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Entry from August 03, 2005
Crab Crunch (River Project of Hudson River Foundation)
The Hudson River Foundation has been sponsoring a "Crab Crunch" since 2000.

A "crab crunch" is the crab version of a "clam bake" or "fish fry." Westchester County has held a "crab crunch" since the 1980s.

Crab Crunch

Christopher Letts and Tom Lake, from the Hudson River Foundation, will prepare and serve crabs while giving an informative presentation about these delicious, commercially fished Hudson River invertebrates. Free samples, and instruction on the proper way to eat them.

Saturday, August 7, 3:00-6:00 PM Cash bar

MENUBAR Crab Crunch
Last updated on July 15, 2005

This event will be an afternoon of free tastings of blue crab on Pier 26, overlooking the Hudson River.

Christopher Letts and Tom Lake, naturalists, teachers, and researchers with the Hudson River Foundation, will provide demonstrations on how to steam blue crabs as well as how to crack them open and eat them. There will be a lively presentation on the natural history of these invertebrates, how fishermen catch them, and stories and other lore that participants of all ages will find fascinating.

FREE samples of the crabs will be available from 3:00 to 6:00 pm.

There will also be free boat rides on retired police launch, "Big G," courtesy of the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance.

Chris Letts will demonstrate to volunteers how to crack open and eat the crabs properly, so that the volunteers can show the attendees. Other volunteers will help us set up and break down the event, bus tables, serve food and drinks, as well as other helpful tasks. Please email me back, and let me know if you'll be able to attend. This event is quite a party and we need all the help we can get.

This opportunity is sponsored by: The River Project

At the River Project on the south side of the pier, the fifth annual Crab Crunch attracted 466 visitors who ate about 900 Hudson River blue crabs, cooked by Christopher Letts, docent with the Hudson River Foundation, a nonprofit educational organization. The event, between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., included talks on the life cycle of crabs and other Hudson River creatures by Letts and Tom Lake, a teacher at Dutchess Community College of SUNY in Poughkeepsie.

26 August 1990, New York Times, Westchester (Section 12), pg. WC1:
The sixth annual Crab Crunch will take place on Sept. 9, at 2 P.M. at Kingsland Point Park in North Tarrytown. Mr. Letts will share tips on catching and cooking crabs. For information, call 285-PARK.

1 October 1993, New York Times, pg. C25:
The Urban Park Rangers want the world to see the inside and outside of that very, very proud lighthouse under the George Washington Bridge. It makes all the difference, too, if you read the drama of "The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge" by Hildegarde H. Swift and Lynd Ward (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich) beforehand. Saturday's party offers music (rock-and-roll and folk songs), a juggler, a reading of the book in Spanish and English, and a crab crunch. "We'll have a pot of delicious blue-claw crabs, harvested from the Hudson," said Nam Yoon, a ranger.

6 August 2004, Associated Press Newswires, NY Day Schedule:
3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Free crab tasting at The River Project's Crab Crunch; The River Project, Pier 26 at West Street between Canal and Chambers streets.
--Contact: Larry Bramble, 212-233-3030.

3 August 2005, New York Sun, Calendar, pg. 10:
CRAB CRUNCH Chistopher Letts and Tom Lake of the Hudson River Foundation provide demonstration on how to steam blue crabs, as well as how to crack them open and eat them, as part of the River Project's sixth annual Crab Crunch. The event also includes a presentation on the natural history of the blue crab and how fishermen catch them, along with complimentary boat rides on the retired police launch Big G. Saturday, 3-6 p.m., Pier 26, Hudson River betwenn Chambers and Canal streets, 212-233-3030, free samples provided.

Posted by Barry Popik
Food Festivals • Wednesday, August 03, 2005 • Permalink

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