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Big Wave Cafe to help four community groups as part of its annual local giving effort

Chef Brian Williams

Chef Brian Williams

MANZANITA, Ore. – It’s not every north Oregon coast restaurant that has a Social Responsibility Committee.

The Big Wave Cafe in Manzanita does, however, and the group recently selected four community organizations for the restaurant to help over the next three months, said Brian Williams, who owns the business with his wife Carol. Their son, Sam Williams, is the restaurant manager.

The Big Wave makes a practice of supporting the community year-round by employing up to 30 people, all local residents, and sourcing as many of its food items as possible from Tillamook County, said Williams. “It costs more to buy from our local farmers, ranchers and fisherman, but it provides a better product and keeps money in our county.”

In past years, the Big Wave café has hosted dinners on behalf of a number of local nonprofit organizations, including the Pine Grove Community Club, Rinehart Clinic and Manzanita Business Alliance.

It’s in the spirit of continuing to support the local economy and community that the Big Wave is donating a $25 gift certificate to every U.S. Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay Guardsman and Guardswoman for the unit’s annual holiday party.

“The Coast Guard’s nearly 40 local active personnel keep our commercial fishing fleets and sports fishermen safe year-round,” said Williams, who enjoys sports fishing himself. “This is a way for us to say ‘thank you.’”

On Thursday, Dec 10, the Big Wave will host a holiday meal “with all the trimmings” for the Nehalem Bay Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10644. “The VFW supports our veterans in so many ways, we felt it was our honor to support the organization itself,” said Williams.

While the VFW dinner will be private, the public is invited to purchase tickets for the Tuesday, Jan. 26, Library Lovers’ Spaghetti Dinner, a fundraiser for the North Tillamook Library Friends to be hosted by the Big Wave Cafe. The North Tillamook Library Friends work with the Tillamook County Library System to operate the Manzanita Branch library. The nonprofit Friends group owns the land, building and furnishings, and pays for the cost of utilities and maintenance, while the county library system provides books, periodicals, computers and staff. The Friends raise money to support their part of the arrangement through magazine and book sales.

While last year’s Big Wave Library Lovers’ Dinner raised funds to help replace gutters and install a new drainage system at the Manzanita Library, this year’s will serve as a fundraising kick-off to replace worn furniture in the reading lounge. New furniture will complement an interior redesign. “Our library is so special, and we are very fortunate to have such a resource in our small town, but it is in need of some financial assistance,” said Gail Young, a member of the North Tillamook Library Friends Board of Directors.

“We are lucky to have such a fine library in our small community,” said Williams. “The North Tillamook Library Friends do a wonderful job maintaining the building, making it something we are all proud of and love to use.”

The Library Lovers’ menu will include spaghetti, garlic bread, salad and dessert. Tickets to the dinner, which is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m., cost $20 each and are tax-deductible. Contact Young at ntlf1987@gmail.com or 503-368-5248 to reserve your seat.

The Big Wave chose the North Tillamook County Food Bank as its fourth organization. The restaurant will host another spaghetti feed fundraiser for that nonprofit organization on Monday, Feb. 22. Look for more information about that event, including how to purchase tickets, as it approaches. Call Imie Camelli, North Tillamook County Food Bank president, at 503-368-7848 for more information now.

“The Williams family feels so lucky and blessed to be part of such a special place in our world and we feel it is our responsibility to give back whenever possible,” said Williams. “Please join us in supporting these great local organizations that play a role in making this the best place in the world to call home.”

The Big Wave Cafe is located at 822 Laneda Avenue, in Manzanita.

Big Wave Café’s ‘Springtime on the Oregon Coast’ dinner to feature internationally renowned celebrity chef

Chef Roland Henin.

Chef Roland Henin.

MANZANITA, Ore. –  It isn’t every day that a Certified Master Chef prepares dinner in north Tillamook County.

However, Tuesday, May 6 is that day. At 6 p.m. that evening, internationally renowned celebrity Chef Roland Henin will prepare a Springtime on the Oregon Coast Dinner made with local ingredients, with proceeds benefitting the Rinehart Clinic.

“This is a rare opportunity for lovers of fine food to experience a multi-course meal prepared by a culinary virtuoso,” said Brian Williams, who, with wife Carol Williams, owns the Big Wave Café, in Manzanita. “I met Roland in 1987 when I was a student in culinary school in Portland. He was an advisor.”

Today, Henin is one of only 66 Certified Master Chefs in the United States. The title, issued by the American Culinary Federation following successful completion of a rigorous series of tests, is the highest level of certification a chef can receive.

Based in Seattle, Henin serves as corporate chef for Delaware North Companies, a global food service and hospitality corporation with headquarters in Buffalo, N.Y. In that role, he directs culinary operations for all of the company’s venues, from resorts to sporting facilities and serves as a mentor to all company culinary teams.

In 1992, he served as the coach of the gold medal U.S. Olympic Culinary Team, helping the American chefs bring home the World Cup from Luxembourg. The following year, he received the first National Chef Professionalism Award ever granted by the American Culinary Federation.

Henin continues to mentor famous chefs, including Thomas Keller, of the Napa Valley’s French Laundry, and Timothy Hollingsworth, who represented the United States at the Bocuse d’Or World Final in 2009.

“Brian is an old friend of mine and I was so happy when he decided a couple of years ago to settle down on the Oregon coast,” said Henin. “Is there a better place? When he asked if I would consider helping out with his fundraising dinner for the local medical clinic, it was difficult to say no, so here I am. Chefs, as a rule, are givers by their very nature.”

Rinehart Clinic staff, board and volunteers are no strangers to giving themselves. The nonprofit clinic, which has served north Tillamook County for more than 100 years, serves anyone who needs medical care, regardless of that individual’s ability to pay.

“We are so grateful to Brian and Carol for hosting this benefit dinner,” said Ellen Boggs, Rinehart Clinic CEO. “They give so much to the community, and with this dinner, they’ve outdone themselves.”

Chef Brian Williams

Chef Brian Williams

While Henin and Williams have yet to finalize the menu, tentative plans include poached darne of Columbia River spring chinook with an Oregon white wine veloute served with a jardinière of local vegetables and oven-roasted Yukon gold potatoes for the main course. The salad will consist of Oregon dandelion greens tossed with sliced Hood River Granny Smith apples, Point Reyes bleu cheese, toasted walnuts and mache lettuce. For an appetizer, they will serve fresh Oregon bay shrimp with plum tomatoes and green onion served on French baguette toast. Dessert will be a roasted rhubarb clafouti, which is Carol Williams’ special inspiration.

A complimentary glass of wine is included with the price of dinner. Additional wine, as well as beer and a variety of non-alcoholic beverages, will be available for purchase.

The Williams, who have owned the Big Wave since 2011, have hosted many benefit dinners for local nonprofit organizations over the last few years. Brian is former senior vice president at Career Education Corporation for Le Cordon Bleu, while Carol, who makes the Big Wave’s desserts, is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Portland. She also studied with renowned French pastry chef, Pascal Tisseur at Petite Provence, an upscale French bakery in Portland.

As for the upcoming Springtime on the Oregon Coast dinner, Henin said, “We’ll give it the best shot we have, hoping that some others chefs in the future will joins us, so that we’ll eventually make this event the place that anyone who’s anyone on the Coast will want attend. Watch it happen.”

Tickets, which cost $50 per person, are available at Manzanita Lumber, Ticor Title in Manzanita or the Rinehart Clinic. For more information, contact Leila Salmon at 503-368-6132.

Spaghetti fundraiser to benefit North County Food Bank

This article originally appeared in several local news publications, including the North Coast Citizen, Tillamook County Pioneer and Daily Astorian.

MANZANITA – For the second time in less than a month, the Big Wave Café will host a fundraising dinner for a local nonprofit organization.

On the heels of its Library Lovers Dinner, a benefit for the North Tillamook County Library Friends, the Big Wave will host a spaghetti dinner with proceeds benefitting the North County Food Bank on Feb. 17.

Imie Camelli (Photo courtesy of the Tillamook County Futures Council)

Imie Camelli (Photo courtesy of the Tillamook County Futures Council)

“We do our best to make sure no one goes hungry,” said Imie Camelli, president of the food bank, which is located in the Nehalem Bay Health District building in Wheeler.

“Even though the recession is officially over, there are a lot of people at risk of going hungry in the community,” said Brian Williams, who, with his wife Carol, owns the Big Wave Café. “The food bank fills a crucial gap, and we are honored to help its volunteers continue their mission.”

In recent years, the Big Wave has hosted dinners on behalf of a number of local nonprofit organizations, including the Pine Grove Community Club, Rinehart Clinic and Manzanita Business Alliance.

The North County Food Bank serves much of north Tillamook County, including the Nehalem Bay area. “The closest food pantry to them is in Garibaldi, at God’s Lighthouse, so they serve quite a large part of north county,” said Melissa Carlson-Swanson, Tillamook County Oregon Food Bank branch services manager.

Brian Williams

Brian Williams

The food bank plans to use the proceeds to purchase more food to give to the local hungry. The operation is entirely volunteer-run.

Part of the Oregon Food Bank system, the North County Food Bank receives food from both the Oregon Food Bank and local donors. However, “We have to buy an awful lot of our food these days,” said Camelli.

As for Williams’ generosity, Camelli said, “He’s doing it again. He’s wonderful. He’s a big asset to the community.”

The dinner is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 17 at the Big Wave Cafe. Tickets, which will be available at the door, will cost $15 each. In addition to all-you-can-eat spaghetti, the dinner will feature garlic bread, salad and dessert.

The North County Food Bank is open 1-3 p.m., Tuesdays. Donations can be dropped off noon-2:30 p.m., Tuesdays. For more information, call (503) 358-7724.

Big Wave Café to help raise money for Manzanita Branch Library building maintenance

This article ran in several local news publications, including the Daily Astorian, Tillamook County Pioneer and North Coast Citizen, prior to the event:

MANZANITA – In its continued tradition of giving back to the community by hosting periodic fundraising dinners, the Big Wave Café will offer an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner with proceeds benefiting the North Tillamook Library Friends.

The Library Lovers Dinner, scheduled for Jan. 28, will feature spaghetti, garlic bread, salad and dessert.

“The local library group makes it possible for Nehalem Bay area residents, and anyone who visits the area, for that matter, to be the well-read, literary group of people we are,”said Brian Williams, who owns the Big Wave with his wife Carol Williams. “When we considered which organizations to host benefit dinners for this year, they definitely came to mind immediately.”

In past years, the Big Wave café has hosted dinners on behalf of a number of local nonprofit organizations, including the Pine Grove Community Club, Rinehart Clinic and Manzanita Business Alliance.

The Big Wave is planning another benefit dinner for the North County Food Bank on Feb. 17.

Williams volunteered to host a fundraiser, said North Tillamook Library Board member Gail Young, who, with Bev Luce, is co-chair of the Friends Communications Committee.

“He’s doing this to support his community’s library. He approached me – we didn’t even asked him. That’s the amazing thing.”

The North Tillamook Library Friends work with the Tillamook County Library System to operate the Manzanita Branch library. The nonprofit Friends group owns the land, building and furnishings, and pays for the cost of utilities and maintenance, while the county library system provides books, periodicals, computers and staff. The Friends raise money to support their part of the arrangement through magazine and book sales.

“There is a unique relationship between the Tillamook County Library and the Manzanita Library,”said Young. “We’re in a public-private relationship.”

“Without them, we wouldn’t have a branch in Manzanita,” said Sara Charlton, director of the Tillamook County Library System.

The Friends formed in 1985 when a number of north Tillamook County residents banded together in hopes of establishing a library branch in their community. The group morphed into the Friends, creating a board of directors, incorporating as a nonprofit organization, holding fundraising events and obtaining matching grants to purchase land and build the library, which was designed by Neahkahnie architect Tom Bender. The building was dedicated in 1987.

“The building is in its 26th year, so we’re seeing some pretty big expenses coming up in the next couple of years,” said Young. “Funds raised from the dinner will help offset costs of replacing gutters and installing a new drainage system in 2014.”

The benefit is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at the Big Wave Café. Dinner will be served buffet style. Wine will be available at a no-host bar.

Tickets are $20 per person, with $10 of each ticket tax-deductible. Reservations are required. To make your reservation, contact Young at 503-368-5248 or gailmyoung@mac.com.

The Friends are always seeking donations as well as volunteers. Learn more here.

The Williams have owned the Big Wave Café since 2011. Prior to that, Brian was senior vice president at Career Education Corporation for Le Cordon Bleu. Carol, who makes the Big Wave´s desserts, is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Portland and studied with renowned French pastry chef, Pascal Tisseur at Petite Provence, an upscale French bakery in Portland.

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Our Suppliers Offer the Best of the North Oregon Coast

Darus Peake

Darus Peake of Tillamook Bay Boathouse (Photo courtesy of 1859 Magazine)

When you dine at the Big Wave Café you experience the bounty of the north Oregon coast.

We proudly serve as much regional food as possible. Fortunately, there are many local food producers offering everything from vegetables to free-range chicken.

Here are some of our local suppliers:

Sleepy Monk Coffee Roasters – We serve coffee brewed in Cannon Beach, which is just 12 miles north of Manzanita off U.S. Highway 101. Owners Jane and Victor Harding started what evolved into Sleepy Monk Coffee Roasters in 1989 when they began selling coffee in the Seattle area from a cart Victor built himself. Three years later they opened a bonafide coffee house in Redmond, Wash., where they thrilled at the coffee-centric community that sprang up in their sit-down establishment. Over the years they cultivated their knowledge of coffee beans. When they moved to the north Oregon coast, Jane and Victor built a coffee roastery by hand, just as they did their original coffee cart. Today they roast fresh, organic fair trade coffee at the Cannon Beach location, which also features a tasting room.

Tillamook Bay Boathouse – Our seafood comes from throughout the Pacific Northwest. We often hand-pick the catch of the day from local suppliers. One of those, Tillamook Bay Boathouse, is 17 miles south of Manzanita in Garibaldi. Tillamook Bay Boathouse offers Dungeness crab (live and cooked), Willapa Bay steamer clams, Netarts Bay oysters, fresh rockfish and troll-caught salmon. From July to September proprietors Darus Peake and Cam Holtz also offer fresh albacore tuna caught off the local coast.

Reed & Hertig Packing Co. – Much of our beef, pork and poultry comes from longtime north Oregon coast meat purveyors Reed & Hertig, of Warrenton. The company has offered USDA-inspected meat to local dining establishments for more than 45 years. Carl Hertig, who co-founded the company with Bob Reed in 1959, was born in Garibaldi and raised in Seaside. He operated a meat market in the local Piggly Wiggly on the corner of Broadway and Holladay before going into business with Reed. Today Kevin Hertig owns and operates the company.

As you can see, it doesn’t get much more local than that.

The next time you’re in Manzanita, stop by the Big Wave Café for a taste of something local prepared by people who love food.

Short Sands Long on Mystery

From the Statesman-Journal: ¨As rare January sun shines at the Oregon Coast, a surfer take to the waves at Short Sands beach.¨ (Photo by Thomas Patterson)

From the Statesman-Journal: ¨As rare January sun shines at the Oregon Coast, a surfer take to the waves at Short Sands beach.¨ (Photo by Thomas Patterson)

Just a few miles north of the Big Wave Café is the hauntingly beautiful Smugglers Cove and Short Sands beach.

The Salem Statesman Journal recently published a piece on the spot’s allure to surfers. However, while the surfing there is widely acknowledged as excellent, the beach makes a fine spot for meditating, picnicking or just taking a nap in the sand.

Short Sands can be reached through Oswald West State Park, named for Oregon’s 14th governor and a champion of keeping the state’s ocean beaches accessible to everyone.

The nearly 2,500-acre park offers paths that cross footbridges over Necarney Creek and wind through an old growth temperate rainforest, some leading to the beach and others leading to Neahkahnie Mountain or Cape Falcon.

As for the name “Smugglers Cove,” we don’t know if the smugglers were the rumored moonshiners who reportedly performed illegal booze runs in the area during Prohibition, or the “pirates” who, legend has it, buried treasure somewhere on Neahkahnie Mountain, who may have taken shelter in the cove before continuing south.

… Either way, the spot fairly crackles with a sense of the mysterious, and remains one of our favorite places in the world.

 

Join Us in Celebrating the Fourth of July in Manzanita

Photo by Rocky Intertidal CoCreative

Photo by Rocky Intertidal CoCreative

Tomorrow Manzanita will bustle with visitors and locals alike as the town celebrates the 2013 Fourth of July in its characteristic American beach town fashion.

Start your morning with a pancake breakfast from 8  to 11 a.m. at the Manzanita Fire Hall, located on 5th Street, next to the basketball court. Proceeds will benefit Neahkahnie High School’s athletic programs.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Emergency Volunteer Corps of Nehalem Bay will host a barbecue fundraiser, serving hamburgers and hotdogs in the Kamali Sotheby’s parking lot at 5th and Laneda.

The annual Manzanita Fourth of July Parade will kick off at 1 p.m. and wind along Laneda Avenue toward the beach. Look for floats, marching bands and other entrants in this colorful procession. This year’s theme is “Peace on Earth.” If you would like to enter this year’s parade, fill out an application and register at the parade staging area at Underhill Plaza, across from Manzanita Fresh Foods IGA.

At dusk, usually around 10 p.m., people will flock to the beach for the annual Manzanita Fireworks event. Licensed pyrotechnicians from Western Display Fireworks in Canby will launch the show in what is always an entertaining way to cap off the holiday.

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The Big Wave Café Earns a TripAdvisor 2013 Certificate of Excellence

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MANZANITA, Ore. – May 31, 2013 The Big Wave Café today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.

To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

“We are honored to receive a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence,” said Brian Williams, who, with wife Carol Williams, owns the Big Wave Café. Their son, Sam Williams, serves as the restaurant’s general manager. “We strive to offer our customers a memorable experience, and this award is evidence that our hard work is translating into positive reviews on TripAdvisor.”

For TripAdvisor, the feeling is mutual. “TripAdvisor is delighted to celebrate the success of businesses around the globe, from Sydney to Chicago, Sao Paulo to Rome, which are consistently offering TripAdvisor travelers a great customer experience,” said Alison Copus, TripAdvisor for Business vice president of marketing. “The Certificate of Excellence award provides top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers.”

About the Big Wave Café:

Brian and Carol Williams purchased the Big Wave Café in 2011 after moving back to Oregon from Chicago, where Brian served as senior vice president at Career Education Corp. for Le Cordon Bleu. An accomplished chef, Brian presides over the Big Wave kitchen. Carol, meanwhile, is responsible for the restaurant´s much-loved desserts. She graduated from Le Cordon Bleu Portland and studied with French chef Pascal Tisseur at Petite Provence, a Portland bakery.

 

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Big Wave Cafe to host benefit dinners

MANZANITA — Following the success of last year’s dinner that raised several thousand dollars for a local handicapped access ramp, Brian and Carol Williams plan to use their Big Wave Café, 822 Laneda Ave. in Manzanita, to drum up more support for the Pine Grove Community House, the Rinehart Clinic and the Manzanita Business Alliance.

The first fundraiser, scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, is an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner that will benefit the Pine Grove Community House. The cost is $10 per plate. Those who attend are invited to bring a dessert to share.

Last year, the Williams hosted a benefit for the local nonprofit organization, raising $2,400 toward the $15,000 needed to build a new handicapped access ramp at the downtown Manzanita venue.

At 6 p.m. Feb. 4, the Big Wave Café will host a low-cholesterol, low-sodium, low-fat meal in conjunction with American Heart Month, with proceeds benefitting the Rinehart Clinic in Wheeler. Tickets will cost $20 each, and will be good for a complete heart-healthy, multi-course served dinner with pre-dinner heart-healthy appetizers and post-dinner heart-healthy desserts.

Tickets will be available at Manzanita Lumber and the Rinehart Clinic. There will be 70 tickets available for one seating.

“Brian and his family at the Big Wave exemplify the community spirit which makes the area so special in supporting the time-honored medical care provided to North County for the past 100 years,” said clinic CEO Ellen Boggs.

The Williams will round out their series of fundraising events with the Manzanita Business Alliance March Open House, at a future date.

The Williams moved to North Tillamook County from Chicago to purchase the Big Wave Café in September 2011. Brian Williams left his job as senior vice president at Career Education Corp. for Le Cordon Bleu to return to Oregon, where the couple grew up. Carol Williams, who makes desserts, is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Portland and studied with French chef Pascal Tisseur at Petite Provence, a bakery in Portland.