Search the loop!

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.

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.

Read the rest of the story

 

The Perfect Pairing - Drink in this Taste Tour of the LOOP

Wine, Cider & Chocolate Tour February 11th & 12th, 2017 // 11am - 5pm February 18th, 19th, & 20th 2017 // 11am - 5pm A scrumptious red wine perfectly paired with just the right chocolate can bring out the romantic in anyone. The Olympic Peninsula Wineries will take that perfect pairing to another level in 2017, bringing together new release varietals and blends created with premium Washington grapes and decadent chocolate delights that will make you a better wine lover!

Be sure you plan your Tour to visit:

Finnriver Farm & Cidery - Finnriver invites you to join us at the Cider Garden this Valentine’s to delight your senses with a tantalizing taste of our sumptuous special release brandy wines, including the limited edition and vibrantly pink Huckleberry Wine. Alpenfire Cider - Help guarantee a successful 2017 harvest at Alpenfire's Organic Late Winter Wassail. Toast our tree's with cider, visit the bonfire and sip hot Lamb's wool cider. Eaglemount Wine & Cider - is excited to partner once again with local Olympic Peninsula favorite Chocolate Serenade. They will pair their artisan wines, ciders, and fruit meads with Jim's delicious hand-dipped chocolates, truffles, and caramel sauce. Featured colorful ciders and wines will bring out your Valentine's spirit, including Raspberry Hopped Cider, Cranberry Mead, Rhubarb Cider, Cab Sauv Dessert Wine, and more! Wind Rose Cellars -  is proud to be hosting local Olympic Peninsula chocolatier Yvonne Yokoda from Yvonne's Chocolates. She'll be on hand both weekends to talk about her chocolates as well as offer tasty samples from the variety of chocolates she produces. We will be pouring some new wines: 2015 Pinot Grigio, 2014 Hunter's Red (Grenache & Cab) 2013 Bravo Rosso (Italian blend) , 2014 Field Blend (Cabernet Sauvignon) and our 2013 Primitivo. Olympic Cellars - will feature new releases of their dessert wines. Sailing Moon Ruby is made from a blend of Portuguese/Spanish grape varietals, including Tempranillo and Souzao. It’s rich and warming and pairs beautifully with cuddling by a fire and enjoying a piece of chocolate. Sailing Moon White is made from locally-grown Madeleine Angevine grapes and fortified with brandy distilled in Port Townsend. Camaraderie Cellars -  Celebrating history with our 25th year of making great wine in a beautiful spot! There will be tastes of older vintages, pulled from our cellar and the debut of our newest varietal, Dolcetto. Favorite savory chocolate tastes from the wood-fired oven and the Cocoa Spiced pulled pork, delicious bittersweet chocolate heart cookies, and some crunchy biscotti.

A plan to nibble of the LOOP in just one day

Often visitors get on the Olympic Peninsula with a hope of seeing, doing and tasting it ALL... in just one day! While there's nothing - inherently wrong with fast dining - we do encourage you to savor the flavors, and ponder the personalities that make the Olympic Culinary Loop so delicious. Still a midwestern Taste Tourist friend of the LOOP recently wrote:
We have only one day to visit the peninsula from Seattle. Please recommend the best route to help us enjoy even a bite of the Peninsula. Thank you! Carolyn R.
  Only one day to nibble on the thinnest slice of the Olympic Peninsula. Grab your current Culinary Adventure Map, watch out for Carolyn, and dig-in! OCL CA MAP button
From Seattle:

Entry onto the Olympic Peninsula Option A:

Enter either Whidbey Island to Port Townsend ferry (north) 
1) Elevated Ice Cream & Chocolate Company (map #74)
2) Drive through Fort Worden State Park (map #80)
3) Grab bread at Pane d'Amore Artisan Bakery (map #77)
4) Sip beer at Propolis Brewing (map #66)
3) Sample cheese at Mt Townsend Creamery (map #65)
4) Gather farm fresh supplies at either SpringRain Farmstand (#57) or Chimacum Corner Store & Farmstand (#56)
5) Sip Cider at Finnriver Cidery (map #55)

Entry onto the Olympic Peninsula Option B:

or enter via Seattle to Bainbridge ferry - crossing Hood Canal Bridge - skipping stops 1-5 above
6) Stretch and eat with Chef Dan at Port Ludlow Resorts Fireside Restaurant (map #54)
7) Bite into the best smoked meat & cheese deli creations at Gear Head Deli (map #53)
8) Enjoy a bite and view at the aptly named "Pleasant Harbor" Marine galley / pub (map #50)
9) Slurp the 'Hood' on the beach at Hama Hama Oyster Co. (map #49)
10) Sip some of the 'Sound' at Hardware Distillery Co. (map #48)
11) Take a break or indulge in a full spa treatment at Alderbrook Resort & Spa (map #43)
12) Stop in at Mosquito Fleet Winery  (map #42)
Exit at Gorst Hwy 3 at Hwy 16). Head either a few miles north past Bremerton Naval shipyard and take Bremerton to Seattle ferry back into downtown Seattle, or travel SE through Port Orchard, Gig Harbor and across Tacoma Narrows Bridge to Tacoma - SeaTac - Seattle.
Either a 12 stop EXTRA full day or a simply FULL 6 stop day. With nearly 100 culinary adventure points to see and taste all around the Olympic Peninsula you'll have to make plans to come back and visit, again, and again!
Enjoy!

Cash in on LOOP LOOT!

Are you hungry for some fun and free LOOP LOOT! Olympic Culinary Loop is pleased to reward our loyal "Taste Tourists" with monthly give away of $50 in LOOP LOOT!LoopLootOCLLogo Use just like cash as you eat your way all around the Olympic Culinary Loop. Fill your pockets with valuable LOOP LOOT by simply participating in our monthly social media contests.

Congratulations to Melanie Cook Daehler or Raymond Washington for being the 1,000th OCL Facebook LIKE!

Melanie is the lucky person honored to receive $50 in LOOP LOOT in order to help her eat your way around the Olympic Peninsula.

Current LOOP LOOT contest -

 In honor of upcoming 15th Annual Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival, October 7-9, 2016 in Port Angeles

The current LOOP LOOT photo subject is delicious Dungeness Crab and Seafood being enjoyed around the LOOP!
As always: 
 
Photograph and share your Loop Loot adventure and you'll be automatically entered to win $50 of monthly LOOP LOOT
Here's How:
1)  Simply post an image based on that month's LOOP LOOT theme, e.g. if "Spring Bounty", think: Eggs (even on your plate!), Chicks, Ducks, Turkey, Eagle?!?, ideally with you enjoying it / them somewhere around the Olympic Culinary Loop to www.facebook.com/OlympicCulinaryLoop
2) Be sure to the LOOP location or culinary festival event where your photo was taken
3) Be sure to include the hash tag(s) #OlympicCulinaryLOOP and/or#LoopLoot in your photo description.
That's it! At the end of the month, if your posting has most comments and likes combined, YOU WIN! *
Simply let others know about your delicious destination and you're entered to win $50 in LOOP LOOT! Good luck! Looking forward to seeing you around the LOOP.
  *The fine print" (LOOP LOOT's official contest rules): NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. The LOOP LOOT "Contest" is a promotional rewards offering of the Olympic Culinary Loop (OCL), as "Sponsor", and not in anyway sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook.  Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the promotion will be directed to Sponsor, not Facebook. This contest is governed by these official rules (“Official Rules”). By participating in the contest, each entrant agrees to abide by these Official Rules, including all eligibility requirements, and understands that the results of the contest, as determined by Sponsor and its agents, are final in all respects. The contest is subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited by law. Read full rules...  

#9 of a dozen reasons to join – or re-new – your Olympic Culinary Loop membership

Packed full of appetizing itineraries and delicious destinations you won’t what to travel around the Olympic Peninsula on an empty stomach or without this culinary guide! go-see-do  “Go-Do-Dine-Stay” County-by-County sample (appetizer) itineraries ItinerariesIndustry Members are entered into a drawing for placement. Corporate Members are GUARANTEED featured Itinerary placement!Get your place on the map Today! Be part of every "Taste Travelers" next Olympic Culinary Loop trip. Enter the Day 9 drawing and you have the opportunity to win! Sign-up or renew your OCL membership today and you're already a 'winner' by joining the LOOP! (And you're still able to win our Grand Prize! Good Luck!) Sign-up at the Associate, Industry or Corporate package levels today, knowing that you're among the first in queue for listing in the BIGGER and BETTER than ever 2016 Culinary Adventure Map as you enjoy all the membership and current popularity of the digital Culinary Adventure Map, (PDF Map version formatted for instant home printing and downloaded daily, and the always up-to-date mobile app.) Three ways to join or renew:
  1. Mail in your membership. Sign-up today!
  2. Or join on-line today! (Save with a single payment today or subscribe to low-cost monthly installment payments.)
  3. Still have questions? Let us know. We'll quickly contact you and answer your questions.
(Festivals or Seasonal Culinary Special Events, details and Sign-up here) [easy-pricing-table id="2808"] New members will be asked to provide business directory listing information. Renewing members are encouraged to explore added exposure and marketing benefits from upgrading current membership level.  

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.

[caption id="attachment_8458" align="alignright" width="300"]quinault rainforest Snow falls in the Quinault Rainforest. Photo credit: Will Spence.[/caption]
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/

Salmon House at Lake Quinault: Keeping Diners Happy for Over 40 Years

Reprinted from  [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="431"]salmon house restaurant Hoquiam resident, Chris Lowder, is ready for dinner at the Salmon House Restaurant.[/caption]
By Kristine Lowder Perched on the south shore of Lake Quinault, The Salmon House is not particularly well known outside the immediate vicinity. And that’s a shame. Because this family-owned and operated restaurant has been keeping people happy for nearly a half century.
salmon house restaurant
Check out the lovely view of Lake Quinault from The Salmon House.
Originally built in 1966, the Salmon House is owned and operated by the Morrison brothers – Dave, Don, and Joseph. Morrison family involvement in the lake-hugging restaurant began in 1970, when Dave’s parents bought the restaurant, then-called the “Rain Forest Café.” The snug building was remodeled in 1976 to include a lower dining section offering panoramic views of Lake Quinault. A back section with a roaring fireplace was added in 1983. Dave and his brothers did most of the remodel themselves. The brothers bought the restaurant from their parents in 1980 and changed the name to The Salmon House a few years later to reflect the specialty of the house. Not surprisingly, salmon is the single biggest seller on the menu. Several options are available. The secret is buying it fresh. “We buy salmon mostly from Cisco,” explains Morrison in a phone interview. “We try to keep it fresh, usually caught within a couple days.”
  Read the rest of this article at: http://www.graysharbortalk.com/2015/03/01/salmon-house-lake-quinault/

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.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1440394099596417/

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

Kia's Skillet Cornbread

Thanks to Kia Armstrong of Nash's Organic Produce for sharing your delicious cornbread recipe Kia's Skillet Cornbread Recipe: This is super simple to make, and can be altered in lots of different ways, depending on your mood! 1 cup Nash’s Cornmeal 1 cup Nash’s White Wheat Flour (or Triticale Flour or Red Wheat Flour) ½ teaspoon salt 4 teaspoons baking powder 1 Tablespoon raw sugar 1 egg 1 cup raw milk ¼ cup melted butter Combine wet ingredients and mix them into thoroughly combined dry ingredients. Slather butter or bacon grease into 8” cast iron pan, and bake batter at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. Variations: -Add a teaspoon each of chilli powder and ground cumin to the dry mix. -Grate or dice chunks of cheese and gently fold into batter before putting into pan. -Gently fold into the batter roughly chopped fresh cilantro, basil or parsley. -Gently fold into the batter about a cut of chopped peppers, leeks, onions, green onions, corn kernels or other veggies. -Use coconut oil instead of butter -Top the batter with thinly sliced colorful peppers for a beautiful presentation.

Perfect Pairing of Two Peninsula Personalities!

Bedford's MarionBerry Creme       Lake Crescent Lodge  Bedford's MarionBerry Creme A great tribute! Bedford's NW Soda was asked recently to create a new flavor for the 100th anniversary of the Lake Crescent Lodge, which is located on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula in the Olympic National Park in Western Washington State. Marionberry Crème was created with the label commemorating the 100th anniversary of this beautiful historic lodge, which sets on the shore of magnificent Lake Crescent. Ed Bedford worked with lodge staff to create the flavor and the label. Lake Crescent Lodge was recently rated as one of the top lodges in the U.S. Park System. The product was introduced at the lodge’s May 1st 2015 opening. Many have already inquired if the Marionberry flavor will become a permanent addition, joining Bedford's fine soda line up? Stay tuned…

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)
Menu:PortLudlow(Fireside Restaurant)v2
  • 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

Culinary Kick-Off with Super Bowl Specials around the LOOP!

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!  

  Anne Maries Cafe'

This week's Lunch specials are:
Monday: Russell Wilsons Magical minestrone soup with Grilled cheese sandwich. Tuesday: Legion of Shroom soup with Tom Brady's Cow patties. Wednesday: Beast Mode barley soup with Bacon, cheddar & pear sandwich. Thursday: Jon Ryan's tomato soup with 12th man Egg salad sandwich. Friday: NOT New England clam chowder with Tuna sandwich.
Go Hawks!!!!!

 

  next door gastropub

Next Door Gastropub is doing something that we've never done before at the pub...reserving tables for the big game!! We are offering 4 Superbowl Table Packages to the first groups who call to reserve their prime seats for the Superbowl. Each package costs $150 and looks like this: * Your own "themed" table * 4 of the best seats in the house * Full Big Screen TV & Projector visibility * 16 Wings of your choice * 1 appetizer bowl of fries with add-ons * A pitcher of Hawk One Lager * A "Shot of Hope" for each guest at kickoff * Discounted Superbowl square purchases * Complimentary party favors
In addition to table packages we will be offering Superbowl Inspired food and drink specials, a fun and lively staff to keep you fed and watered throughout the game and the best (and loudest) fans in PA to cheer along with as we WITNESS THE BOOM!!! We're goin' BIG this Sunday and there's room for you to come with us!! To purchase one of our Superbowl Table packages call now 360-504-2613

 

  The Bishop Victorian Hotel

Still making plans for the Superbowl Weekend and want to avoid the Seattle crowds? We have a few suites still available at the Bishop Victorian, so grab your 12th Man gear and come on over to the other side!

 Grove Street Brewhouse

Hand knit washable Hawks stocking hat for sale @ The Grove. $40. GO HAWKS!!

  Chevy Chase Beach Cabins

Treat that special someone to a quiet and relaxing weekend in one of our studios (7 or 10) and still get home in time to support our SEAHAWKS!! Or hang around and take in the game at one of the many great places in PT that will be playing the big game! In honor of our Seahawks and the 12th man there will be a 12% discount special on a two night stay in cabin 7 or 10 . Give us a call at 360-385-1270 or email us at info@chevychasebeachcabins.com ‪#‎gohawks‬ ‪#‎seahawks‬‪#‎chevychasebeachcabins‬ ‪#‎porttownsend‬ ‪#‎12thman‬

Looking for a place to watch the Game? Come on down to the Red Lion!! We'll have delicious food, fabulous drinks, and even a kid friendly zone!! See you at TWELVE!!! ‪#‎GoHawks‬
 Alright all of you 12's - Share your best Twelfie with us on this RL Facebook page, and be entered to win $25 in food and drinks at the Crab house!!! Let's see your Blue and Green!

Join us for the exciting matchup between the Seahawks and Packers! Kick off is at 12:05. We'll be opening our doors at 11:30. Banh mi sandwiches from across the street go great with beer!

 
Are you ready for some football! All you can eat bbq buffet is $12 game day!! Projector is up, hawk shots are chillin' and Lucille is smokin'!!!  
 Cafe' New Day ·
Two things you need to know about this Saturday and Sunday, the 17th and 18th! Ask if this Superbowl deal is being offered this Sunday: To celebrate the game, anyone who comes in decked out in the colors of their football team gets 10% off their meal. *THE BEAST BURGER* - Our way to celebrate our Seahawks. This New Day take on the blue and green takes our juicy Rayonier Valley grass fed beef patty and surrounds it with a stellar team of house-made blue cheese, bacon, grilled green apple, spring mix, tomatoes and red onions. Comes with your choice of chips.      

  The Resort at Port Ludlow

Only 6 days left to take advantage of the 12th Man Super Bowl Golf Special AND the temperature at Port Ludlow is hovering around 60 degrees today! What are you waiting for?
 
    Alderbrook Resort and Spa
Enjoy access to our Super Bowl pool & restaurant parties, fan gift & a $50 dining credit!  12th Man Super Bowl Stay  package special.  
  Kalaloch Lodge
02/01/2015 /// Come Watch With Us At The Kalaloch Lodge! Go Seahawks!

 
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!  
We will be closed on Sunday so our employees can enjoy the Super Bowl! Go Hawks!

  Olympic Cellars Winery

We will be closed on Sunday so our employees can enjoy the Super Bowl! Go Hawks!

Raise a Glass to the Holidays!

Thanks to Finnriver Farm & Cidery for these two great reasons to celebrate the holidays with Olympic Culinary Loop cheer!

SPIRITED APPLE WINE HOT TODDY

4 ozs hot water
1 oz Finnriver Spirited Apple Wine 1 oz honey 1 dash nutmeg & cinnamon (stick optional) 1 lemon (wedge)

A IS FOR APPLE, B IS FOR BOURBON

Into a shaker glass full of ice pour 
1 oz Finnriver Spirited Apple Wine and 
1 oz bourbon
Cover and shake hard until glass is chilled. 
Strain up into a cocktail glass. 
Optional garnish with a citrus peel and/or cinnamon stick to swirl around the glass while you sip. 
We raise the glass to Amy Grondin for this creation!

Non-Alcoholic Spiced Apple Tea

spicedappleIngredients 1 lemon 4 cups apple juice 2 cups water 4 inches stick cinnamon 1 tablespoon whole cardamom pods, crushed 1 teaspoon whole cloves 6 black tea bags (decaffeinated, if desired) 1/4 cup maple syrup Thin apple slices Directions: Use a vegetable peeler to remove strips of peel from half of the lemon; set peel aside. Squeeze juice from lemon. Combine apple juice, water, and 1 tablespoon of the lemon juice in a large saucepan. (Save remaining juice for another use.) For the spice bag, place cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and the lemon peel strips in the center of a 6-inch square of double-thick 100-percent cotton cheesecloth. Bring corners together and tie with a clean string. Add bag to apple juice mixture. Bring mixture to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Add tea bags; cover and let stand 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and spice bag and discard them. Stir in maple syrup. Serve in mugs. If desired, float apple slices on top of each serving. Makes 8 servings.

Finnriver's "Spirited Apple" Ginner Hot Toddy!

HOT  'Spirited Apple'  GINGER TODDY RECIPE
Here's a perfect finishing touch to a cold, winter day...a hot toddy with warming ginger and Finnriver's Spirited Apple Wine. There are many recipes out there for a hot toddy, but here's one we've adapted from  Serious Eats:
In a medium saucepan, add water, ginger root slices and optional cloves. Squeeze lemon juice into the saucepan, adding lemon halves into the liquid. Bring to a boil over high heat, and then reduce to medium heat, so the liquid is bubbling. Cook for 10 minutes, until the mixture has reduced and has enough of a gingery taste to your liking. Strain, removing cloves, lemon halves and ginger from the liquid. Pour into two mugs. Add enough honey and Spirited Apple Wine to your tastes. Garnish with lemon slices, a sprinkle of cinnamon if you like, and serve.  Relish the warmth!
________________________________________________________

Kate McDermott’s Cranberry Pie Filling

There's always a reason to be thankful!

Originally Posted on http://nashsorganicproduce.com/recipes 

cranberry squircle

Cranberries aren’t just for Thanksgiving relish anymore — they make a tasty and vibrant pie filling for your post-turkey dessert spread.

Enough fresh cranberries to fill a pie pan to 1/2″ below the rim (about 2.5 – 3 cups) 1 cup sugar 2 gratings of fresh nutmeg A few squeezes of fresh orange juice or a dash of Grand Marnier 1 tablespoon organic corn starch Pinch salt Bottom and top pie crusts Pulse 3/4 of the cranberries in a food processor briefly to get a variety of sizes of pieces. Combine with the 1/4 whole berries. Mix with other ingredients. Place in an open pie crust and dot a little butter on top. Top with a whole crust or better yet, a lattice crust. See ArtofthePie.com for instructions on doing the crust.
 

Holiday Happenings

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

  New Year's Eve Party

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

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

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

 

New Years Eve at Nourish

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

Christmas Eve at Michael's Seafood & Steakhouse

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

Ocean Crest Resort this year is especially Thankful for Family!

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


 

Join Nourish for Thanksgiving Dinner

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

Fort Worden 

Serving Thanksgiving to your "troops" for over 100 years!Fort Worden Thanksgiving 2015 menu   Contact Fort Worden's banquet & catering department, 360.344.4400 ext 304, TODAY and reserve your families Thanksgiving feast.                              
  Baked bounty at Pane d' Amore! panelogo     Displaying Thanksgiving Formal Menu 2015.jpgThanksgiving Formal Menu 2015                                                    

Port Ludlow Resort

You love the Fireside and Port Ludlow all year, why not make it your home for the holidays? Thanksgiving Dinner may be SOLD OUT, but there are plenty of additionally delicious opportunities for your to take advantage of. (Hint: Call right away and book your reservations! www.portludlowresort.com, 360-437-7412)
PtLudlow-SoldOut-Thanksgiving
Save the Dates...
November
Wednesdays in November
November 14th Strung Along Community Marketplace
November 26th
SOLD OUT
December
Wednesdays in December
December 11th
Port Ludlow Golf Club &
Niblicks Holiday Sale
December 24th
December 31st
January
January 22nd
DeLille Wine Dinner
 

Pumpkin & Gingersnap Ice Cream at Elevated!

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

It’s time to order your CRUST holiday pie!

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

Lake Crescent Lodge in November

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

Give thanks with Alderbrook Resort & Spa....

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

Abacela Wine Dinner at Ajax Cafe(2) Ajax Cafe.clipular

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

An Olympic Wine Cellars  Thanksgiving Fable Olympic Cellars Header

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

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

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

Thanksgiving Day Buffet at 7 Cedars Casino

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

Kokopelli Grill Thanksgiving Menu

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

Lake Quinault Lodge Traditions

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

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

   

Black Friday - SALE - Save 30%  + $10. SHIPPING!

DON'T MISS THE BOAT!

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

** Minimum 2 bottle order & limited to 12 bottles per $10 shipping charge.

** Must be 21 to order & adult signature on delivery is required.

 SHOP NOW

 

30% Off Online orders + $10. Shipping*

Enter "BLACKFRIDAY" in the coupon section of your cart summary

*Minimum 2/Maximum 12 bottles per shipping charge.

 Valid:  Black Friday - Cyber Monday

(12:01am Nov 28 through 11:59pm Dec 1, 2014)


  Eaglemount Wine and Cider

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

Elevated Ice Cream

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

 

  Fort Worden

 
 

Lullaby Winery

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

Wind Rose Cellars

The Best Nightlife in Sequim!

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

 

Alderbrook Resort & Spa

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

Christmas Tea

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

Holiday Specific awesome events coming up at Cellar Door include:

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


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

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

 Ocean Crest Resort

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

Winemaker's Dinner at Ocean Crest Resort

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

The menu:

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

Westport Winery

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

Lake Quinault Lodge

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

Ajax Cafe

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

We look forward to seeing you soon !

 Sincerely,
Kristan McCary
Ajax Cafe
 

Dockside Grill at John Wayne Marina

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

New Owners have big plans for Olympic Cellars

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

Nash's Farm Store

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

Art of Pie at Nash's

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

 

Michael’s Seafood and Steakhouse

"Escape to the ultimate dinning exerience"

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

 

Olympic Peninsula Wineries'

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

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

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

OLYMPIC CELLARS WINERY - FOUR COURSE WINE DINNER

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

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

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

Fall Focus on a FULL Harvest of Happenings around the LOOP

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

 Elevated Ice Cream Co. & Candy Shop

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

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

  Finnriver

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

  Olympic Culinary Loop

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

 Westport Brewing Co

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

  Wishkah River Distillery

Humptoberfest - October 25, 3 - 11 PM

  Ocean Crest Resort

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

  Kalaloch Lodge

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

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

 Quinault Beach Resort and Casino

October 11, 2PM - 9PM

  Camaraderie Cellars

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

  Wind Rose Cellars

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

  Alpenfire Cider

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

  Kitsap Tours

 Happy fall!

  Jefferson County Farmers Market

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

  Nash's Organic Produce

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

  Stottle Winery

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

   Taylor Shellfish Farms

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

  Sirens Pub

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

  Kokopelli Grill

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

  Red Lion Hotel Port Angeles Crab House

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

  The Resort at Port Ludlow

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

  Alderbrook Resort and Spa

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

  Blondies Plate

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

  next door gastropub

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

  Tinderbox Coffee Roasters

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

  Nourish Sequim

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

 Hama Hama Oysters

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

  Ravenscroft Inn

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

  Cellar Door

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

  Michael's Fresh Northwest Seafood & Steakhouse

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

  Cafe' New Day

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

Pistachio Salmon from Lytle Seafoods Oyster Shack

Kathy Lytle of Lytle Seafoods Oyster Shack shares this recipe for the "Best Ever for Salmon!"  (Of course they recommend that you "Come and See Us" for their "still doin' the wild thing":  Alaskan Copper River Salmon and local caught Sturgeon, King Salmon.

Pistachio Salmon 

1 Cup chopped Pistachio nuts
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. dill weed
Mix it up in a bowl, spread over the salmon fillet.  Bake 400, 15-20 min.  Do not over cook!    Delicious!!!!!

Dungeness Crab Cakes - Recipe from Westport Winery

Kim Roberts of Westport Winery shares this seasonal recipe from the coast.  Adding this tip:

"Best paired with Willapa WhitePinot Gris -- or Riesling while listening to 'Wanted: Dead or Alive by Bon Jovi' "

 

Crab Cakes

Finely dice:Crab Cake (Westport Winery)

1 c celery

1 c onion

1 c carrot

1⁄2 c garlic

Saute in garlic butter and cool.

In a bowl, mix together:

7 eggs

1 lemon zest and juice

2 T Worcestershire sauce

1-1/2 T parsley, chopped

7 green onion, chopped

2 T salt

2 T Old Bay

Combine with the sautéed ingredients and add:

3 lb fresh Dungeness crabmeat, picked over for shells and cartilage

4 cups Panko

Let sit 1⁄2 hour.

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!)
.

 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.
Little Creek Casino Resort's photo.
.

 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
.

 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!
.

 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
.

 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.

.

 Alderbrook Resort and Spa

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

 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!
.
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!
.

 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!
.
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!
.

 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!
.
"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!"
.

 

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!

.

 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!

-

 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.
-

 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.
-

 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.
-

 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!
-

 Tinderbox Coffee Roasters

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

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

  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!
-

 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.
-

 Westport Brewing Co

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

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.
More!

Olympic Peninsula: 53 tasty stops on Olympic Culinary Loop's adventure map

Drool-worthy news! Accomplished travel writer Sue Frause, @suefrause, toured the LOOP last as part of Spring Olympic Culinary Loop's educational gathering in Shelton. She toured the eastern edge of the LOOP, visiting nearly a dozen OCL member locations from Port Townsend to Kamilche. Of all the delicious stories and sights she featured: Chimacum Corner FarmstandQuilcene Village StoreGeoduck Restaurant & Lounge, Hama Hama Seafood, Finnriver, Fireside Restaurant at The Resort at Port Ludlow Read the full article and enjoy as you get your own Culinary Adventure Map and plan your own Olympic taste tour today!    

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!  

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!
Bella Italia's photo.Bella Italia's photo.

  Bedford's Soda's

Don't forget your Bedford's Ginger Beer for your Holiday Moscow Mule's!
Bedford's Soda's photo.

 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.
Camaraderie Cellars's photo.

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.

Kalaloch Lodge's photo.

 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
Little Creek Casino Resort's photo.

 
Stottle Winery's photo.
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...
The Resort at Port Ludlow's photo.

Thank you Beecher's Cheese for suggesting a great Valentine's Day gift!
Beecher's Handmade Cheese's photo.
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!
Elevated Ice Cream Co. & Candy Shop's photo.

 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.

RE-LOVING OUR BUSINESS CELEBRATION in Port Townsend

LEHANI’S COFFEHOUSE AND DELI/PORT TOWNSEND CHOCOLATE COMPANY   After twelve years of serving the residents and visitors of Port Townsend, LEHANI’S paused to refurbish and refresh their coffeehouse, deli and chocolate company at 221 Taylor Street, Port Townsend. “Twelve years of doing what we do has given us a level of mastery that we are proud to offer our community. Lehani’s new space is a better reflection of our passion and imagination.  We’ve seen our vision become a reality, and we couldn’t have done it without our community here on the Olympic Peninsula. Our re-opening celebration is our way of saying thank you to all the people who have supported us over the years,” say co-owners Lynn Hamlin-LeMaster and Bill LeMaster. Lehani’s proudly invites the community to pop in and see the renewed space during Gallery Walk, on February 1st.  Lynn and Bill will be in attendance as well as local artist, Luke J. Tornatzky, whose artwork is on display. Complimentary chocolate and coffee will be served from  5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Lehani’s Coffeehouse and Deli, in Port Townsend, is an ongoing love story. Husband and wife team, Lynn and Bill LeMaster, own the business and spend their days working side by side. The Coffeehouse is a reflection of their relationship, and also of their individual passions. Bill has always loved cooking healthy and imaginative foods, and Lynn has a passion for chocolate and coffee. They combined these pursuits to create Lehani’s Coffeehouse and Deli, which is also the proud home of Port Townsend Chocolate Company.  “It’s not just the two of us who are star-crossed,” says Lynn Hamlin-LeMaster, “the coffee bean and the cacao bean also make a perfect couple.” The love story doesn’t end there. Upon arriving in Port Townsend twelve years ago, Lynn and Bill quickly fell in love with this community and with the natural beauty that surrounds us here. “We have always striven to make Lehani’s a truly LOCAL business.” To Lynn and Bill that means that all produce, oils, spices and dry goods are purchased fresh, from local farmers and the Food Co-Op. It means that dairy products, free range eggs and chicken come from North West farms. It means that customers are getting fresh, organic food, and that everyone who walks in will find something good to eat. “We always have vegetarian, vegan and gluten free choices. It’s part of how we honor the diversity in this community.” Lynn and Bill also participate in town events, donate to local organizations, and are members of the Main Street Alliance and the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce. “We utilize local businesses and craftspeople for everything, from printing, to re-modeling our kitchen.”

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!

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!

Itinerary: Jefferson County - Take a bite out of the Olympic Culinary Loop!

Olym Cul Adven cover thumbItinerary: Take a bite out of the Olympic Culinary Loop! Travel the LOOP in 3, 4 or more daily bites. Or take your time and discover more seasonal treasures and tastes around every turn.  To whet your appetite for adventure you can follow this sample itinerary, reverse the order, or make up your own… the delicious discoveries are endless. Visit www.OlympicCulinaryLoop.com for current events and additional Culinary Adventure ideas.   Whet your appetite with this Jefferson County culinary sampler: Jefferson Go: Quilcene, Port Ludlow, Chimacum, Port Townsend Ferry to additional adventure! See: Trendy neon signs and organic goodies in a timber town, Quilcene Village Store and Gas, Quilcene www.quilcenevillagestore.com, 360- 765-0090, or the hippest place to strut your Carharts at Chimacum Corner Farmstand,  http://chimacumcorner.com, Chimacum, 360-732-0107 Do: Finnriver Farm apples and Dented Buoy pizza Chimacum, WA www.finnriver.com , 360-732-4337, 360-732-4084 Or we dare you not to say "Cheese!"" at Mt. Townsend Creamery, Port Townsend, www.mttownsendcreamery.com , 360-379-0895 Dine: With the strangest hats on your head and the best tastes in your mouth - Ajax Café, Port Hadlock, www.ajaxcafe.com , 360-385-3450 Or succumb to the freshest Ice Cream & Chocolates at Elevated Ice Cream Co., Port Townsend, www.elevatedicecream.com,  360-385-1156 Stay: In the lap of luxury at The Port Ludlow Inn and Resort, Port Ludlow www.portludlowresort.com , 360-437-7412 Ask: A local expert at Port Townsend Tourism, www.EnjoyPT.com , 360-385-2722

Itinerary: Clallam County - Take a bite out of the Olympic Culinary Loop!

Olym Cul Adven cover thumbItinerary: Take a bite out of the Olympic Culinary Loop! Travel the LOOP in 3, 4 or more daily bites. Or take your time and discover more seasonal treasures and tastes around every turn.  To whet your appetite for adventure you can follow this sample itinerary, reverse the order, or make up your own… the delicious discoveries are endless. Visit www.OlympicCulinaryLoop.com for current events and additional Culinary Adventure ideas.   Whet your appetite with this Clallam County culinary sampler: Clallam Go: Olympic National Park - Hurricane Ridge, Sol Duc, Lake Crescent, Port Angeles, Sequim’s farmland See: Your food grow at Nash's Organic Farm and Produce Store, Sequim, www.nashsorganicproduce.com , 360-681-6274 Do: Gourmet lunch fixin's at The Red Rooster Grocery, Sequim  www.theredroostergrocery.com , 360-681-2004 Or dine on bread alone - Pane d' Amore, Sequim  www.panedamore.com , 360-681-3280. Dine: Taste Twilight at Bella Italia, Port Angeles, www.bellaitaliapa.com  360-457-5442 Stay: Sol Duc Hot Spring Resort, Port Angeles, www.olympicnationalparks.com , 360-327-3583 Ask: A local expert at Olympic Peninsula Visitor Bureau, Port Angeles, WA www.olympicpeninsula.org , 1-800-942-4042

Itinerary: Gray's Harbor Co. - Take a bite out of the Olympic Culinary Loop!

Olym Cul Adven cover thumbItinerary: Take a bite out of the Olympic Culinary Loop! Travel the LOOP in 3, 4 or more daily bites. Or take your time and discover more seasonal treasures and tastes around every turn.  To whet your appetite for adventure you can follow this sample itinerary, reverse the order, or make up your own… the delicious discoveries are endless. Visit www.OlympicCulinaryLoop.com for current events and additional Culinary Adventure ideas.   Whet your appetite with this Gray's Harbor County culinary sampler:   Go: Lake Quinault, Moclips, Westport, through Hoquiam – Aberdeen along Washington’s wild coast See: Seastacks and stacks of sweet potato pancakes at the coast and Lake Quinault Lodge, Quinault, WA www.olympicnationalparks.com , 360-288-2900 Do: Razor clamming and sculpture gardens at Westport Winery, Aberdeen www.westportwines.com , 360-648-2224 Dine: Drink your grains, malt and juniper at Wishka River Distillery, Aberdeen,  www.wishkahriver.com , 360-612-4756 Or get great fresh fare, razor clam sausage and more at the Grays Harbor Framers Market, Hoquiam, WA www.ghpublicmarket.com , 360.538.9747 Stay: Overlooking Sunset Beach, Ocean Crest Resort, Moclips, http://oceancrestresort.com/, 360.276.4465 Ask: A local expert at Grays Harbor Tourism, Elma, WA www.visitgraysharbor.com , 800-621-9625