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Business Assistance Opportunities

Take advantage of these three business assistance opportunities



 Thanks to a grant from the Economic Development Administration’s CARES Act the North Olympic Development Council (NODC) is able to offer free technical assistance to help businesses develop or improve online marketing and e-commerce efforts to reach consumers!  

Services available include:

  • evaluation of your current online marketing strategies and platforms, including social media, business website, e-commerce site, and Google Local listing
  • practical, hands-on coaching and training
  • assistance in setting up social media accounts and planning content
  • development of new websites and/or e-commerce sites


These FREE services are available to existing restaurants and other culinary/hospitality businesses.

Contact Susan today - 

De-escalation - Resolution Tips & Resources

Working in partnership with hospitality pros across the state, Olympic Culinary Loop is pleased to offer an updated series of insights and techniques to help support your front-line workers when responding to customer complaints or requesting customer compliance. 

Nearly $15 million in small business assistance grants to help agriculture businesses and organizations in sectors that have been economically hurt due to COVD-19 pandemic

WSDA Relief and Recovery grants are now available thanks to a partnership with the Washington State Department of Commerce.  logo-horizontal-inverse[1]

Grants are available for small businesses in four sectors:

  • Shellfish growers
  • Farmers market organizations
  • Agritourism farms
  • Small breweries, cideries, wineries, and distilleries (dependent upon tap or tasting room sales).

Learn more and how to apply, online today!


Let Olympic Culinary Loop know if you have any questions 


Gov. Inslee announced that effective March 22, the entire state will enter Phase 3! Enabling all WA Eating and Drinking Establishments to welcome back
indoor seating at 50% capacity!
To celebrate, and help you get the word out, Olympic Culinary Loop is offering a FLASH SALE on our best marketing partnership package.

A 12-month Corporate partnership is reduced to only $365! (That's only $1/day for a ton of the best culinary tourism marketing around the whole Olympic Peninsula!)

But hurry - this FLASH SALE lasts for only a few more hours.
FLASH discount good for new or upgrading annual OCL Marketing Partnership subscribers onlyUse coupon code FLASH to take rapid advantage of this super 50%+ savings opportunity. Other terms or conditions may apply.

March is CSA sign-up Month all around the LOOP!

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Participating in a farm share is among the most powerful ways we can support our local farmers,

And from Sky Island in Humptulips to Finnriver Farm & Cidery in Chimacum, the ability to Eat Local First - Olympic Peninsula has never been more delicious!

For the past decade, options for CSAs have steadily increased across the Pacific Northwest, allowing consumers to purchase directly from a farmer (or fisherperson through CSFs).  Over the past year, the model became even more important, as direct-to-consumer farmers saw subscriptions increase and retail and wholesale producers pivoted to address local and regional food demand.  It is great to see community members invest in farm and fish operations early in the season, providing capital that supports farming and in turns supports our health – both personal and community-wide

Plan and subscribe to this season's CSA's now!

Four ways to include seafood in your self-care


What is seafood as self care? Good nutrition is incredibly important to feeling your best self, but as we keep reading about the rise in depression and anxiety, we also need to think of living our ideal lifestyle. Think about what puts you at ease. Sitting down and enjoying a good meal? Getting in the kitchen and turning up the tunes? With help from the Seafood Nutrition Partnership, here are four ways delicious and sustainable seafood can be part of being our best selves.

1. Comfort Foods: As you seek comfort  — and comfort foods — while cooped up inside on colder days, it is a perfect opportunity to enjoy delicious, heart-warming flavors. Check out some comfort, sustainable seafood recipes in our seafood toolkit with Seafood Nutrition Partnership.  (and don't forget our own Official Olympic Coast Seafood Chowder) YUM!

2. “Spa” Pairings: We fully support spa days at home, and spa water with slices of citrus, cucumbers or berries is an everyday refreshment that helps make hydrating feel just a bit more special. While cutting those slices, put some to the side for dinner as they pair perfectly with seafood, such as this recipe for Slow Roasted Salmon with Minted Cucumbers by Chef Barton Seaver. And, here are 6 of our favorite seafood and citrus pairings.  

3. Back to Nature: Release stress with a walk, getting both exercise and fresh air. Bring along some salmon, trout, pollock or rockfish jerky.

4. Mindfulness: For us, a large part of mindfulness means living sustainably. Eating seafood and the health of the environment are inextricably linked. If the saying “You are what you eat” is true, then eating sustainable seafood means you care about your health, the health of the planet, and enjoying truly good food.

TIP: Enter "seafood" into the SEARCH THE LOOP! tool and drool your way to the dozens of Eat Local First - Olympic Peninsula fresh offerings found around the LOOP! 

Support Olympic Culinary Loop

Help Olympic Culinary Loop continue to promote and support a delicious local food economy all around the LOOP

Contribute online at any amount,

or send a check to POB 473, Port Angeles, WA 98362

or call 360-877-4332

All donations are tax-deductable and VERY MUCH appreciated!


Grateful for these examples of generosity

While we highlight Ajax Cafe, Olympic Cellars Winery, and Alder Wood Bistro in this post. The truth is that MANY MORE of our local farmers, producers, restaurants, and lodging hosts continue to serve-up a heart-felt bounty of caring and essential hospitality during this time of need.

We thank all of them! And encourage you to show the love #ShowWALove and purchase gift certificates to support the hard-working food & drink, lodging, and tourism service suppliers throughout Washington's Peninsulas Buy Now. Play Later.

Free food To-Go for those in need.
Since reopening in April, the Ajax Cafe - located since 1977 as the historic heart of Port Hadlock's Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding campus - has had to figure out navigating the same COVID impacts befallen all in the restaurant industry.
They initially implemented carry-out, and later opened an expanded outdoor dining area - and menu - known as the "Boat Shack" outdoor dining area.

But from the moment their first carry-out left the door they have also continued to offer Meals at NO Cost to those in need. Wonderful and worthy of our support and praise! Call (360) 385-1965 or text (360) 531-1848 to order.

The Ajax Cafe ›
Free - Social Distant - Concert Lifts Summer Spirits 
By mid-August - The "Working Girls" of Olympic Cellars Winery had had enough. Regretfully due to COVID-19, they were forced to cancel their popular 2020 Summer Concert series due to on-going precautions and permissions for group gatherings. They gladly answered the call to and hosted a free local radio station's "Listen Where You Park" concert at Olympic Cellars Winery featuring popular band Bread & Gravy band playing live in the Sequim studios of radio KSQM.
Chef Gabriel and the crew of Alder Wood Bistro was there making delicious pizza with their mobile pizza oven.

Everyone cranked the volume from their car stereo systems and enjoyed a - socially distant - summer jam! We Raise a Toast to you!


Restaurant Industry Blueprint for Revival

National Restaurant Association notes that across the country outdoor dining is making up roughly half of all restaurant sales.

Causing restauranteers to - once again - "Pivot" as fall weather turns to 'winter-wet' around most of the Olympic Peninsula.

With almost one million foodservice locations nationwide and an employee base of 15.6 million, the restaurant industry is the nation’s second-largest private-sector employer. With an unmatched record of advancement for people of color, for women, and for minority groups against any other industry.
The industry remains a critical part of the food supply chain. But it is an industry that provides the average owner with only 16 days of cash on hand as they've fought through months-long closures and capacity restrictions in order to stay open and serve communities.
Restaurant industry losses are on track to top $240 billion by the end of 2020 — more than any other industry. 

Locally, the recent lifting of some restrictions for restaurants, hotels and any liquor-serving establishment has helped. The cutoff for alcohol sales has been raised from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. In an additional boon for restaurants, the requirement that only members of the same household can dine together indoors has now been eliminated — and table capacity has been increased to six in Phase 2 counties and eight in Phase 3. Hotel pools may also reopen in Phase 2. (This was a 'big splash' with the HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS AND CONFERENCE CENTER in Sequim!)

What Now? Suggested Mid-Pandemic Next steps.

Still, as the weather cools, and outdoor dining moves indoors, many of our favorite cozy and intimate dining establishments will be unable to make a business case to continue operating within the current service limitations. Many will rely on take-out. Others may have to close, hoping that their long-winters 'operational pause' won't be permanent.

How You can help 



  • Show Washington Love is an ongoing state-wide effort to "Buy Now, Play Later" featuring numerous local restaurants you can support by purchasing a gift certificate now in advance of once again visiting when it is appropriate. 



  • Please, wear a mask, practice physical distancing, and wash your hands. Ask your friends to do the same. Enjoy!


Get involved. Let our restaurant industry 'taste' your generous support!

Thank you!




Try this hearty, fall soup recipe, and wine pairing.
Shrimp Posole’ Soup
1 Medium Onion
1 Red Bell Pepper
1 Green Bell Pepper
1 Jalapeño Pepper
1 Can (7 ¾ oz) El Pato Brand Hot Tomato Sauce
1 Quart Stock – your choice (I usually use chicken, because I tend to have it in my pantry, but you could use seafood or vegetable)
1 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
I Can (30 oz) Hominy – Drained and Rinsed
1 Pound Fresh or Frozen Shrimp (Raw, Peeled & De-veined)
½ Cup Orange Juice
Garnishes: Lime Wedges, Cilantro, Avocado, Green onion
Peel and chop the Onion. Remove the seeds and ribs from the Peppers and chop. In a soup pot, sauté the Onion and Peppers in a little oil over medium heat until softened. To the soup pot, add the El Pato, Stock, Oregano, and Hominy. Cook until the hominy softens and puffs up a little, about 20 minutes. Add the Shrimp and cook until pink. Remove from heat and add the Orange Juice. Serve with Lime Wedges, Chopped Cilantro, Cubed Avocado, and Chopped Green Onions.
Enjoy with Dungeness White Riesling. The fruitiness of the Riesling and the bright acidity tame the spiciness of this soup. Riesling and shrimp are always a good choice!
Order your Dungeness White Here:
And don't miss any of the additional official October Seafood Month delicious details

Savor Olympic Peninsula’s Washington Seafood

Find yourself on the Olympic Peninsula this October's Seafood Month, the Olympic Culinary Loop has you covered with destinations sure to help you experience a locavore’s table – including local shellfish and seafood. 

Whether you stop at a restaurant or pick up your catch from a local market or right off the dock, you can rest assured knowing that you’re supporting local communities and sustainable seafood. Washington's DFW (Department of Fish & Wildlife) has released official Seafood Month news, and dozens of staff will be participating in sampling work across the Peninsula in Ilwaco, Westport, La Push, Neah Bay, Port Angeles, Seabeck, Hoodsport, and more, keeping track of commercial and recreational harvest levels.

Washinton's Governor Inslee has proclaimed October Seafood Month!

“We encourage visitors to “eat their way around the 330-mile Loop in smaller servings,” said Lisa Martin, Olympic Culinary Loop president and co-owner of the Olympic Cellars Winery. “For example, “take a bite” out of the Southwest corner by experiencing Westport, Ocean Shores and Moclips over one long weekend, and then return north to the Strait of Juan de Fuca again for another. Or, they could taste all that the Loop has to offer during a specific season or in search of a particular taste. This is ideal for fans wanting to plan ahead to experience seasonal seafood and shellfish.”

“Fresh seafood and time spent with family are what I think about when I think about the Southwest corner of the Loop. My Grandparents retired to Westport and I can tell you, the charter fishing fleet is amazing! Leave the docks as the sun rises and return in the afternoon with enough fresh fish to stock a freezer. As a child, I spent many hours razor-clamming at Moclips and Ocean Shores where we had a small cabin. I have photos of my daughter as a toddler “helping” her dad dig for razor clams. The shelf above my kitchen sink is crowded with shells and rocks we’ve beach-combed over the years. Visit the Olympic Peninsula and make some memories.”  - Lisa Martin, Olympic Culinary Loop president and co-owner of the Olympic Cellars Winery.

Return for recipes, restaurants, and details about how you can enjoy a taste of the best of Olympic's Coastal cuisine... Seafood!