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2018-19 Olympic Culinary Loop MAP has arrived

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

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

Hungry Taste Travelers will find an Olympic Peninsula full of:

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

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

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

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

 

What does ‘organic’ actually mean?

As of 2015, there were seven approved certifying organizations:

  • AUS-QUAL Pty Ltd (AUSQUAL)
  • Australian Certified Organic (ACO)
  • Bio-Dynamic Research Institute (BDRI)
  • NASAA Certified Organic (NCO)
  • Organic Food Chain (OFC)
  • Safe Food Production Queensland (SFQ)
  • Tasmanian Organic-dynamic Producers (TOP)

In Australia alone.  In the USA the variances of which house-of-organics you align with is tantamount to which mainline house of worship you call home.

We share an insightful Seattle Times by Carrie Dennett to help frame the organic enigma. One powerful quote from Carrie:

Buy as local as you can. Imported organic produce may not be truly organic, and produce that doesn’t travel far tends to retain more of its nutrients. If you have access to a farmers market, it can be a great way to gain a nuanced understanding of how your food is grown while supporting smaller local farms.

Olympic Culinary Loop celebrates food that is: Local, Seasonal and Sustainably produced. Knowing your farmer or added-value culinary producer, (think Matt with Mt. Townsend Creamery, or Jan & Chuck with Hardware Distillery, or Kevin & Roger with Shorts Grass Fed Beef), results in both hyperlocal farm-to-table or producer-to-chef products, it also gives you the first-person personality behind the label. 

And, in our opinion, that is much more valuable than any of a dozen flavors of an "organic" seal of obtained bureaucracy.

 

Get to know your farmer and the food they provide.

 

Enjoy Carrie's article: https://www.seattletimes.com/life/wellness/what-does-organic-actually-mean-its-more-complicated-than-you-think

Explore the Salish Sea through the eyes of a chef

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

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

This cruise is limited to 15 participants.

Highlights Include:

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

Taste Tourist eat a Pathway to the Peninsula

Taste Washington annually draws more than 6,400 wine and food enthusiasts to the Puget Sound to celebrate Washington wine and farm fresh food.

The most adventurous, and already sold out event, is the "Flyaway to Wine." This is where you’ll find me. You get to travel by floatplane to the Olympic Peninsula, touching down at the picturesque Resort at Port Ludlow. Greeted dockside with a taste, you’ll then be escorted to Finnriver Farm & Cidery, a 50-acre organic family farm, orchard and artisan cidery in Chimacum. Tickets without the floatplane ride are also on sale.

After the tour, enjoy a delicious lunch in the Cider Garden prepared by Chef Dan Ratigan of The Fireside Restaurant at the Resort at Port Ludlow. Featured wineries and cider include Waterbrook Winery (one of the oldest wineries in Walla Walla), Doubleback (Drew Bledsoe’s family winery) and Finnriver Farm & Cidery.

Limited Tickets are still available for 

Choice No. 2 is "Dining on Heyday Farm" on Bainbridge Island. Heyday Farms is a family-owned, 25-acre sustainable and historic farm. Diners will savor a delightful meal in the barn prepared by two local chefs, Tad Mitsui, executive chef and proprietor at Heyday Farm, and Chef Zoie Antonia.

 

YUM!

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

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

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

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

Register Now 

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

Growing deeper relations for Local Food

Restaurants rely on farmers so they can fill the plates, and pallets, of hungry diners.
Getting local farmers and restaurants to the table to talk and plan towards getting more local food onto the Chef's prep-table is a historic challenge. 
OCL is pleased to be working with some of the Olympic Peninsula's best and brightest to help improve these conversations. Comprised of: Steve Shively, Olympic Culinary Loop's Marketing & Membership Director,  Amanda Milholland the Jefferson County Farmers Markets Director, Dan Ratigan, Executive Chef of the Inn at Port Ludlow's Fireside Resturant, and Alison Hero, co-owner of Silverwater Cafe, the group is  hosting a second meeting on February 9th, 9 am at the Port Townsend's Starlight Room focused on engaging restaurateurs in using more local.
 
We hope to highlight farms who already sells to local restaurants and share how these partnerships have supported their farm, tips on what buying strategies have worked best, and highlight many of the local products sold.
 
At the groups initial meeting with Farmers in January, it was pointed out that many farms, especially produce farms, need to have buying commitments in November to plan for the season. We will host a follow-up meeting in the fall to help facilitate these buying relationships. Prior to that, we plan to feature lessons learned from developing this collaborative farms-to-restaurants pre-table process at the OCL's April "Lunch & Learn" professional development event.
 
Please encourage your favorite East Jefferson County WA Resturant, (Port Townsend, Chimacum, Tri-Areas, and Port Ludlow specifically), to attend and be sure to ask your server what's featured on the menu that is: Local, Fresh, Sustainably raised, and - of course - DELICIOUS!
Please contact us if you are interested in more information about this event.

If you're a restaurant who would like to RSVP for our Feb. 9th event please contact Steve @ Steve@OlympicCulinaryLoop.com, 360.440.7006 or Alison at Info@silverwatercafe.com or call 360.643.0675

50 - Delicious - Miles Along the Strait of Juan De Fuca

A wonderfully delicious invitation to nibble your way across 50-miles of the Olympic's Strait of Juan de Fuca featured in the January 2018 issue of Upscale Living Magazine by travel writer Tracy Beard.  Congratulations to these LOOP locations mentioned as "MUST" stops along the journey: tracy-beard-265x300[1]

More!

Don't drool on your screen while reading the full article!

 

 

Ocean Crest Resorts' Jess Owen

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pairing Wine and Food – a Primer for the Holidays

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

On to the Pairing Principals!

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