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Live Stream - Cooking the Quintessential Seafood Chowder

OCL Chowder logo Splash-line (sm) OfficialTune in to our watch party on August 1st 2020 with NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and Join the winner of the Quintessential Olympic Peninsula Seafood Chowder Contest Ronald Wisner (aka Captain Ron) of Ocean Crest Resort, along with the Olympic Culinary Loop Director Steve Shively, as we dive in for a live cooking demonstration that you can follow along at home. This delectable recipe will make your mouth water and your stomach full, while celebrating the riches of Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary! Ronald Wisner is the Executive Chef at Ocean Crest Resort in Moclips, WA and will share his award-winning recipe, along with other secrets from his kitchen to yours.
Learn more about this virtual NOAA's Get Into Your Sanctuary events here https://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/visit/2020-giys-activities.html#aug1-ocnms

If you miss the live FACEBOOK WATCH PARTY ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 1 AT 2 PM PT we'll post the rebroadcast link to the cooking demo here. #LocalWASeafood

Search The LOOP

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During this time of concern and extra caution, we lift up the nimble and always creative partners around the Olympic Culinary Loop who have operationally pivoted in order to continue to keep their great staff employed and to continue to serve you delicious Olympic Coastal Cusine. 

Simply open the OlympicCulinaryLoop.com website, travel to the "Search The LOOP" toolbar,  and search by any of these newly added "Types"

  • Take-Out
  • Curb-side
  • Home Delivery
  • Gift Certificate 
  • Operational "Pause"

More listings are being added daily as we continue to keep spreading factual information and hope.

Stay well and wash your hands!

 

Keep Calm and Feast On

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Keep Calm and Feast On

As most of you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically impacted the food, hospitality and tourism industries. The drop in travel continues to take its toll on local businesses that rely on revenue generated by dining and tourism.

While we urge you to take every necessary precaution against spreading the infection, we'd also encourage you to do your best to support local businesses during this difficult time. Consider a stay-cation in your region and visit or enjoy curb-side or YUMMY take-out offerings from your favorite LOOP restaurants, such as Nourish SequimOld Alcohol PlantAjax CafeTedesco's Italian FreshCoyote BBQ PUBPort Townsend Food Co-op and others. If dining isn't an option, stop by and lend an ear. If you need inspiration, we're here to help.

We are all in this together. Supporting small businesses who support our local farmers and producers during this difficult time is really important.

Stay safe friends,
The Olympic Peninsula Culinary Loop team

Celebrating Legacy Founders

A full room recently gathered to honor and applauded all the present and current Founding Members of the Olympic Culinary Loop.

With national averages for the average lifespan of a restaurant at five years and by some estimates, up to 60 percent of new ones failing within their first year, it is a testimony to these culinary pioneers of the Olympic Peninsula! 

 

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Olympic Culinary Loop Founders being awarded, (Left to Right; out of picture Dane Murphy - Lake Quinault Lodge; Casey Scott - Lake Crescent Lodge; Sarah McHugh - Fireside Restaurant – Port Ludlow; Kristan McCary - Ajax Café; Sage Coy - Finnriver Farm & Cidery; Lisa Martin - Olympic Cellars Winery; Jess & Sarah Owens + Ronald Wisner -  Ocean Crest Resort; Julie McCulloch - Elevated Ice Cream & Candy Store; Vicki Corson -  Camaraderie Cellars; and Steve Shively - Olympic Culinary Loop. Not pictured Christina Pivarnik - City of Port Townsend; and Neil Conklin - Bella Italia)

Additional founding - and on-going - marketing partners of the Olympic Culinary Loop include: Alpenfire, Alder Wood Bistro, Nash’s, Michael’s NW Seafood & Steakhouse, Kalaloch Lodge, Pan d’Amore, and Westport Winery

 

Diane Go-West Feb 2014Also recognized were a number of OCL's Founding Board members, including the late Diane Schostack who, while Executive Director of Olympic Peninsula Tourism Commission, helped navigate the formation and state-level seed grant funding for the OCL Association.

Current and continuing OCL Board members recognized included Christina Pivarnik, outgoing marketing contractor for the City of Port Townsend, Bella Italia's Neil Conklin, and Steve Shively, formerly of Fort Worden, now serving as OCL's Marketing and Sales Director.

Celebrating a decade of inviting Taste Tourist to explore and "eat their way around the LOOP", the Olympic Culinary Loop is a model marketing and membership association dedicated to celebrating the natural bounty of Olympic Coast Cusine and every personality behind their label or practicing their artistry in restaurants, farm stands, fields and hospitality venues around the LOOP.  

Visitors are encouraged to plan their visit around the Olympic Culinary Loop, and industry partners are encouraged to participate in collaborative marketing partnerships today

 

 

 

 

Strategies for Authentic Growth Shared

Attendees were filled with fine food, wonderful networking, and inspirational takeaways aimed at identifying and building upon each individual's own authentic strengths.

PowerPoint presentations - Presenter contact information:

Breakfast Briefing:

Lunch & Learn: Nurturing Authentic Growth During Seasons of Change:

And the Winner Is...

We have traveled the LOOP hosting qualifying tasting events throughout the year. Local winners advanced to the grand event in Port Angeles (October 13, 2019) IMG-3480where the newly crowned Olympic Peninsula Seafood Chowder was identified by a panel of judges, scoring each entry on merits Appeal, Creativity and overall Popularity.

The Chef of our Official Olympic Peninsula Seafood Chowder is Chef ("Captain") Ronald Wisner of Moclip's Ocean Crest Resort - who presented an Olympic Peninsula seafood chowder with Razor Clams, Crab, and Shrimp. YUM! Judges award Chef Wisner a total of 375 of 400 possible points.

As one judge, well stated; "Any, and all, of these five finalists would deliciously represent our Olympic Coast Cusine. We simply couldn't go wrong with any of them!" 

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We agree! We invite restaurants and home cooks alike to download the recipe and cook up a bowl of THE Official Olympic Peninsula Seafood Chowder. And we encourage diners to ask their local restaurant to add THE Official Olympic Peninsula Seafood Chowder to their menus, thanks to Chef Ronald Wisner. Enjoy!

 

More details at: https://www.olympicculinaryloop.com/eat

OPTC & OCL - A Collaborative Symposium

Join the Olympic Peninsula Tourism Commission and Olympic Culinary Loop Tuesday, October 22, for a full day of celebration! Featuring the Ten-Year birthday celebration of Olympic Culinary Loop, and an inspirational and interactive session of looking back on the successes of this past tourism season as we are all challenged to authentically plan ahead by our Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal host's strategic commitment to "Plan through the lens of the next seven generations".   

  • OPTC Breakfast Briefing - 8:00 Continental Breakfast & Networking, 9AM - 11:30AM Symposium (tickets $12)
  • OCL "Lunch & Learn" - 12 - 1:30PM (tickets $28, OCL members old or new save $5)
  • Totem Tour & Networking -  2:00PM - 4:00PM (Free, but limited tickets are - required)
  • Social Hour - No-Host mixer, 4:30PM - 6:00PM (Free ticket - RSVP requested)

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