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A call to cultivate Kindness and Respect as we travel

Help "Pin The Peninsula" with SHARE... (and Care) 

Just as we value the rare sightings of wildlife - we are asking everyone to 'Pack Patience' and be respectful to the - equally rare sighting - when you walk into a well-staffed hotel, inn, B&B, restaurants - bars - food/beverage, shops, museums, tour operators, gas stations, etc.

Staffing shortages are causing operational challenges across the hospitality industry this summer, forcing many to limit services or hours of operations.

The reasons vary, but customer anger over masking requirements or service shortcomings have been sighted as contributing factors.

We want to "Pin the Peninsula" and SHARE... Respect (Elk), Patience (Blue Heron), Kindness (Olympic Marmot), and Joy (Orca) with all. Look for the buttons - even ask for your own button or sticker to wear - and remember to THANK the service staff who showed up for work today, as we all understand when doors are closes or services are limited due to adequate staffing.

Some of the root causes of this problem were ushered in with COVID-19; the realization that most hospitality industries are not pandemic proof, has resulted in many turning to farming or tech companies that have demonstrated fewer disruptions than hospitality. 

Some of the current causes pre-date COVID-19 and continue to be destructive viruses of their own making.  You've long heard the phrase "The Ugly American" depicting loud and oft-rude travelers expecting their native tongue and tastes will be found all around the globe. This attitude has been amplified as it has come home to roost domestically.

  • 'Their native tongue' has been traded for DEI and BLM tensions
  • Masking manners - or mandates - are too often drawing battle lines between visitors and owners
  • Service delays and supply storages go against our Uber-Amazon-Instant-NOW! expectations and temperaments.

Sure there are issues of salary equity and affordable housing that need to be addressed. Along with sustainable sweet spots related to cars on the roads, feet on the trails, and major climate considerations for our air and oceans. But we all need to start - simply - by becoming the best example of the change we want to see in this world.

That can start by striving to travel with a LNT (Leave No Trace) mindset. Followed by Love & Logic's mantra of being:

Respective | Responsibly | Trustworthy and | Fun to be Around or more playfully translated into SHARE... Respect | Patience | Kindness | and Joy with all.

What are your thoughts on this topic? Share in the conversation

Share in the comments below or consider joining the conversation on October 19 as Olympic Culinary Loop hosts a "Lunch & Learn" on the long-view topic of unpacking the Art of Hosting | And Harvesting Community Well Being.

 

 

Business Assistance Opportunities

Take advantage of these two business assistance opportunities

FREE ONLINE MARKETING AND E-COMMERCE ASSITANCE!

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 Thanks to a grant from the Economic Development Administration’s CARES Act the North Olympic Development Council (NODC) is able to offer free technical assistance to help businesses develop or improve online marketing and e-commerce efforts to reach consumers!  

Services available include:

  • evaluation of your current online marketing strategies and platforms, including social media, business website, e-commerce site, and Google Local listing
  • practical, hands-on coaching and training
  • assistance in setting up social media accounts and planning content
  • development of new websites and/or e-commerce sites

 

These FREE services are available to existing restaurants and other culinary/hospitality businesses.

Contact Susan today - 


Nearly $15 million in small business assistance grants to help agriculture businesses and organizations in sectors that have been economically hurt due to COVD-19 pandemic

WSDA Relief and Recovery grants are now available thanks to a partnership with the Washington State Department of Commerce.  logo-horizontal-inverse[1]

Grants are available for small businesses in four sectors:

  • Shellfish growers
  • Farmers market organizations
  • Agritourism farms
  • Small breweries, cideries, wineries, and distilleries (dependent upon tap or tasting room sales).

Learn more and how to apply, online today!

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Let Olympic Culinary Loop know if you have any questions 

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)

Sign-up TODAY!

 

Celebrate and Learn - OPTC & OCL ... Don't miss a full day of celebration

Join the Olympic Peninsula Tourism Commission and Olympic Culinary Loop on Tuesday, October, 22 for a full day of celebration at Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe's Blyn, WA campus!

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".

Lunch & Learn

Lunch & Learn attendees will be well-fed thanks to full servings of food, wisdom and networking opportunities. Each will leave with actionable and inspirational takeaways aimed at identifying and building upon each individual's own authentic strengths.

Lunch will feature fresh and sustainably sourced delights from the Chef's at 7 Cedars House of Seven Brothers Restaurant as well as the first cup of the recently crowned Official Olympic Peninsula Chowder!

Our buffet line will include THE Olympic Peninsula Clam Chowder (winners recipe), Wild Salmon w/citrus Beurre Blanc, Mediterranean Boneless Chicken Breast (free-range), Au Gratin Potatoes, Locally sourced Vegetable Medley, Dessert

OCL Members save (Only $23 each), and new members - joining the LOOP by October 20 will enjoy Lunch & Learn on us!

 

Come early and stay late!

From 9AM - 6PM on Tuesday October 22, we have numerous events and activities. Full Access tickets start at $35.00

Sign-up today! 

https://culinary.yapsody.com/event/index/469291/celebrate-and-learn-optc-ocl

Serving up Sustainable Hospitality

Join us Tuesday, April 16, Noon - 1:30 p.m. at Ocean Shores Convention Center - 120 West Chance a La Mer Northwest, Ocean Shores, Washington.

The invitation to “Eat Local” all too often involves the same distant sourced pieces of the puzzle and an unfortunate legacy left for our environment and future generations.

How might the Olympic Culinary Loop become known for not only delicious food but also innovative and sustainable hospitality practices?

From understanding and educating to wrestling the waste challenges commonly associated with the hospitality industry to identifying economies of scale solutions that can make a change for the better.

These are some of the topics our panel of passionate experts will discuss at “Lunch & Learn”.  

Register Now

Be sure to bring your appetite! Our luncheon buffet will be YUMMY!  Our luncheon buffet will give you a choice of: 

  • Marinated Flank steak with scalloped potatoes 
  • Hawaiian Chicken
  • Vegetarian options available upon (advance) request

Come early or stay over! Book now and receive great details on 50% off preferred - oceanfront - lodging, within walking distance of the Convention Center at one of the LOOP's newest members The Canterbury Inn! Simply mention that you're with the Olympic Culinary Loop.

Join us!

Lunch & Learn, October 31 - Port Angeles Red Lion

Sometimes, does it ever seem:

  • that there are not enough hours in the day?
  • the pantry is bare and seasonal staff are scarce?
  • there are just a few too many visitors!  

So, what’s next?

Join us at our next Olympic Culinary Loop "Lunch & Learn"

Our focus, “Cultivating Sustainable Agritourism All Around the Loop”

Wednesday October 31, 12:30 - 2:00PM

Red Lion Hotel, Port Angeles

As we take an up close and personal deep-dive into the path of charting - and managing - a sustainable Culinary / Argitourism future for the Olympic Peninsula.

Our guide for this thoughtful discussion is Jonathan Tourtellot, CEO, Destination Stewardship Center, www.DestinationCenter.org

He is a Fellow National of the Geographic Society. Founder, National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations and originator of the geotourism approach: www.geotourism.org 

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Olympic Peninsula Tourism Commission’s Annual Tourism Summit 

Register today!

  • $25 for Olympic Culinary Loop Members & their guests
  • $30 for future Olympic Culinary Loop Members
    (New OCL members joining during October are our guests to Lunch & Learn!)

Full Tourism Summit's Early Bird prices end October 17.

Our luncheon will serve up:

Afterwards, set-out for set out for some fun with your new friends on a Halloween Happy Hour (With Adult Beverage Version!) in Downtown Port Angeles.

4:30-6PM we'll visit some neighborhood bars, cast our ballots on best Halloween spirit and have a good time.

 

CULINARY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT serves up "Farm - to - Chef" strategies

"Lunch & Learn" invites you to join us at the Finnriver Orchard's "feeding trough" as we learn from fellow farmers and restaurateurs who have successfully charted the often turbulent seas of mutually sustainable Farm-to-Chef business relations.

Coming off a successful initiative launch in Port Townsend, we invite you to join: Chef's Alison and Dan alongside Farmers Amanda and Crystie, and others, as we share tips and tools for how you can reach new culinary heights in this oft-challenging undertaking.

OCL Members save on all Professional Development offerings, and new members - joining the LOOP by March 23th will enjoy "Lunch & Learn" on us!

Register Now 

Make it "Bleisure!" Our partners at Chevy Chase Beach Cabins are offering  20% off their rentals "Lunch & Learn" and waiving their 2-night minimum! Contact them or call 360-385-1270 today.