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Chef Gabriel of Sequim's Alder Wood Bistro has always had a flair for wood-fired Northwest Cuisine. All you have to do is step into his restaurant and smell the YUM!

In his spare time, (insert sarcasm here), Gabriel is building a mobile pizza oven!

The pizza "stones" are so big they needed to be cast into 4 quarter-slabs, and kiln dried at 1000+ degrees Fahrenheit for 2 hours in order to strengthen the refractory concrete.

The pizza oven's dome roof is upcycled from an old propane tank! 

But the creatively doesn't stop there.

With big collaborative thanks to John Pabst of Pacific Pantry for smoking and stuffing the house pepperoni made with Short's grass-fed beef, Nash's pork, star anise, fennel & anise seed and three kinds of chili pepper.

Gabriel and Jessica Schuenemann love creating delicious food for Alder Wood Bistro guests that is grown, raised and prepared with love from members of their community.

Thanks to everyone who helps make the Olympic Culinary Loop and the whole Olympic Peninsula such a delicious place!

They hope to see you soon!

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Ocean Crest Resorts' Jess Owen

Grandma’s Famous Clam Chowder is the dish that put the Ocean Crest on the food map of Washington State.  The Ocean Crest is a family business, which Jess Owen is a part of. As Jess grew up along the coast, he found himself learning and watching the family business. He started helping out in the kitchen at around 10-years-old, learning the ins and outs of what went on at a restaurant.

“When I was 10, I was cooking breakfast for the summer,” Jess said nonchalantly. “When I was 11, I started getting paid and was a prep cook. Over the years I have done just about every position there is, and when needs arose in the kitchen, I would help out.”

The foods Jess creates are simple, yet delicious and full of unique and mouthwatering flavors, like this mixed seafood grill featuring grouper with Citrus Parmesan Butter, Togarashi Ahi with Thai Teriyaki, and Extra Jumbo Prawns with Honey-Sesame Glaze and Kiwi Mango Salsa. Photo courtesy: Ocean Crest Resort

Jess’s culinary masterpieces can be found every day at the Ocean Crest Resort along the North Beach of Grays Harbor. He also participates in many events around the state, including the always amazing and delicious Chocolate on the Beach Festival. Each February (always held the last full weekend in February), 10 miles of chocolate dishes and drinks will stretch from Moclips to Copalis. Highlighted by cocktail throw-downs and chocoholics awards for food dishes – chocolate lovers will find themselves in awe at the amazing concoctions.

Read the rest of this great Grays Harbor Talk story on-line

http://www.graysharbortalk.com/2018/01/12/ocean-crests-jess-owen-mixes-up-local-ingredients-with-global-flare/

Pairing Wine and Food – a Primer for the Holidays

Thanks to the "Working Girls" at Olympic Cellars Winery for this "sip"sational primer on pairing holiday foods and the perfect wine! Just in time for our annual listing of just a few of the many delicious Thanksgiving feasts being prepared all around the LOOP. YUM! If you can’t visit Olympic Cellars, and  all the other OCL member wine and cideries this weekend for the annual Harvest Wine Tour, Olympic Cellars has put together a few suggestions and a three pack wine special to help you on your way.  This party pack of Dungeness White Riesling, Cranberry Jubilee and Dungeness Red is specially priced at $50.00.  Click here to order on-line.

On to the Pairing Principals!

Depending on where you are in your wine journey, the idea of pairing wine to food can be overwhelming.  This is especially true during the holidays when preparing a meal for several guests. Match Acidity with Acidity Acidic white wines, like our Madeleine Angevine have a crisp, citrusy tang. They pair well with any simply prepared shellfish, particularly oysters, but also seafood salad and vinaigrette. Acidic red wines, like our Dungeness Red Lemberger taste like a basket of fresh berries.  The acidity cuts through rich side dishes and doesn’t overpower lighter meats. Dungeness Red is delicious with a classic Thanksgiving Dinner. Offset Spice or Salt with Sweetness A slightly sweet white wine helps to cool spicy dishes.  Our Dungeness White Riesling pairs beautifully with Thai curry. Also, salty food like ham will pair well with a sweeter wine.  Think spiral ham glazed with cranberry orange sauce served with our Cranberry Jubilee. Yumm! Pair Light with Light Pork is a lighter meat, so you want to pair it with a medium bodied red wine.  Our 2014 Zinfandel is perfect with roast pork.  As a side note, Washington State Zinfandel is very different from California Zinfandel, which tends to be big and taste of purple fruits.  Washington Zin tends to be a little lighter and taste of red fruits like raspberries. These are dry red wines – not sweet Zinfandel Rose’ which is referred to as White Zin. Big Flavors with Big Red  Big reds, pair with hearty red meat.  A classic pairing is grilled steak with sautéed mushrooms and a Bordeaux Blend.  Our Winemaker’s Signature pairs beautifully with heartier foods. The tannins help balance the richness of a steak dinner allowing the flavors of the wine to shine. Sweet Wine with Dessert  The sugar in the dessert and the sweetness in the wine will balance.   My Sweet Syrah pairs well with anything chocolate, but pumpkin pie might be better with a fruitier white like our My Sweet Angevine or even Cranberry Jubilee.  Sweet Rose’ wine pairs well with creamy, mild desserts. Give Them What They Want If you know that Aunt Julie only drinks sweet, white wine, don’t bother trying to convince her that she will enjoy a full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon with her Beef Wellington.  It just won’t work for her. Pick up a bottle of something you know she enjoys and don’t wine shame.

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!

Falling into Mushroom Fest!

There are several types of mushrooms found wild in the Northwest and even on the Olympic Peninsula. Locally Chanterelles, King Boletes (Porcini) , Oyster Mushrooms, Morels, Lobster Mushrooms and more are wild harvested. Two great opportunities to learn all about and to taste these seasonal salutes to Fall: [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="343"] Northwest Wild Mushrooms[/caption]

October 13th & 14th - Michael's Fresh Northwest Seafood & Steakhouse 

MUSHROOM FEST MENU

Lobster Mushroom Bisque
Porcini Mushroom Risotto
Chanterelles & Crispy Bacon
Crab Stuffed Crimini Mushrooms
Cauliflower Mushroom Croquettes
Mixed Pate Bruschetta (Chanterelle & Foie Gras Pate)
Matsutake Mushroom Ice Cream

As always Michael's will be pairing these with tasty ciders, wines, beers, and spirits. Reservations encouraged, 360-417-6929.

15th Annual Mushroom Festival 

Friday, October 20, 2017 - Sunday, October 22, 2017

Lake Quinault Lodge
Mingle with experienced mushroom enthusiasts to share the art and science of mushroom collecting. Guest speakers, guided mushroom walks, oyster mushroom kit workshop, forest health, mushroom identification classes and much more!

Mushroom Festival Event Schedule

MUSHROOM FESTIVAL RESERVATIONS

Lake Quinault Lodge - Mushroom Dining Events

Bring an appetite for these delicious Lake Quinault Lodge dining events that are featuring mushrooms for our Mushroom Festival. Please note that these dining events are not included in the Mushroom Festival ticket price.

Breakfast Buffet

The buffet will be featuring mushroom specials in celebration of the Mushroom Festival.

Sip and Savor Your Way Through Grays Harbor

(Note:  This article of Olympic Culinary Loop destinations throughout Grays Harbor County originally ran in the   )
West of Seattle is a region rich in native fish species, heirloom vegetables, and traditional, local foods found only in the Pacific Northwest. With miles of shoreline and acres upon acres of farm and forestland, Washington’s Olympic Peninsula and the Grays Harbor region are a gastronomic haven brimming with restaurants, wineries, markets and farms all stocked with fresh and local foods.
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="696"]Raw oysters, Taylor Shellfish Farms. Raw oysters are a specialty at Taylor Shellfish Farms in Shelton. Photo courtesy of Olympic Culinary Loop.[/caption]

Ocean Crest Resort offers an impressive menu of local fare paired exquisitely with the restaurant’s extensive wine list. Add a view of the ocean crashing against the shore just outside the window, and each sumptuous bite becomes enhanced by the sounds and sights of the region.

Another can’t-miss culinary experience, Shively recommends Grays Harbor visitors visit the Salmon House at the Rain Forest Resort. Shively says the incredible culinary creations featured on the restaurants fresh sheet add to the charming ambiance of the lodge. With outstanding accommodations, divine dining and a national forest all on-site, Shively says Quinault is a must see — and taste — destination.

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Delicious and affordable white wines for summer enjoyment

Congrats to Wind Rose Cellars for getting top listing in this great article by By Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue, highlighting wonderful whites to sip this summer! Great Northwest Wine Make some room in your refrigerator because it’s time to keep a few bottles of delicious Northwest white wine and pink wines on hand. There is nothing quite like a chilled, refreshing glass of wine to enjoy on the back deck after a long, warm day, and we have compiled a list of eight affordable white and rosé wines using Northwest grapes. All of these are priced at $15 and below. We tend to look for wines that offer crisp acidity, which means they are more likely to pair well with a wide variety of dishes. Enjoy these versatile wines with fresh seafood and grilled meats, particularly chicken or pork. Ask for these at your favorite wine merchant or contact the wineries directly. Wind Rose Cellars 2015 Rosato, Yakima Valley, $15: Olympic Peninsula vintner David Volmut’s Italian-themed rosé focuses on fruit from Lonesome Spring Ranch. The blend of Dolcetto and Sangiovese offers an alluring strawberry/rhubarb color with aromas to match, including Rainier cherry, nectarine and a rub of dried herbs. The fluid is refreshing with delicate red fruit flavors akin to raspberry, Rainier cherry and cranberry. (12% alc.) http://www.heraldnet.com/life/delicious-and-affordable-white-wines-for-summer-enjoyment/

“Healthy Ocean Healthy You!” Lift a fork to Get Into Your Sanctuary Day on the Olympic Coast!

unnamedThe Olympic Culinary Loop knows that our delicious Olympic Coast Cuisine has environmental stewards to thank just as much as skilled chefs! Saturday June 25 our NOAA partners with the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary  have a full day of education, adventure and activities planned. All weekend long we'll be featuring Olympic Culinary Loop sustainable dining experiences for to feel as good about the wise sustainable seafood sourcing decisions on your plate as your platelet does about the delicious cuisine being savored! Some of the members you won't want to miss tasting include:   Full Get Into Your Sanctuary details on-line Instagram photo contest! To enter, post a photo by June 29 of yourself on Instagram enjoying one of our national marine sanctuaries, geotag it, and tag it with #VisitSanctuaries.

4 Ways to Spend Winter in the Quinault Rainforest

Reprint from  There are few truly Pacific Northwest events that can compare to watching winter arrive in the rainforest. While many avoid the region due to the strong winds, constant downpours and occasional snow showers, there is something amazing and unique about spending time out in the wilderness of the Olympic Peninsula. Tucked away deep in Grays Harbor’s Quinault Rainforest, one of the most underrated winter experiences is waiting for you. The Lake Quinault Lodge is an iconic lodge in the Pacific Northwest and by far the crown jewel of lodges around Olympic National Park. Built in 1926, the Lake Quinault Lodge is probably most famous for hosting President Franklin Delano Roosevelt for a lunch as he toured the area that would later be Olympic National Park. In 1937, he traveled around the Peninsula, enjoying the towering trees and solitude of wilderness found along the shores of Lake Quinault. It is rumored that, while dining on a meal overlooking Lake Quinault, FDR made his decision to protect the land for good.
[caption id="attachment_8459" align="alignleft" width="300"]lake quinault lodge Warm up by the crackling fireplace at Lake Quinault Lodge. Photo credit: Douglas Scott.[/caption]
Today, the Quinault Rainforest is the 6th most popular region of the Olympic Peninsula and National Park, bringing in nearly a quarter million visitors each year. Those who do make their way to the Quinault are greeted with eagles, elk, salmon and bears, as well as access to incredible trails and majestic views. In the summer, the area can be crowded and full, but the winter months give those searching for solitude, isolation and beauty the ultimate gift. During the winter months around Lake Quinault Lodge, there are numerous things to do, see and explore. While the areas around the lodge are amazing, the first area visitors should see is the main room and fireplace of the Lake Quinault Lodge. Adorned with rocks and a huge elk head, the rustic feel of the Lake Quinault Lodge becomes evident immediately.
[caption id="attachment_8460" align="alignright" width="225"]lake quinault lodge A Christmas tree inside Lake Quinault Lodge creates a festive atmosphere. Photo credit: Via Tsuji.[/caption]
During the holidays, a large tree, decorated with local christmas ornaments, sits across the room from the fireplace. On Christmas Eve, the staff at Lake Quinault Lodge hosts an event, complete with Santa arriving with a llama before sitting next to the fire and reading “The Night Before Christmas.” With gifts, live music and roasted chestnuts, this is the perfect getaway on Christmas Eve. If you can’t make it to the Lake Quinault Lodge on Christmas Eve, don’t fret. Throughout the entire year, incredible views of Lake Quinault and the Quinault Rainforest are just a few feet from the lodge doors. Yet, true solitude is only found here in the offseason. Lake Quinault Lodge in the winter gives you a wealth of exploration mere seconds from relaxing in front of a large fireplace. With 13 miles of trails waiting just outside, accessing and exploring the Quinault Rainforest doesn’t get any easier than at the lodge. All around the Lake Quinault Lodge, a myriad of amazing winter activities await you and your family. While hundreds of potential adventures are available, we have narrowed down four recommended activities that are perfect for the winter season. From staying in the car to getting out in the elements, and everything in between, starting a rainforest adventure from the Lake Quinault Lodge is a wonderful experience.

1. Drive the Lake Quinault Loop.

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To start, it is highly suggested that you drive the Lake Quinault Loop. At 31 miles roundtrip, this drive gets you close to amazing waterfalls, stunning river views, prime elk habitat, numerous picnic areas and hundreds of miles of trails. The highlights are numerous, but the drive through the rainforest and exploring Merriman Falls take the cake. Watch for elk and eagles while on this drive, as they are commonly seen.

2.  View Morning Ice and Frost.

In the winter, the drive is unique, with sections of the rainforest covered in thick frost during the morning hours. Seeing ferns lined in ice and frost, standing out sharply against the greens of the dense forest, is an experience everyone should have. The best place to see morning ice and frost will be north of the bridge and down at the end of the road along the North Fork of the Quinault River. For a quick walk in the frost, heading down the North Fork Trail a few miles will give you amazing views and some great areas for incredible photographs of ice and frost.

3.  Take a Winter Hike.

 
For more serious hikers, heading out to Pony Bridge, Fletcher Canyon or even up to Colonel Bob Peak will give you a winter experience unlike any other. Shorter day hikes are found on the southern shores of Lake Quinault, near the lodge. The best route is to start at the Rainforest Nature Loop Trail west of the lodge and take any of the 13 miles of trails. Willaby Creek is also an excellent small series of falls to reconnect with the wilderness. Read the rest of this article: http://www.graysharbortalk.com/2015/12/08/winter-lake-quinault/

  http://www.graysharbortalk.com/2015/12/08/winter-lake-quinault/

Now Taste the Magnifique Wine - and Way of Life - at Walter Dacon Winery

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[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="640"]walter dacon winery Ann Anderson welcomes tasters in their cozy setting at Walter Dacon Winery.[/caption]

"Life is Magnifique – Now Taste the Wine at Walter Dacon Winery"

By Mary Ellen Psaltis The sign on Highway 101 says, Walter Dacon Winery – Tourist Attraction. Delay your errand in Shelton and turn right on Skookum Road. It’s not far to the winery. Award winning wines accompanied by their down-to-earth vintners are ready to charm your taste buds, and then keep you coming back for more. Lloyd and Ann Anderson, owners of Walter Dacon Winery, are a two-person show. The grapes may be grown in Eastern Washington, but the crushing, crafting, bottling and labeling are done right on their property. The vintage tasting room is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 6:00 p.m. Ann or Lloyd is there to talk with you about the wine, answer your questions and share a friendly visit. The official greeter is Beaux, their dog who is noticeably quiet but attentive. Their at-home winemaking enterprises blossomed into a business after years of coaxing by friends. Who imagined that that first bottle of wine they shared on a trip to Reno air show with mutual friends would end up with their marriage and a business? Both Ann and Lloyd had already had careers. Ann had retired from 25 years at the state and Lloyd had a forestry consulting business. The couple studied wine making and traveled to UC Davis to further their wine knowledge.
  Read the rest of this article: http://www.thurstontalk.com/2015/05/30/walter-dacon-winery/

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  

Father's Day dining ideas

Treat Dad to a delicious meal around the LOOP! Here's a sampling of special meals and offers designed for Dad this Father's Day! Alderbrook Resort - Last minute Father's Day plans in the works? Join us for brunch and enjoy 25% off your stay plus a $50 waterfront center credit either 6/19-21 or 6/26-30 through our Pearl of the Day! Call us at 360.898.5500 for brunch reservations as space is limited. Enjoy hearty fare and waterfront golf challenges with Dad at our annual Father's Day brunch. Please call us at 360.898.5500 for reservations as space is limited. Cost is $49 for adults, $16 for kids 10 & under and brunch is complimentary for children 3 & under. MENU (Yum!)     Stottle Tasting Room In Hoodsport will be doing complimentary tastings for Dads and all duffers this Fathers day weekend. Just mention they saw this special on the Culinary Loop. Olympic Cellars – flip-flop-banner-2015 Join us all weekend for some Flip Flop Fun! Wear your flip flops, taste wine and take home a complementary tasting glass.  Your choice:  our traditional glass or the stemless“How’s your day” glass. Enjoy our delicious and refreshing Cranberry Jubilee Sangria – perfect for summer. Sparkling Riesling and Cranberry Jubilee will be available for tasting and glass pours.  Pack a picnic and stay awhile. Taste our pepper jellies and bacon jam.  Yumm! Cranberry Jubilee Sangria Recipe 1 Bottle Cranberry Jubilee ¼ Scant Cup Sugar ½ Sliced Lemon ½ Slice Lime ½ Cup Raspberries ½ Cup Limeade ½ Cup Seltzer Water Mix all ingredients and allow to marinate for 2 hours prior to serving.  Adjust sugar to taste.
With this fantastic warm weather, it’s definitely time to wheel out the grill . This weekend, get your favorite Golfer or Dad a Grilling Box featuring 16 pounds of cuts of Nash’s delicious pastured pork. The cuts include smoked pork chops, brats, country or spare ribs, Italian sausage links, fresh ham steaks, and ground pork, ready for the barbecue this summer! Cost is $109. Call 360-681-7458 to order your box. A $25 deposit is required.
Also available for the same price is a Standard Box, which includes chops, bacon, breakfast sausage, ground pork, a roast or ribs, and ham steaks.
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U.S. Open Chambers Bay, culinary specials

You'd really have to shank your drive from Chambers Bay to find yourself laid up on the Olympic Peninsula! However, exchanging a double bogey for some of these delicious U.S. Open inspired culinary deals will be a hole-in-one everyone can tee-up for!   Nourish - Nourish will offer US Open Chambers Bay lunch specials from June 18, 19, 20 to celebrate WA state hosting the Open. Enjoy a "Par 3", a trio of tasty salads, quinoa, beet and shrimp served with an Arnold Palmer or a Birdie Sandwich of grilled organic chicken, red pepper jam on house Brazilian cheese bread buns with an Arnold Palmer. Stottle Tasting Room - In Hoodsport will be doing complimentary tastings for Dads and all duffers this Fathers day weekend. Just mention they saw this special on the Culinary Loop. Olympic Cellarsflip-flop-banner-2015 Join us all weekend for some Flip Flop Fun! Wear your flip flops, taste wine and take home a complementary tasting glass.  Your choice:  our traditional glass or the stemless “How’s your day” glass. Enjoy our delicious and refreshing Cranberry Jubilee Sangria – perfect for summer. Sparkling Riesling and Cranberry Jubilee will be available for tasting and glass pours.  Pack a picnic and stay awhile. Taste our pepper jellies and bacon jam.  Yumm! Cranberry Jubilee Sangria Recipe 1 Bottle Cranberry Jubilee ¼ Scant Cup Sugar ½ Sliced Lemon ½ Slice Lime ½ Cup Raspberries ½ Cup Limeade ½ Cup Seltzer Water Mix all ingredients and allow to marinate for 2 hours prior to serving.  Adjust sugar to taste.
With this fantastic warm weather, it's definitely time to wheel out the grill . This weekend, get your favorite Golfer or Dad a Grilling Box featuring 16 pounds of cuts of Nash's delicious pastured pork. The cuts include smoked pork chops, brats, country or spare ribs, Italian sausage links, fresh ham steaks, and ground pork, ready for the barbecue this summer! Cost is $109. Call 360-681-7458 to order your box. A $25 deposit is required.
Also available for the same price is a Standard Box, which includes chops, bacon, breakfast sausage, ground pork, a roast or ribs, and ham steaks.

Is pleased to announce that the Warmhouse in Neah Bay has locally caught fresh fish: (Halibut, Salmon or Cod - Yum!) on most weekends, dependent upon catch.  Ask what's just come in off the boat for your dinner enjoyment!

Ciders&Sliders
JUNE 24 Chicken Cheese Steak - FinnRiver Habanero Short Rib - Eaglemount Ginger http://www.portludlowresort.com/golf Stay and Play Package This golf package includes:
  • One night's accommodation in a Queen room
  • 18 holes per person
  • Electric cart
  • Unlimited range balls
  • $50.00 Gift Card for use at the Golf Course
Starting at $259.00 - June 1, 2015 to September 30, 2015. Please enter the code word: "GOLF" in the group code when booking online Rate does not include resort fee, tax and gratuity.   Golf School Package This golf package includes:
  • Two night's accommodations in a Queen room
  • Ten hours of golf instruction
  • Unlimited golf
  • Cart and range balls
  • 20% off merchandise
  • $50.00 Gift Card for use at Niblicks Cafe
Golf Schools are available for the following dates: June 28-30, July 19-21, August 23-25, September 20-22 Starting at $835 for single occupancy and $1430 for double occupancy. To book this package, please call the Inn directly at (360) 437-7000. Rate does not include resort fee, tax and gratuity.   Alderbrook Resort and Spa - Thursdays in June: Floating Green Golf Challenge Located on our Waterfront, 3:30-4:30PM, $1 for 3 golf balls, Open to hotel & non-hotel guests Test your chipping and driving skills at our weekly floating green golf challenge!  Pros from Alderbrook Golf & Yacht Club will be there for lessons, demonstrations and moral support.  They’ll also provide you with 10% off your next round of golf.   #USOpen #MyBestShot #TheOpen #ChambersBay

Charbroiled Wild Salmon au Poiver with Maple and Balsamic Glazed Strawberries.

Ocean Crest Resort's Charbroiled Wild Salmon au Poivre with Maple-Balsamic Glazed Strawberries was just published in Sunset's "Eating Up the West Coast:The best road trips, restaurants, and recipes from California to Washington" Yum! .  ocean-crest-resort-logo Ingredients: 1oz Pure Maple Syrup 1oz Balsamic Vinegar 6ea 8oz filet of Wild Salmon skinned Olive Oil Spray Salt and Pepper 6 Strawberries sliced Preparation: 1.      Mix maple syrup with balsamic vinegar and set aside. 2.      Preheat grill to medium. 3.      Spray flesh side of salmon with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and place on the grill skin side up. While on the grill, spray skin side of salmon with olive oil and season.  Grill for approximately 5 minutes (Cooking times depend on thickness of cut as well as temperature of the grill and desired doneness). 4.      Remove salmon and from grill and plate. 5.      Preheat sauté pan on HI on stove top. 6.      Place strawberries in pan, add maple-balsamic mixture and toss to warm and coat strawberries. 7.      Serve strawberries and sauce on top of salmon. Salmon-Au-Poivre1

Media Mentions

Places and people around the LOOP dishing up great media coverage! Contact us if you know of an OCL member or event in the news that isn't listed here: June 20, 2015 NOAA's Olympic Coast National Marine SanctuaryGetInYourSanctuaryPostcard "Get into Your Sanctuary: Healthy Oceans = Healthy You"  June 27 - Get Into Your Sanctuary Day at Olympic Coast Location: Kalaloch Lodge Details: Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary celebrates Get Into Your Sanctuary Day with "Healthy Ocean Healthy You!"at Kalaloch Lodge. Activities will include yoga on the beach (9:30am), a beach ecology walk (11:30am) and a presentation about our southern resident orca whales by NOAA Fisheries Lynne Barre (3:00pm). Visitors can also enjoy sustainable seafood meals around Olympic Peninsula at Kalaloch Lodge and other Olympic Culinary Loop locations. National marine sanctuaries also encourage travelers and community members to explore sanctuaries on this day by adding the hashtag #visitsanctuaries. Anybody can share their experience and participate in the campaign. For more information contact nicole.harris@noaa.gov
  June 19, 2015 Thurston Talk Westport Winery Wins in Michigan and Texas Submitted by Westport Winery 2013 Mermaid Poster - Westport WineryWestport Winery earned three medals at the recent Tasters Guild International Wine Competition in Michigan. Captain Grays Gewurztraminer, crafted with grapes from Red Willow Vineyard, earned a gold medal. Mermaid’s Merlot, a blend of Merlot grapes from Two Blondes and Connor-Lee Vineyards, earned a silver medal. And Duckleberry Grunt earned a bronze. At the Texsom International Wine Competition in Dallas, Bordello Blonde earned a silver medal. This wine is an off-dry blend of Riesling and Gewurztraminer from Red Willow Vineyard. When you visit Westport Winery Garden Resort be sure to explore the unique sculpture garden, lavender labyrinth, musical fence, 9-hole executive golf course, giant chess set, outdoor scrabble game, and grape maze, all located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. You will see why this has been voted Best of the Northwest Wine Destination four times. Their award-winning wines are exclusively available at the resort. The tasting room, gift shop, produce market, plant nursery, bakery and gardens, are open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The restaurant is open for lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for dinner on Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information contact Westport Winery Garden Resort at 360-648-2224 or visit the website at www.westportwinery.com.

June 18, 2015, Peninsula Daily News

U.S. OPEN GOLF: Port Ludlow director of golf rubs shoulders with tour professionals at Chambers Bay
By Michael Carman
UNIVERSITY PLACE — Yes, Francesco, people do climb that “big mountain.”Letting inquisitive Italian pro golfer Francesco Molinari know the name of Mount Rainier was just part of Port Ludlow Golf Director Vito DeSantis' responsibilities at Monday's U.S. Open practice round at Chambers Bay.DeSantis and Debbie Wardrop, general manager of the Resort at Port Ludlow, shared afternoon starters duties for the practice round on the 468-yard par-4 10th hole.They also announced the first tee Wednesday afternoon.Starters introduce the players as they tee off and begin their rounds. DeSantis said the opportunity to serve as a starter came around within the past month. “I reached out to the USGA and [U.S. Open Championship Director] Danny Sink when he arrived a few years ago and said, 'Hey, I'm a local golf professional and anything I can do to be involved with the U.S. Open, I will do, from sitting on boards to picking up trash,'” DeSantis said. “I wanted to be as close to the action as possible, since it could be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="350"]Click here to zoom... Port Ludlow Director of Golf Vito DeSantis served as the afternoon starter on the 10th tee at Monday's U.S. Open practice round at Chambers Bay Golf Course. Photo - Debbie Wardrop[/caption]
 

“There's no guarantee the U.S. Open will be back.”

DeSantis lives in Gig Harbor, where Sink relocated his family when planning for the massive event began. “I saw Danny at Rotary meetings and other golf events and reminded him,” DeSantis said. “I had invited him to Ludlow to show him the course and resort and offer the property as a location for the USGA if anyone needed hotel rooms.” DeSantis said Sink and his wife Lindsay took him up on the long-standing offer just this past month. “He and his wife stayed and enjoyed the property in the last month or so, and out of blue sent an email to Debbie and I with the chance to be a practice round starter,” DeSantis said. “It took us about two seconds to say yes. “So, it wasn't dumb luck but being in the right place at the right time, and we are certainly grateful for the opportunity.” Besides introducing players to fans, the pair also controlled a device that connected with the USGA's scoring system, inputting which players were teeing off and heading out on the course. “They basically had a printed starting time list that was made up who-knows-when,” DeSantis said. “But the handheld device was up-to-the-second correct. “Any players deciding not to play, the device knew instantly and could communicate that back out.” Sometimes, though, you're a former U.S. Open winner not on the tee sheet such as Graeme McDowell. “He came over as a single after a foursome had gone off, with another set ready to go, and we asked him if he was looking to play,” DeSantis said. “Debbie and I are looking at each other like, 'What do we do?' And Graeme said, 'I'll just go out and sandwich them.' “We popped him into the device and sent him out.” DeSantis said he was surprised at how many golfers were seeking local knowledge on course setup. “With the dual tee boxes on No. 10, they were asking if they [USGA officials] would have [them tee off] back here a lot,” DeSantis said. “Bill Haas was really neat. He was asking about the No. 9 hole that has the elevated tee box and the lower teeing area.” Haas told DeSantis that the lower tee shot looks to be the easier of the two vastly different tee shots because drives from the elevated tee would be more susceptible to wind on the way to the hole. “It's pretty lax and cordial between the players,” DeSantis said, “asking about each others families and what they've been up to.” Masters winner Jordan Spieth was popular during an interview session that ran long and pushed back his tee time with 15-year-old amateur Cole Hammer and amateur Cody Gribble. “We are standing back there with the crowd starting to build and the excitement — the buzz growing — and Jordan turns to Gribble and asks where he wants to tee off,” DeSantis said. “Gribble said he had no idea, and Jordan said he had played from the back tees a few times. “So, the amateur turns to Jordan at the last minute and says, 'Let's play the forward tee.' “The crowd starts to boo and hiss and Jordan looks over and says, 'Way to piss off the hometown crowd.'” Spieth was jokingly referring to the home-course advantage his caddie, Gig Harbor's Michael Greller, is bringing to the championship. “Michael showed up on time with the bag and had to wait for the media session with Jordan to finish,” DeSantis said. “Michael asked him what was the deal with the delay, and Jordan joked and said, 'Well, half the questions were about you.'” DeSantis was thrilled with his luck and the experience. “I got to see what they were playing in their bags,” DeSantis said. “What irons, woods, hybrids, putters they are using. “It was a blast.”
June 7, 2015, Thurston Talk By Margo Greenman 

Sip Spirits and Slurp Oysters Along the Hood Canal

Summertime is about taking it slow and enjoying the moment. In the Pacific Northwest, this is especially true. During the nine months of the year that don’t make up the summer season, locals pine for the sunny days when they can slip on their flip flops and return to the beach sans raincoat. But blue skies and sunscreen aren’t the only things that characterize this special time of year. The food and drinks of the season are, for many, just as important as the long, warm days.

Nearby Hood Canal is an oasis for all things summer. With miles upon miles of beaches, myriad options for outdoor adventures — both on the water and in the woods — and an over-the-top selection of fresh seafood, handmade wines and craft spirits to enjoy, locals and visitors alike can drink in the season in more ways than one.

[caption id="attachment_81250" align="alignright" width="225"]hood canal oyster You haven’t eaten like a local until you’ve sunk your teeth into a Hama Hama oyster. (Photo courtesy of Olympic Culinary Loop.)[/caption]

Steve Shively, Membership and Marketing Director for the Olympic Culinary Loop — a unique group celebrating Olympic coast cuisine throughout the four counties united by the Olympic Peninsula — says there are countless ways for visitors to experience the flavors of the region.

After a long day exploring Twanoh State Park or traversing the trails at Lena Lake, Hood Canal-goers will be eager for rations. When hunger strikes, Shively says there’s something for every appetite. Visitors can sink their teeth into the local flavors of oysters, clams, geoduck and more at Hama Hama Oyster Saloonor take their tastebuds on a culinary excursion to the Carolinas without ever leaving the Hood Canal at Smoking Mo’s, which features slow hickory smoked barbecue and traditional Southern sides.

“Along the ‘Hood,’ visitors certainly aren’t going to go thirsty,” says Shively. With Walter Dacon in Shelton, the Stottle Winery Tasting Room in Hoodsport and Mosquito Fleet in Belfair, options for sumptuous red and refreshing white wine varietals are numerous around the Hood Canal. For something a bit stronger,The Hardware Distillery Co. in Hoodsport is the region’s resident craft spirit producer, offering everything from gin and vodka to more unique finds like its hard hitting honey mead.

But, it’s not just the quantity or even the quality of options available for sipping — and slurping — that make the region a foodie’s wonderland, it’s the care local food and beverage producers take to make their products extra special that sets the Hood Canal apart.

When Chuck and Jan Morris, owners of The Hardware Distillery Co., learned that Nash’s Farm in Sequim was growing Olympic Peninsula grown rye, the couple saw an opportunity to create a 100 percent Olympic Peninsula-produced spirit. The only thing missing was the oven for malting the essential Washington grain. “That’s where Hama Hama Oyster Co. gets into the bottle,” says Shively.

[caption id="attachment_81248" align="alignright" width="300"]hood canal oyster When Chuck and Jan Morris learned of an Olympic Peninsula farm growing rye, they saw the opportunity to create 100 percent Olympic Peninsula spirits. (Photo credit: Dan Driscoll.)[/caption]

After learning about Chuck and Jan’s mission, brother and sister Hama Hama duo, Adam and Lissa James, agreed to let the spirited distillery owners malt the Sequim-grown grain in the same oven Hama Hama has been smoking its oysters in for decades. The result? A Hama Hama-style hooch, complete with what Shively describes as an “oyster nose” finish.

Straight from the farm to the glass, the whiskey, which is currently aging to perfection, isn’t just an example of a unique collaboration, it’s part of an entire movement in the region to create hyperlocal, 100 percent Olympic Peninsula-made products.

For Shively and everyone at the Olympic Culinary Loop, this is a big deal, because it’s a modern day version of the historic traditions the region was once known for. “Sustaining the local history of a native tribal preparation technique for seafood or reintroducing a long forgotten heirloom varietal seed or root vegetable are some of the everyday extra steps that make our members stand apart — far apart — from those who simply cook with a commercial can opener and whatever gets shipped in on a big-rig factory farm truck,” says Shively.

With an entire food and beverage movement centered around Olympic Peninsula local, the Hood Canal area and its neighboring towns all have something unique to offer to hungry visitors of the region.

[caption id="attachment_81251" align="alignright" width="300"]hood canal oyster The Hardware Distillery Co.’s collaboration with Hamma Hamma Oysters is a rye whisky with an “oyster nose.” (Photo courtesy of Olympic Culinary Loop.)[/caption]

Of course, after indulging in all there is to eat and drink, visitors will need to rest up. With ample options for lodging around the Hood Canal, visitors will find more than just a comfortable bed. Four a 4-star luxury stay, Alderbrook Resort and Spa offers lush accommodations, gourmet nosh and top-of-the-line spa treatments, all available on-site. Want to kick things up a notch? Load up the RV for a backwoods stay at Skokomish Park, then head to nearby Lucky Dog Casino where great entertainment and food are just a few of things available on the menu.

Whatever type of day trip or weekend getaway you seek this summer, frame your adventure around the local foods and beverages that are so abundant along the Hood Canal. For more “appetizing itinerary” inspiration, visit the Olympic Culinary Loop online.


  June 1, 2015, Grays Harbor Talk By Margo Greenman olympic culinary

Seattle’s Pike Place Market is known for its famous flying fish, but if you ask a tourist where that fish came from, do you think he or she would know the answer?

West of Seattle is a region rich in native fish species, heirloom vegetables, and traditional, local foods found only in the Pacific Northwest. With miles of shoreline and acres upon acres of farm and forestland, Washington’s Olympic Peninsula and the Grays Harbor region are a gastronomic haven brimming with restaurants, wineries, markets and farms all stocked with fresh and local foods.

From heirloom Ozette potatoes to the coast’s prized razor clams, the region’s bountiful offerings are twice as toothsome when prepared by the hand of experienced food producers and chefs. Steve Shively, Membership and Marketing Director for the Olympic Culinary Loop — a unique group that represents the four counties united by the Olympic Peninsula and celebrates Olympic coast cuisine and the traditions that surround it — says the outstanding foods that are found in Grays Harbor are made even better thanks to the local experts and rockstar chefs who take these foods one step further. Shively says Taylor Shellfish andBrady’s Oysters are two good examples of this, as their outstanding selections of shellfish have developed a reputation that is respected not only by Pacific Northwest palates, but by the appetites of shellfish lovers across the globe.

Raw oysters, Taylor Shellfish Farms.

While great food starts with great farmers, Grays Harbor chefs elevate these foods further by putting their culinary expertise and creativity to work. Shively says this is evident at restaurants like Andy Bickar’s acclaimed Rediviva in Aberdeen, which is renowned for its focus on fresh, sustainable cuisine, like its award winning soups and chowders loaded with locally sourced seafood. And, because Rediviva features a rotating menu of whatever is fresh and in season, there’s always something new and delicious for restaurant-goers to sink their teeth into.

Like Rediviva, the restaurant at the newly rebuiltOcean Crest Resort offers an impressive menu of local fare paired exquisitely with the restaurant’s extensive wine list. Add a view of the ocean crashing against the shore just outside the window, and each sumptuous bite becomes enhanced by the sounds and sights of the region.

Another can’t-miss culinary experience, Shively recommends Grays Harbor visitors visit the Salmon House at the Rain Forest Resort. Shively says the incredible culinary creations featured on the restaurants fresh sheet add to the charming ambiance of the lodge. With outstanding accommodations, divine dining and a national forest all on-site, Shively says Quinault is a must see — and taste — destination.

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But, you don’t have to seek out fine dining to feast like a king. For fresh, local, everyday eats, the Grays Harbor Farmers Market is a favorite. Shively says there’s nothing like sitting down in the open air on a nice day with a slice of homemade pie — loaded with fresh, locally grown berries — from the market. Of course, in the summer and fall months, you can pick your own berries (or pumpkins) at the region’s many u-pick farms, likeBlack River Blues Blueberry Farm, Shaffner Farms and Voss Acres Produce, just to name a few. For farm fresh produce year-round, Jay’s Farmstand is another option for locally sourced fruits and veggies, and you can always get your protein fix atlocal fish markets like Lytle Seafoods and Seafood Connection, which offer the catch of the day, or load up on handmade meats at Aberdeen’s Bay City Sausage.

In addition to these Grays Harbor staples, Shively says that there are several new restaurants in the region, like Elma’s Flippin Fifties Diner, that offer good food and a fun experience worthy of the trek. Even Westport Winery, which is no newcomer to the epicurism of the area, keeps things fresh and interesting with a variety of new wines, culinary creations and — most recently — a line of award winning ciders.

For serious eaters looking to devour the region, Shively recommends planning a tasting tour, which you can route through the Olympic Culinary Loop. “We want people to come here with a relaxed pace and inquisitive heart,” explains Shively. To inspire foodies on their tasting tours, the Olympic Culinary Loop has created a collection ofappetizing itineraries. “These [itineraries] give people some creative ideas to pair together for a full day’s worth of activities as they taste their way around the Olympic Peninsula,” explains Shively.

Of course, with so many food-focused festivals and events taking place in Grays Harbor throughout the year, visitors and locals alike can plan a day or weekend trip around the event du jour. From the annual Ocean Shores Razor Clam Festival and Elma’s popular Winter Wine Festival to Savor Seabrook and more, there’s almost always an appetizing event to look forward to in Grays Harbor.

Rediviva cocktail

Besides being a mecca for good, sustainable food, the cuisine of Grays Harbor and the Olympic Peninsula is a nod to early Pacific Northwest traditions and the foods that characterize the region. Simply put, Shively says food is a good way to experience the Olympic Peninsula, and, with shellfish, wild game, bountiful produce, handcrafted beers, wine and more, there truly is something for everyone.

Hungry? The Olympic Culinary Loop’s website is a great starting point for anyone looking to plan a tasting tour of Grays Harbor or neighboring Mason, Clallam or Jefferson counties. You can also discover a world of Grays Harbor restaurants, farms, wineries, breweries and more by scrolling throughGraysHarborTalk’s “food” page.


May 27, 2015,  Thurston Talk

Westport Winery Wins 2015 Best of the Northwest Wine Tour

[caption id="attachment_80670" align="alignleft" width="215"]Winemaker Dana Roberts gives a tour of Westport Winery. Winemaker Dana Roberts gives a Backstage Wimemaker’s Tour at Westport Winery. Photo by Mike Coverdale[/caption]

For the fifth time Westport Winery won the King 5 Evening Magazine Best of the Northwest Competition. This time they won the Best Wine Tour category. The fun and interesting Backstage Winemaker’s Tour is offered every Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. with Director of Winemaking Dana Roberts. Additionally, guests are invited to do their own self-guided tour every day through the winery’s many display gardens that include over 40 sculptures by local artists. Extensive signage is provided to make this a truly memorable and fulfilling experience. When you visit be sure to explore the resort’s unique sculpture garden, lavender labyrinth, musical fence, 9-hole executive golf course, giant chess set, outdoor scrabble game, and grape maze, all located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. You will see why Westport Winery was voted Best of the Northwest Wine Tour and Destination. Westport Winery Garden Resort’s award-winning wines are exclusively available at the resort. The tasting room, gift shop, produce market, plant nursery, bakery and gardens, are open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The restaurant is open for lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for dinner on Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information contact Westport Winery at 360-648-2224 or visit the website at www.westportwinery.com.  

Consider getting away to berry farms in Sequim

May 25, 2015, Kitsap Sun [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="204"] Contributed photo/DUNGENESS MEADOW FARM Dungeness Meadow Farm in Sequim grows organic blueberries under distinctive blue nets to deter birds. The season at the u-pick farm typically begins when berries ripen in mid-July.[/caption] SEQUIM — Situated between the Olympic Mountains and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the Dungeness Valley might just be the perfect place to grow berries. It’s certainly one of the most beautiful.  .... GRAYSMARSH FARM Berries are boxed up at Graysmarsh Farm in Sequim. U-pick farms often offer the option of pre-picked flats  ...
May 22, 2015, Peninsula Daily News BRINNON — This south county hamlet, home of some 800 people, is expected to swell to more than 10 times its population this holiday weekend with the Brinnon ShrimpFest. The 22nd annual festival is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. It's held between Yelvik General Store at 251 Hjelvicks Road and the Cove RV Park & Country Store at U.S. Highway 101. Admission is $4 a day or $6 for two days.  Active military, veterans and children younger than 12 will be admitted free.  The festival features belt sander races, a wide array of arts and craft booths, food vendors, a beer garden and carnival games for the kids. And, of course, lots of shrimp. Good year for shrimp  “This has been a really good year for spot shrimp,” said Phil Thenstedt, who is organizing the event.  “Last year, we had only around 1,000 pounds of shrimp to sell. “This year, we are expecting around 1,300.” The shrimp is frozen and put in packages that are just under 1 pound and sold for $15. Aside from take-home shrimp, the food vendors feature the crustacean in tacos and other foodstuffs.  Thenstedt said he expects favorable weather conditions this weekend and predicts that about 10,000 people could visit Brinnon during the two-day event.  Proceeds are channeled back into the community. The $10,000 raised last year helped support schools, parks and public facilities. Belt sander races  The belt sander races are ShrimpFest's most unique attraction. They will take place Sunday only, at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.  There is no preregistration. The races are open to anyone with a belt sander. Contestants start their sanders, which are plugged into extension cords, at the top of a tilted 30-foot plank and let them fly. The momentum yanks the cords free from the sanders and carries the machines across the finish line. The first one over the line is declared the winner. Racers are encouraged to decorate their sanders. “The fiercer the better,” Thenstedt said. Live music is scheduled both days. On Saturday, the lineup is Eric Miller, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Locust Street Taxi, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Soul Siren, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and the Old Sidekicks, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Sunday's performers are Greg Parke, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Eric Miller, noon to 2 p.m.; and the Old Sidekicks, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.  No shellfish harvesting  The tides are typically low enough for harvesting clams and other shellfish, but beaches near Brinnon were recently closed to shellfish harvesting because of elevated levels of the biotoxins that cause paralytic shellfish poisoning. The biotoxins do not affect shrimp.  In any case, the shrimp at the festival were all harvested prior to the state closure, Thenstedt pointed out. For more information, see www.brinnonshrimpfest.org or www.facebook.com/BrinnonShrimpFest.
May 22, 2015, Peninsula Daily News May 20, 2015, Port Townsend Leader Port Townsend festival Saturday, Sunday to pay tribute to artisan food PORT TOWNSEND — Food enthusiasts can partake of artisan foods and beverages Saturday and Sunday during the second annual Port Townsend Artisan Food Festival. Tastings, classes, demonstrations and an all-day food tour are planned. “Eat, Drink, Learn, Make” is the theme of the festival, which will take food festival participants to creameries, wineries, farms and restaurants in search of the best artisan meal ingredients and sources in East Jefferson County. The area has a few surprises for those who routinely shop at the big Seattle farmers markets, said Will O'Donnell, director of Jefferson County Farmers Markets. “We have one of the greatest concentrations of artisan food producers in the state,” O'Donnell said. At the source  Many of those producers sell their goods at the big markets, he said, but those who appreciate good food can do even better at the source. “Jefferson County is like Washington state's own little Vermont; we have more cheese makers and cider makers than we know what to do with,” he said. Farmers market  The Port Townsend Farmers Market, now in its 23rd year, is hosting the festival in partnership with Seattle-based Sasquatch Books and Cedar Root Folk School. The market, which is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Saturday on Tyler Street between Lawrence and Clay streets, will offer an extra location in front of the Port Townsend Community Center at 620 Tyler St. for special guest vendors, including a brand-new cheese maker, Chimacum Valley Dairy. Jennifer Adler, a nutritionist, whole foods advocate and author of Passionate Nutrition, will sign books at the market while she talks about how to work more foraged foods into a healthy diet. Cedar Root Folk School will host experiential, food-related classes all day Saturday at the Port Townsend Community Center. All classes are $20 per person Preregistration is preferred at www.cedarrootfolkschool.org, but if space permits, last-minute registrations will be accepted at the door. Classes lacking sufficient preregistrations may be canceled, O'Donnell said. ■ 9:30 a.m. — “Hard Cider Demo” by Finnriver Farm & Cidery. ■ 10:45 a.m. — “The Art of Pickling” by Mama's Harvest's Kayla Boyd. ■ Noon — “Cheese and Yogurt Basics” by Rachael Van Laanen, co-owner of Mystery Bay Farm. ■ 1:15 p.m. — “Kimchi and Fermented Foods” by Marko Colby of Midori Farm.  ■ 3:45 p.m. — “Culinary Herbology” by chef Arran Stark. Sunday tours  On Sunday, the free, self-guided Artisan Food Tour will feature 10 food, cider and wine producers. Maps to the tour locations will be available at Saturday's festival locations. Tour locations are: ■ Port Townsend Food Co-op, 414 Kearney St., Port Townsend; opens at 8 a.m. ■ Mt. Townsend Creamery, 338 Sherman St.; tours on the hour between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ■ Lullaby Winery, 274 Otto St., Suite S, Port Townsend; tasting room open from noon to 5 p.m. ■ Alpenfire Cider, 220 Pocket Lane, Port Townsend; tasting room open from noon to 5 p.m. ■ SpringRain Farm and Orchards, 187 Covington Drive, Chimacum; tours on the hour between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. ■ Chimacum Corner Farmstand, 9122 Rhody Drive, Chimacum; open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. ■ Finnriver Farm and Cidery, 142 Barn Swallow Road, Chimacum; live music and tasting room from noon to 5 p.m. ■ Marrowstone Vineyards, 423 Meade Road, Nordland; tasting room open from noon to 5 p.m. ■ Eaglemount Wine and Cider, 2350 Eaglemount Road, Port Townsend; tasting room open from noon to 5 p.m. ■ Hama Hama Seafood, U.S. Highway 101 in Lilliwaup; fresh shellfish and tastings. More information on the festival can be found at www.porttownsendartisanfoodfest.com.  
May 22, 2015, Peninsula Daily News PORT TOWNSEND - Cabbage presentation  PORT TOWNSEND — Edible education about cabbage will be presented at Food for Thought tonight. The lecture and meal will be from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Fort Worden kitchen shelter, 210 Battery Way. Tickets are $35. Chef Arran Stark will demonstrate cooking methods and techniques. Wes Cecil will provide a tour through the history and influence of cabbage. A barbecue dinner with cabbage accents in several courses will offers tastes of the history of cabbage as it passed from Asia with the Celts to the new world.  Craft wine and beer will be available.  Cecil is a 16-year professor at Peninsula College’s Port Townsend site. He received his doctorate in English from Indiana University. Stark serves as chef and dietary director at Jefferson Healthcare hospital in Port Townsend. Tickets are available at http://m.bpt.me/event/1320893. For more information, see “Food for Thought PT” on Facebook.
May 22, 2015 - Peninsula Daily News Peninsula Men’s Gospel Singers to perform annual benefit concert Saturday PORT ANGELES — Old-fashioned gospel, the Little Brass Band and a couple of sing-alongs are all part of the Peninsula Men’s Gospel Singers’ annual Benefit Concert — the last of the season — Saturday night.  Admission is by donation to the 7 p.m. event at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 E. Lopez Ave. Proceeds will benefit three local charities: The Answer for Youth (TAFY); the Captain Joseph House Foundation and the Salvation Army in Port Angeles.  As for the repertoire, it will include a few numbers from the Peninsula Men’s Gospel Singers’ spring concert in March. The audience met these songs with such enthusiasm, member Michael Craig said, that they’re coming back for an encore.  Along with the men’s gospel group, director Michael Rivers also is bringing back the Crabfest Revival Choir, a small ensemble originally formed for the Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival’s Sunday revival in Port Angeles every October. The Little Brass Band, a subset of the men’s gospel choir, will bring its saxophones and trombone into Saturday’s mix too.  The program will go from “Soon and Very Soon” and “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” to “This Little Light” and “Just a Closer Walk with Thee,” among other hymns. Then come the solo numbers: “Draw Me Close to You” from pianist Penny Hall; “Eagle’s Wings” from first tenor Dan Cobb and “Love Was When” by baritone Michael McBride. While the choir takes a summer break from giving concerts, it will be working on a new CD. Featuring live concert and studio recordings, it’s slated for a September release.  At Saturday’s concert, fans will have a chance to order the CD as well as make contributions toward the cost of its production.  To learn more about the choir, a nonprofit organization, visit www.PMGospelsingers.com.
May 20, 2015 - Gloucester Daily Times May 19, 2015 - Coos Bay World

Geoduck farming takes off as demand for clams grows in Asia

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="300"] Ted S. Warren/Associated PressChris Owens pulls a geoduck clam out from deep in the sand while harvesting geoducks for Taylor Shellfish Farms near Harstine Island, Wash. Demand in Asia for the giant clams is prompting shellfish farmers to grow more of the marine bivalve along Washington’s private tidelands.[/caption]
Within hours, the geoduck (pronounced gooey duck) is packed live on ice at nearby Taylor Shellfish Farms — on its way to be served raw as sashimi or added to hot-pot dishes to satisfy a growing appetite for the unique Pacific Northwest delicacy.
“It’s gained this luxury status. A big driver is the growing middle class in China,” said Gina Shamshak, an assistant economics professor at Goucher College, who has researched the geoduck market. She added: “They want to consume the higher-valued seafood items, and geoduck is one of them.”
Last year, the U.S. exported $74 million, or about 11 million pounds, worth of live wild and farmed geoduck, mostly to China and Hong Kong. That’s double the volume and value exported in 2008. An average clam weighs about 2 pounds and can fetch up to $100 per pound overseas. Demand in Asia is prompting shellfish farmers to grow more of the clams along Washington’s private tidelands. Several new farms have been permitted in recent years, despite challenges from opponents concerned about plastic pollution, aesthetics and potential environmental harm. [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="252"] In this March 23, 2015 photo, Bill Dewey, a spokesman for Taylor Shellfish Farms in Shelton, Wash., talks about the five-to-seven year process of growing giant geoduck clams, which are considered a delicacy in Asia.[/caption] And now, backed by new research showing mostly short-lived, localized environmental effects, the state is preparing for the first time to lease 15 acres of public tidelands for geoduck aquaculture. The native geoduck, which comes from a Native American word meaning “dig deep,” has been dug recreationally in Northwest intertidal areas for decades, and it thrives in the inland waters of Washington, Alaska and British Columbia. Farming geoduck But commercial harvests of wild clams didn’t begin until 1970 in Washington, after divers discovered them aplenty in Puget Sound and lawmakers established a fishery. Commercial geoduck farming followed in the mid-1990s, really taking off in the last decade with modernized growing techniques.
 
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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)

GreenHouse Inn by the Bay provides guests with sensational flavors fresh from own Greenhouse

GreenHouse20150420_142001 IMG_3824The GreenHouse Inn by the Bay provides guests with sensational flavors from our Greenhouse grown produce. The ruby red tomatoes served alongside our egg de jour, bright green chives and nasturtiums all provide complex color and taste to our breakfast plate. We are adding to that experience with our “estate grown” tea – ready for guests to blend for their preference and palate. Options include mint, chamomile and anise with plenty of local honey.  Passion fruit from our long blooming Passion Flower Vine will be the next addition to our menu. Stay tuned to hear what is next from our farm to our table.

Luxury Bed and Breakfast Expands Sustainable Breakfast Menu by Growing It Organically

Domaine Madeleine Bed and Breakfast is more than a lovely place to lay your weary head.
[caption id="attachment_2944" align="alignleft" width="300"]Domaine Madeleine Bed and Breakfast's new Aquaponics greenhouse 20150419_113207 Domaine Madeleine Bed and Breakfast's new Aquaponics greenhouse, designed and built in-house by Ryan Brunk, showing produce growing from seed at 4 weeks[/caption] Committed to making a difference. They've launched a unique brand of Aquaponics which provide not only delicious, fresh, farm-to-table meals for guests, but also important propagation of important  heirloom seed varieties.
Visit their expansive Greenhouse farm on the grounds of the B&B.
Aquaponics is a sustainable agricultural process that uses the cultivation of fish to create organic waste which is then used to grow produce hydroponically without the use of chemical fertilizers or herbicides. The produce can be harvested year-round, providing a sustainable, low water use agricultural method that can be deployed anywhere in the world (from someone's garage to a large scale farming operation).
Domaine Madeleine has selected a wide variety of heirloom, organic, and openly pollinated seeds to propagate in the greenhouse, including: Speckled Bib Lettuce, sweet peppers, sugar snap peas, heirloom tomatoes, sorrel, kale, arugula, strawberries, carrots and more. Their guests enjoyed the first harvest within 4 weeks of propagating from seed!
[caption id="attachment_2945" align="alignright" width="300"]Ryan Bunk Domaine Madeleine Bed and Breakfast's new Aquaponics greenhouse 20150402_120914 Ryan Brunk holds up a 3 week old strawberry plant growing in a fast-running hydroponics tube fertilized by waste from a school of Tilapia fish.[/caption]
 The Domaine Madeleine Aquaponics system was designed and built completely in-house by Ryan Brunk, Domaine Madeleine's head groundskeeper. Ultimately, by September 2015, they plan for over 85% of of their breakfast menu to be sourced from ingredients acquired from organic farms - including their own - all within a 25 mile radius of the inn. The exceptions would be coffee, some grains for baked goods, and organic sugar and some oils that aren't yet locally grown within that radius.

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  

Delicious Easter Eat's you'll want to Hop to!

happy_easter_2014-t2Here are some Olympic Culinary Loop Leader edibles where you won't have to hunt delicious goodness. Enjoy!

  Westport Winery

Westport Winery's spring and summer menu. Yum! In the spring we can add some of our favorites back on the menu while creating a few new delights to keep it interesting! Westport Winery will be offering Easter Brunch in addition to their regular lunch menu on Sunday, April 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Our special brunch includes Benedictine Quiche (chock full of Cougar Gold cheese) with Tarragon Aioli, Tomato Basil with Italian Sausage Soup, our Homemade Oatmeal Rolls with Freezer Jam, Hot Coffee or Tea, and a Mimosa, with award-winning sparkling wines blended with freshly-squeezed orange juice. We are happy to make substitutions too! One of the best things about living on Washington’s coast is the casual relaxed atmosphere. Westport Winery is no exception. We do encourage you to make reservations since seating is limited. Call 360-648-2224.
 

 The Lodges of Olympic National Park and Forest

Easter Sunday is just around the corner! Join the fun at Lake Quinault Lodge with our annual Easter egg hunt and Easter brunch in the historic Roosevelt Dining Room!      
 

  Kalaloch Lodge

The food! It goes without saying that anytime someone else does the cooking, it tastes just a little better. Kalaloch chefs are working hard to make sure that our hopping Easter menu won't disappoint. We'll be having two specials that day; Free Range Braised Lamb Shanks and Fresh Neah Bay Halibut. The lamb shanks will be served with creamy bleu cheese polenta and shiitake mushrooms. The Neah Bay Halibut is going to be served with a creamy parmesan risotto and sautéed asparagus, topped with a lemon drizzle. Also, please note that if either of those choices are not hopping for you for whatever reason, we are also offering the full regular menu as an option as well.  
 

 Sweet and Salty FroYo

The Sweet & Salty Flavor Kitchen whipping up some great Easter Flavors!!  Today try a sample of these Epic Flavors:
  • Strawberry Cupcake (my 2 fav's together in one flavor)
  • Easter Peanut Butter (I thought it sounded better then just plain Peanut Butter)
  • Springtime Lemon ( No Whistling after tasting this)
  • Berry Patch (oh yea it's that time again.)
  • Classic Chocolate (Classy and good)
  • Creamy Vanilla (enough said)Come into Sweet & Salty today serving Cups of Awesome until 9pm."Life's better with froyo"
   

 Kokopelli Grill

Almost Easter, twice a year Kokopelli Grill offers their famous brunch. Easter and Mother's Day. Reservations recommended!
Yum!

  Nash's Organic Produce

 Some great tips on getting more vibrant, natural colors! Nash's eggs are on sale at the Farm Store right now too, time to stock up.


  7 Cedars Casino

Salish Room Easter Sunday Buffet!
 9AM - 3pm
Adults $20
Children (6-12) $12


  Nourish Sequim

Sunday, April 5th, enjoy Easter dinner at Nourish and leave the cooking to us!

Yum!


  Pane d'Amore

What's on your Easter Menu?

   Elevated Ice Cream Co. & Candy Shop

 We have everything you need to gather and send an Easter basket to a friend, student, family member. Plus we're handcrafting our own chocolate eggs this year at Elevated Candy Co.! Adjacent to Elevated Ice Cream, 631 Water Street.

Don't forget to make your Easter Brunch reservations...just call the Fireside, they will get you all taken care of...360.437.7412.
Sunday April 5, 2015 Brunch offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Regular breakfast menu offered from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.)
Brunch pricing: $39 for adults $19 for children ages 6 to 12 (Ages 5 and under are free)
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  • Fresh Baked Muffins and Banana Bread
  • House Made Jam and Marmalade
  • Fresh Seasonal Fruit Display, Devonshire Cream Eggs Benedict with Mushroom, Spinach, and Hollandaise Sauce, On Grilled Challah Bread
  • Cheesy Potato Croquette,
  • Fresh Herbs and Gruyere
  • House Made Biscuits and Sausage Gravy
  • Apple-Wood Smoked Bacon, Cascioppo Sausage
  • Made to Order Omelets, Ham, Shrimp, Mushrooms, Peppers, Tomatoes, Onions and Cheese
  • Fresh Seasonal Salads Chicken Marsala,
  • Shiitake Mushrooms, Fontina Sweet Marsala Wine Sauce
  • Slow Roasted Niman Ranch Ham
  • Theo’s Chocolate Decadent Bites,
  • Fruit Tarts
  • Dave’s Famous Carrot Cake,
  • Kahlua Mousse,
  • Crème Brulee

  Alderbrook Resort and Spa

Where's the egg? Please join Alderbrook on Sunday at noon for our waterfront Easter egg hunts! Children under 5 years are welcome to hunt on our Cottage Lawn and children between 5-10 years old can hunt on our Waterfront Lawn! Complimentary family photos will be available on our Waterfront from 10AM-3PM!
Easter egg coloring will be available to kids of all ages on Saturday, from non-4PM. Both hotel and non-hotel guests are welcome to these complimentary activities. Please call us at 360.898.2145 for more information.
BRUNCH: Served from 8AM-3:30PM Cost: adults-$49, children 10 & under-$16, children 3 & under-complimentary (includes non-alcoholic beverage)MENU: COLD SELECTIONS mixed green salad caesar salad pesto pasta salad snow crab claws alderbrook oysters poached tiger prawns house-made gravlax house-smoked trout fresh fruit baked brie HOT SELECTIONS bacon & sausage alderbrook clams sautéed scampi prawns yukon gold potatoes eggs benedict smoked steelhead benedict tillamook white cheddar tortellini tomato basil bisque house-made biscuits sausage bread pudding country gravy cinnamon apple dumplings cinnamon roll french toast CARVING STATION slow roasted prime rib cedar plank columbia river steelhead roast leg of lamb DESSERT coffee cake & carrot cake petite croissants chocolate-dipped strawberries handmade sugar cookies chocolate brownies chocolate & vanilla cupcakes CREPES & GRIDDLE assorted fruit filling & chantilly cream huckleberry waffle OMELETTE BAR assorted meat, cheese, vegetables Chef de Cuisine, Adam Hagen

Diane Schostak remembered as 'tireless' and 'visionary' in promoting Olympic Peninsula tourism

Olympic Culinary Loop mourns the passing of one of our founding members and biggest cheerleaders, Diane Schostak. Diane Schostak, a longtime Forks resident, past president of OCL, and retired executive director of the Olympic Peninsula Visitor Bureau,  was being treated for stage 4 breast cancer, when she died in California, where she had been visiting her daughter and new born grandchildren on Monday March 23, 2015. The Peninsula Daily New provides this report of Diane's life and lasting tourism proponent legacy. http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20150325/NEWS/303259990/diane-schostak-remembered-as-tireless-and-visionary-in-promoting

Coffee, Tea & Coco for Christmas please!

Warm up this winter (or anytime) with these wonder Olympic Culinary Loop drinks. Enjoy!

Spiced Holiday Tea

Star anise, cinnamon, and passion fruit nectar add a special twist to this holiday tea. (Inspired by Grovestreet Brewery & Tea House) spicedteaIngredients 2 cups water 3 tea bags (unflavored black tea) 4 star anise 1 3 inch cinnamon stick 1 cup passion fruit nectar 3 tablespoons honey 2 tablespoons lemon juice Directions In a medium saucepan bring water to boiling. Add tea bags, anise, and cinnamon stick. Reduce heat. simmer, uncovered, for 3 to 5 minutes. Discard tea bags and cinnamon stick. Stir in nectar, honey, and lemon juice. Heat through. Pour tea mixture into four heat-proof cups, floating a star anise on top of each. Makes 4 servings.  

White Hot Chocolate

A cup of this creamy, spicy hot cocoa drink makes coming in out of the cold even more of a treat (Inspired by Tinderbox Roasters & coffee houses) whitehotchocolateIngredients 3 cups half-and-half or light cream* 3/4 cup vanilla-flavor baking pieces or vanilla-flavor candy coating, chopped stick cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/4 teaspoon almond extract Slivers of vanilla-flavor candy coating (optional) Ground cinnamon (optional) Directions Combine 1/4 cup of the half-and-half or light cream, vanilla baking pieces or chopped candy coating, stick cinnamon, and nutmeg in a medium saucepan; whisk over low heat until vanilla baking pieces or candy is melted. Remove stick cinnamon. Add remaining half-and-half or light cream. Whisk until heated through. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla and almond extract. Serve warm in cups or mugs; top with slivers of vanilla-flavor candy coating and sprinkle with cinnamon, if desired. Makes 5 (6-ounce) servings.  

Spiced Cappuccino

Enjoy an Italian drink that starts with espresso. If you don't have an espresso machine, you can improvise and brew this coffee in a drip coffeemaker (Inspired by Sunrise Coffee Company!) spicedcappuccionIngredients 1 cup hot brewed espresso 1/4 cup flavored liquid nondairy creamer, such as amaretto, Irish creme, or French vanilla dash ground cinnamon 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream dash ground cardamom Directions Stir together the hot espresso, creamer, and cinnamon in a glass measure. Pour into 2 mugs. Add a scoop of ice cream to each and sprinkle with cardamom. Makes 2 (6-ounce) servings.

Celebrate the Pacific Northwest's cider apple country

Here's a Crisp-as-an-Apple story reprint of the ever popular Cider industry. So pleased that USA Today highlighted three of our most dedicated and delicious Olympic Culinary Loop cider makers. Alpenfire, Eaglemont and Finnriver Enjoy the story:
Long before the Pacific Northwest became known for producing table apples like the Red Delicious, it was cider apple country. Gnarly, feral fruits with strange names like Yarlington Mill and Brown Snout, cider apples are nearly inedible, but they provide just the right acid, tannin and aroma required to make complex, fine hard cider. These pioneer-era drinking-apples (which were a mainstay of a budding American nation) were all but wiped out by Prohibition. But spurred in part by Americans' thirst for all things gluten-free (roughly 30% of Americans are now shopping for products labeled "GF"), naturally-GF hard cider is swiftly staging its comeback in the country, and cider apples trees have begun to reclaim their place in northwest orchards.
Read the rest of the story

Washington winemakers prep for another record harvest

Delicious news for Olympic Peninsula Wine lovers!

Andy Perdue of www.greatnorthwestwine.com reports that with wine grape harvest getting into full swing in another week to 10 days, Washington wine grape growers and winemakers anticipate another record harvest.
Experts expect this year's harvest to yield at least a 10 percent increase in grapes, which would put this fall's total at about 230,000 tons. This will easily surpass last year's record harvest.
Read more and then get ready for LOTS of wonderful swirling, sipping and spitting!

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

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
Sequim Lavender Farms's photo.

Travel expert finding her "new favorite" place to stay in Port Townsend

Ravenscroft (1)Olympic Culinary Loop's fav Travel Writer, Sue Frause , recently raved about her stay at OCL's Ravenscroft Inn. Read all about it and then book your next Port Townsend "basecamp" adventure at this lovely - foodie friendly - B&B! "As often as I visit Port Townsend, I never tire of the waterfront town on the Olympic Peninsula. Fortunately, it's just a ferry ride away from my home on Whidbey Island. So whether it's a day trip to catch lunch and a movie at the Rose Theatre or spending the weekend, I'm a happy traveler. Good restaurants, shops, museums and outdoor activities never leave me wondering what to do. 

Recently, while exploring the Olympic Culinary Loop on the peninsula, I started my four-day adventure in Port Townsend at the lovely Ravenscroft Inn. I found it to be the perfect fit and my new favorite place to stay in PT

     "Dave and Carolyn Petro bought the Ravenscoft Inn and totally refurbished it, reopening it in July 2012. The eight spacious rooms and suites in the Charleston Single style inn all have private bathrooms, in-room espresso makers, bathrobes and complimentary high-speed WiFi. There are no TVs or phones in the rooms, but scenic views include Port Townsend Bay, Mt. Rainier, Admiralty Inlet and Mt. Baker. Rooms start at $125." Read Sue's full story  

Rounding the LOOP! Great things Growing in Grays Harbor County!

Of the 4 counties comprising the Olympic Culinary Loop. Grays Harbor County boasts the most scenic coastal Pacific settings combined with a plate full of delicious places to eat and experience from Lake Quinault - down the coast to Westport - and through Hoquiam / Aberdeen towards Olympia theres LOTs 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 Grays Harbor County OCL members:

 The Lodges of Olympic National Park and Forest

There are some places so blissfully disconnected from the modern world that they seem to stand suspended in time. Lake Quinault Lodge is one such place - a grand and rustic lodge built in 1926 that welcomes guests with warmth, hospitality, and a sincere feeling of home-away-from-home comfort.

Take advantage of our Bed & Breakfast Package:

  • One night lodging for two
  • Breakfast for two
  • Valid year round

Check for availability today!

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 Ocean Crest Resort  

We're so excited to hear when the new Ocean Crest Resort dining room will again be opened. They are excited too! Here's a recent post from Jess ("The Culinary Madman!") regarding progress:  "We don't know yet... There are still deliveries to be made, things to be built, inspections to pass, etc... There is a LOT going on and more to be done." "Here are some new pics. Look at the Bar and Host Station, both have a Live Edge Cedar Slab Top"
Ocean Crest Resort's photo.
Ocean Crest Resort's photo.
Ocean Crest Resort's photo.
Ocean Crest Resort's photo.
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 Voss Acres Produce Market

Happy Father's Day from Voss Acres ~ ! Corn on the Cob will be $.49 each and Watermelon will be $.49 per pound today! Cheers to all Dad's!
Voss Acres Produce Market's photo.
Voss Acres Produce Market's photo.
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 Quinault Beach Resort and Casino

If you are out clam digging this weekend, stop in for FIVE CLAMS on us! (free play, that is) Just bring in your Clam License on any day that there is a dig on Ocean Shores beaches.
Photo: If you are out clam digging this weekend, stop in for FIVE CLAMS on us!  (free play, that is)  Just bring in your Clam License on any day that there is a dig on Ocean Shores beaches.
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 Grays Harbor Farmers Market

Spooners Strawberries are here at Grays Harbor Farmers Market in Hoquiam!The first strawberries of the season, and they are sooooo good!We sell them for the same low price as direct from the Spooners stand; $22.00 per flat, $12.50 per half flat, $2.50 per single
Add Nancy's FRESH buttermilk shortcake... YUM!
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 Tinderbox Coffee Roasters

Slow down. Sip. Pause. Ponder. Smile. Sip again . . . at Tinderbox Coffee Roasters

Photo: Slow down.  Sip.  Pause.  Ponder.  Smile.  Sip again . . .
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  Rediviva

(Alas this wonderful wine dinner has passed. But you're encouraged to stay in touch with Redivia and attend any of their upcoming specials!) "Only a few tickets left for this weekend's wine dinner with Paul Gregutt of Waitsburg Cellars and Rediviva. We will get to be some of the first to taste his new releases....which we already tried and are sooo goood. Join us this Saturday in Seabrook Washington!"
Photo: Only a few tickets left for this weekend's wine dinner with Paul Gregutt of Waitsburg Cellars and Rediviva. We will get to be some of the first to taste his new releases....which we already tried and are sooo goood. Join us this Saturday in Seabrook Washington!
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 Westport Winery

IF you are heading to the beach and need a snack for the road stop by Westport Winery to stock up on delicious cheese, chocolate and charcuterie. Or just stay for lunch (11-4) or dinner (4-8) in our award-winning restaurant and bakery.
Westport Winery's photo.
Westport Winery's photo.
Westport Winery's photo.
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 Westport Brewing Co

Pre-sales on tickets for this event at the Westport Brewing Co. Save and support!

Rounding the LOOP! Catching up with Clallam County

MapCvrImageTilt+ShadowOf the 4 counties comprising the Olympic Culinary Loop. Clallam County boasts some the most densely concentrated market basket of delicious places to eat and experience in both Port Angeles and Sequim! 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 dine well in Clallam County! Here's what's happening right now at a handful of our most active Clallam County OCL members are up to:

 The Lodges of Olympic National Park and Forest - Lake Crescent Lodge Restaurant has been designated a 3 Star Certified #Green Restaurant!  They did this by implementing 77 steps in Six Environmental Categories: Energy, Water, Waste, Food, Disposables, and Chemicals. Learn more at http://bit.ly/1mnj58K

 Camaraderie Cellars - Invites YOU inside with wine and a tasting room full of new friends!
Photo: Chilly outside but not inside with wine!
 Red Lion Hotel Port Angeles Crab House -  Be it for a wedding, sea kayaking or delicious dining. Visitors are regularly rewarded with beautiful evening light at the Red Lion Port Angeles!
Photo: A beautiful evening at the Red Lion Port Angeles!
 Kokopelli Grill - is preparing for their next winemaker dinner! Thanks Michael and Candie for making everyone feel at home! They have as much fun hosting and cooking as we do eating!
 Michael's Fresh Northwest Seafood & Steakhouse - You just can't beat the classics! Yum! Steak Oscar!
Beef tenderloin topped with Dungeness crab meat, pan roasted cauliflower and mashed baby red potatoes all drizzled with Bernaise.
Photo: Beef tenderloin topped with Dungeness crab meat, pan roasted cauliflower and mashed baby red potatoes all drizzled with Bernaise. Voila-Steak Oscar!<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
You just can't beat the classics!
 Bella Italia - Tuesday's Tastings are always a great way to survive the work week! Recent Tuesday Tasting  #101 featured OCL member Lullaby Vineyards- Hosted by Virginie Bourgue! http://conta.cc/1hWf881
   
 Cafe' New Day - Here your eyes and ears are fed as well as your taste buds! On-going "artist in residence" program combined with LOTS of live music make Cafe New Day a brand NEW experience every time you dine! Here's a recent combo: Have a perfect new day with John Manno on Harp today from 11-2pm.
Photo: Have a perfect new day with John Manno on Harp today from 11-2pm.
 Olympic Cellars Winery - Join us! This Sunday, June 1 at noon, we will be hand bottling our new Sailing Moon Ruby Dessert Wine. Greg is looking for 10ish volunteers to help. It should take about two hours and volunteers will have the first opportunity to purchase this limited release Port Style wine. Call the winery at 360-452-0160 to sign up.
 Blondies Plate - Tonight Chef Carlos has prepared Pork Roulade stuffed with Umami Pesto, Crusted and Deep Fried to make the most incredible crunchy coating around delicate Pork with a Savory punch!!
Photo: Tonight Chef Carlos has prepared Pork Roulade stuffed with Umami Pesto, Crusted and Deep Fried to make the most incredible crunchy coating around delicate Pork with a Savory punch!!
 Nourish Sequim - offers your daily serving of YUM! Here's a sampling:
  • Open Mic Wednesday evening featuring Food Related songs come and join the fun from 6.00 ...
  • This week's Dine-at-Home menu offers you some tasty options...moving towards lighter foods while still offering a beef stew for the days when our Sequim sun is not shining. As always all fish and shrimp are wild caught, meats are pasture raised and local. Try the almond lemon cake, it is a new recipe, based on the Almond carrot cake that everyone enjoys. If Nash's strawberry's are ready we will include them in the scones..."if".http://www.nourishsequim.com/food/dine-at-home-dinners/
  • Sunday Brunch with Chez Jazz June 1st reserve your table now to avoid missing them, We are filling up fast 11.30 - 1.30
  • Chefs at play (daily!) in the herb garden
    Nourish Sequim's photo.
 Alder Wood Bistro - Some of today's wood-fired delights…
Country Loaf, Focaccia, Apple Pie and Nash’s loaf w/Theo’s coco nibs
Photo: Some of today's wood-fired delights…<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
Country Loaf, Focaccia, Apple Pie and Nash’s loaf w/Theo’s coco nibs
 Nash's Organic Produce - Fresh from the field; Come on down! Strawberries, amazing spinach, asparagus, all going fast!!! Check out our Grab bags for only $6.50.. First berries of the season coming atcha this weekend at our Farm Store, select farmers markets and produce, grains, and flours on your plates or on the racks at the following fine PNW establishments this weekend. Many thanks! We're so lucky to have such amazing food communities right here in the PNW. Michael's Fresh Northwest Seafood & Steakhouse Nourish Sequim Bastille Cafe & Bar Stoneburner Tilth Preston Hill Bakery Agrodolce GoodFood World!
Photo: I didn't get a chance to snap a photo this morning, but it looked pretty much like this, but with a little more drizzle.  First berries of the season coming atcha this weekend at our Farm Store and select farmers markets!

Dockside Grill on Sequim Bay - As I type this, Josh Souza is filleting FRESH HALIBUT from the Strait of Juan de Fuca (less than an hour old) for your meal at Dockside Grill. It doesn't get fresher than this!!

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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Nick and Tara Greeley – the Craft of Roasting Coffee at Tinderbox

Meet Nick and Tara!  This great article is written and not video. But the story and these two awesome personalities, Nick and Tara of  Tinderbox Coffee Roasters,  are too wonderful not to share with you!   Thanks to writer By Chelsea Royer and the "Grays Harbor TALK" for this story:  In the Northwest, coffee is a culture unlike anywhere else in the US. I love the fact that even in a place as remote as Grays Harbor, I have access to the warmth of a hand-crafted espresso. Thanks to Nick and Tara Greeley, you can find a cozy nook and a cup of coffee as close to the ocean as Westport. Nick & Tara tinderbox coffee

Though both in the medical field, the Greeley’s have had a twenty-year-long coffee journey that began with a stovetop espresso maker and continues as an obsession. For years they jotted down ideas, sampled espresso from different shops, and thought about what they would do if they ever had the opportunity to open a coffee house of their own. It was in the most unexpected fashion that their dreams were finally realized.

“I was working in the ER and ran into a mental health professional named, Ben. He had just come off a 24-hour shift and was looking pretty ragged, so I asked him, ‘Are you ready for your second career yet? Maybe you should try opening a coffee shop.’

Read the rest of the story here and then answer the 3 content quiz questions below in the MESSAGE box and be entered to win an OCL  prize package drawn at random from all correct “Personalities Around the LOOP” entries.

Nick & Tara quiz: (Tip: simply cut-n-paste questions into Message box, add your answers and press SUBMIT. Good luck!)

  1.  Besides coffee what other profession are Nick and Tara involved in?
  2.  What month and year did they open Tinderbox?
  3.  What three senses are they using when craft roasting their delicious coffee?
[bestwebsoft_contact_form] Personalities Around the LOOP is a series of video postcards (and now great articles!) highlighting some of the unique people that make-up the delicious Culinary Adventure found all around the Olympic Culinary Loop!

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!  

Press Release: Olympic Culinary Loop Hosts a Business Knowledge Lunch—“Cooking Up Business: One Bite at a Time”

For Immediate Release – March 28, 2014 Contact:               Steve Shively, Membership Services Director, Olympic Culinary Loop steve@olympicculinaryloop.com 360-440-7006 | www.OlympicCulinaryLoop.com Olympic Culinary Loop Hosts a Business Knowledge Lunch—“Cooking Up Business:  One Bite at a Time Port Angeles, WA—Join the Olympic Culinary Loop (OCL) at the Salish Cliffs Golf Club, 91 W. State Hwy. 108, Shelton, WA, near Little Creek Casino/Resort, for a Business Knowledge Lunch about “Cooking  Up Business: One Bite at a Time” on April 15, 2014 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Register online at www.OlympicCulinaryLoop.com or call 360.440.7006. At the end of this multi-course educational meal, featuring a panel of tourism experts, attendees will have the knowledge and confidence to dig in to the task of improving their business’ bottom line through strategic storytelling and messaging tips. Panelists include: Keynote presenter Sue Frause is a well-known travel/food writer and photographer who writes three blogs, regularly having her words and images appear in print. Her popular site, “Eat | Play | Sleep,” chronicles Sue’s adventures, along with tips and trends in the travel world. She’ll share actionable insights on how to better tell your business’ story to a hungry marketplace. Louise Stanton-Masten, executive director for the Washington Tourism Alliance (WTA), will update us on the successful passage of SHB 2229 and WTA’s continuing efforts to support tourism marketing and promotion throughout the state from five key tourism industry areas: lodging; food service; attractions and entertainment; retail; and transportation. Jan Morris, co-owner of The Hardware Distillery Company, was featured recently in a USA Today article, “Boomer entrepreneurs bet nest eggs on dreams.” You’ll gain insights into the passion behind the distillery’s success and their launch of a new culinary business in the state’s infant distilled spirits industry. “We’re looking forward to an exciting presentation on culinary tourism from regional experts offering tips and information that will boost your business IQ in this important industry,” said Diane Schostak, Olympic Culinary Loop president. “If you’re a food lover, farmer, wine aficionado, shellfish grower or simply interested in the culinary and agri-tourism movement happening across the Olympic Peninsula, we would love to have you join us.” Come early and join the OCL board of directors, members and culinary friends for a reception at Walter Dacon Winery Monday, April 14th from 6-8 p.m. Reservations are requested. Little Creek Resort is offering lodging discounts for participants. Golf packages for Monday afternoon are also available. The Olympic Culinary Loop was created in 2009 and exists to define, promote and celebrate the Olympic Peninsula’s unique culinary experience. Its purpose is to educate consumers, and ultimately establish the region as a niche destination to enhance economic development and the area’s tourism product. Its membership is comprised from Clallam, Jefferson, Mason and Grays Harbor Counties. For more information, go to www.olympicculinaryloop.com.

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Personalities Around the LOOP - Don & Vicki of Camaraderie Cellars

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="120"] Don & Vicki of Camaraderie Cellars[/caption] Meet Don & Vicki of Camaraderie Cellars! View their brief video postcard:   http://youtu.be/Dc8LtDkD8wc
Answer the 3 content quiz questions below in the MESSAGE box and be entered to win an OCL  prize package drawn at random from all correct "Personalities Around the LOOP" entries.
Camaraderie Cellars quiz: (Tip: simply cut-n-paste questions into Message box, add your answers and press SUBMIT. Good luck!)
  1.  Story behind the name Camaraderie?
  2.  Most people tell time in years, Don instead counts what?
  3.  Besides grapes what other art form shows-off Don's talents?
[bestwebsoft_contact_form] Personalities Around the LOOP is a series of video postcards highlighting some of the unique people that make-up the delicious Culinary Adventure found all around the Olympic Culinary Loop!

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.

Super Bowl Specials around the LOOP!

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="181"] Go Seahawks![/caption] Here's a mash-up of some of the MANY delicious Super Bowl specials being offered by Olympic Culinary Loop foodies all around the Peninsula! How are you going to be eating and expressing your 12th Man pride this weekend?!?! Go Hawks!       Red_Lion_Hotels_Logo0446 Red Lion Hotel Port Angeles Crab House We're 12-ing here at the CrabHouse and we want you to join us! Chef has provided amazing specials to help you cheer on our Hawks this Super-Sunday! A few items in our line-up: • $9.95 - Dark Ale Mustard Burger • $5 Beer Braised Bratwurst - Topped with Dijon Bistro Mustard and Sauerkraut. Add French Fries $2 • $12 - Clam Strips, Popcorn Chicken, Toasted Cheese Ravioli, Siracha Hot Wings, Sweet Potato Fries, Onion Rings and Served with Cracked Pepper Sauce, Ranch and Cocktail Sauce • $12 Seahawk Chili Cheese Nachos - Crisp Corn Tortilla Chips with Chipotle Chicken Chili, Sliced Olives, Pico Salsa, Green Onions, Cheddar and Jack Cheese and Cilantro Sour Cream • $10 Coors Light Pitchers We've got Hawk-themed beverages and our normal Happy Hour starting at 3pm.   Pourhouse It's Game Day! 3:30 kickoff! We're pouring Port Townsend C-Hawks IIPA and Pelican Seahops Pale Ale for the occasion. We'll be projecting the game on a 100" screen. Enter to win a weekend getaway to Pacific City, Oregon. GO HAWKS!!   smokingMos Smoking Mo's  SUPER BOWL All U Can Eat BBQ Buffet Only $15 including non-alcoholic beverage. Starts at 3pm SUNDAY 2/2/14! Menu includes Pulled Pork, Ribs, Chicken Wings, Baked Beans, Mac and Cheese, Tater Tots, Coleslaw, Chips, Dips and Blue Pride Cobbler! Happy Hour Bar Prices 2-5pm. Accepting reservations now! Go Hawks! If you're hosting a Super Bowl Party at your house, let us handle all the cookin' for you! We'll be smoking a load of wings Sunday morning. Call to reserve yours! 50 Wings for $30. First come, first served. We'll be happy to pack BBQ by the lb or let us make the whole meal for you with a 4 or 5 Meat Combo big enough to feed a crowd. Call ahead to guarantee your order. If you're still looking for a fun place to watch the game, join us at Mo's! Taking reservations now. (360)462-0163.
  Chevy Chase Beach Cabins
12% Discount this weekend on all open cabins...  Seahawks and Swans! The Meadow House is available this Superbowl weekend and is our only spot with cable TV...and right now it also has beautiful trumpeter swans in the pond! We also have a few other lovely spots available - you can cozy in and ignore the game hype or stream it. GO HAWKS!!   Cafe' New Day Omelette show down Sunday at Cafe New Day! (Oh No! Denver wins by $1!)          
 Mt. Townsend Creamery
What can we do to make your Sunday party planning easier? Oh, wait, I know! How about a 12th Man pre-ordered platter of 3 Mt Townsend Creamery cheeses, 2 kinds of Salumi salami and crackers? Beer-washed cheese would be appropriate, don't you think? And how about some curds? Give me a call at 360-379-0895 ext 1 to order today. ~ Shannon    Alderbrook ResortAlderbrook Resort and Spa     Join us for the ultimate Alderbrook Resort and Spa Superbowl party!  For only $12 we're offering an all-you-can-eat buffet of football fare, $5 Seattle Seahawks shots, draft $3 Bud lights and will be giving away tons of Seahawks SWAG! We're bringing in several additional TVs and will be showing the game throughout our entire restaurant! Stay with us on Sunday for rates starting at $112 to receive the buffet for 2 on us! Minors are welcome to join the party on the Restaurant side-so bring the whole family! Call us at 360.898.2200 with promo code 12TH MAN or book online
finnriver  Finnriver
Super Bowl cider suggestion: Finnriver Dry Hopped mixed with our Habanero cider. 'Hot Hopped' cocktail suggested by friends at theThe Resort at Port Ludlow. Enjoy the game and may goodwill prevail on the field and beyond!   Kalaloch Lodge The 12th Man is loud and proud at Kalaloch! We featured some delicious Seahawks-themed specials during the championship game last Sunday, including CenturyLink Field's signature "Beast Burger", which was a big hit. We couldn't have been prouder of our local team and are looking forward to cheering them on the Superbowl! Check out our blog for more details (http://ow.ly/t5dLH) and we hope to see you on Feb. 2nd for the big game! GO HAWKS!!
shortslogo Short's family farm
Superbowl Grill party beef special offered up by Short's family farm. Be sure to save a plate for us! Yum! We are now offering a $100 Winter grill pack which includes 6 lb of T bone steak 6 lb of your choice of 1/4 pound or 1/2 pound hamburger patties and 1.3lb of top sirloin Special this weekend only 12% of 4 blocks of ground beef. Super (Bowl) added special for this weekend: a) show up in your Seahawks gear 3% off your entire order b) use the password "Bronco Buster" for a half pound of pepperoni with perches (does not include grill pack or whole,  1/2  &  1/4's)    next door gastropub   Join us on Sunday Next Door for the Superbowl Party we've all been waiting for! Along with featuring the game on our big screen and projector, we will be offering many Hawks inspired specials, 12th Man Pale Ale on Draught all day, and some BIG giveaways!!! The tension will be heavy as two of the pub owners will be in the audience--one a Seahawks fan and the other a Bronco! It only seems natural that someone will be getting a PIE IN THE FACE at the end of the game :) The heat is on at NEXT DOOR GASTROPUB!! (But you may want to bring your jackets, we might just open the door!!)

 Sirens Pub   It's official! Sirens now has 2 big TVs, so everyone can see our Seahawks beat the 49'ers this Sunday. Plenty of spots and fun 12th Man Specials, maybe even Skittle Vodka Shots!!

 
  Port Townsend Brewing Company
Last keg of C-Hawk Imperial IPA has been tapped! Come on in to the tasting room and raise a glass! C-Hawk Imperial IPA. ABV is 8.5% ... GO HAWKS! Join us in the tasting room for a pint!     Harbinger Winery The Twelfth-man special: Today, Saturday, and Sunday Harbinger will be offering a special to get you all ready for the big game!! 2 glasses of Bolero for $12 and growler refills for $12. Go ‪#‎Seahawks‬ !!  
 Ajax Cafe
Squaaaaaawk Go Hawks Live TV Broadcast - Super Bowl Party! At the Ajax Cafe! We will be opening early for the pre-show and broadcasting live Super Bowl XLVIII. Featuring special Squaaaaaawk Go Hawks cocktails, Hawk Ale, and special buffet. Kick off is 3:30 PT! Bring your noise makers and join the party!
SOLD OUT  BUT...WAIT, We're having SUPERBOWL "GO HAWKS" SALE this Sunday for 12 noon on (Open till at least 7:00) 12% OFF all BEER purchases WHEN YOU MENTION THIS facebook POST!!! * (some restrictions, see store for details)
 

 Pane d'Amore   Don't forget to call and reserve your game day goodies! 

Port Townsend 360.385.1199 Bainbridge 206.780.1902 Sequim 360.681.3280

There will be lots of Seahawk Specialties to be had!
 

 The Lodges of Olympic National Park and Forest  Join us on Super Bowl Sunday at Lake Quinault Lodge! We’ll be watching the game on the big screen in our ballroom and serving up a special menu. Go Hawks

   
 Michael's Fresh Northwest Seafood & Steakhouse  Go Seahawks!! Win or lose, come celebrate after the Super Bowl at Michael's!
   Wishkah River Distillery $20 but we have a very limited supply. Hurry into the distillery this week to get yours before the big game While you're here pick up a bottle of vodka and learn how to make "Skittles Vodka" for Sunday's big game! #gohawks

Personalities around the LOOP - Michael at Fairwinds Winery

 
[caption id="attachment_1521" align="alignleft" width="120"]Michael Cavett of Fairwinds Winery, Port Townsend Michael Cavett of Fairwinds Winery, Port Townsend[/caption]
Meet Michael Cavett of Fairwinds Winery! View Michael's brief video postcard:   http://youtu.be/c-YdldtEUng
Answer the 3 content quiz questions below in the MESSAGE box and be entered to win an OCL  prize package drawn at random from all correct "Personalities Around the LOOP" entries.
  Michael at Fairwinds quiz: (Tip: simply cut-n-paste questions into Message box, add your answers and press SUBMIT. Good luck!)
  1.  Story behind the name Fairwinds?
  2.  How many years has Fairwinds been in business?
  3.  What's Michael's advice for the east-side grape growers?
[bestwebsoft_contact_form] Personalities Around the LOOP is a series of video postcards highlighting some of the unique people that make-up the delicious Culinary Adventure found all around the Olympic Culinary Loop!

Walla Walla’s Lullaby Winery moves to Port Townsend

Welcome Lullaby to your new home in the Olympic Peninsula! Reprint from Great Northwest Wine PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. – A Walla Walla Valley winery has relocated to this Victorian town on the northern Olympic Peninsula. Port Townsend, a harbor town that traces its history back to the 1790s, is almost as far away from Washington’s vineyards as possible, but it is home to Virginie Bourgue, a longtime Washington winemaker who owns Lullaby Winery. Bourgue, who has worked for such wineries as Chateau Ste. MichelleBergevin Lane andCadaretta, said she moved closer to Seattle because she self-distributes her 700 cases of annual wine production. “I did not want to live in the city, so I went to the peninsula because it is really appealing,” she told Great Northwest Wine. “The elements here are in harmony. It reminded me of my childhood.” Bourgue was raised in Bonnieux, in the south of France. She worked in Provence, the Loire Valley and Champagne before emigrating to the United States in 2002. She joined Bergevin Lane in Walla Walla in 2003. Three years later, she left Bergevin Lane to start Lullaby Winery and craft highly regarded wines for Cadaretta. Bourgue left Cadaretta in 2010 to focus her energy on Lullaby Winery, which was beginning to enjoy critical and consumer acclaim. In 2011, she moved to Port Townsend, though she kept her production at Artifex, a winemaking facility in Walla Walla. During that time, she also was a consulting winemaker for Olympic Cellars near Sequim, about 30 miles to the west of Port Townsend.

Lullaby Winery to be open by appointment

Lullaby Winery is in Port Townsend, Washington. Lullaby Winery makes eight different wines and is open by appointment, (Photo courtesy of Lullaby Winery) During last fall’s harvest, Bourgue was able to find a suitable production facility near Port Townsend and now will move her entire operation to the Olympic Peninsula. Because she is a one-person company, she will not have a tasting room with regular hours, though she will be open by appointment for individuals and small groups. Bourgue, who makes eight different wines, said she hopes to be able to serve small bites of food with her wines because she wants visitors to experience a more complete food-and-wine experience. Though Port Townsend is several hours’ drive from the Columbia Valley and its vineyards, it is in a wine destination region. Lullaby will join eight other wineries on the northern Olympic Peninsula. Another seven wineries are on Bainbridge Island, less than an hour to the south. And a handful of others are scattered along the southern Olympic Peninsula and among the San Juan Islands. “Port Townsend is a destination on its own,” Bourgue said.

[ To read the rest of this great post, go to Great Northwest Wine ]

 

After near death, a winemaker finds new life

  [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="365"] A terrible plane crash gave Harbinger's Sara Gagnon new perspective on what was important to her.[/caption] Enjoy this reprint of Seattle Times profile of Sara from Harbinger Winery! Out of Sara Gagnon’s experience of surviving a small-plane wreck that killed the pilot, Harbinger Winery was born. By Andy Perdue, Special to The Seattle Times SARA GAGNON knew she was in trouble when the plane’s windshield hit her in the face.   It was August 2004, just before wine-grape harvest was to begin, and Gagnon was riding in a Cessna 182 from her hometown of Port Angeles to Boeing Field on a cloudy, rainy night. In the plane was co-worker Tammi Hinkle, and in the pilot seat was friend Barry Koehler.   They barely made it 10 miles out of town when they came through a cloud bank and everything went wrong.   “We clipped the top of a ridge and went down into the trees at about 150 miles an hour,” Gagnon remembers. “It was full speed. The plane disintegrated around us, and I was pretty sure that was it. I was unlucky enough to not lose consciousness, so I get to remember.”   Koehler died in the crash, and Gagnon and Hinkle, both badly injured, were left stuck all night in a remote area of Olympic National Park, wondering if they would be found, because Koehler hadn’t filed a flight plan. “It was a pretty wild night. I was afraid to fall asleep because I didn't want to wake up dead.” They were found the next morning and hiked out of the forest. Gagnon, who had returned to Port Angeles from Seattle four years earlier to follow her passion for winemaking, was the head winemaker at Olympic Cellars in nearby Sequim. She was having a blast in the job and also had discovered a love for kayaking that moved her to become a professional guide.As she recovered from a fractured sternum, cracked pelvis, broken nose and concussion, Gagnon came to a hard-earned conclusion: Life is too short to not follow your dreams. “That really shifted my perspective and made me realize that I wanted to go do my own thing. So I finished up harvest at Olympic Cellars and moved on.” Out of her near death was born Harbinger Winery. In the decade since, Gagnon has built Harbinger into a 3,000-case winery. West of Port Angeles on Highway 101, it is the northwestern-most winery in the continental United States. She shares the winery building with Hinkle, with whom she co-owns Adventures Through Kayaking, putting both her passions under one roof. As a result of the harrowing plane crash, Gagnon is stronger mentally and physically. Whether she’s in the cellar making wine or working the tasting room, she takes on life in a gentle, Zen-like manner, living for the moment rather than for the paycheck.  

Personalities Around the LOOP - Dave at Harbinger Wine

[caption id="attachment_1473" align="alignleft" width="210"]Dave of Harbinger Winery Dave of Harbinger Winery[/caption] Meet Dave of Harbinger Winery! Video Dave's brief video postcard: http://youtu.be/mnp9bHT1O-U Answer the 3 content quiz questions below in the MESSAGE box and be entered to win an OCL  prize package drawn at random from all correct "Personalities Around the LOOP" entries.   Dave at Harbinger quiz: (Tip: simply cut-n-paste questions into Message box, add your answers and press SUBMIT. Good luck!)
  1.  Story behind the name Harbinger? (Hint!)
  2.  Wine won Best In Show at Sunset Magazine Wine Competition?
  3.  Piece of equipment being borrowed-back?
[bestwebsoft_contact_form] Personalities Around the LOOP is a series of video postcards highlighting some of the unique people that make-up the delicious Culinary Adventure found all around the Olympic Culinary Loop!

Westport Winery supports its community one bottle at a time

Olympic Culinary Loop is proud to reprint this great article of community service and care featured in the Seattle Times.  As it celebrates the hard work and huge hearts of Blain and Kim Roberts of Westport Winery. Well done Westport Winery! Keep up the excellent work!
Westport Winery supports its community one bottle at a time
The small, young winery makes 33 different wines. Each is attached to a charity, with part of the sales going to that particular cause. By Andy Perdue Special to The Seattle Times
Blain and Kim Roberts support more than 30 good causes from sales at their Westport Winery in Aberdeen.
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Blain and Kim Roberts support more than 30 good causes from sales at their Westport Winery in Aberdeen.
ON ANY GIVEN day, every single winery in Washington — more than 800 now — is contacted by someone seeking a donation.
It is difficult to imagine another industry being approached more often to give away its product, especially when the vast majority of the state’s wineries are family businesses crafting small amounts of high-quality wine with low profit margins. It is an overwhelming problem, but one Washington winery has figured out a solution. Westport Winery near the coastal town of Aberdeen gives away no wine, yet it manages to support more than 30 charities in its community, and is approaching a quarter-million dollars in donations. Talk about making a difference — and having fun at the same time. The small, young winery makes a dizzying 33 different wines. Each is attached to a charity, with part of the sales going to that particular cause. A few examples: • Lighthouse, a blend of riesling and gewürztraminer, benefits the Grays Harbor Lighthouse Restoration Fund. • Noirvana, a pinot noir, helps the Kurt Cobain Memorial Committee (the founder of the band Nirvana grew up in Aberdeen). • Shelter from the Storm, a dessert wine, assists the Grays Harbor Hospital Foundation. • Mermaid Merlot benefits the Grays Harbor chapter of the American Cancer Society. This is especially important to the winery owners because their daughter, Carrie, is a cancer survivor. And my personal favorite: • Bella, a red blend inspired by the main character in the “Twilight” books and films, benefits the Mount Rainier chapter of the American Red Cross. And Westport regularly supports the Red Cross with “Bella blood drives” at the winery. Westport co-owners Kim and Blain Roberts write monthly checks to each of the 33 charities, totaling anywhere from $5,000 to $7,000 a month. They don’t do this by raising the price of their wine — “That’s being a pretend bigshot,” Kim says. Instead, Kim and Blain don’t take a salary. Those checks may sometimes seem small — perhaps $100 or $200 — but they add up. Since opening in 2008, the winery has donated more than $235,000. It has been important to the Roberts family for the donations to stay local. But recently, they felt called to support Mercy Ships, an organization that provides health care via ships on the African coast. To accommodate this, Westport is launching a line of hard ciders, and a portion of sales will assist the Texas-based charity. Even though Westport Winery gives so much back to its community, the calls requesting free wine keep coming daily. The Roberts family handles this by offering 40 percent off a gift basket to any Grays Harbor County charity, allowing the winery to help the organization while sticking to its rules. “There’s a limit to how much you can give and still operate,” Kim says. “That’s the hard reality.”