Crab Fest 2015

Crab Cake LA Hosts Its Third Annual Crab Fest to Support Chrysalis
Crab Cake LA
CRAB CAKE LA 2015

EAT. DRINK. GET CRABBY! What better way to spend a hot summer Sunday afternoon AND benefit a great cause.

Michael Voltaggio and his crab

Michael Voltaggio and his crab

Crab Cake Crab Fest is where Chesapeake Bay meets Hollywood! This star-studded event took place Sunday, August 2 and featured a blues filled afternoon of all you can eat (and drink) Crab Cake fare benefitting CHRYSALIS (www.changelives.org), a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals by providing the resources and support needed to find and retain employment.

Lawrence Fishburn enjoying Crab Fest 2015

Lawrence Fishburn enjoying Crab Fest 2015

Bushels of Maryland Blue Crabs were flown in overnight, steamed and prepared by the Voltaggio Brothers and piled high on tables alongside other Maryland backyard eats, cocktails, beer and wine with a side of Duff Goldman’s amazing cake. Guests picked crabs while listening to the live blues band jams on the patio.

Duff and the Voltaggio Bros being silly

Duff, Ben and the Voltaggio Bros being silly

Joining the Bryan and Michael Voltaggio were Ben Feldman and Duff Goldman at No Vacancy in Hollywood.

Guests were treated to Maryland Blue Crab, peel ‘n eat shrimp, hush puppies, corn on the cob and potatoes all prepared by chefs Bryan and Michael Voltaggio. Adam Cole of Maple Block (opening August 2015 in Culver City) made BBQ pulled pork sandwiches while guests drank Mezcal El Silencio Bloody Mary’s, Mezcal Mule’s and Stella Artois beer.

Guests at Crab Cake 2015

Duff Goldman made Smith Island Cakes, a Maryland classic, for dessert. Live music came courtesy of Chef Denis’ All Star Blues Band.
Crab Fest 2015

The star-studded lineup included: Ben Feldman (Mad Men, Superstore, The Force) Michael Voltaggio (Top Chef winner season 6; chef/owner ink. and ink.sack in Los Angeles) Bryan Voltaggio (Top Chef and Top Chef Masters; chef/owner of VOLT in Maryland and Range in Washington, D.C.) Duff Goldman (Ace of Cakes; owner Charm City Cakes and Charm City Cakes West.) Other guests included Reid Scott (Veep) Ali Larter, Ryan Phillippe, America Ferrera (Superstore, How to Train Your Dragon) Laurence Fishburne, Johnny Galecki (Big Bang Theory), Emily Osment (Young and Hungry) Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex, The Interview) director Ruben Fleisher (Superstore, Gangster Squad) Katie Stevens (Faking It) Aimee Garcia, Susie Feniger (Top Chef Masters) David Wain (Red Hot American Summer) Analeigh Tipton (The Force) Tracie Thoms (Cold Case, Rent) Jonathan Tucker (Kingdom, Texas Chainsaw Massacre) Annaleigh Ashford (Masters of Sex, Tony Winner this year for “You Can’t Take it With You”) Jonathan Sadowski (Young and Hungry) Nahnatchka Khan (writer, ABC’s Fresh off the Boat, American Dad) Adrianne Palicki (John Wick).
Ben Feldman at Crab Fest 2015

100% of the proceeds from the event will be donated to Chrysalis, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals by providing the resources and support needed to find and retain employment.

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