Share |

2nd Annual Nick's Cove Crab Catch Heralds Arrival of Dungeness Crab Season

In honor of the long-awaited arrival of recreational Dungeness Crab season in Northern California, crab enthusiasts and their families are invited to partake in the second annual Crab Catch at Nick’s Cove Restaurant, Oyster Bar & Cottages on Sunday, November 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Throughout the day, various activities will be available for crustacean-lovers of all ages, including a crab-catching competition, a cooking demo and lunch with Executive Chef Austin Perkins, a “Crabby Hour,” and a crab-centric menu available all day, with a portion of the proceeds from the cooking demonstration and lunch benefiting the Petaluma Educational Foundation.


The crab-catching contest will begin at 10 a.m. for children and adults alike, with prizes awarded to both age groups (adults are age 16 and over). Those that return by 2 p.m. to the Nick’s Cove patio will be eligible to win an award for the “Heaviest Haul” (a.k.a. the most crab caught). The winners in each age group will be considered the day’s Grand Prize winners and crowned the “Crab King” or “Crab Queen” and “Crab Prince” or “Crab Princess” of Nick’s Cove for a year.  Their names will be engraved on a commemorative plaque, displayed year-round, and both winners will also win dinner at Nick’s Cove. All participants will receive a commemorative Nick’s Cove tee shirt and a Nick’s Cove metal water bottle. Crab Catch prizes will be awarded by Dena Grunt at 4 p.m.

There is no entry fee for the Crab Catch, but all participants are required to RSVP by sending an email to by the morning of the Crab Catch in order to participate.  Participants must have their own boat, bait, crab pots and buckets and need to secure a crabbing license if they are over 16 years of age.

Cooking Demonstration

While the participants are out on the bay, land-lubbers are invited to attend a cooking demonstration and lunch by Executive Chef Austin Perkins who will be preparing Dungeness Crab Risotto starting at 11 a.m. on November 10th. A three-course lunch will follow, featuring the freshly made Dungeness Crab Risotto along with a salad and a non-alcoholic beverage. The demonstration and lunch is $65 per person, including tax, gratuity and a commemorative tee shirt. To sign up for the cooking demonstration please visit A portion of the proceeds from the cooking demonstration and lunch will go towards benefitting the Petaluma Educational Foundation.

Crabby Hour and Crab Menu

After the Crab Catch, Nick’s Cove will offer a “Crabby Hour” from 4:30-5:30 p.m. with special crab-themed cocktails and snacks available. If guests would like to enjoy lunch or dinner in the restaurant, crab-centric items will be available on the menu throughout the day, including Nick’s Cove’s famous Dungeness Crab Mac & Cheese, Dungeness Crab Cakes and other specials.