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!
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
Also 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.