Restaurants rely on farmers so they can fill the plates, and pallets, of hungry diners.
Getting local farmers and restaurants to the table to talk and plan towards getting more local food onto the Chef's prep-table is a historic challenge.
OCL is pleased to be working with some of the Olympic Peninsula's best and brightest to help improve these conversations. Comprised of: Steve Shively, Olympic Culinary Loop's Marketing & Membership Director, Amanda Milholland the Jefferson County Farmers Markets Director, Dan Ratigan, Executive Chef of the Inn at Port Ludlow's Fireside Resturant, and Alison Hero, co-owner of Silverwater Cafe, the group is hosting a second meeting on on engaging restaurateurs in using more local. at the Port Townsend's Starlight Room focused
We hope to highlight farms who already sells to local restaurants and share how these partnerships have supported their farm, tips on what buying strategies have worked best, and highlight many of the local products sold.
At the groups initial meeting with Farmers in January, it was pointed out that many farms, especially produce farms, need to have buying commitments in November to plan for the season. We will host a follow-up meeting in the fall to help facilitate these buying relationships. Prior to that, we plan to feature lessons learned from developing this collaborative farms-to-restaurants pre-table process at the OCL's April "Lunch & Learn" professional development event.
Please encourage your favorite East Jefferson County WA Resturant, (Port Townsend, Chimacum, Tri-Areas, and Port Ludlow specifically), to attend and be sure to ask your server what's featured on the menu that is: Local, Fresh, Sustainably raised, and - of course - DELICIOUS!
Please contact us if you are interested in more information about this event.
If you're a restaurant who would like to RSVP for our Feb. 9th event please contact Steve @ Steve@OlympicCulinaryLoop.com, 360.440.7006 or Alison at Info@silverwatercafe.com or call 360.643.0675