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Explore the Salish Sea through the eyes of a chef

Experience the bounty of Olympic Coast Cuisine with Chef Diane LaVonne and Puget Sound Express on a 3-day culinary tour of Washington’s Salish Sea.  Spend days onboard the comfortable, spacious Glacier Spirit, and evenings at the historic Ravenscroft Inn (October 19-21, 2018) in Port Townsend, Washington’s Victorian Seaport and Arts Community.

This is the ultimate trip for the foodie who wants to learn about Pacific Northwest Cuisine and tour the inland waterways that make the Pacific Northwest such a compelling destination.

This cruise is limited to 15 participants.

Highlights Include:

  • Gourmet meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Cooking classes with Diane LaVonne, of Seattle’s Urban Cooking School “Diane’s Market Kitchen”
  • Cruising tours of Penn Cove Mussels and Dungeness Wildlife Refuge
  • Breath-taking views of the Olympic Peninsula and Cascades
  • Evenings in Port Townsend, dubbed the “Paris of the Pacific Northwest” by Sunset Magazine

Growing deeper relations for Local Food

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 February 9th, 9 am at the Port Townsend's Starlight Room focused on engaging restaurateurs in using more local.
 
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

Local growers encouraged to think outside the plot

Agritourism trend brings weddings, concerts and more to farms

OITFHH1-e1509749748452What is being wrestled with in Massachusetts is mirrored here on theLOOP. Join OCL and stay up todate on pressing B2B issues affecting the growth of Olympic Peninsula's Agri and Culinary Tourism.  Many farmers in Massachusetts are increasingly discovering a new source of revenue and exposure. They are using their farms to host everything from live music performances to obstacle races to wedding receptions. “A lot of people are used to apple picking, pumpkin picking and that sort of thing,” said Brad Mitchell, policy director for the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation. “Now, we’re seeing people who want to have their weddings on farms, concerts, charity running races, bachelorette parties at wineries. Fifteen years ago, I didn’t know too many people who’d want to get married on a farm.” Those types of activities, which fall under the umbrella of “agritourism,” give a boost to many farms in Massachusetts. But the growing trend is not without controversy.

http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/20171102/agritourism-trend-brings-weddings-concerts-and-more-to-farms