Museum to host final Crab Feed after 31 years


Tickets are available for the Los Altos History Museum’s final Crab Feed fundraiser, scheduled 6-10 p.m. Feb. 2 at St. William Church Parish Hall, 611 S. El Monte Ave., Los Altos.

For 31 years, the all-you-can-eat crab fest and live auction has been a Los Altos tradition, raising funds to help the museum continue its mission of producing engaging educational programs and exhibitions for the community. The final Crab Feed will honor Pinky Whelan, founder and creator of the event.

“When the J. Gilbert Smith House opened, we had a few minor fundraisers, but I kept thinking the museum needed to do something bigger to raise more money,” Whelan said. “At the time, some friends invited me to a Crab Feed in Berkeley, and on the way home, I said, ‘I’m going to start a Crab Feed for the museum.’”

No one was having one in the area, so Whelan thought, “Why not?”

“I arranged to buy the crab from some fishermen in Half Moon Bay, picked it up in a friend’s Volkswagen Bus and after unloading it, the whole car smelled like crab,” she recalled. “My friend said, ‘I’ll probably never speak to you again.’”

According to Whelan, approximately 70 people attended the first Crab Feed, and “everyone had a ball.”

“Now, so many organizations are doing Crab Feeds, the museum needs to think of something new,” she added.

The last Crab Feed will include popular elements from the past:

• Wines from Byington Vineyard & Winery from the Los Altos Tasting Room

• A live auction with auctioneer Lenny Broberg

• Premier live auction items, including Warriors tickets, a Sun Valley condominium stay and dinner at a private home

• A Wine Cellar Silent Auction featuring six packs of premium wines

• A designer raffle basket

• All-you-can-eat crab, salad, sourdough bread, dessert and coffee

• A vegetarian option if ordered at the time of reservation

Tickets are $140 for museum members, $150 for nonmembers. Groups of 8-11 may reserve a table.

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