For Immediate Release – March 28, 2014 Contact: Steve Shively, Membership Services Director, Olympic Culinary Loop firstname.lastname@example.org 360-440-7006 | www.OlympicCulinaryLoop.com Olympic Culinary Loop Hosts a Business Knowledge Lunch—“Cooking Up Business: One Bite at a Time” Port Angeles, WA—Join the Olympic Culinary Loop (OCL) at the Salish Cliffs Golf Club, 91 W. State Hwy. 108, Shelton, WA, near Little Creek Casino/Resort, for a Business Knowledge Lunch about “Cooking Up Business: One Bite at a Time” on April 15, 2014 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Register online at www.OlympicCulinaryLoop.com or call 360.440.7006. At the end of this multi-course educational meal, featuring a panel of tourism experts, attendees will have the knowledge and confidence to dig in to the task of improving their business’ bottom line through strategic storytelling and messaging tips. Panelists include: Keynote presenter Sue Frause is a well-known travel/food writer and photographer who writes three blogs, regularly having her words and images appear in print. Her popular site, “Eat | Play | Sleep,” chronicles Sue’s adventures, along with tips and trends in the travel world. She’ll share actionable insights on how to better tell your business’ story to a hungry marketplace. Louise Stanton-Masten, executive director for the Washington Tourism Alliance (WTA), will update us on the successful passage of SHB 2229 and WTA’s continuing efforts to support tourism marketing and promotion throughout the state from five key tourism industry areas: lodging; food service; attractions and entertainment; retail; and transportation. Jan Morris, co-owner of The Hardware Distillery Company, was featured recently in a USA Today article, “Boomer entrepreneurs bet nest eggs on dreams.” You’ll gain insights into the passion behind the distillery’s success and their launch of a new culinary business in the state’s infant distilled spirits industry. “We’re looking forward to an exciting presentation on culinary tourism from regional experts offering tips and information that will boost your business IQ in this important industry,” said Diane Schostak, Olympic Culinary Loop president. “If you’re a food lover, farmer, wine aficionado, shellfish grower or simply interested in the culinary and agri-tourism movement happening across the Olympic Peninsula, we would love to have you join us.” Come early and join the OCL board of directors, members and culinary friends for a reception at Walter Dacon Winery Monday, April 14th from 6-8 p.m. Reservations are requested. Little Creek Resort is offering lodging discounts for participants. Golf packages for Monday afternoon are also available. The Olympic Culinary Loop was created in 2009 and exists to define, promote and celebrate the Olympic Peninsula’s unique culinary experience. Its purpose is to educate consumers, and ultimately establish the region as a niche destination to enhance economic development and the area’s tourism product. Its membership is comprised from Clallam, Jefferson, Mason and Grays Harbor Counties. For more information, go to www.olympicculinaryloop.com.