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2018-19 Olympic Culinary Loop MAP has arrived

Bursting with appetizing itineraries and introducing the debut of "Pathways to the Peninsula", the 2018-19 Olympic Culinary Loop printed MAP is now available.

Visitors can choose between digital download versions as well as request their own copy of the big 24-page printed page version to be mailed to your home, or both.

Hungry Taste Travelers will find an Olympic Peninsula full of:

  • Resturants focusing on local Farm-to-Table offerings
  • Lodging that not only serves as your perfect "base camp" for your Culinary Adventure. But they also are happy to share insider knowledge with fellow foodies.
  • Year-Round Culinary Festivals & Special Events
  • Artisan Producers of award-winning drinks, cheeses, and other culinary delights
  • Farms with as much personality and passion in their people as fresh and seasonal "YUM" in their fields & pastures.
  • More!

Pathways to the Peninsula acknowledges that shy of parachuting onto the Olympic Peninsula, most Taste Tourists will travel here care of auto.  These Pathway's Partners rim the Peninsula from Whidbey Island in the north, the Kitsap Peninsula just across our common Hood Canal, or Olympia to the south.  Full of farms, breweries, and restaurants these Pathway's to the Peninsula members extend the offering of authentic Olympic Coast Cusine beyond the traditional definitions of the LOOP.  Perfect places for both pre and post culinary travels to the Olympic Peninsula, our Pathways to the Peninsula are welcome additions to the LOOP.  

The 2018-19 Olympic Culinary Loop MAP can be found throughout Puget Sound area Tourism Visitor Information Centers, as well as every member's business.

Start your planning today by ordering our downloading your 2018-19 Olympic Culinary Loop MAP

 

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  

Kathy Charlton signs her new book, "Working Girl: Behind the Cellar Door", at Olympic Cellars.

Former Olympic Cellars Owner Kathy Charlton Authors New Book, Royalties Support Local Charity 

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Kathy Charlton, Olympic Cellars’ former owner, is author of book, "Working Girl: Behind the Cellar Door"

Winery to host book signing on October 24  Port Angeles, Wash., October 24, 2017 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. –  Join Kathy Charlton, Olympic Cellars’ former owner and original Working Girl, will greet the public and sign her new book, Working Girl: Behind the Cellar Door, on Tuesday, Oct. 24 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Olympic Cellars. Royalties from the sale of the book, which shares Charlton’s story of “an entrepreneur’s journey from a bankrupt winery to gold medals,” will support a local charity to be announced at the book signing event. Charlton intends that support for this charity will become part of her legacy.  

“You might want to pour yourself a glass of wine and put your feet up. I’m a Working Girl and have a story to tell you from Behind the Cellar Door,” Charlton laughed relaying a quote from her book. “Seriously though, the winery, its land and historic barn are part of the heritage of the North Olympic Peninsula and Washington State’s wine industry and became my heritage to preserve. My book is part memoir, part business book with a focus on owning and marketing your small business in today’s Amazon driven marketplace.”

Sixteen years ago, Kathy Charlton made a hard-right turn, the new owner of a bankrupt winery, knowing nothing about running a small business, nor wine other than she liked her red wine served cold, sometimes over ice if she was in a hurry. Bucking tradition Charlton rolled-up her sleeves and began to rebuild her winery. Driven by a personal motto of “out of sight, out of mind, out of business,” marketing became her middle name sparking a new passion for off-the-wall guerilla tactics. Women and wine became the platform to reinvent the winery through creative labeling, philanthropic initiatives in support of women, and a series of ongoing unique winery events that piqued the interest of consumers, industry players and the media. “Sipping wines at sunset it wasn’t.” Charlton details battling everything from a leaking septic system that shut the winery down, exploding wine presses, shortchanged bottle inventory and now-legendary lawsuit brought forth by the United States Olympic Committee. How did she do it? Well, that’s where the hard work and yes, the fun began as Charlton takes a winery with little name-recognition and massive quality issues and parlays it into an award-winning operation with double-gold medals to prove it. This in the trenches book captures winery life, the ups and downs, in poignant and sometimes laugh-out-loud stories. It’s real life with a dose of laughter, a few tears and some zany antics to keep things interesting. Throughout Charlton shares her own Working Girl approach to business including her constant focus and passion for her customers, without whom she emphatically exclaims, “There is No Business.”   About Kathy Charlton Charlton worked for the high-tech giant, Texas Instruments, for 25 years. A born entrepreneur, she earned a reputation as a highly effective manager by “making things happen”. Recognized early on for her abilities to get-to-the-bottom of a problem, analyze it and come up with a workable solution – Fast, it wasn’t long before her assignments moved outside her comfort zone of finance into the business sectors. Then in 1999, life threw Charlton a winery! The opportunity to turn the business around and take it in a whole new direction lent itself to Charlton’s skills and experience and set her enthusiasm on fire. She jumped on an early retirement package offered by Texas Instruments in 2001, packed-up her Dallas home, and together with her husband headed north to begin an exciting second career at the age of 51. Charlton was honored when Leslie Sbrocco wrote the foreword for her book. Leslie was voted one of the Top 100 most influential people in the American wine business and is an award-winning author, speaker, consultant and television host. Both ladies focused on women and wine and in 2003 Kathy launched the Working Girl Wines; at the same time Leslie published her first book, Wine for Women, A Guide to Buying, Pairing and Sharing Wine.  

Serving up memorable CX at Olympic Peninsula Tourism Summit - Lunch & Learn

Join Olympic Culinary Loop for a "Lunch & Learn" deep dive into an interactive session directed at providing hospitality pros - be you culinary, lodging, retail, tourism activities, or other - insightful take-aways to improve your whole organization's reputation through a customer experience that's as memorable as our Olympic Peninsula. This "Lunch & Learn" is a special part of the entire 2017 Olympic Peninsula Tourism Summit conference. "Raising the Tide - A Culture of Collaboration" Port Angeles, Washington, THURSDAY & FRIDAY - October 26 & 27, 2017 You are encouraged to sign-up and attend the entire Tourism Summit conference. Yet if you can only attend the "Lunch & Learn" know that your OCL membership is here to help! Deeply discounted, luncheon only, tickets are available on-line. Sign-up today!

Old Dominion Headlines Hot Entertainment Line-Up at Grays Harbor County Fair

The Grays Harbor County Fair runs August 9-13 at the fairgrounds in Elma, Wash. Oh, the food, the fun, the festivities! Carnival rides and games, that unique and blissful “fair food” and the hometown entertainment, as well as livestock and home crafts—could it get any better? Yes! And it does. As always, there’s world class music coming to the Grays Harbor County Fair. And, this year’s headlining entertainment on the Pepsi Stage is no exception, featuring one of Billboard’s Top country artists, 2016 CMA nominee Old Dominion. Also appearing on the grand Pepsi stage are the locally popular Olsen Bros. Band from Olympia, a popular fan favorite that continues to grow in popularity. For something different, enjoy a cappella group The Coats from Puyallup and Portland’s Petty Fever—an award-winning Tom Petty tribute band.
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RCA recording artist Old Dominion’s music has what reviewers call an “old-fashioned country charm, lyrical wit and rock n’ roll grit” that features “radio-friendly hook-heavy pop nuggets.” The band hits the Pepsi Stage on August 9. According to their website the band has “emerged as one of the hottest breaking bands in country music.” When they released their first full-length album Meat and Candy, ‘Entertainment Weekly’ called it a “deceptively smart, occasionally cheeky, stellar debut.” Gray's Harbor County Fair Admission prices are as follows: Adults are $10, Seniors (63+) $7, Youth (6-15) $7, Kids (under 5) are free. Thursday is “Kids Day” with a $2 discount for Youth Admission and a Military Discount is offered throughout the entire Fair. Plus, Admission is FREE for one hour only (from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.) on Sunday of the fair. Parking is $5 per day. Carnival Wristbands, for unlimited rides, will be on sale at the Fairgrounds Office, plus three Anchor Banks in Grays Harbor County (Elma, Montesano and Aberdeen)—pre-sales are $22; day of fair price will be $27 each.

Olympic Peninsula Wine & Cider Harvest Tour 2016

Sip and savor the flavors of fall, enjoy seasonal activities and marvel at nature’s vibrant palate during the Olympic Peninsula Wineries’ Harvest Wine Tour, November 11th through 13th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m each day. The nine artisan wineries and cideries are located in the Peninsula towns of Chimacum, Nordland, Port Townsend, Sequim and Port Angeles
Harvest Tour 2016 November 11th, 12th, & 13th, 2016 11am – 5pm
Participants who have their ticket stamped at all nine of our wineries will be entered into a drawing for an elegant wine themed gift basket.  The gift basket winner along with a second and third place winner will receive two tickets to the Red Wine & Chocolate Tour in February. Full details and advance ticketing opportunities on-line

WHAT's HOT - Culinary Forecast

The forecast is "delicious" all around the LOOP.
No need to wait until 2016 to eat-up the National Restaurant Association's culinary forecast. Olympic Culinary Loop is serving up the YUM right now!
The National Restaurant Association recently presented their culinary forecast for 2016.
What's Hot2016 Top-20
                  Here's some LOOP members setting the trend today!   1) Taylor Shellfish, Hama Hama Oysters, SpringRain Farm 2) Turnip the Beet, Fort Worden, 7 Cedars, Farm's Reach 3) Nash's, Finnriver, Elk Meadows 4) Olympic Culinary LOOP! 8) Shorts Beef 9) Taylor Shellfish, Hama Hama Oysters 10) Elevated 15) Finnriver, Nash's 17) Pacific Pantry  

Let the LOOP make Mother's Day Delicious!

 Whether you celebrate Mom at the beach, out on a trail, or in a fine dining room. Be sure to eat just like she taught you! And pick-up the tab at any of these wonderful Olympic Culinary Loop dining spots.
Spring is here! And with Mother's Day this month, (hint-hint May 8!), don't miss the opportunity to celebrate Mom as discover delicious dining specials. mothers-day-brunch
The Olympic Culinary Loop is pleased to highlight an ever GROWING list of members cooking up something extra special for this Mother's Day. (Note: Advance reservations are strongly encouraged as many of these drool-worthy banquets will sell-out fast!)

 Mother’s Day at Lake Crescent Lodge

Celebrate Mom with a special lakeside brunch buffet or dinner at Lake Crescent Lodge. Enjoy a day together in Olympic National Park; take a stroll to Marymere Falls, relax in front of the crackling fire or read a book on the sunporch.

Brunch service 10am to 3pm, buffet prices below Dinner service 5pm to 9pm, prices vary, special menu available. Brunch Buffet Price - Adults: $48, Seniors (62+): $42 Children 12 & Under= $25 4 Under Free Tax & Gratuity included. Full prepay at time of reservation. 72 hour full refund cancellations accepted.  Advanced reservations and prepayment are required for brunch service.  Advanced reservations are required for dinner service. Reservations: (360) 928-3211 Lake Crescent Lodge is managed by Aramark, an authorized concessioner of the National Park Service.

Stottle Winery - Mothers Day Weekend Wine Tasting & Summer Hours

Join us Mothers Day weekend to celebrate the mom in your life (even if that's you).  No tasting fees for moms May 14 & 15.  Taste 5 awards winning wines Washington wines.

Of course you can come in for a tasting anytime during our normal hours. now - May 22nd Fri - Sun 11am - 5pm May 25 - Sept 8th Wed - Sun 11am - 5pm We are conveniently located on Hwy 101 24180 Highway 101 Suite B, Hoodsport, WA 98548 360-877-2247

Lake Quinault serves up Flowers & Brunch for Mom

Sunday, May 8, 2016 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Lake Quinault Lodge

Enjoy a special Mother’s Day brunch buffet from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on Sunday. In the afternoon relax in front of the crackling fire and listen to Ben and Lorrie play beautiful music on classical guitar and Celtic harp. MOMS RIDE FREE with a paying participant on our Interpretive Coach Tour.

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Mother's Day Brunch at Port Ludlow

Sunday May 8th Come celebrate Mother’s Day at The Fireside with a multiple-item special entrée menu and buffet loaded with freshpastries, fruit, berries, a variety of fresh made salads, crab legs, fresh shucked oysters, Steelhead lox, shrimp and artichoke dip, and a dessert station. The event features special pricing for children ages 10 and under and a special gift for all the moms. Reservations required please call 360.437.7412


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Nourish for Mother's Day!

Sunday May 8th we will be serving a special Mother's Day menu from noon to 3pm. Treat Mom to a lovely meal and to the live music of Stringology with their gypsy jazz tunes. Menu at web sitewww.nourishsequim.com


Mom will be in for a treat at Westport Winery Garden Resort!

The nursery is in full bloom at Westport Winery Garden Resort! Come sip, taste and treat Mom to a day in the nursery at Westport Winery.

Full menu in the delicious dining room, perfectly paired with dozens of award winning wines.


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Celebrate Mom at the Ajax Cafe on Mother's Day Weekend!   We will have special menu items and beverages.

   

  Kokopelli Grill

It's almost Mother's Day and we have a special Brunch planned. Brunch begins at 10 am to 3pm. Dinner begins at 4pm. Reservations recommended. Also our Winemaker Dinner is almost sold out. We will close the restaurant on Sunday the 18th for this event. Cheers from Candy and Michael

Make Mother's Day "Spa-wesome" at Alderbrook Resort & Spa!

Celebrate the important women in your life with our fabulous, Hood Canal-inspired brunch. Please call 360.898.5500 for reservations and information. MENU: Sunday, May 8th The Restaurant at Alderbrook 8am-2:30pm Adults $49 Children 10 and under $16 Includes Non-Alchoholic Beverages Spring Thaw: Spring mixed green salad Caesar salad Fresh melons and berries Baked brie Lox and smoked steelhead display Antipasti Display Oyster and snow crab bar Nobles Feast: Bacon & sausage Breakfast potatoes Banana Bread French toast Assorted Pastries & Petite Croissants Cheese Blintz Eggs benedict Smoked steelhead benedict House made biscuits and kurobuta sausage gravy Roasted Root Vegetables Parmesan Raviolis w/ herbed cream Manila clams Garlic & Herb Prawns Glazed Thyme Honey Ham Omelette Station: Assorted Meat, Cheese and Vegetables Waffle Station: Fresh Berries & Chantilly Cream Off The Blade: Slow Roasted Prime Rib w/ Au Jus and Creamed Horseradish Cedar Planked Northwest Steelhead w/ Cured Tomato and Basil Aioli Sweets: Chocolate Dipped Strawberries Bread Pudding w/ Salted Caramel Coffee Cake & Carrot Cake Shortbread Cookies House Made Muffins Chocolate cups filled w/ Pnut Butter Mousse and Huckleberry Meringue ------------------------------------------ Mother’s Day Spa Experiences: available Friday-Sunday, May 6th-8th: Please call our Spa at 360.898.5520 for appointments. Revitalizing Collagen Facial: 90 minutes, $195 This intensive anti-aging treatment hydrates, rejuvenates and tightens the skin, minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Our expert Lyophilized Native Collagen Pellicle cocoons the skin, quenching dehydrated skin, leaving behind only the most radiant skin. Excellent for all skin types. Enjoy 25% Off Our Revitalizing Collagen Facial Bring your Mom To The Spa Day enjoy a 50% discount off our 60 or 90 minute Alderbrook Signature Massage ----------------------------------------------- "Moms Paddle Free" at our Waterfront Center every day in May! Available to overnight hotel guests every day in May. http://www.alderbrookresort.com/marina/

Fort Worden - Port Townsend

Please join us for Mother's Day Brunch on Sunday from 10am to 3pm and celebrate Mom! Call 360.344.4400 for reservations.

 

MothersDayAjax Ajax Cafe

is hosting Mother's Day dinner, Sunday May 8, 5PM - 9PM. Yum!  
This could be your view for Mother's Day Dinner this Sunday! Call 360-962-2271 ext. 4007 to make your reservation. http://www.thekalalochlodge.com/may-2016-events.aspx
         

 Cafe Garden Port Angeles

is ready to welcome you for Mother's Day. Reservations recommended! Cafe Garden PA FullSizeRender (21)

Hama Hama's Oyster Casserole with Bacon and Shallots

Oyster Casserole

Serves a crowd as an appetizer, or 4 to 6 as a main dish. Feel free to add extra of any particular ingredient, this recipe is forgiving! Be sure to drain the oysters so the dish isn't soupy.   Ingredients: 10 oz to 16 oz shucked oysters, drained and chopped up 1 stick butter 3 shallots, diced 3/4 red pepper, diced 8 oz sliced mushrooms 3 strips bacon, fried and crumbled 1 clove garlic, diced 1 tsp thyme 1 tsp paprika 1/2 tsp nutmeg salt and pepper 1/4 cup flour 1 cup heavy cream 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1/4 cup homemade bread crumbs, at least   Process: Grease a 9x13 ovenproof dish and preheat the oven to 325 convect bake (350 regular). Melt about 2 tbs butter in heavy casserole. Add shallots and red pepper, saute until shallots are soft. Add mushrooms, oysters, garlic, and saute for 5 minutes. Add bacon bits. In separate pan, melt 2 tbs butter. Stir in the flour. When smooth, add the cream, whisk until boiling and thick. Stir in the cheese. Mix the cheese mixture into the oyster mixture and season with thyme, nutmeg, paprika, salt and pepper. Pour the mixture into the prepared dish, top with the bread crumbs, and dot with remaining butter. Bake for 10 -20  minutes, or until hot and bubbling. If needed, finish under the broiler to brown the bread crumbs. (To make bread crumbs, butter your favorite loaf bread and toast it or bake it until dry and then whirrrr it up in the food processor). Read (and drool!) over more delicious Hama Hama Oyster recipes and tips  

Holiday Happenings

Holiday-banner-buffetstyle-OCL (480x130) There's so much about the season to celebrate and savor!  Take a look at our bountiful notice full of season specials. Here you'll find details regarding any and all special offerings - especially tasty:
  • Thanksgiving
  •  Christmas
  •  New Years
Enjoy all the delicious News!
The Ajax is booking up fast for New Years Eve so call soon if your Interested.
After Dinner at the Ajax Come join us out at Fort Worden for some great local music.   Locust Street Taxi!

  New Year's Eve Party

Thursday, December 31 | 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
$99 For two
Featuring:
Live Performance by Locust Street Taxi
 Signature Cocktails & a Champagne Toast
Specialty Appetizers & Hand-Passed
Hors D'oeuvres
Dessert Bar & Party FavorsCall Kristan at 360 531-1848  to hold yourself a spot
 
  port ludlow wine bistro ad The Resort at Port Ludlow invites you to pause, and gift yourself with some comfort food each Wednesday in December! Chef Dan and his culinary team will be preparing Three Course French Bistro feasts, with optional flight of wine pairings. Enjoy! Please call 360.437.7412 for Reservations Visit these "Drool Worthy" menu offerings!  

Last Two Dinners Until February 2016 (at Alder Wood Bistro) ----

3 Courses for $30
Wednesday, December 30th
For those of you who have been anxiously awaiting to see Alder Wood Bistro menu for New Year's Eve or the 3 Courses for $30 on the 30th - here they are!
These are the last two dinners before Jessica, Gabriel and crew close for the month of January.
Seating is limited, call to make a reservation 360-683-4321.
They close the month of January every year for our annual deep cleaning and vacation.
 
Opening again Thursday, February 4th for 
Lunch & Dinner, Thursday - Saturday
New Year's Eve 2015
$55 per person (an Amuse, one beginning, one main & one dessert)
To Begin
Seared Albacore
Seared Oregon Coast Albacore, Horseradish "Snow", Purple Potato Causa, Fresh Wasabi Leaves
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Sweet & Savory Wood-Fired Flatbread Pumpkin Puree, Local Pear, Lamb Sausage, Delicata Squash, Nash's Leeks, Mozzarella
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Smoked Tomato Bisque & Spot Prawns
Organic bisque, Grilled Local Spot Prawn Skewer
~ Crispy Melted Pork
Braised Nash's Pork Roulade, B
ahn Mi Slaw, Pear-Apple Chutney
~ Crispy Calamari Salad
Crispy fried calamari, Cara Cara Orange, Mama Lil's Pickled Peppers,
Kaffir Lime Vinaigrette, Organic Mixed Greens
New Year's Salad
Bleu d'Auvergne French blue cheese, Local Pear,
Nash's Pickled Beets, Hazelnuts, Organic Mixed Greens
Main
Cedar-Planked Steelhead
Local Steelhead, Chanterelles & Pink Peppercorn Butter,
Lazy J's Fingerling Potatoes, Seasonal Wood-Fired Vegetables
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Grilled Tenderloin
Short's Grass-fed Tenderloin, Demi-Glace,
Organic Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes, Wood-fired Vegetables, Crispy Onions
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Savory Buckwheat Crepe Torte
Nash's Buckwheat Crepes (GF), Roasted Pepper-Sun Dried Tomato-Leek, Goat Cheese-Kale,
Mushroom Duxelle, Crispy Lazy J's Potatoes, Sautéed Nash's Greens
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Rabbit Agnolotti
Spring Rain SmokedRabbit & Heirloom Tomato Jus, Nash's Greens,
Crispy Garden Sage, House-Made Pasta, Chanterelles
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Tierra Y Mar
Elwha Farms Slow-Braised Lamb Shank, Red Wine Jus, Grilled Local Spot Prawns, Mint Chimichurri,
Organic Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes, Seasonal Wood-fired Vegetables, Parsnip Chips
Sweet Finish
Cheese Plate
Bleu d'Auvergne French blue cheese,
Chimacum Valley Dairy Aged Goat Cheese, Poached Pear, Hazelnuts
Cherry & Chocolate Tart
Theo Chocolate, Garden Cherries, Pate Sucre Butter Crust
New Year's Pumpkin Cake Roulade
Chocolate Meringue Buttercream, Hazelnut Pralines, Frangelico Cream Cheese Frosting
Organic Apple Pie
Served Warm with vanilla Ice Cream
Chocolate Bliss
Theo chocolate, Raspberry Preserve, Cocoa Nibs and Hazelnuts
Special Wine Pours
Alder Wood Artisan Vermouth Cocktail
Sparkling Wine, Contratto Vermouth Bianco, Gabriel's Plum-Tarragon Shrub  8. glass
De Bortoli Sparkling Brut
Australia   6. glass / 25. bottle
Crisp, charming, creamy bubbles, fresh fruit, apple, great with seafood
Wines of Substance Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Ancient Lakes Columbia Valley, WA   11. glass / 49. bottle
Grass & fresh citrus, chalk, earth, & slate, focused and vibrant, wonderful depth on the palate
Talley Vineyards Pinot Noir2012
Arroyo Grande Valley, California   12.5 glass / 57. bottle
Exceptional aromatics, notes of fresh black cherries & rhubarb, toasted oak & ripe cranberry, flavors of raspberry, dried thyme, tobacco, & black pepper, Medium body, savory mineral & earth characteristics
Lullaby Winery Lalayee  2010 Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon
Walla Walla, Washington   15. glass / 70. bottle
Fragrant nose of blackberry, leather, cedar & tar. Showcasing flavor of blackberry, black cherry, earthy notes of leather, sandal wood, & pencil lead. Medium body, silky tannins, excellent structure, lingering finish.
 

 

New Years Eve at Nourish

  December 31: Join us for our third New Year Celebration featuring Nakai’i. Their lovely Hawaiian music chases away the winter chills. We will celebrate New Year at 9pm along with Times Square in NY. We will offer a 4-course menu with choice of entrees including a champagne toast and party favors for $70 per person. Bring friends and receive a $20 discount for a table of four. Please make your reservations soon - call 360.797.1480! We will be closed Jan 1 but plan to be open through the month of January Happy Christmas to you all, Nourish Sequim              
Olympic Cellars Wine Dinner at Lake Crescent Lodge Join us for this very special evening at Lake Crescent Lodge. Enjoy an evening of sumptuous wining and dining in one of the most beautiful settings in Washington State. Olympic Cellars HeaderCheers! Washington Wine Weekend featuring Olympic Cellars Saturday, December 5, 2015 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Lake Crescent Lodge $95/person, plus tax and gratuities Make Reservations Now! This elegant 5 course meal features a special menu to complement the featured winery wines for the evening. Advanced reservations are required. Please call 360.928.3211 to make your reservation today! -OYSTER SPANAKOPITA (CHARDONNAY, 2014), HOOD CANAL OYSTER SEARED PEARS & FENNEL -GINNY FOWL GALANTINE (DUNGENESS RED LEMBERGER, 2014), ORGANIC GREENS,   BALSAMIC CHERRY GASTRIC -RED CURRY PRAWN (NEUHARTH’S LEGACY, 2013, MAGNUM), CHARRED RED CURRY PRAWN -SLOW ROASTED VENISON (SYRAH, 2012), BAKED YAMS, CARAMELIZED PARSNIPS -CHOCOLATE DECADENCE CAKE (SAILING MOON RUBY DESSERT WINE, 2013), TANGERINE CHANTILLY
Dockside Grill - Sequim for the Holidays!
Wednesday thru Sunday  1130am to 3pm for lunch,  4 to 8pm for dinner
                              
Holiday hours: Open Christmas Eve and CLOSED on Christmas Daychristmas-banner-plates
Open New Years Eve thru January 3, 2016
Closed January 4, 2016 thru January 13
2577 West Sequim Bay Road
Sequim, Washington 98382
Come and enjoy waterfront dining with Jamestown Kuls oysters on the half shell with a cocktail, wine and local draft beer on tap  
 
  •  Winter Wine Festival Grays Harbor County Fairgrounds, Elma, WA | January 23rd, 2016 | Check their web site for hours
www.elmachamber.org 360-482-3055 Over 20 wineries, music, food, merchandise and wine vendors, beer garden and more! Shuttle and discount motel rooms available.          
 

Christmas Eve at Michael's Seafood & Steakhouse

Once again we will celebrate Christmas Eve with The Feast of the Seven Fishes.  This traditional meal emphasizes local fish and seafood, which is a snap in our coastal region.  Enjoy all the options at a prix fixe or a la carte. Individual plates range from $8 to $20. Red Envelopes!  It's time for Red Envelopes again!  Join us for dinner anytime in December and your table will receive a Red Envelope. Come back in January and your server will open your envelope.  Inside each envelope is a coupon for a discount off your next meal, a discount on wine, a free entrée, or another fabulous prize.  The grand prize is one free entrée each month for the entire year.  There are 400 envelopes given out each year and each one contains a gift for you, our treasured guest.  Don't miss out! New Year's Eve - End the year at our place.  Celebrate with Michael's Seafood & Steakhouse.

Ocean Crest Resort this year is especially Thankful for Family!

Check out their delicious Thanksgiving Menu. Call for reservations before it’s too late, as they only have a few spaces available.clipular (10) Their Thanksgiving 2015 Menu is "yum!"        


 

Join Nourish for Thanksgiving Dinner

Come join Nourish Sequim Thursday the 26th for a wonderful old-fashioned, Thanksgiving dinner with all the delicious trimmings, organic birds, local veggies as well as a vegan option…make your reservations soon! 360.797.1480    

Fort Worden 

Serving Thanksgiving to your "troops" for over 100 years!Fort Worden Thanksgiving 2015 menu   Contact Fort Worden's banquet & catering department, 360.344.4400 ext 304, TODAY and reserve your families Thanksgiving feast.                              
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Port Ludlow Resort

You love the Fireside and Port Ludlow all year, why not make it your home for the holidays? Thanksgiving Dinner may be SOLD OUT, but there are plenty of additionally delicious opportunities for your to take advantage of. (Hint: Call right away and book your reservations! www.portludlowresort.com, 360-437-7412)
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Pumpkin & Gingersnap Ice Cream at Elevated!

For November’s blustery weather: Zingy Gingersnap made with gingersnap cookies (fill your own ice cream sandwiches between homemade molasses cookies or packaged gingersnaps). Our Pumpkin ice cream tastes just like creamy pumpkin pie filling. Try a scoop in a crispy old-fashioned cone. We also serve thick, dark hot chocolate and toddy coffee. And, in our candy store next door, an array of our handmade chocolates and truffles. Gift boxed for your Thanksgiving hosts! 627 Water Street, Port Townsend.  

It’s time to order your CRUST holiday pie!

Go to our website to see the menu and send us an order, soon! www.crustpies.com    

Lake Crescent Lodge in November

2015 Centennial Anniversary Holiday Events OlympicNationalParks.com • 360-928-3211 • 888-723-7127 Washington Wine Weekends November 20 & 21 - Camaraderie Cellars, December 4 & 5 - Olympic Cellars Fun weekends where you will spend time with the top wine producers on the Olympic Peninsula and the State of Washington. Friday Wine Tasting Reception 5:00-6:30 PM Saturday Wine Maker Dinner 6:00 PM Accommodations for the Wine Weekends can be purchased separately online or with our Front Desk. Advance Reservations are required. Thanksgiving Day Buffet November 26, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM Continuing our tradition of hosting special holiday feasts, the lodge is where families have gathered for generations to share gratitude and create wonderful memories. Reservations required. Lighting of Lake Crescent November 28, starts at sunset approx. 5:00 PM Celebrate the official start of the holiday season, the Lighting of Lake Crescent Lodge! Carolers, festive drinks & holiday delights and a visit from Santa. Bring a toy or food donation to support Toys for Tots or the Port Angeles Food Bank. Free to the public. Franklin & Theodore’s Teddy Bear Tea Party Saturdays – November 14 through December 12, 2 PM Learn the history of the Teddy Bear as well as two Presidents and their ties to Olympic National Park. Children are encouraged to bring their favorite adult and teddy bear. Reservations required.
 

Give thanks with Alderbrook Resort & Spa....

Celebrate the flavors of the holiday at The Restaurant at Alderbrook. The Restaurant will open its doors to guests and non-guests alike beginning at noon on Thursday, Nov. 26 for its annual Thanksgiving celebration. Menu items prepared by Alderbrook Executive Chef Josh Delgado include:
  • warm starters such as Apple and Chestnut Soup, and
  • guests can enjoy main courses such as 12 oz. Prime Rib, Cedar Steelhead, Tagliatelle Pasta and classic Roasted Turkey with
  • Bread Pudding, Crispy Shallots, Whipped Potatoes, Cranberry Relish and Turkey Gravy.
  • Additionally, diners can end their meal reveling in delicious desserts including:
  • Apple Crostada with Bourbon Caramel, Walnut Crust Cranberry Cheesecake drizzled with Cranberry Syrup and Thanksgiving staple Pumpkin Pie with Spiced Chantilly Cream.
Please call 360.898.5500 as reservations are required and space is limited. On Friday, Nov. 27, Santa Claus will return to Alderbrook at 7 p.m. for the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony! Join Santa for hot cocoa aboard the Lady Alderbrook, fireworks, caroling and over 10 miles of lights! The holiday fun will continue on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 28 and 29, where complimentary photos with Santa will be available in the lobby from 12 to 2 p.m. and Cocoa Cruises aboard the Lady Alderbrook will be open from 2:30 to 2:30 p.m. Pricing is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors 55 & over and $10 for children 10 & under. Please call 360.898.2145 for reservations as space is limited.
 

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Thursday, November 19 at 6:00pm, Join the Ajax Cafe for a pre-Thanksgiving special as we feature one of the top wineries in the country from southern Oregon. (2) Abacela Wine Dinner.clipular
     

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Thanksgiving is fast approaching. You may remember our original Working Girl, Kathy's blog, "You Know the Turkey is Dry When." If not, let's just say that cooking is not Kathy's forte. She is very talented, brilliant and kind (I could go on) and we miss her daily presence around the winery since she retired in 2014. However, we do keep in touch. Her latest business adventure is in the self-defense industry and survival food. This is food that you just add water and poof - you have dinner. It's perfect for Kathy. Well, once a Working Girl always a Working Girl. Kathy decided to Google 'dehydrated wine'. They make everything else, why not wine? Sure enough it's out there, but the reviews are pretty bad and it contains no alcohol.  So, she decided to keep her supply of wine flowing from us. The moral of this story is - liquid wine is better. With the Holidays upon us, friends and family dropping in, and the need for that special hostess gift you might want to have a "stash" of wine around. and I'm not talking dehydrated. To help you out, and say thank you to all of our customers for making 2015 another fabulous year I'm offering you a 30% case discount.

You can order on-line at www.olympiccellars.com or stop by the winery. We are open daily 11-5 (closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day).

We will check the weather daily and as long as the weather holds, we can ship. Best wishes to you and yours this Holiday season, from - The Workings Girls and Greg  

Thanksgiving Day Buffet at 7 Cedars Casino

Thursday, November 26, 2015 11am-9pm Adult $20, Child $12, Under 5 years eat free. The Cedars at Dungeness Golf Course Thanksgiving at The Double Eagle Restaurant Thursday, November 26, 10am-7pm Adult $23, Senior $20, Child $15, Under 5 years eat free

Kokopelli Grill Thanksgiving Menu

Includes garlic mashed potatoes, andouille sausage stuffing, fresh vegetables, soup or salad, homemade bacon and jalapeno cheddar biscuits and dessert. Turducken Boneless Chicken Stuffed Inside a Duck stuffed inside a Turkey $22 per person, $20 each for two or more Smoked Ham Smoked in house, 10 days in a brinethen rubbed with a Cajun spice and smoked for 12 hours $20 per person, $19 each for two or more Turkey & Ham Combo $23 per person, $21 each for two or more Desserts Apple pie, pumpkin pie or pecan pie with whipped cream

Lake Quinault Lodge Traditions

Thanksgiving Day Activities Thursday, November 26th 10:00 am - 7:00 pm, Lake Quinault Lodge Join us for a truly memorable day and a Lake Quinault Lodge tradition! 10:00 am - noon - Special activities for the kids All afternoon and evening - can you say football?  One corner of the Quileute Room will be set up for optimal football viewing so football fans can watch the games on Turkey Day!  The bar will be open if you'd like to enjoy an adult beverage. 3:00 pm - Pumpkin Bocce 12 noon - 7:00 pm - Our amazing Thanksgiving Buffet!  Join us for a magnificent feast which has become a Lake Quinault Lodge tradition.  executive Chef Justin Kronin and Chef de Cuisine Jared Mallory will tempt your taste buds with traditional and non-traditional offerings - and we'll do the dishes!   $36 adults:$30 Senior; $14 kids under 12 (Advance reservations are required; please call 360.288.2900) clipular (11)  

A sampling of previous holiday specials offered by my members. (Check with them directly for current offerings)

   

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This is the BIGGEST SALE in MFW history!  Shop online Black Friday through Cyber Monday & SAVE BIG this weekend!  Get your holiday wine delivered to your door.  Send  family & friends a gift they'll REALLY ENJOY!   Enter code 'BLACKFRIDAY' at checkout to get 30% off your order and $10 Shipping**

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  Eaglemount Wine and Cider

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! And come visit the tasting room the weekend of 11/28-11/30, Friday Sat, Sun, 12 to 5. We'll have specials on your favorite ciders and wines each day.
 
 

Elevated Ice Cream

Come try our Thanksgiving Holiday Flavors Cranberry Italian Ice, deliciously light desert after a turkey dinner; and creamy Cinnamon Ice Cream, serve with warm apple pie. Our boxed assortments of Elevated Chocolate Creams, Truffles and Chews is a great gift for dinner hosts or guests.    
 
Lake Crescent Lodge, Olympic National Park Special Holiday Rate!
CREATE NEW HOLIDAY MEMORIES! It's a Celebration!
Give yourself the gift of Holiday Magic! Starting at $79*
See details or call 888.896.3818
At Lake Crescent Lodge, we love the holidays and would like to extend a special invitation for you to share in our celebrations. Enjoy a timeless treasure set in a landscape which twinkles with natural beauty. With many wonderful holiday events to enjoy and a very special rate you can leave the everyday behind to create new memories you'll cherish forever.We look forward to seeing you before we close for the season on January 1, 2015!
Come home to Lake Crescent Lodge for the holidays.  Upcoming!Thanksgiving Day Buffet November 27th, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM Thanksgiving continues our tradition of hosting special holiday feasts because this is where families have gathered for generations to share a moment of gratitude. Reservations required: 360-928-3211Lighting of Lake Crescent November 29th Celebrate the official start of the holiday season, the Lighting of Lake Crescent Lodge! Carolers, festive drinks & holiday delights and a visit from Santa. Bring a toy or food donation to support Toys for Tots or the Port Angeles Food Bank. Free to the public.
Teddy Bear Teas Saturdays through December 27thLighting of Lake Crescent November 29th Christmas Eve Buffet December 24th New Year's Eve Gala December 31st Thanksgiving Day Buffet November 27th Sundays with Santa December 7th, 14th, & 21st Christmas Day Brunch December 25th New Year's Day Brunch January 1st

 

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Lullaby Winery

Crafting Artisan Wines in Port Townsend! All the grapes are in, and a few tanks and barrels are finishing fermenting.  What a great vintage! November already, and with the Holidays just around the corner, the tasting room and gift shop will be open every weekend from 11am to 4pm, or by appointment On Thursday November 20th, Virginie will be at Blondie’s Small Plate in Sequim,WA featuring her wines from 5pm to 8pm.  

Wind Rose Cellars

The Best Nightlife in Sequim!

We just released two new wines. 2013 Malbec fruit driven Argentinian style of Malbec. Aged 10 months in French oak. Delicious on its own or great with beef dishes. 2011 Nebbiolo. Very rare treat for Washington. Two years in French oak 1 year in the bottle. Only 50 cases produced. Join us for the Harvest Wine Tour all wines 15% off during the Nov 8-9th. Live music Wednesday - Saturday. Thanksgiving Specials: Come in and taste some award winning wines 15% off wines the week of Thanksgiving. New Hours: Mon & Wed 3-8 Thur& Friday 3-9 Saturday 1-9 Sunday 2-5 Chocolate Tasting - Dec 3rd, 4-6pm Taste 5 award winning wines paired with delicious chocolate from Yvonne’s Chocolates. $5 tasting fee New Wine Releases - Dec 6th Hunter's Red Delicious blend of Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon. Cheese Tasting - Dec 10th, 4-6pm Taste 5 wines paired with delicious cheeses from Mt Townsend Creamery $5 tasting fee Ugly Sweater Party - Dec 20th Win Prize for ugliest sweater $1 off all WBG/BEER for wearing an ugly sweater New Year’s Eve Bash - Join us as we toast in the New Year.

 

Alderbrook Resort & Spa

Wednesdays in November: Dungeness Crab BBQ Located at our Cottage BBQ from 5-6PM, complimentary to overnight guests Taste Dungeness crab straight out of the Canal while our Culinary Team demonstrates the proper way to prepare and serve this Hood Canal treat. -          Thanksgiving Dinner- For a truly memorable Thanksgiving, celebrate the special holiday Alderbrook Resort & Spa on Thursday, Nov. 27. The award winning culinary team will prepare a delicious feast which guests can enjoy alongside friends and family. Space is limited and reservations are required. Please see here for menu and pricing. -          Tree Lighting Ceremony- Aboard the Lady Alderbrook yacht, Santa Claus along with Mrs. Claus sail to Hood Canal to light up the Holiday. Watch as the jolly man in the red suit ceremoniously kicks-off a ‘Winter Wonderland’ by flipping the switch on more than ten miles of lights adorning the Resort – including a 35-foot holiday tree and an oversized gingerbread house! Take part in the fun on Friday, Nov. 28 and enjoy complimentary hot cocoa, photos with Santa and a spectacular fireworks show. -          Cocoa Cruises and Family Photos with Santa Claus- Beginning the weekend after Thanksgiving, Santa Claus will be at the Resort each Saturday and Sunday to ring in the holiday season with family friendly activities. Every Saturday and Sundaybeginning Nov. 29 until Dec. 21, guests and non-guests are invited to take photos with Santa Claus from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., with suggested donations for the photos going to a local charity. In addition, the Lady Alderbrook yacht will take to the waters of the Hood Canal for festive cruises each Saturday and Sunday complete with a no-host bar and complimentary cookies. Join Santa on the yacht on Saturdays from 2:30-4:00 p.m. and local festive carolers on the yacht on Sundays from 2:30-4:00 p.m. Both amenities are open to both guests and non-guests. Space is limited and reservations are strongly advised; $10.00 for children, $15.00 for seniors, $20.00 for adults. Please contact us at 360.898.2145 for advanced reservations. -          Christmas Brunch and Dinner- Celebrate Christmas with a festive brunch or dinner crafted by the award winning culinary team at The Restaurant at Alderbrook. Ranging from eggs benedict to a traditional carving station for brunch, to slow roasted Prime Rib and locally sourced seafood specialties for dinner, guests will be treated to a memorable dining experience. Space is limited and reservations are required. Please contact our Restaurant at 360.898.5500 for reservations. -          New Year’s Eve, 80’s Style- Flash back to the 80′s in style at Alderbrook’s annual New Year’s Eve bash. Enjoy a delightful New Year’s Eve dinner in our Restaurant followed by an evening of music, dancing, costumes and prizes! The New Year’s Eve celebration is complimentary for Resort guests and $10 for non-hotel guests.
George Washington Inn is hosting a Christmas Tea on Saturday, December 13

Christmas Tea

Take a break from the busyness of the Thanksgiving and Christmas season and enjoy a special holiday Afternoon Tea on the enclosed oceanfront piazza at George Washington Inn. Get an inside look at the festive decor of the Inn and take advantage of a special discount in the lavender gift shop on the day of the event. Cost is only $33.95 per person. Menu will include a three-tiered assortment of traditional finger sandwiches, holiday desserts, fruits, and more - with a hint of lavender on each tier - plus your choice of tea, coffee, cocoa, or hot cider.  For more information call 360-452-5207  

Holiday Specific awesome events coming up at Cellar Door include:

  • Thanksgiving bluegrass show w/ Jack Dwyer & Friends - November 28th @ 8:00pm, no cover!
  • Vintage Christmas show featuring Kevin Mason - December 13th @ 7:00pm, $10 advance (reservations reccomended!)
  • Christmas jazz night with Val James & Friends - December 23rd @ 6:00pm, no cover and all ages!
Also, we've released our new winter menus for cocktails and food - highlights of the cocktail menu include "Turnip The Beat," which features beet-infused vodka, ginger simple syrup, lemon and Barenjager honey liquor, or a classic hot buttered rum w/ an optional bacon-washed rum.


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Finnriver Farm & Cidery  December, 2014
Holiday Open House * Hot Spirited Ginger Toddy Recipe * Cider Mustard & Hot Pretzels *  Delicata Squash Special * Cranberry Rosehip Seasonal Cider Release
Enjoy Good Cheer & Good Cheese at 
Finnriver's Holiday Open House
Sunday, December 14th * 12:00-4:00pm
Bundle up, come out to the farm and enjoy a winter afternoon on the land!
Special tastings of Mt Townsend Creamery's winter-only,
limited release cider-washed cheese.
"Holiday Cheer" is a washed-rind, camembert-style cheese,
made in small batches, and hand-washed with Finnriver's artisan hard cider.
This delightful "holiday cheer" cheese is available in the Seattle area exclusively at Whole Foods stores, but you can sample and purchase it here at
our Holiday Open House.
You can also enjoy a wood-fire warmed, fresh baked soft pretzel by Bob's Bagels with his memorable and marvelous Finnriver cider mustard.  A tasty, tangy treat!
Cider and wine will be on sale and other locally made gift items available.

EXCLUSIVE TO OUR VALUED OLYMPIC CULINARY LOOP FRIENDS -
A BLUFF CABIN OFFER
Dear OCL Fan,You know that our Bluff Cabins, with gorgeous ocean views, are typically the first rooms booked and the hardest to reserve. For a limited time only, we are offering an amazing special for these highly sought-after Bluff Cabins.Stay for two nights or more in one of our coveted Bluff Cabins, and save up to 20%, now through June 13, 2015.* or Call (866) 662-9969 and mention promo code:BLUFF4MEOR, stay in one of our cozy Kalaloch Cabins now through June 13, 2015 starting at only $99 per night mid-week. Join us for the week-ends for rates as low as $109 with a two night minimum stay.** or Call (866) 662-9969 and mention promo code:CABINFOR99

 Ocean Crest Resort

"We are proud to present our Walter Dacon Winemaker Dinner" This is a very special event for us because of the relationship that we have with the Andersons, and because this is the first Wine Maker Dinner since our tragic fire.  Come and celebrate with us as Executive Chef Coty Macdonald expertly pairs his culinary creations with some of the best wines in the Pacific Northwest. We will be able to seat up to 48 people for this event.  Guests may be seated at Social Tables in order to accommodate everybody. Larger parties may need to be seated at separate tables, but every effort will be made to keep the members of your party close to one another.

Winemaker's Dinner at Ocean Crest Resort

Please join Lloyd & Ann Anderson for an intimate dinner with perfectly paired gourmet selections.
 
This is a Ticketed Event.  You can purchase your tickets HERE.

The menu:

Scallop Crudo - Champagne and vanilla bean vinaigrette, grape, mint, chili paired with 2013 Skookum White (Pinot Grigio) Beet and Pear Salad - Roasted beet, poached pear, candied walnuts, roquefort cheese, bitter greens paired with 2009 GSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre) Little Birds - Duck and foie gras terrine, roasted quail, huckleberry gastrique paired with 2009 C'est Syrah Belle Smoked Lamb - Lamb loin, roasted fig, jerusalem artichoke puree, potato pave', brussels sprout paired with 2009 C'est Syrah Beaux Moelleux au chocolate - Cinnamon pink peppercorn ice cream, cherry coulis, veloute' of chocolate paired with 2010 Vin a Dessert Executive Chef Coty McDonald  

Westport Winery

"Filled with harmonious connections to the sea,  Westport Winery is a coast traveler's dream" Every Sunday in November Westport Winery celebrates the holidays with their Cranberry Country Christmas Festival. Live music from 12-4, wine tasting 11-6, lunch in the restaurant from 11-4, and a Backstage Winemaker's tour at 1pm. Visit the most incredible new public gardens in Washington. The gardens are on-leash pet-friendly, plus the winery has the first off-leash dog park at a winery in the United States. All ages welcome.
 

Lake Quinault Lodge

Thanksgiving Day Activities and Dinner Thursday, November 2th 9:30am - 7:00pm Join us for this truly magnificent Thanksgiving day which has become a Lake Quinault Lodge tradition. Executive Chef Bradley Harris and Chef du Cuisine Justin Kronen will tempt your taste buds with a splendid spread of dishes. Reservations required: 360-288-2900 www.olympicnationalparks.com
 

Ajax Cafe

Best Wishes for a Happy and Merry Thanksgiving! On behalf of all our crew we are thankful for all you, our loyal customers. We will be closed November 27th to spend time with our families and decorate for the holidays. We wish you all a wonderful time with your family and friends.

We look forward to seeing you soon !

 Sincerely,
Kristan McCary
Ajax Cafe
 

Dockside Grill at John Wayne Marina

"Happy Thanksgiving to all!"
Happy hour is  from 4 to 6 pm with discounted cocktails, wine and beer and $2 off our regular appetizer menu! We are offering local Jamestown Gold Oysters and entrees with fresh Chanterelle Mushrooms ,Fresh local Salmon local Twin Peaks draft beer, Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout, Whidbey Island Distillery Liqueurs (Loganberry, Raspberry and Blackberry) made with Graysmarsh Farms organic fruit...too much to mention! In our Pelican Room, you can watch football/sports while you enjoy our delicious regular menu, as well as our Pelican Room Fresh sheet which offers chicken wings, sliders of the day, and more!
We will be closed on November 27, Thanksgiving Day.
Hours 1130 to 9 pm
 

New Owners have big plans for Olympic Cellars

Restaurant, brewery on the horizon On Friday, Nov. 7, the Martin’s will host their first winery event kicking-off the Olympic Peninsula Wineries’ annual  Fall Harvest Tour, which will take place on Saturday, Nov. 8 and Sunday, Nov. 9 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Friday festivities at Olympic Cellars include an evening of Jazz in the Cellar featuring local jazz artists and appetizers from Bella Italia. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the music begins at 7 p.m. This will be a special, intimate evening with only 50 tickets available. Tickets are $25 and available online.   Appetizers are included with the ticket price, and wine will be available for purchase. The winery’s new outdoor light display will illuminate the November sky, and ward off dark, gloomy evenings from Nov. 7 until Red Wine & Chocolate in February. Head to Olympic Cellars in November and meet the Martins!  Find out more about Olympic Cellars and its upcoming events by visiting the winery’s website, or by calling 360-452-0160.

Nash's Farm Store

Real Food from the ground up The harvests are rolling off the fields and Nash's carrots are in their prime! We have our full array of veggies at most of our Farmers Markets now (Port Angeles, Port Townsend, Poulsbo, U-District, Ballard and new this year--Capitol Hill!) while other markets (Sequim and Kingston) have closed for the season.
Coming up at Nash's Farm Store (4681 Sequim-Dungeness Way in Dungeness) are two great cooking demos to get your mouth watering for the holidays.

Art of Pie at Nash's

Back by popular demand, Kate McDermott of The Art of The Pie will present a pie-making demonstration on Thursday, November 13, at 10 am, at Nash’s Farm Store, 4681 Sequim-Dungeness Way in Dungeness. McDermott will focus on gluten-free pie crusts and will feature a pear/apple/walnut pie filling. The presentation is free and open to the public.  McDermott became interested in baking as a child, but in 2005, her interest became a passion and she devoted two years to learn what she calls “the craft of crust.” Today, she travels the country and the world giving classes on pie-making, and she has been featured in such media as the New York Times, USA Today, Seattle Magazine, Washington Post, and KING 5 TV, among many others.

 

Michael’s Seafood and Steakhouse

"Escape to the ultimate dinning exerience"

This November, Michael’s will be featuring two wine dinners.  The first event will be with Camaraderie Cellars on November 6th.  On November 19th there will be another dinner showcasing Olympic Cellars.  Chef Wallace will be pairing a variety of wine from these local cellars with local wild caught seafood, free-range meats, and organic produce.  You won’t want to miss either of these five course meals.  Contact us as soon as possible for menu details and pricing as there will be a limited availability of tickets.

 

Olympic Peninsula Wineries'

Harvest Wine Tour, November 8th & 9th, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m Eight artisan wineries located in the Peninsula towns of Chimacum, Marrowstone Island, Port Townsend, Sequim and Port Angeles.  “Fall is spectacular on the Olympic Peninsula,” says Wineries Association President Vicki Corson. “The Harvest Tour Weekend is a great opportunity to get away, taste some fantastic new wines and discover delicious new pairings for your holiday table.”  Visitors can take a photo with their favorite of the “wine scarecrows” that greet them at each venue, enjoy an evening of jazz music and more! Ticket and glass package entitles you to a special commemorative wine glass, complimentary wine tasting at all eight OPW Wineries. Tickets are available online for $25 plus service fees (until 11/7/12 at noon)

Laurelwood Brewers Dinner Wednesday, November 19th @ 6pm Openings are still available.  Call to reserve a spot 379-1100 Fun evenings filled with good beer, good food, and good people. $36/person (tax included) includes meal, beer, souvenir glass, and a good time.
Roses Pawn Shop will be returning to Sirens December 5th, a staff favorite, mark it on your Calendar.

SIRENS 20YR ANNIVERSARY this New Years Eve and its gonna be a party!!
Both Sirens Pub and Alchemy Bistro and Wine Bar will be open all day on Thanksgiving and Christmas. 
Alchemy is now taking reservations for both days.

OLYMPIC CELLARS WINERY - FOUR COURSE WINE DINNER

Christmas Eve Eve • Tuesday, December 23rd 2 Seatings @ 5:00 and 7:30 4 courses, 4 wines - $55. person Resverations 360-683-4321
SPECIAL SALAD Local Jonagold apple, MT Townsend Creamery Truffle Stack, Crouton, Taylor Farms Organic Mixed Greens, Champagne Vinaigrette Sparkling Riesling 2013 WINTER EMPANADA* Winter Squash, Nash’s leeks, Pork Sausage, Provolone, Puff Pastry Lady of the Lake Pinot Grigio 2013 LAMB ROULADE* Braised Elwha Farms Lamb Roulade, Nash’s Leeks, Wine-soaked Raisins, Rosemary & Capers, Organic Mashed Potatoes, Sautéed Greens Cabernet Franc 2009 DARK CHOCOLATE PANNA COTTA served with Whipped Cream & Satsuma Sailing Moon Ruby Dessert Wine *Vegetarian Options available! Please Inquire!   _________________
Holiday Wine Dinner Wednesday November 12!
Five Course Tasting Menu Wednesday, November 12h *Time 5:30 & 7:30 PM$65 / person (Tables of 4 or more receive $5 discount/person) Please RSVP 360-683-4321 ~ Vouvray Brut Sparkling, FranceGrilled OctopusCorona Beans, Piquillo Peppers, Black Aioli~"Jurassique" Chenin Blanc Cuvee, Du Pas St Martin Saumur Blanc, 2011Bitter Sweet SaladPear, Pistachio Vinaigrette, Pecorino Toscano, River Run Red Endive & Chicory~ "Le P'tit Blanc" Pinot Gris & Chardonnay, Clos du Tue-Boeuf, 2013 Wild Mushroom & Squash Bread PuddingPorcini, Cauliflower, Puffball, & Chanterelle mushrooms, Johnston Farms Pumpkin, Leeks, Sage, Focaccia~ "Rubesto" Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Riserva, 2009CASSOULET!House Duck Confit, Nash's Legumes, Pork Sausage, House Smoked Pork Jowl~ Teroldego, Elisabetta Foradori, 2011 (Clone cousin of Syrah)Inside Out Apple CrispBaked Apple & Oat Crumble, Salted Cider Caramel~ Loupiac (Botrytis Semillon & Sauvignon Blanc), 2010
Alder Wood bistro's Holiday Schedule:
Closed Thanksgiving Day Thursday, Novemeber 27th & Closed Christmas Day, Thursday December 25th

Don't feel like cooking this Thanksgiving? Join us for our Thanksgiving Buffet! Call now for reservations! 360-457-0427
 

Yes Kokopelli Grill will once again be opened Christmas day. Hours are between 2pm and 8pm. Limited Menu, their staff on Christmas is voluntary only (no lumps of coal in their tip please!) Reservations are required (360) 457-6040.

Fall Focus on a FULL Harvest of Happenings around the LOOP

Fall is in the air!  Love this vote for a new Crayola color: October!OctFavColor1374299_10151910809109140_1716309387_n Besides drinking in the fall colors here's a quick trip of what's happening around the LOOP! As you'll see there's PLENTY to eat, see and do!  Enjoy!  

 Elevated Ice Cream Co. & Candy Shop

October 8 - Hope to see you here for NY pastry chef, Fran Costigan's booksigning of Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically luscious and decadent dairy-free desserts. She'll be here Wed., Oct. 8, 4:30-6:30 pm in the Candy Shop, 631 Water Street.
Photo: Hope to see you here for NY pastry chef, Fran Costigan's booksigning of Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically luscious and decadent dairy-free desserts. She'll be here Wed., Oct. 8, 4:30-6:30 pm in the Candy Shop, 631 Water Street.

yummm... Seafood Sauce! Take home our new locally sourced and locally made Crab Festival Seafood Cocktail Sauce - 12oz Bottle $9 Try a sample at the Clallam Canning Co booth #37
Photo: yummm...  Seafood Sauce!<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
Take home our new locally sourced and locally made<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
Crab Festival Seafood Cocktail Sauce - 12oz Bottle $9<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
Try a sample at the Clallam Canning Co booth #37
Hot off the Crab pot! Updated Cooking Demo line-up for this weekendsDungeness Crab & Seafood Festival. OCL is drooling to emcee this great line-up: SATURDAY
12:30: Cynthia Nims (cooking consultant and author ). Her demo is green goddess crab salad and shaved fennel with crab and oranges 1:30: Chef Steven Van Zelfden (Lake Crescent Lodge) 2:30: Bill Ranniger (executive chef Dukes Chowder House, Seattle) his demo is Dukes award winning clam chowder 3:30 John Moeller ( The White House Chef from Lancaster, Pa.) his demo is grilled shiitake mushrooms with Dungeness crabmeat and herbs and a roasted red pepper sauce.
SUNDAY 12pm: Bill Ranniger (Dukes Chowder House) his demo is Dungeness un-crab cakes. 1pm: Chef Tom (Nourish in Sequim) his demo is breaking down a fish, start to finish 2pm: John Moeller (White House chef) his demo is a weathervane scallop dish plus a salmon dish 3:30: Chef Josh Barr (Sous chef, Kokopelli ): his demo is Spanish Mushroom Omelet bites plus a Northwest bounty with a Spanish flaire.
 
 

  Finnriver

Celebrate the fruits of Autumn at Finnriver's World Apple Day festival. Sunday 10/12, 12-6pm. Live music, country dancers, caramel apples, orchard tours, apple pizza and more!

  Olympic Culinary Loop

October 21, Noon to 1:30PM
Everyone is invited to dine on a combo of wonderful food and great conversation at OCL's October 21 "Lunch & Learn". Early Bird sign-up savings end soon. So sign-up today!
Hello OCL friends and fans, You are invited to the following event: HARVESTING DELICIOUS BUSINESS ALL YEAR LONG
Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (PDT)Alchemy Wine Bar 842 Washington St Port Townsend, WA 98368
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 Westport Brewing Co

QUART GROWLER BLOWOUT!!!!!Now every Tues, Wed, and Thurs, get 3 stamps on your Growler Club Card when you buy and fill 2 quart growlers!*Quart growlers are 2 full pints, perfect for that simple drink after work, or share a pint with a friend! They also act as great water bottles when not filled with beer! They tend to hold their carbonation better then 1/2 gals and their compact size fits more easily in coolers and trailer fridges!

  Wishkah River Distillery

Humptoberfest - October 25, 3 - 11 PM

  Ocean Crest Resort

We are in fall menu development, and these Sunchokes (aka Jerusalem Artichokes) are most likely being paired with sea scallop. Yum!

  Kalaloch Lodge

The main lodge holds much of the Kalaloch Lodge history, like this painting above the fire place. Next time you come in take a second check it out, its one of our favorite's.
 

October 16 
 "Small Vineyards -  A Taste of Toscana Italia" Wine Dinner

 Quinault Beach Resort and Casino

October 11, 2PM - 9PM

  Camaraderie Cellars

October 17-18-19
Camaraderie Cellars has commissioned a play! "Vignettes" will make its debut the weekend of October 17-18-19 at the Port Angeles Community Playhouse, 1235 E. Lauridsen. This delightful comedy, written by our friend Rebecca Redshaw, showcases how wine shared with family and friends can be a connection and support through life's ups and downs. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Port Book & News, BrownPaperTickets.com, and at the winery. Hope to see you!

  Wind Rose Cellars

October 13, 20, 27
New Monday Happy Hours: 4-6pm. What's the DEAL? $2 off glass pours and $2 off our tasty flatbreads and paninis. Come on it!  
 

  Alpenfire Cider

Alex and Michael putting the last bottling of Glow for 2013 and the first bottling of our Champagne style, yet to be named, very limited release (444 bottles) rose' champagne, into stillage bins for slow bottle conditioning.                              
 

  Kitsap Tours

 Happy fall!

  Jefferson County Farmers Market

October  12, noon - 2PM
Brother Townsend is rocking the market from 12-2 on Saturday. Meredith and friends are opening 10-12.
 

  Nash's Organic Produce

Jay has been busy planting cover crop seed and putting fields to bed for the winter ahead. In these pics, he is loading up the seeder with a blend of our farm-grown Diana Fava Beans, Triticale and Vetch. Crop rotations and cover cropping techniques improve the long term health of the soil we steward!                    

  Stottle Winery

2014 Stottle Harvest! Filled 40% new French oak barrels with 2014 6Prong Malbec and Marcella Merlot today. Another beautiful fall day!

   Taylor Shellfish Farms

Time to eat some oysters! Make your way to one of our locations. Seattle: Melrose Market on Capital Hill, Republican St. on Lower Queen Anne and Occidental St near Pioneer Square. Shelton: Xinh's. Retail Market locations: Lynch Rd, Shelton, Chuckanut Drive, Bow and Fanny Bay on Vancouver Island, BC.

  Sirens Pub

Sirens Seafood Bar's fresh and hot pots of our local bounty from the water. Truly an experience!
SIRENS 12 shirts are in!! $22 come and get yours while they last. Wear yours to watch the game here and get Happy Hour prices on your drinks.

  Kokopelli Grill

November 2, 4-7PM
Fall Wine Dinner is here. Sunday November 2nd. 4 to 7pm. Spanish themed with 7 courses and 9 wines. This event is pre-paid. Call the restaurant for tickets.

  Red Lion Hotel Port Angeles Crab House

Check out our fantastic daily specials!!! We've got somethin' for everyone each day of the week! What's YOUR day?? (some restrictions may apply -- please ask your server for details...)                              
 

  The Resort at Port Ludlow

October 24, 6PM
We are pleased to announce our upcoming Brewmasters Dinner, featuring Hood Canal Brewery and CB Nuts. Join us on October 24th for an evening of fantastic food and delicious beer. Make your reservations today, space is limited! http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/852680

  Alderbrook Resort and Spa

Every Thursday in October from 4:30-6PM, guests and community members can learn how to forage for and cook wild mushrooms! Complimentary to hotel guests, $10 for non-hotel guests, RSVP not required

  Blondies Plate

October 9
This Thursday Blondie’s will be is hosting its weekly flight night. This week Darci will be pouring wines from Zerba Cellars, the 2011 Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year. The flight will include Zerba’s Barbera, Cabernet Franc, and a Malbec. So please join us this Thursday and enjoy some of these fantastic wines! Cheers!
 Tonight we have Nash's Organic Rainbow Chard, sauteed in Olive Oil & Garlic, with Goat Cheese, Toasted Pumpkin Seeds & Balsamic Drizzle.......yes please!

  next door gastropub

Hawk Pocket!! Homemade Painted Hills Natural Beef meatballs + house marinara sauce + mt Townsend cheese curds in a flatbread pocket!!

  Tinderbox Coffee Roasters

Get your self a Caramel Banana Bread latte! Its especially awesome with white coffee! $3.50/16oz
 Throwback Thursday presents you with . . . Pumpkin Spice Latte, $3.50/16oz! Make it a Great White Pumpkin (add white chocolate and caramel) for $.50 more. Decadence! Have a marvelous day.

  Nourish Sequim

Goulash special today...try it with a pint of Kolsch from Our local Fathom & League Hop Yard Brewery yum! German specials all week for Oktoberfest
 

 Hama Hama Oysters

Fall is the wonderful around these parts. Oysters are firming up, water is cooling off, warm days, frosty nights and savory fungi fruiting in those hills — at Hood Canal.

  Ravenscroft Inn

Fall is the perfect time to explore mountain biking opportunities in Port Townsend. We have the closed roads of Fort Worden, varied levels of trails at Anderson Lake, Gibbs Lake, the Larry Scott trail with many single-track side trails. Enjoy the crisp air all day then pamper yourself back at the Inn.

  Cellar Door

Officially switching to winter jazz hits as of today! Come catch electric blue sun six to nine! Always free!
Also, we release our barrel aged rye negroni! It's pretty boss.

  Michael's Fresh Northwest Seafood & Steakhouse

October 17-18  - Mushroom Fest
If you fancy yourself a connoisseur of mushrooms, then you wont want to miss this fantastic fungi feast!  There will be Chanterelles, Porcinis, Lobser mushrooms, Oyster mushrooms, Criminis, Cauliflower mushrooms, Shiitake, "Chicken of the woods," Hedgehogs, and Lion Manes.
Reservations are strongly recommended

  Cafe' New Day

Take a trip with us to the southern side of our continent: Introducing Cafe New Day's Mexican inspired specials!Available only for a limited time, these dishes are sure to please:
 

Fireside Restaurant's Farm Dinner Series

Since Fireside's Chef Dan Ratigan uses local farms' products, it was logical to start a Farm to Table Dinner Series where each evening is focused on specific farms and what they produce. Two dinners are left in this series. The first takes place at Finnriver Farm and Cidery where they grow, ferment and create traditional ciders, contemporary hard ciders and fruit-based brandy and port-style wines. The second takes place at Fireside with Red Dog Farm, 23 certified organic acres of 150 varieties of vegetable and berries. Mystery Bay cheeses will share the spotlight at this dinner. Farmers will be on hand to talk about their farms as you savor Chef Dan's six-course farm-specific menu.

The Fireside Restaurant is located inside the Resort at Port Ludlow on the Olympic Peninsula, just a few minutes past the Hood Canal Bridge. The Finnriver dinner takes place on August 29 and Red Dog on September 19. Both start at 6 p.m. Cost is $59 for each, with optional wine pairings for $25 per person. Reserve your spot by buying tickets atwww.brownpapertickets.com/event/620065 for Finnriver and www.brownpapertickets.com/event/617058 for Red Dog. Questions? Call Port Ludlow Resort at 360-437-7412. www.portludlowresort.com

Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival

If it takes more than the festival name to grab you, you're not a true Northwesterner! Who can resist sweet Dungeness crab? Or a 9,000 foot tent called Kitsap Bank Crab Central? Especially when it houses an old-fashioned crab feed with whole crabs, fresh corn and cole slaw. Add 15 local and regional restaurants serving crab cakes to Northwest paella to seafood gumbo, along with vegetarian and non-seafood items for real NW folks who don't like seafood. More? Northwest beer and wine, live music, chef demo stage, chowder cook-off, and family-friendly activities. Did we mention admission is free? Go!

The Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival's 13th annual event takes place over three days-Friday-Sunday October 10-12. Hours are Friday 12:30-10 p.m.Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.,Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. It all takes place at the Port Angeles City Pier right on the downtown waterfront.www.crabfestival.org

 

Almond Carrot Cake - Recipe from Nourish Sequim

Our recipe offering is our popular Almond Carrot Cake, which is gluten free and dairy free...although neither are missed at all. Nourish Carrot Cake Nourish AlmondCarrotCake
It is moist and not too sweet.

We like it best when made with Nash's sweet organic carrots.


12 oz of fresh carrots peeled and finely grated
8 oz of pure ground almond meal
6 oz cane sugar
2 free range eggs, lightly beaten
2 tsp baking powder
2oz toasted sliced almonds

Preheat oven to 350F 
Use an 8"or 10" spring form pan, line base with parchment paper

Put carrots and sugar in a bowl, 
mix in almond meal, 
baking powder and combine all.

Add beaten eggs and mix.

Pour into lined cake tin and bake for 45-50 mins until center is firm.
Sprinkle toasted, sliced almonds on the top.


We like to cut the cake into 8 serving slices adding a dollop of fresh whipped cream, 
some grated carrots and our signature decor is a fresh carrot top!

Enjoy
Nourish Sequim
 

Round the LOOP! AMMMazing things cooking in Mason County!

Of the 4 counties comprising the Olympic Culinary Loop. Mason County boasts the most entry points welcoming you on the Olympic Peninsula. So whether you arrive into Mason along the scenic Hood Canal from the North, or off the Seattle-Bremerton Ferry through Belfair, or escape from the concret of Olympia for Olympic Mountains crowing Shelton, Mason County's abundant recreational options are second only to their delicious places to eat and experience Culinary Adventure. Make plans to stay a few days and gobble up all there is to see and taste!

Download onto your phone, or print off at home, or pick-up – just about ANYWHERE – a current copy of the Culinary Adventure Map and get ready to explore as you dine well in Grays Harbor County!

Here’s what’s happening right now at a handful of our most active Mason County OCL members:

 Hama Hama Oysters

New Hama Hama boxes are looking spiffy!  Thanks Tiny Whale and @saltybicycle! (Yes - But we thing what's inside is better!)
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 Little Creek Casino Resort 

Greece going through to the World Cup Round of 16! Time to celebrate  Greek Food Festival: Sample flavors from the Greek Isles including saganaki, assorted dolmades, Greek lamb chops, souvlaki, moussaka, baklavas and much more at Little Creek Casino & Resort. Must be 21 or older to attend.
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 Walter Dacon Wines

Walter Dacon Wines shared a Great Northwest Wine Thank You to Andy Purdue and Eric Degerman!

What are the most outstanding Northwest wines? Here are the 12 best wines from Washington and Oregon that we've tasted recently under blind conditions.

Only the best: 12 Outstanding Northwest wines
www.greatnorthwestwine.com
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 Smoking Mo's

Between World Cup Soccer cheers! Mo and crew are serving up Spooner Farm's Strawberries are at Smoking Mo's!
Try a Summer Solstice Salad while supplies last. Fresh and delicious!
Photo: Spooner Farm's Strawberries are here! Try a Summer Solstice Salad while supplies last. Fresh and delicious!
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 Mosquito Fleet Winery

Mark your calendars for a fun day!! JULY 26 - Mosquito Fleet winery is a sponsor of the Seattle Kitchen Show which will be featured on KIRO radio! Get your tickets before they sell out! www.harborwineandfoodfest.com/tickets
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 Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association

Invites everyone to the ALLYN DAYS SALMON BAKE AND GEODUCK FESTIVAL

JULY 18-20 @ 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM  | Allyn Waterfront Park 18560 E State Route 3 Allyn
  • Friday: Allyn's Got Talent - Youth 21 & younger 5p.
  • Saturday: Festival 10a - 6p, Salmon Bake noon to 6p.
  • Sunday: Festival 11a - 6p, Geoduck & other seafood specialties, Geoduck Gallup 12:30, Oyster shucking contests throughout the day, Danny Vernon "Illusions of Elvis" 4p.

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 Alderbrook Resort and Spa

Invites you to enter to be a contestant in the Alderboork Resort's annual Oyster Eating Contest on July 3rd!
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 Hoodsport Winery

Car Clubs are always welcome at Hoodsport Winery! Over the years they've hosted MANY car clubs that stop by the Winery
We have many car clubs come through and sample wines.
Corvette Club  What a beautiful Corvette!
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Stottle is proud of 6 Seattle Wine Awards! Two Double Golds for: 2011 Roussanne and 2011 Homme (Malbec/Syrah blend). Three Golds on for: 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011 Elerding 6 Prong Syrah, and 2011 Malbec. Silver on our 2011 Merlot. Stop in a taste these winners!
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 Hardware Distillery Co. .

Recently Jan and Chuck "cross pollinated" Hardware Distillery Co. with fellow OCL members at Alpenfire Cidery. They wrote this great blog post about their bee encounters! "When the air at this organic cidery vibrates from bee activity, it's time to rejoice."
This organic cidery actually vibrates | The Hardware Distillery
Recently we visited Nancy and Steve, owners of Alpenfire, an organic cidery due north of our distillery. Their apple trees were in bloom. It was a sunny day... read more!
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Is pleased to announce that they're "Picking up grain on Tuesday! Getting ready to brew a few of the favs!! IPA, Russian Imperial Stout, & Saison! YAY!!! Cheers!"
These new in-house crafted Grove Street brews should be done by the time you read this. Drop in for a tasting - and a burger too! - Yum!
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 Farm at Water's Edge - Pacific Northwest Salmon Center

Sometimes its more than just Salmon! U-Pick is now OPEN! The Salmon Center's U-Pick is open Monday through Friday from 8 to 4. We'll also be open this Saturday from 11 to 3. Come and get your organic garlic, peas, and strawberries while they last!
Photo: U-Pick is now OPEN!</p><br /><br /><br />
<p>The Salmon Center's U-Pick is open Monday through Friday from 8 to 4. We'll also be open this Saturday from 11 to 3. Come and get your organic garlic, peas, and strawberries while they last!
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"So much is happening in Indian County this weekend! Fire works stands open at Squaxin, located just past the Little Creek Casino Resort & RV PARK in the parking lot on highway 108. (If you're located near a different tribe, their stands are opening too!)"Canoe families are busily gearing up for the journey to Bella Bella. Check out the BC CAN maps. This First Nation is "way up north." The Squaxin Canoe family leaves on Sunday. It's a long trek and many will only be able to participate for short bursts. Some will be gone for 45 days!"
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Kids eating straight out of the garden, no mascot or toys required.
Dirt Candy

Dirt Candy

My favorite part of the farm owners’ retreat was watching all the kids in this community play outside all day long and into the night.  I’m old enough to remember a time when we did that as children even in… Read More!

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 Ila's Foods

Is looking forward to being at Lost Mountain Lavender in a couple weeks. So beautiful and serene. Come join us!
Sequim Lavender Farms - We are Sequim Lavender™ www.SequimLavender.org
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Mother's Day Bounty all Around the LOOP

Spring is here! And with Mother's Day this month, (hint-hint May 11!), don't miss the opportunity to celebrate Mom as discover delicious dining specials.
The Olympic Culinary Loop is pleased to highlight an ever GROWING list of members cooking up something extra special for this Mother's Day. (Note: Advance reservations are strongly encouraged as many of these drool-worthy banquets will sell-out fast!)

  Rediviva

Join us for our special Mother's Day -Three Course Brunch- at Rediviva! Reservations are strongly suggested, and available atwww.redivivarestaurant.com If you haven't been to one of our rare Rediviva brunch events yet, you're missing something pretty special! Make your reservations before it books up!
Join us for our special Mother's Day -Three Course Brunch- at Rediviva! Reservations are strongly suggested, and available at www.redivivarestaurant.com </p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>If you haven't been to one of our rare Rediviva brunch events yet, you're missing something pretty special! Make your reservations before it books up!

  Kokopelli Grill

It's almost Mother's Day and we have a special Brunch planned. Brunch begins at 10 am to 3pm. Dinner begins at 4pm. Reservations recommended. Also our Winemaker Dinner is almost sold out. We will close the restaurant on Sunday the 18th for this event. Cheers from Candy and Michael
Kokopelli Grill's photo.
Kokopelli Grill's photo.

  Finnriver

We're celebrating Sunday, May 11th with a Mother's Day Cider Brunch at the Bad Habit Room! 9am-2pm. Bad Habit Room will be serving their delicious brunch menu paired with our craft ciders, sparkling Champagne-style cider and custom cider cocktails. All are welcome!

   The Resort at Port Ludlow

Spoil mom with brunch at The Fireside this Mother's Day! Our blog has a recap of our Easter brunch so you can see what delicious treats will be on the menu! http://bit.ly/1mvO1ov Reservations available by calling 360.437.7412   Brunch is served! Need a LAST minute gift for mom? We can help! Gift certificates can be bought for The Inn and/or Golf Course at the front desks of both. Spoil mom with a round of golf or a dinner at The Fireside.
Photo: Brunch is served! #fresh #easter #delicious

Bon Appetit Fort Worden - THE COMMONS

SUNDAY BRUNCH ON MOTHER’S DAY
May 11 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm | $21.95

Join us for Sunday Brunch this Mother’s Day and enjoy an abundance of local, fresh and sustainable goods. Carving station herb crusted Cape Cleare salmon with morel mushrooms, leeks and tarragon smoked pit ham with plum chutney Omelet station made to order omelets with baby shrimp, onions, peppers, ham, avocado, tomato, blue cheese, pepperjack, Tillamook and more!

  Farm's Reach Cafe

Sunday for Mother's Day we are offering a special limited menu. All mamas get a flower with their breakfast!
Limited menu includes: Piece of quiche made with Spring Rain eggs, side of potatoes, fresh cut fruit salad and your choice of orange juice or coffee for $13. (For those that are gluten free we are offering a veggie egg scramble.) Can't wait to see you all!

  Westport Winery

Lots of Mother's Day baskets available at Westport Winery. All under $39. Wine club members receive a 10% discount on all plants. Remember we also have tons of individual plants and potting soil if you want to make your own creation. Lots of luscious baskets and pretty plants in the nursery for Mother's Day. If you'd rather get her wine, cider, scarves or a gift basket we always gift wrap for free at Westport Winery.

  The Lodges of Olympic National Park and Forest

Sunday, May 11, 2014 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Lake Crescent Lodge Your Mother’s Day tradition starts here, on the shores of beautiful Lake Crescent! Indulge in a relaxed atmosphere where you and your special guest of honor, your mother, can enjoy creative Pacific Northwest fare at our scrumptious Mother`s Day Brunch. When: May 11, 2014 from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Where: Lake Crescent Lodge Starting May 2, call for reservations: 360.928.3211

  Smoking Mo's

Have you made your reservations for Mother's Day yet??? We still have room. Buffet served 11am-3pm. Call soon (360) 462-0163.

  Blondies Plate

Bring the mom in your life to Blondie's Plate for Mother's Day dinner! We have some spectacular specials including Halibut, Rack of Lamb & Filet Mignon!

 Farm's Reach Cafe

Sweet Mother's Day cookies 

 Olympic Cellars Winery

A Gift for Mother’s Day Designed by Moms
You can purchase glasses or cups individually. And, with Mother’s Day just a couple of days from now, we packaged an “ I love you, Mom” gift which includes the following for $19.99.Now You Can Speak coffee mug, How’s Your Day stemless wine glass, & A Glass Heart. Your gift to Mom is all wrapped up and ready to give her a smile.
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Hop to these Delicious Easter Events!

happy_easter_2014-t2The LOOP is Springing full of fresh Easter color and tastes. From big Easter Brunches to super spring specials, you will be a happy Bunny when you hop all over the Olympic Culinary Loop this Easter!        

Fort Worden


 Nourish Sequim


The Resort at Port Ludlow


   Elevated Ice Cream Co. & Candy Shop

Bunny. April 20. Everything you need: Foiled Eggs, Chocolate Rabbits. Chicks.  Petit Fours. Hollow Sugar Eggs. Cellophaned Candies. Jellybeans. And our own Elevated Candy Co. yummy chocolate fudge eggs in four flavors and organic chocolate bunnies in foil. 


    Alderbrook Resort and Spa

Celebrate Easter with a delightful brunch! The Easter Bunny will be making appearances throughout the day-in particular at our Easter egg hunt and family photos!
Brunch will be served from 8AM to 4PM  Family Photos: 11AM-2PM (lobby) Egg Hunt: 1-2PM
Please call our Restaurant at 360.898.5500 for reservations as space is limited. Full Details

  Port Townsend Chocolate Company

Many Bunnies, Chicks and Ducks looking for new homes!! The solid chocolate kind of course. We also have foil wrapped eggs - perfect for baskets or that annual Easter egg hunt. Happy Easter PT!!! Come in and fill your baskets with our artisan chocolates.                              

 Stottle Winery

Looking for something to do this weekend? The Stottle Tasting Room in Hoodsport will be open 11am - 5pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Stottle Winery in Lacey will be open 12-6pm Friday & Saturday. Come join us!  

  Brinnon, Washington: The 'Heart of the Hood'

Bring the kids to your Quilcene Fire Station on Saturday at 2:00pm for an Easter Egg Hunt. Be there a little early so they don't miss out.                              

 Pumpkin Patch Sequim

The 35th Annual Newsradio 1450 KONP Easter Egg Hunt at the Pumpkin Patch Sequim April 19th registration at 8:30am Kids under 8 years old Over 4,000 eggs!! Lots of Toys and Prizes!  Harbinger Winery Easter Egg Hunt tonight at Harbinger! Come join the fun from 5-7 and be a kid again! There are prizes in every egg!  

Cooking up Valentine's Love around the LOOP

The excuse to enjoy a great meal is here! Head to the Olympic Culinary Loop to dine in Valentine style this month.  But hurry! Many of the delicious offerings are limited and most require RSVP's. Enjoy these great culinary experiences with someone special!  
 

 7 Cedars Casino

Valentine's Weekend at 7 Cedars
Saturday (2/13) 8:30pm: The Double Down Burlesque Revue Tickets on sale now: $35/person ($25 TR Card)
Saturday (2/13) 4pm-10pm: Sweethearts Buffet Sunday (2/14) 3pm: Paint & Sip - Paint & Drink Wine! All supplies provided. Tickets on sale now: $30/person. Sunday (2/14) 6pm: David West's "Eternally Diamond" - Neil Diamond Tribute No Cover Charge!

We are booked solid for Valentine's Dinner, but there's still tonight, tomorrow and small availability tomorrow night. Be sure to call 360-683-7510 for any spots left.

Thank you all for voting Dockside as #1 Seafood on the Olympic Peninsula! This weekend featuring giant prawns stuffed with Dungeness crab and lemon butter sauce! Simply amazing for your appetizer. Veal Martinique with avocado, Swiss cheese and shallot and sherry demi-glace served with local Red Dog Farms organic roasted celeriac root and sunchokes and garlic pasta tomatoes and Parmesan. AMAZING!!


 Nourish Sequim   

You don't want to miss out on this romance inspired day at Nourish!

Make your reservations now! 797-1480


Blondies Plate

It's Valentine"s weekend and we have reservations still available!! Chef Carlos has put together a phenomenal menu that includes Short Rib, Oysters, Crab Cakes, 32 oz Rib Eye Steak, Banana Leaf wrapped local Steelhead & much more! The desserts are decade and paired with the perfect liquor! 360-683-2233


Wind Rose Cellars

Looking for Love? Wind Rose  might be able to kindle some of that this Saturday night. Join them for some great local talent!
 Visit them during Red Wine & Chocolate Festival!
Live Music Three Fools for Love @windrosecellars - is at Sat Feb 13 at 7:00P - Join us for Valentines day. "Three Fools for Love" is a jazz Trio headed by Linda Dowdell (keyboard), Ted Enderle (bass) , and Ed Donahue (trumpet.)  Sequim WA

One of this Valentine's weekends special desserts. Upside down Cherry Cornmeal Cake with lemon lavender Crème Anglaise
Alder Wood Bistro's photo.

Check out Caveman Cookout that Olympic Nature Experience is hosting tomorrow at the Dungeness Rec Area. Fun for the whole family, and local food too, they'll be roasting sausages fro Pacific Pantry. Good times for a great cause!
 13 FEB - 10 AM · Dungeness Recreation Area, Large Group Campsite

What a terrific week here on the Dungeness Bay- feeling like spring as we mow the field and prune the rose bushes- finally removing that last flower from fall. The sunrises and sunsets are spectacular and the stars amazing. Hey Alaskan friends... if you need to see some green, c'mon down!
'Clearing out fall's trimmings as new growth begins next to the house.'
'Trumpeters enjoying the fresh sprouts of winter wheat.'
'Sunrise over historic Cline barn from the back yard'
'Sun setting on the Dungeness Bay tonight.'

What a wonderful way to say, "I love you...you make my heart soar." than with a hot air balloon ride. Of course, we are having some rain this weekend so how about a "raincheck"? Gift certificates available! We also have a fun time performing weddings from the balloon for those who want something different. Check out our website:www.nwplace.com/msflights.html   for more information on our wedding packages


 
Victor's Lavender's photo.

   George Washington Inn

It's getting close to Tea time! Register for George Washington's Birthday Tea, Feb. 20, on our website!
Come celebrate George Washington's birthday in style at George Washington Inn in Port Angeles, WA. George will join us as we celebrate his 284th birthday on Saturday, February 20th.

Admiralty Distillers New Release Brandies!

Come by the tasting room to sample new Marc Brandy: a delicious barreled version and a very limited quantity from a 2014 Lullaby Viognier which will only be available at the distillery. Plus the Apple eau-de-vie is bottled! We'll be open Feb. 20 and 21 from 12-5 p.m.

  Olympic Cellars Winery

Join us for Red Wine & Chocolate. We are releasing our new White Port made from locally grown Madeleine Angevine grapes. Pair it with Yvonne's white chocolate for a truly decadent treat.
Olympic Cellars Winery's photo.

Happy Valentine's Day!
 Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival's photo.

Valentines is coming up soon. We will be running this menu the whole weekend. Reservations recommended. See you soon
 Add this savings coupon all February long!
Kokopelli Grill's photo.
 
We LOVE Valentine's Day here at Michael's! Along with our regular menu, we'll be offering a special menu for the Feast of Venus on both Saturday, February 13th and Sunday February 14th! Our reservation book is filling up fast for Valentine's Day weekend, so get your reservations in now! 360-417-6929

 Bella Italia Bella Italia Tuesday Tastings #137

Bella's next Tuesday Tasting, That's Amore - Valentine's Wines for Lovers, is all about our shared love...of good wine! On Tuesday, February 9th, 2016, Matt McCleary (Noble Wines Ltd.) will share 5 lovely wines that will complement whatever you have planned for Valentine's Day. These wines represent the best of the best wine regions in Italy...topped off by the incredibly lush Tenuta Sant Antonio Amarone Selez 2011! We'll  have plenty of these Valentine's Wines available for immediate purchase, so that you can share them with your loved one on February 14th...or sooner!
Join us for excellent wines, great food, and good friends!
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  Bedford's Soda's

Don't forget your Bedford's Ginger Beer for your Holiday Moscow Mule's!
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 Camaraderie Cellars

Red Wine & Chocolate event: Feb. 13-14-15-20-21
11 AM to 5 PM Debut of 2013 Tempranillo pairing with the fabulous pulled pork with cocoa spice rub.
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Do you need to send a helpful hint to a certain someone that a romantic weekend at Lake Crescent in one of our charming and historic Roosevelt Fireplace Cabins would be the perfect Valentine's Day gift? Tag them below.... http://bit.ly/1O7daRa
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, these cabins offer a warm and luring fireplace - perfect for settling in and reading a book - and lake or mountain views that are indescribable. All Roosevelt Fireplace Cabins are located along the shores of Lake Crescent
Looking for that perfect Valentine's Day gift? Present your sweetheart with a cozy weekend at Lake Quinault Lodge.
Join us for a special weekend (Feb. 19 & 20) celebrating the local flavors of the Olympic Peninsula within the beautiful surroundings of the historic and grand Lake Quinault Lodge.

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 Ocean Crest Resort

We are preparing the February Fan Special, is anybody planning on coming for Valentine's Day, President's Weekend, or The Chocolate on the Beach Festival?

 

Little Creek Casino Resort

The way to a man's heart is through his stomach... http://ow.ly/Y0woM
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Stottle Winery
Wine & Chocolate at Stottle Winery - this weekend! Saturday & Sunday - Feb. 13th & 14th - 12pm - 5pm. Join us Stottle Winery Tasting Room in Hoodsport for Wine & Chocolate tasting this weekend.
Just $12 for tasting 5 amazing wines and delicious hand made chocolate truffles. Bring your sweetheart, bring a friend, or just treat yourself. More info at: www.stottlewinery.com
   

 The Resort at Port Ludlow

You don't just have to celebrate Valentine's Day on the 14th. Celebrate all month long with weekday specials & packages, every day can be Valentine's Day...
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Thank you Beecher's Cheese for suggesting a great Valentine's Day gift!
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We've decided to give you all an early Valentine's Day gift: pairings of alcohol and cheese! First up is Seastack from Mt. Townsend Creamery,  with the Ginger Honey Wine from Sky River Winery. Your date won't see this move coming.

 Elevated Ice Cream Co. & Candy Shop

Love is in the air.....or maybe it's just the smell of chocolate! Happy Valentines Day!
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 Fort Worden
Join FreddyPink at their upcoming performance of The Queen of Hearts Ball and the addition of two iconic brass musicians to their “Dream Team” horn section—Trumpeter Andy Omdahl and saxophonist Rich Cole.
Presented by Fort Worden and Key City Public Theatre, the Queen of Hearts Balls begins at 7PM on Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Fort Worden Commons. ADVANCE TICKETS are $59. Buy yours today!!! Call 385-KCPT or go online to keycitypublictheatre.org.

Winemaker Dinner at the Ajax Cafe, October 17

Thursday, October 17th at 6:00 "DJP Selections - Taste of Washington" Join us this month for our monthly winemaker dinner as we welcome back Dave Pruwitz & Katy House of DJP Selections.  We will be showcasing some of their terrific limited-production wines from artisan winemaker from Washington.  Also, we are pleased to welcome back Hanako Myers & Marko Colby of Midori Farms, a small certified organic producer and processor farm located at the edge of Port Townsend. Mark you calendar and join us for antoher fun evening? $55 per person Cal l360-385-3450 for Reservations Full Culinary Adventure calendar of events on-line at OlympicCulinaryLoop.com Read about this and other monthly Culinary activities in each issue of the Olympic Culinary Loop "Fresh Sheet"