Crab-feeds are to Californians what clambakes are to New Englanders, what a Fish Fry is to upstate New Yorkers at Lent, what an Oyster Bake is to Texans from San Antonio, and what a good old fashioned southern Crawfish Boil is to folks from Louisiana. In all cases, the particular fish, crustacean or bivalve being consumed en masse is less important than the mass itself. A crab-feed is, above all else, a community event, one in which hundreds of neighbors gather to enjoy quantities of food, bask in each other’s company, and — in the majority of cases — raise money for a good cause.
Here is a list of upcoming crab-feeds in and around Petaluma. In most cases, early purchase of tickets is recommended, as many of these annual events sell out far in advance.
PORTUGUESE CRAB FEED & DANCE
Saturday, Jan. 13, 6 p.m.
A fundraiser for the Senhor Santo Cristo Society, this benefit feast features a choice of cold crab, or warm crab, with after-dinner dancing till midnight. Adults $50, Children $25. Petaluma Holy Ghost Hall, 4649 Bodega Ave. (707) 304-2819 or (510) 604-7746.
PETALUMA 7-11 LION’S CLUB CRAB-FEED
Saturday, Jan. 20, 5 p.m.
Supporting the Lions Club’s tireless efforts to assist those with hearing and sight problems, this annual event includes an array of raffle items, and all the crab you can eat. $50 per person. Petaluma Vets Hall, 1094 S. Petaluma Blvd. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PACIFIC EMPIRE CHORUS CRAB-FEED, CONCERT AND AUCTION
Saturday, Jan. 27, 5 p.m.
Powered by the motto “Crack crab with the ones you love,” this is always a popular one. Along with the traditional crab, pastas, and side dishes, this features a live acapella show, and V.I.P. (Captain’s Table) seating. $50 advance; $60 at the door; $20 for children 10 and under; $560 for “Captain’s Table.” Petaluma Vets Hall, 1094 S. Petaluma Blvd. Purchase tickets at www.pacificempire.org.
BOYS & GIRLS CLUB CRAB-FEED, DANCE & AUCTION
Saturday, Jan. 27, 5:30 p.m.
Loads of food and drink, grand auction items and raffle activities, and dancing to a DJ. $95 per person (hosted bar included). Boys and Girls Club Lucchesi Park Clubhouse, Purchase tickets at 528-7977, or at Bgccsc.org/petaluma-crab.
DUNHAM SCHOOL CRAB-FEED
Saturday, Jan. 27, 5:30 p.m.
Crab and other items, auctions and raffles, all benefiting the students of Dunham School. Hermann Sons Hall, 860 Western Ave. $55 per person. Purchase tickets at www.dunhamsd.org.
RANCHO ADOBE FIREFIGHTER’S ASSOCIATION
Saturday, Jan. 27, 6 p.m.
Hot crab and all the fixings, plus entertainment and, of course, FIREFIGHTERS! This annual event takes place at the Penngrove Community Club House, 385 Woodward Ave. $60 per person. Buy tickets in person at the Penngrove Fire Station, Main St, and Old Redwoon Hwy.
PHS TROJAN ATHLETIC BOOSTERS CLUB CRAB-FEED
Saturday, Feb. 3, 6 p.m.
This over-21 event includes a full crab dinner, dancing, a silent auction, and benefits the Petaluma High School Athletic Boosters Club. $70 per person or $650 per table of eight (which includes two bottles of wine). For tickets, reservations contact Antoinette Burns, email@example.com. The event takes place at Herzog Hall, at the Petaluma Fairgrounds.