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aynard’s Restaurant and the Olympic College Foundation are teaming up to create a new Culinary Arts scholarship with proceeds from a special preview event at 5:30pm Thurs., Sept. 5.

The much-anticipated culinary destination on the shore of Dyes Inlet seats 335 and is elevating the Kitsap dining experience with a unique combination of services and experiences, including a restaurant, bar, marketplace, private dining room, educational kitchen and extensive outdoor seating and event space.

Chef/owner JJ Meland is pulling out all the stops for OC during an Exclusive First Look before the restaurant and marketplace opens to the public. The $125-per-person tickets include:

  • Artisanal bites
  • Beer, wine and craft cocktails
  • Behind-the-scenes tours
  • Demo food stations
  • Meet the owner and chefs
  • Chat with the farmers and ranchers supplying the restaurant

Meland wants Maynard’s to be more than a restaurant. He wants it to be part of the community. So it’s fitting that his first event supports the community’s college. Combine that with his lifelong passion for cooking and his experience as a chef/instructor at Bates Technical College, and it was a natural fit to support OC’s signature Culinary Arts program with a new scholarship.

“I chose Olympic College and the Culinary Arts program because education is important to me,” said Meland, 2018 Washington State Chef of the Year. “I believe a scholarship for Culinary Arts falls right in line with Maynard’s values.”

A former executive chef at Silver City Restaurant & Ale House, Meland attended culinary school at age 16 and has been in commercial kitchens his whole life.

“My dad was a chef and when he didn’t have a babysitter, he’d stick me in my carseat and stick me on the line.”

At Maynard’s, Meland is showcasing New American Farm-to-Table cuisine in a thoughtfully designed space with water and mountain views. The open kitchen is state-of-the art with a hearth oven and gleaming stainless and tile surfaces. The bar has 24 taps for Pacific Northwest beers and wines, including a Cash Brewing Co. original for Maynard’s dubbed “Hot Rod’s Ale.” The complex also includes a marketplace that will serve coffee, pastries, dessert, grab-and-go meals, local produce and artisanal food products.

To be the first to see all that Maynard’s has to offer and support OC culinary students, get your tickets to Maynard’s Exclusive First Look now.

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