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