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Santa Cruz’s Chaminade celebrates crab season with decadent Crab Feast

A scene from a past culinary event at Chaminade
A scene from a past culinary event at Chaminade

The always-enjoyable Chaminade Resort & Spa in Santa Cruz is hosting a Crab Feast on Saturday, March 22 from 5–9 p.m. The cost is $55 for adults, $17.95 for kids 6-16, and free for kids 5 and under. Reservations are required; call (831) 475-5600 or visit OpenTable.

The event takes place on Chaminade’s Sunset Patio, offering a great view. For the price of admission, each person receives one whole Dungeness crab plus lots of other food: there will be a buffet with all-you-can-eat crab legs (and house-made herbed garlic butter), roasted chicken with linguini, roasted artichokes with aioli, house-made French bread, Caesar salad, and petit fours.

The evening begins at 5 p.m. From 5-6, guests can purchase drinks, mingle, choose their seats, and enjoy the sunset. Dinner will be available from 6-9.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to taste Executive Chef Kirsten Ponza’s food yet, I highly recommend it! Chef Kirsten was promoted to Executive Chef in October 2013, after being named Executive Sous Chef in September 2012. She first joined Chaminade in 2003 as Pastry Chef, but in 2004 she left to take advantage of a unique opportunity: being a Tour Chef for rock band The Rolling Stones! A couple years later, she was back at Chaminade and—with her hard work and creativity—has been rising in the ranks ever since.

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The Details
Crab Feast
Saturday March 22, 2014 from 5-9 p.m.
Chaminade Resort, One Chaminade Lane, Santa Cruz 95065
(831) 475-5600 or
$55 for adults; $17.95 kids 6-16

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