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A Study of Small Farms and Ranches in the

Walla Walla Valley

 

Restaurant Photos by Jack Von Eberstein, Farm Photos by Melissa McFadden

Food

The Ox & Cart is a local ranch and farm focused restaurant in the heart of downtown Walla Walla. The menu showcases regionally grown and harvested specialties ranging from organically raised, in-house aged meats to fresh, seasonal produce. Focusing on ingredients sourced from the small, independent farms and ranches in and around the Walla Walla Valley, our chefs are able to highlight the tastes of the seasons and fresh flavors that only eating locally can provide. Utilizing these high quality and vibrant ingredients allows our chefs to pay homage to modern American flavors from an area that is rich in agricultural history.

Wine

The Ox & Cart melds Walla Walla’s traditional farm community resources with the regions grape growing and winemaking acclaim by offering a thoughtfully crafted wine cellar. The hand selected wine list demonstrates and showcases the perfect reflection of our terroir focused restaurant. We strive to honor the food and drink that represent this sense of place, to offer a taste of what Walla Walla, the farms, the ranches, the vineyards, and the winemaking are truly about.

 

Phone

(509) 525-9952

(509) 525-9875

 

Location

7 1/2 S. First Ave.

Walla Walla, Wa

99362

 

Hours

Sunday-Thursday 3-9pm

Friday-Saturday 3-10pm

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Reservations

Call (509) 525–9952 from 2– 9pm daily or book online with OpenTable.
Reservations recommended. Limited bar and patio seating available.

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Vintners Select: Local Winemakers Curating a Washington Wine Paired Dinner

 

A winemaker dinner like no other, join our table at the Ox & Cart as we invite local winemakers to share some of their own, and some of another's, favorite Washington made wines. One night each month we will offer a new twist on this classic event. Enjoy a four course dinner, paired perfectly with our guest winemakers choice of "wines to watch". What will they pick....what will we pair? Reserve your seat to find out!

Advanced Reservations Required,
Limited Space Available
Seating at 6PM

 

July 27th, Brian Rudin:  Canvas back Winemaker

August 24th Jean-Francois Pellet: Pepperbridge Winemaker

September 21st, Trey Busch: Slight of Hand winemaker

October 20th, Gordy Venneri:  Walla walla vintners winemaker

november 17th Corey braunel:  dusted valley vintners winemaker

december 15th chris dowsett: buty winemaker


The Supper Club:  
A Study in Local Brewing

As one of the oldest and most popular fermented beverages in the world, the team at The Ox & Cart believe beer, and beer lovers, finally deserve a dinner club of their own. Join the brewer themselves as we explore their offering of regional craft brews, each course paired with a "sud" of its own. 


6 PM
$55 Multi-course Craft Beer Pairing Supper

Check back soon for our fall/winter schedule

 


Industry Night: Local Workers Unwind

 Just starting your weekend or heading back to work, The Ox & Cart is now making the most of Monday's!  To honor your labor efforts we have extended Monday's Speakeasy Hour into a Speakeasy Day from 3-8pm.
 


All Night,
Every Monday


Our study of local farms and ranches

include the sustainable and environmentally conscious offerings from:

Martinez Produce

 Ol Timer Asparagus

Blue Mountain Lavender Farm

Small's Family Farm

Froghollow Farm

Welcome Table Farm

Hayshaker Farm

Edwards Farm

 

Little Dipper Dairy

Upper Dry Creek Ranch

Snake River Farms

Rockin' R Ranch

Rathbun & Moore

Pat 'n" Tams Ranch

Taylor Shellfish Farm

Nicky USA Rabbit Farms

Blue Valley Meats

Blue Mountain Affinage Company

 

 

WALLA WALLA

Recognized by USA Today in 2011 as the friendliest town in America, the town so nice they named it twice lives up to its reputation. Known for rolling wheat farms and sweet seasonal onions, Walla Walla has recently expanded its repertoire to include over a 100 local wineries. With such world-class wine offerings, the restaurant world was soon to follow. Chefs from around the country have flocked to this little South East corner of Washington State for the opportunity to create in an environment rich with inspiration andresources, and the Ox & Cart is proud to be a part of this burgeoning haven for food and wine lovers alike.

 

PEOPLE

 

Jacob Crenshaw
Owner and Executive Chef


Jake grew up in the small Colorado town of Lyons. It didn’t take long for his cooking ambitions to lead him to bigger opportunities, working in Denver, Boulder, Santa Barbara, and Seattle. He credits his hands on experience working at prestigious restaurants like Michel Richard’s Citronelle, Jan Birnbaum’s Sazerac, and Tamara Murphy’s Brasa as laying the groundwork for the chef he has become. In 2006 Jake decide to follow his heart, leaving behind Seattle and the fast paced restaurant world, to support his wife’s quest to make wine.

What at first seemed like career sacrifice, eventually turned into amazing good fortune, as the food and wine community welcomed his talents. In 2010 Jake tackled the task of re-invigorating a classic Walla Walla eatery, opening Olive Marketplace and Café in the heart of downtown. Having also spent more than fifteen years organizing and running various kitchens and catering operations (ranging from large scale, multi-course plated events to weddings of all sizes) Jake wanted a chance to bring his expertise to the growing demand for caterers in Walla Walla. So, always up for a challenge, Jake added a full catering company to Olive’s culinary resume in 2012.

Never one to rest, in 2016 Jake finally found the perfect space to open a new restaurant that truly defines his style of cooking. Opening The Ox & Cart is Jake’s opportunity to pay homage to the area that inspires him. Living in Walla Walla, surrounded by fresh produce, local wine, and naturally raised meats is a culinary dream comes true, and to Jake, it is what truly defines who he is as a chef. It’s this rare ability to nourish his family and his community with foods that are whole,

 

Tabitha Crenshaw
Owner and BeVerage director


Answering the age old question, what do you do with a degree in Philosophy, Tabitha assures you that it makes an excellent prelude into the world of food and wine. During her studies at the University of Washington, she made ends meet by working at various Seattle restaurants, and after the BA degree was said and done, the foodie bug had settled in to stay. The opportunity to work with an amazing array of mentors at Ray’s Boathouse, Teatro Zinzanni, Chow Foods, Inc. and Brasa deepened her love of food and wine.

It was while at Brasa that she met her now husband and the two soon plotted a life altering move to Walla Walla so that she could pursue her dream of winemaking. Once in Eastern Washington, she quickly completed her Enology degree in the celebrated vocational program at WWCC and spent time working at Spring Valley Vineyards and Artifex Wine Company. Ten years, two restaurant, a catering company and three beautiful children later, they are making a happy marriage of both of their passions, food and wine.

 

 

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