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To celebrate the opening of the recreational Dungeness crab season on Nov. 3, Nick's Cove Restaurant and Oyster Bar will host an inaugural "Crab Catch" festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Throughout the day, there will be various crabby activities, from a crab-catching competition to a cooking demo by Executive Chef Austin Perkins, who will prepare his signature Dungness Crab Mac & Cheese starting at 11 a.m.

A prix fixe lunch includes Perkins' famous mac & cheese, a salad and a non-alcoholic beverage. Cost is $45, including tax and tip plus a commemorative apron.

The Crab Catch starts at 10 a.m., when boats will launch from Miller Boat Launch and have four hours to catch as much Dungeness crab as they can. Delicious prizes will be given for heaviest haul, biggest single crab and greatest distance travelled from home by a participant.

Entry is $40 for licensed participants who register by Nov. 1, and $50 after that. To register for the catch or the demo/lunch, go to http://crabcatch.eventbrite.com. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Petaluma Educational Foundation.

A crab-infused cocktail "Crabby Hour" will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., followed by a three-course Dungeness crab tasting menu.

Nick's Cove is lcoated at 23240 California 1. 415-663-1033.

HEALDSBURG


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