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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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

Media Mentions

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

June 18, 2015, Peninsula Daily News

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

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

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

Sip Spirits and Slurp Oysters Along the Hood Canal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Raw oysters, Taylor Shellfish Farms.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rediviva cocktail

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

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


May 27, 2015,  Thurston Talk

Westport Winery Wins 2015 Best of the Northwest Wine Tour

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

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

Consider getting away to berry farms in Sequim

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

Geoduck farming takes off as demand for clams grows in Asia

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

Holiday Happenings

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

  New Year's Eve Party

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

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

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

 

New Years Eve at Nourish

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

Christmas Eve at Michael's Seafood & Steakhouse

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

Ocean Crest Resort this year is especially Thankful for Family!

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


 

Join Nourish for Thanksgiving Dinner

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

Fort Worden 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanksgiving Day Buffet at 7 Cedars Casino

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

Kokopelli Grill Thanksgiving Menu

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

Lake Quinault Lodge Traditions

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

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

   

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  Eaglemount Wine and Cider

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

Elevated Ice Cream

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

 

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Lullaby Winery

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

Wind Rose Cellars

The Best Nightlife in Sequim!

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

 

Alderbrook Resort & Spa

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

Christmas Tea

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

Holiday Specific awesome events coming up at Cellar Door include:

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


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

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

 Ocean Crest Resort

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

Winemaker's Dinner at Ocean Crest Resort

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

The menu:

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

Westport Winery

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

Lake Quinault Lodge

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

Ajax Cafe

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

We look forward to seeing you soon !

 Sincerely,
Kristan McCary
Ajax Cafe
 

Dockside Grill at John Wayne Marina

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

New Owners have big plans for Olympic Cellars

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

Nash's Farm Store

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

Art of Pie at Nash's

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

 

Michael’s Seafood and Steakhouse

"Escape to the ultimate dinning exerience"

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

 

Olympic Peninsula Wineries'

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

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

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

OLYMPIC CELLARS WINERY - FOUR COURSE WINE DINNER

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

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

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

Fall Focus on a FULL Harvest of Happenings around the LOOP

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

 Elevated Ice Cream Co. & Candy Shop

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

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

  Finnriver

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

  Olympic Culinary Loop

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

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

  Wishkah River Distillery

Humptoberfest - October 25, 3 - 11 PM

  Ocean Crest Resort

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

  Kalaloch Lodge

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

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

 Quinault Beach Resort and Casino

October 11, 2PM - 9PM

  Camaraderie Cellars

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

  Wind Rose Cellars

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

  Alpenfire Cider

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

  Kitsap Tours

 Happy fall!

  Jefferson County Farmers Market

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

  Nash's Organic Produce

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

  Stottle Winery

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

   Taylor Shellfish Farms

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

  Sirens Pub

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

  Kokopelli Grill

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

  Red Lion Hotel Port Angeles Crab House

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

  The Resort at Port Ludlow

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

  Alderbrook Resort and Spa

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

  Blondies Plate

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

  next door gastropub

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

  Tinderbox Coffee Roasters

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

  Nourish Sequim

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

 Hama Hama Oysters

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

  Ravenscroft Inn

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

  Cellar Door

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

  Michael's Fresh Northwest Seafood & Steakhouse

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

  Cafe' New Day

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

Round the LOOP! AMMMazing things cooking in Mason County!

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

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

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

 Hama Hama Oysters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Invites everyone to the ALLYN DAYS SALMON BAKE AND GEODUCK FESTIVAL

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

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 Alderbrook Resort and Spa

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

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

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

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

Dirt Candy

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

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 Ila's Foods

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

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

  Rediviva

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

  Kokopelli Grill

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

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

   The Resort at Port Ludlow

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

Bon Appetit Fort Worden - THE COMMONS

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

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

  Farm's Reach Cafe

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

  Westport Winery

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

  The Lodges of Olympic National Park and Forest

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

  Smoking Mo's

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

  Blondies Plate

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

 Farm's Reach Cafe

Sweet Mother's Day cookies 

 Olympic Cellars Winery

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


 
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   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.
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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!
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We LOVE Valentine's Day here at Michael's! Along with our regular menu, we'll be offering a special menu for the Feast of Venus on both Saturday, February 13th and Sunday February 14th! Our reservation book is filling up fast for Valentine's Day weekend, so get your reservations in now! 360-417-6929

 Bella Italia Bella Italia Tuesday Tastings #137

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

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

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

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 Ocean Crest Resort

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

 

Little Creek Casino Resort

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

 The Resort at Port Ludlow

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

 Elevated Ice Cream Co. & Candy Shop

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