Taste something exotic

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By Kirsten Laskey

While chile peppers and tortillas can be found in abundance in New Mexico, seafood is a different story. If your mouth is watering for a crustacean, don’t plan a trip to a coastal destination, just head down to the Rotary Club of Los Alamos’s crab fest.

The seafood spread will kick off with a cash bar provided by Central Avenue Grill at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Hill Episcopal Church. At 6:30 p.m., a family style dinner will be served. The menu includes all-you-can-eat crab and prawn. For those who are not seafood lovers, barbecued chicken will be provided. Coleslaw, baked beans, bread and dessert will round out the meal.

Why serve seafood in a land-locked state? Event coordinator Skip King explained that while the Rotary special events committee was brainstorming ideas for an event that was new and different, he mentioned that his former Rotary Club in northern California hosted a successful all-you-can eat seafood dinner. Once the committee heard this idea, King said they thought it was something they could pull off, too.  

This soiree doesn’t just offer dinner. Live music will also be provided by Peace Meal, a six-member ensemble under the direction of Steven Booth.

Additionally, there will be a silent and live auction with auctioneer Vance Boone. Items that will be up for bid include an original oil painting by Betty Nance Smith, wine, dinner for 10,  gift certificates to local businesses such as Blue Window Bistro, Hill Diner and Otowi Station, ski passes to Pajarito Mountain Ski Area and other items.

It’s an opportunity to taste some out-of-state delicacies but the event serves another purpose as well.

All proceeds will benefit local Rotary scholarships as well as local and international scholarships.

The monies earned will support academic  and vocational scholarships for outstanding Los Alamos High School seniors, the annual 4-Way Test essay contest for mid-school students, the annual Deborah Beene Music Award, the Student of the Month program,

GED exam scholarships, the garden at Mesa Public Library, the Youth Exchange Program, fresh water projects in Uspantan, Guatamala, and the Dominican Republic and

eradicating polio worldwide. King encourages everyone to attend and help support the Rotary’s work. “I believe it is the first event of its kind in Los Alamos and I think people will find the food good. The entertainment, Peace Meal, will be there and I think they are pretty respected in town.

(Also) the proceeds will support the community, youth scholarships as well as community service projects,” he said.

Tickets are $40 per person. A reserved table for eight is $360, a slightly higher price for the pleasure of sitting with personal friends. 

Tickets can be purchased at Aspen    Copies and at the door.

Rotary International is the world’s first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary Club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace and eradicate polio under the motto, “Service Above Self.”