Held in The Baltimore Museum of Art’s Sculpture Garden, Crabaret gives the grubby Eastern Shore crab-feast tradition a total makeover: trading out brown paper towel rolls for linens and cheap beer for locally crafted microbrew.
Celebrated chef John Shields, pictured on far right, returns as the in-house chef, and, if menus from past affairs are any indicator (crab-and-curry stir-fry, crab gazpacho, and vegan crab cakes), guests can expect nothing less than the finest in crustacean cuisine. Joining forces on the drink front, Heavy Seas and The Wine Source will supply top-shelf libations.
Also returning from last year is Fox 45 anchor Jennifer Gilbert who will emcee the evening, which features live and silent auctions, as well as the island-flavored music of Mambo Combo.
Not only does the evening present the opportunity to enjoy first-rate food and entertainment, but it also raises money for an important cause. Presented by CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, proceeds from Crabaret will go toward the House of Ruth Maryland, a center that aids victims of domestic violence. (For more information, read our story on House of Ruth’s 35-year history beginning on page 76.)
July 12. Gertrude’s at The Baltimore Museum of Art,
10 Art Museum Dr., 6:30-10 p.m. by donation $90-125.