“Get Crabby” at Bluewater in June

Sustainable seafood restaurant in Coronado offers first-ever soft-shell crab tastings and menu celebrations. The June 14 event features soft-shell crab prepared two ways: tempura-style and sautéed with crab lemon caper beurre blanc.

When someone tells you to “get crabby” in June, don’t worry. It’s a good thing.

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Bluewater Boathouse Seafood Grill is giving seafood and shellfish lovers the chance to indulge in soft-shell crab during the restaurant’s first-ever tastings and month-long celebrations dedicated to the summer delicacy.

The Bluewater “Get Crabby” Tasting on June 14 features soft-shell crab prepared two ways – sautéed with crab lemon caper beurre blanc with fingerling potato salad and vinegar aioli, and tempura-style served with Asian vegetable salad and cilantro vinaigrette – paired with a Kungfu Girl Riesling from Washington and an Acrobat Pinot Gris from Oregon.

This cost of the inaugural celebration is $34.95 per person, and advance reservations are recommended due to expected first-year demand.  The special feast can be ordered off the menu throughout the month and paired with the featured varietal.

Soft-shell crab is a culinary term for crabs which have recently molted their old exoskeleton and are still soft, making them entirely edible. The most popular variety in the U.S., the Blue Crab, is typically served May through September deep-fried or sautéed.

The June 14 celebration is part of the restaurant’s popular Tuesday Night Tasting Series.

The monthly series combines seasonal seafood and shellfish with wine, beer or sake and roving commentary by the restaurants’ resident seafood experts. In addition to the once-a-month celebratory events, customers can order the special feast off the menu throughout the month – and the result has become popular monthly gatherings in each Bluewater neighborhood.

Consistent with Bluewater Boathouse’s strict commitment to seafood sustainability, the Blue Crab served during the tasting complies with sustainability standards established by the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach or other third-party organizations dedicated to fish-origin certification.

For menus, locations, hours of operation, phone numbers and other information about the seven unique Bluewater restaurants in Southern California and Arizona, go to www.bluewatergrill.com. You can also follow each restaurant on Facebook, or the Bluewater family on Instagram.

About the Bluewater Family of Seafood Restaurants
Bluewater Grill serves the freshest sustainably caught or farm-harvested seafood, innovatively prepared, in an atmosphere of casual style and at a surprisingly affordable price.
In addition to the original location in Newport’s Cannery Village, there are Bluewater Grills at King Harbor in Redondo Beach, at The District at Tustin Legacy in central Orange County, and in the Camelback neighborhood of central Phoenix.
Beyond the original four restaurants, Bluewater Avalon and Bluewater Boathouse Seafood Grill serve locally caught seafood from two of Southern California’s most picturesque locations: over the water on Avalon Bay on Santa Catalina Island, and in the former Hotel del Coronado boathouse on Coronado Island in San Diego, respectively.
Most recently, Bluewater founders debuted the seventh Bluewater restaurant – and first in Southern California’s Inland Empire – in 2015 in Temecula Wine County, and announced plans for an eighth restaurant in Carlsbad Village in Fall 2016. For details, go to www.bluewatergrill.com or visit us on Twitter or Instagram. Each Bluewater restaurant also has its own Facebook page for restaurant-specific menu offers, recipes, events and local happenings.

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Originally from upstate New York, Dani Schwartz has lived in Coronado since 1996. She is thrilled to call Coronado home and raise her two children here. In her free time enjoys hitting the gym, reading, and walking her dog around the “island.”Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to: manager@coronadotimes.com