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Grateful for these examples of generosity

While we highlight Ajax Cafe, Olympic Cellars Winery, and Alder Wood Bistro in this post. The truth is that MANY MORE of our local farmers, producers, restaurants, and lodging hosts continue to serve-up a heart-felt bounty of caring and essential hospitality during this time of need.

We thank all of them! And encourage you to show the love #ShowWALove and purchase gift certificates to support the hard-working food & drink, lodging, and tourism service suppliers throughout Washington's Peninsulas Buy Now. Play Later.

 
 
 
 
Free food To-Go for those in need.
 
Since reopening in April, the Ajax Cafe - located since 1977 as the historic heart of Port Hadlock's Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding campus - has had to figure out navigating the same COVID impacts befallen all in the restaurant industry.
They initially implemented carry-out, and later opened an expanded outdoor dining area - and menu - known as the "Boat Shack" outdoor dining area.

But from the moment their first carry-out left the door they have also continued to offer Meals at NO Cost to those in need. Wonderful and worthy of our support and praise! Call (360) 385-1965 or text (360) 531-1848 to order.

 
 
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Free - Social Distant - Concert Lifts Summer Spirits 
 
By mid-August - The "Working Girls" of Olympic Cellars Winery had had enough. Regretfully due to COVID-19, they were forced to cancel their popular 2020 Summer Concert series due to on-going precautions and permissions for group gatherings. They gladly answered the call to and hosted a free local radio station's "Listen Where You Park" concert at Olympic Cellars Winery featuring popular band Bread & Gravy band playing live in the Sequim studios of radio KSQM.
Chef Gabriel and the crew of Alder Wood Bistro was there making delicious pizza with their mobile pizza oven.

Everyone cranked the volume from their car stereo systems and enjoyed a - socially distant - summer jam! We Raise a Toast to you!
 
 
 
 

 

Delicious destinations line the Olympic Culinary Loop

Don't drool as you read this "Delicious Destinations" article featured recently in the Port Townsend Leader

There may be more famous pilgrimages out there, but there sure aren’t any tastier

because, simply put, the Olympic Culinary Loop is the most delicious and diverse way to

experience the Olympic Peninsula.

Set your compass (and taste-buds) towards your next culinary adventure around the Olympic Culinary Loop!

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

 

 

 

 

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: