To crustacean lovers, January in the Bay Area means more than the beginning of a new year — it means Dungeness crab feed time.
From November to mid-June, fishermen up and down the Northern California coast harvest Dungeness crab from their pots for delivery into the bellies of hungry crab-loving residents. Crab season also provides a good fundraising opportunity for local nonprofits, and a good excuse for residents to eat melted butter.
Petaluma has no lack of crab feeds, and residents could make plans to attend one just about every weekend from now through February. While all the upcoming feeds feature cracked crab, it's always recommended attendees come prepared — bring cracking utensils.
Lions club crab feed
The 7-11 Lions Club hosts its 31st annual lunch and dinner crab feed on Jan. 19 at the Petaluma Veterans Memorial Building, 1094 Petaluma Blvd. South.
One of the largest crab feeds in Sonoma County, the 7-11 Lions Club event draws crab-hungry citizens from all around the North Bay.
The lunch seating begins at noon. The dinner seating starts at 7 p.m. Both meals feature all-you-can-eat crab, French bread, pasta, Clover-Stornetta ice cream and a no host bar. There will also be a raffle.
Tickets for the lunch seating are $40. Tickets for dinner are $45.
All the proceeds go back to the community to support local projects through the 7-11 Lions Club.
"All our money goes to local charities," said club member Jim Janakes. "Funds raised in Petaluma stay in Petaluma."