February 19, 2017

Crab Feed Q & A’s


WHAT: The 5th Annual “Krustaceans for Kids” Crab Feed is a benefit dinner for Yolo Crisis Nursery.

WHEN AND WHERE: 6-9 pm March 17 at Woodland Community & Senior Center, 2001 East St.

HOW MUCH:Tickets are $45. As of March 1, this event is sold out.

QUESTION: I’ve never been to a big crab feed. What’s it like?
ANSWER: We can’t speak for all of them, but at ours, get ready for a good time. As you enter, we’ll direct you to our no-host Wine and Beer Bar. (We take credit cards and checks, but cash is quickest.)

With a drink in hand, you can chat with friends. Or check out the Silent Auction and Raffle tables. Maybe visit the Social Media Photo Station (fun props available) and get goofy.

We’ll have the dinner tables set for the feast. You’ll find a bib at every place setting.
Volunteer servers will bring platters of cracked crab to your table, along with bowls of pasta with red sauce, Caesar salad plus bread. We’ll have plenty of melted butter, cocktail sauce and lemons at hand.

Don’t be shy about asking for more food. It’s all-you-can-eat, after all.

During dinner, you can visit the Wine and Beer Bar to replenish your drinks. Volunteer bartenders will be standing by.

As dinner ends, we’ll begin a fast-paced live auction of unique desserts. The ebullient Dr. John Chuck will reprise his role as auctioneer. If you’re one of the winning bidders, you can enjoy your dessert at your table or take it home. Last year, Realtor Kim Eichorn’s famous carrot cake sold for $760 and quickly disappeared at the winner’s table.

We’ll finish up by announcing raffle winners and conducting a brief live auction of our biggest and best auction items.

You’ll go home with a full belly and, if you’re lucky, an item you’ve won in an auction or raffle. You can also go home with the knowledge that your participation (i.e. your dollars spent) ensures the continuation of the Yolo Crisis Nursery’s proven programs for at-risk children and families in our county.

QUESTION: I went last year. Is anything new about this year’s event?
ANSWER: Yes, the location. We outgrew the Veterans Memorial Center in Davis, so we’re moving a few miles north to the Woodland Community & Senior Center. It’s much newer and bigger. The bar, auction and raffle tables, and dining tables will all be in one big room, with space leftover to move about. Also, there is plenty of well-lit and secure parking. If you haven’t been to this facility before, you’ll be impressed by what you find.

QUESTION: Are children invited?
ANSWER: This is more a leave-the-kids-with-a-babysitter-and-enjoy-yourselves kind of evening.

QUESTION: Will I have to wear the crab bib?
ANSWER: No, you will be free to be as messy as you like.

QUESTION: This year’s crab feed is on St. Patrick’s Day. Will you have green beer?
ANSWER: Maybe!

QUESTION: Will there be any long, boring speeches?
ANSWER: No, no and no.

QUESTION: Will the evening be lively and fun?
ANSWER: Yes, yes and yes.

QUESTION: What is the Yolo Crisis Nursery?
ANSWER: Founded in 2001 to prevent child abuse, the nursery is a place of hope and help for families in Yolo County. Day and night, 365 days a year, we provide safe, temporary care for children up through age 5. We help parents manage emergencies, keep up with their jobs, learn a new job, get medical care, or just get a break. Our services are voluntary and free. We wrap our families with loving care and help them become stable and strong.

QUESTION: How will the nursery use the money?
ANSWER: We hope to raise about $50,000 to support our crisis/respite care program and our wrap-around services for parents and guardians. About 98 percent of the families who use are our services are able to become stable and avoid becoming part of the Child Welfare Services program. With each family, we move closer to our vision that every child in Yolo County grows up in a safe, stable and loving family.