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Attend an All You Can Eat Crab Feed

As I have said before, no one should actually eat all-you-can-eat, but that did not stop me at my very first Crab Feed at a brewery in Northern California. I finally had to wave the white flag, or rather paper napkin. Twice.

A local theater in my hometown of Petaluma put on a weekday Crab Feed benefit. And the live theater house, Cinnabar, scored the uber-cool taproom location at Lagunitas Brewing Company.

Who can resist all-you-can-eat fresh crab at a place that brews renowned beers such as Lucky 13, Little Sumpin’ and Lagunitas Sucks? Apparently not me.
Lagunitas Patio Lagunitas Beer Menu

We punctually arrived at the feed and immediately bought raffle tickets for the prize packages. Pretty simple, drop your tickets in the jars of the prizes you would like to win. I systematically spread mine evenly throughout all the jars, adding a few extra to the Tomales getaway and even popping one in the dining package that included a gift card for my restaurant.

Only because I thought it would be just my luck, or unluck, to win the gift card that we donated.

After purging our tickets, Peter and I grabbed a couple of the last seats available at a community table. Our random table mates were already indulging on the tubs of crab, coleslaw, salad and French bread.

Arriving late to the party Peter immediately popped on his bib and grabbed a couple of legs. Let’s start crackin’.
Crab Feed Table at LagunitasWearing a Bib at the Crab FeedCrab Shells at the Petaluma Crab Feed

There was no lull in between crab courses, they just kept coming. Even when I thought it was time to quit, someone else at the table nodded the server on.

Whilst stuffing my face with obscene amounts of crab, I learned a few things about Crab Feeds:

1. There are Crab Feed groupies. I am not one of them. Yet. But, these people try to attend every crab feed within a 50 mile radius knowing they can load up on their favorite shellfish, while hoping to win a fabulous prize.
2. Eating at a Crab Feed is an adventure that requires a lot of hard work. One that would have been made easier with a crab cracker and seafood fork.
3. You must put your fashion sense aside and wear the plastic bib. Cracking crabs is messy business.
Dirty Hands at the Crab Feed

After a significant amount of time, I created my own crab eating system which included pouring a puddle of melted butter on my plate and then piling the plucked meat of an entire crab into the center of it.

Mix & indulge. Good system.

Because one can not survive on crab alone, we bought a red velvet rice krispie treat and an Oreo cookie cupcake. Both were the perfect dessert as we listened to the prize winners being announced.

We were not winners. Technically.
Red Velvet Rice Krispie Treats & Oreo Cupcakes

Have you ever been to a Crab Feed?


  1. That looks tasty! I'd have gone for the all-you-can-eat as well, and I'm with you on that one, it's a don't do in the best situations (except sushi, can't beat all-you-can-eat sushi, but hey, that stuff's healthy).

    • I have not been to all-you-can-eat sushi, but know that it would require a lot of restraint on my part!

  2. I've never been to one BUT this sounds like something I'd love. When we go to the beach every year, I make it my mission to eat as many crab legs as possible.

  3. PS I did not know you had a restaurant! Just checked out the site. YUM.

    • Yep. For just over five years. If you are ever in Northern California, you need to stop in!

  4. OMG OMG OMG yuuuuuuum!!!!!!!

  5. This sounds like fun, though I'm not a huge crab eater. If this were clams, I'd eat until I burst. Maybe I lost my lust for crabs since we used to drop crab traps in New Jersey and I had the messy job of cleaning up afterward.

    • They would make their money off of me if I attended a clam feed! Not that I don’t like them, I just don’t love them. A few days of cleaning traps and I probably would lose my lust too :)


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