YUMMY!  Our luncheon buffet will give you a choice of: 

  • Marinated Flank steak with scalloped potatoes 
  • Hawaiian Chicken
  • Vegetarian options available upon (advance) request

Come early or stay over! Book now and receive great details on 50% off preferred - oceanfront - lodging, within walking distance of the Convention Center at one of the LOOP's newest members The Canterbury Inn! Simply mention that you're with the Olympic Culinary Loop.

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The Quest for Chowder

For our 10th Anniversary Celebration Olympic Culinary Loop will be conducting a year-long press tour in pursuit of identifying – and tasting - the quintessential Olympic Peninsula Chowder.

No longer will Pacific Northwest minded foodies be limited in their ordering of chowders named “New England”, “Manhattan” or seafood Cioppino hailing from San Francisco or Jambalaya influenced from Louisiana. Once crowned, the winning Olympic Peninsula Chowder is destined to be on menus, and taste buds, from coast-to-coast. 

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Will it feature Geoduck or Razor Clams, Salmon, Spotted Shrimp, Oysters, Mussels, Crab or? Will it have a base inspired by local hard cider, creamery fresh cheese or? 

Our next stop of the quest is the 13th Annual Razor Clam and Seafood Festival in Ocean ShoresSaturday, March 16 - Sunday 17th, 2019

Clam diggers and food lovers will be heading to Ocean Shores, WA for the 13th annual Razor Clam & Seafood Festival!  FREE Admission!

The top Razor Clam Chowder winners will be invited to add their recipes to consideration for the ultimate prize - being crowned THE official Olympic Peninsula Chowder - this October during CrabFest in Port Angeles.

Our official Olympic Peninsula Chowder will have its own flavor profile that is just as unique as this place we call home!

Get Involved! Enter your recipe now and prepare your taste buds as you plan to join us at any or all of these delicious "Peoples' Taste" Chowder events!

 

 

 

 

Red Wine, Cider & Chocolate Postponed Due to Snow

As you might have read in this month's Fresh Sheet one of this month's Featured Tastes is the annual Red Wine, Cider & Chocolate sip trail tour. February 7, 8 & 9 and 16, 17, and 18.

While we would love to be open and share our wonderful event with you, in the interest of public safety, we are postponing Red Wine, Cider and Chocolate for this weekend (Feb. 7, 8 & 9).   Unfortunately, the snow continues to pile up here on the Olympic Peninsula and another storm is expected.  

The good news is that you will all be able to use your tickets NEXT weekend, February 16, 17, and 18.

OPWA will continue to make updates on the Olympic Peninsula Wineries' Facebook page

https://www.olympicculinaryloop.com/listings/olympic-peninsula-wineries-association

 

 

Good News!

 

Geotourism is defined as tourism that sustains or enhances the distinctive character of a place—its environment, heritage, aesthetics, culture, and the well-being of its residents.

The Olympic Culinary Loop joins regional hospitality owners, operators and stewards in agreeing that intentional, collaborative efforts need to be made in order to preserve the beauty and magic found all around the Olympic Peninsula.

Influenced by resources from the nonprofit Destination Stewardship Center

and fueled by education and insights gained at the recent Olympic Peninsula Tourism Summit, the January 2019 Olympic Culinary Loop board of directors voted unanimously to adopt and encourage all members to consider the approved Geotourism Code of Good Practices

Olympic Culinary Loop members have as much personality behind their labels as they put into every one of their delicious products, says Steve Shively, Marketing and Membership Director for the Olympic Culinary Loop. "They choose to bring their talents to the Olympic Peninsula because of its exceptional natural beauty and resources. To maintain this place is a smart and sustainable business for all", states Shively. We hope that the OCL (Olympic Culinary Loop) endorsement of 'Geotourism (Code of) Good Practices' will help both members and visitors better understand the sustainability extra efforts everyone needs to make today in order to ensure an enjoyable tomorrow" 

Shively noted that on April 16, 2019 in Ocean Shores, Washington the Olympic Culinary Loop will host an informative "Lunch & Learn" business luncheon on the various Eco Hospitality Opportunities. Event details can be found at www.OlympicCulinaryLoop.com

 

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Lunch & Learn, October 31 - Port Angeles Red Lion

Sometimes, does it ever seem:

  • that there are not enough hours in the day?
  • the pantry is bare and seasonal staff are scarce?
  • there are just a few too many visitors!  

So, what’s next?

Join us at our next Olympic Culinary Loop "Lunch & Learn"

Our focus, “Cultivating Sustainable Agritourism All Around the Loop”

Wednesday October 31, 12:30 - 2:00PM

Red Lion Hotel, Port Angeles

As we take an up close and personal deep-dive into the path of charting - and managing - a sustainable Culinary / Argitourism future for the Olympic Peninsula.

Our guide for this thoughtful discussion is Jonathan Tourtellot, CEO, Destination Stewardship Center, www.DestinationCenter.org

He is a Fellow National of the Geographic Society. Founder, National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations and originator of the geotourism approach: www.geotourism.org 

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Olympic Peninsula Tourism Commission’s Annual Tourism Summit 

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  • $25 for Olympic Culinary Loop Members & their guests
  • $30 for future Olympic Culinary Loop Members
    (New OCL members joining during October are our guests to Lunch & Learn!)

Full Tourism Summit's Early Bird prices end October 17.

Our luncheon will serve up:

Afterwards, set-out for set out for some fun with your new friends on a Halloween Happy Hour (With Adult Beverage Version!) in Downtown Port Angeles.

4:30-6PM we'll visit some neighborhood bars, cast our ballots on best Halloween spirit and have a good time.

 

Culinary Loop chefs set CrabFest Cooking Demo stage ablaze

Olympic Culinary Loop Cooking Demonstration Stage at the Gateway Pavilion

The Dungeness Crab and Seafood Festival, October 5-7, 2018  is proud to share a fantastic Demonstration Stage line-up of chefs from around the Olympic Peninsula and beyond. Each chef will use fresh, local ingredients to prepare mouth-watering Olympic Coast Cuisine.

Featured Culinary Loop member chef's include:

Dan Ratigan, Executive Chef The Fireside Restaurant, Port Ludlow Resort, WA 

 

Cooking: Neah Bay Black Cod with Eaglemount Cider Deglaze

Jess Owen, Chef, Ocean Crest Resort, Moclips, WA

 

BW-Chef

Cooking: Asian Dungeness Crab Cakes with Chocolate Chili Sauce

 

 

 

Chef Joshua Baar Executive Chef at  Kokopelli Grill, Port Angeles, WA

 

Cooking: Kokopelli Kokonut Shrimp with a Grand Marnier and mango chutney and Dungeness Crab Cakes over house sofrito crema with garlic saffron cinnamon aioli, and house fire roasted corn salsa with Queso Fresco

 

Shawn Mitchell, chef and Oyster Saloon manager at the Hama Hama Oyster Saloon

 

Cooking: Hama Hama Shellfish Risotto



 

Chef Joshua Diehl, Executive Chef at Lake Crescent Lodge’s Olympic Peninsula dining room, Lake Crescent – Olympic National Park WA 

 

Cooking: Cheesy Dungeness Crab Radiatore, and Autumn Crab and Corn Salsa with Tortilla Chips

Full Cooking stage demos online: https://www.crabfestival.org/cooking-demos/

Where to cool off and - Enjoy! - during the Summer heat

Warm, sunny days in the Pacific NW are jokingly considered to be a rarity for many who have lived in the area for a while.

However, when the heat gets turned up on Summer, head to the Coast and Enjoy the Olympic Peninsula's west side as you cool-off, eat and play!

Lake Quinault LodgeAnother fantastic way to be cool on a warm summer’s day is to head up to Lake Quinault and explore the glacial-carved lake by kayak, paddle-board, rowboat or canoe. Available for an hour, two hours, a half day, or a full day, these watercraft can be rented right next to the scenic Lake Quinault Lodge in Grays Harbor County. This is an awesome experience and nothing is quite as cooling as enjoying the waters flowing down from the Olympics next to the rainforest.

Cool off on a Hike

The Quinault Rainforest - Cooler and almost always damp, the Quinault Rainforest is a great place to head to when the thermometer starts to creep up. Offering numerous trails, including 13 miles of scenic hikes though the cooling rainforest right near the Lake Quinault Lodge, you can’t go wrong escaping the heat here. Need a destination? Start your journey at the Rain Forest Lodge Salmon House Check out the top 10 highlights of driving the Lake Quinault Loop.

 

OCEAN CREST RESORT Moclips, Washington

Award-winning lodging and dining. "Best Place for Peace and Quiet" - King 5, Best Northwest Escapes. Amazing views!

 

 

Explore these Chimacum Farm Stands

Explore this wonderful new map featuring many of the Chimacum Valley Farmstand & Markets.

Jefferson County Farmers Market, Chimacum Corner Farmstand and the Port Townsend Coop sell. The Fireside Resturant, Finistere and others cook up the YUM! The Keg and I pours it.

Visit the farms that grow it all! Download your own Chimacum Valley Farmstand & Markets map 

Must see (and taste) stops include:

A Great Community Works Together

Chef Gabriel of Sequim's Alder Wood Bistro has always had a flair for wood-fired Northwest Cuisine. All you have to do is step into his restaurant and smell the YUM!

In his spare time, (insert sarcasm here), Gabriel is building a mobile pizza oven!

The pizza "stones" are so big they needed to be cast into 4 quarter-slabs, and kiln dried at 1000+ degrees Fahrenheit for 2 hours in order to strengthen the refractory concrete.

The pizza oven's dome roof is upcycled from an old propane tank! 

But the creatively doesn't stop there.

With big collaborative thanks to John Pabst of Pacific Pantry for smoking and stuffing the house pepperoni made with Short's grass-fed beef, Nash's pork, star anise, fennel & anise seed and three kinds of chili pepper.

Gabriel and Jessica Schuenemann love creating delicious food for Alder Wood Bistro guests that is grown, raised and prepared with love from members of their community.

Thanks to everyone who helps make the Olympic Culinary Loop and the whole Olympic Peninsula such a delicious place!

They hope to see you soon!