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Sixteen members of the St. Helena High School Future Farmers of America group served salads, bread, pasta and crabs to some 160 people on Friday night at the Native Sons Hall in St. Helena. The event was the 43rd Annual Crab Feed, sponsored by Soroptimist International of St. Helena.
The Soroptimst cooks in the kitchen were all smiles on Friday night at St. Helena's Native Sons Hall. From left, they are Angela Franceschi, Adele Martin, Karen Nolan, Anna Beard, Toni Weems and Renee Paladini. They cooked 50 pounds of noddles and made salad with shrimp and home-made crab sauce.
Cathy Buck, Cameo owner and founder of Cameo Cinema Foundation, was named the Soroptimist International of St. Helena’s 2020 Woman of Distinction.
What wines go with a crab celebration? Reds, of course, Palisades Red Wine from Joel Gott and Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from Louis M. Martini, both based in St. Helena.
Steve Vosti is the "crab guy," who served up 550 pounds of cooked, cracked crab from Golden Gate Meats on Friday, Jan. 31 and another 1,050 pounds on Saturday, Feb. 1 for those who attended the Soroptimst International of St. Helena's 43rd annual Crab Feed.
Bringing out a tray of cooked and cracked crab and wearing lovely smiles were Daniela Mendoza, left, and Sharon Lagunas on Friday night at the Native Sons Hall.
Providing entertainment and welcoming guests on Saturday, Feb. 1 at the 43rd annual Soroptimist International of St. Helena’s Crab Feed were members of the St. Helena High School Band.
Some 160 people, including Julie Spencer and Peter Working, showed up on Friday, Jan. 31 for the 43rd Annual Crab Feed, put on by the Soroptimist International of St. Helena. The two-day event was held at St. Helena's Native Sons Hall.
Paddles were raised on Saturday night, Feb. 1 for Fund-a-Dream, which brought in more than $40,000 over the two nights.
Proceeds from the 43rd annual Soroptimist Crab Feed, a two-night, sold-out event, grossed an estimated $130,000, not including nearly $10,000 raised for the Cameo Cinema Foundation. It was sponsored by Soroptimist International of St. Helena.
The event was held Friday, Jan. 31, and Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Native Sons Hall. On Saturday, Cathy Buck, Cameo owner and founder of the Cameo Cinema Foundation, was named Soroptimist International’s 2020 Woman of Distinction.
On Saturday, the live lot preview table “We Love the Cameo” raised close to $10,000 and the “Exceptional Women in Wine” lot, which included 21 bottles, inspired a bidding war.
On Friday night, members of St. Helena High School’s Future Farmers of America chapter, under the director of Sarah Herdell, served up salad, pasta with pesto and the main course: 1,600 pounds of cooked and cracked crab. On Saturday, parent volunteers from the St. Helena Preschool for All were on hand to serve guests. For the past few years, Soroptimist International of St. Helena has awarded grant funding to the nonprofit to help offset tuition costs for needy families.
On both nights, a half-a-dozen employees from Hall Wines helped with beverage service, set-up and breakdown.
Some 160 people attended the Friday night event and 300 attended on Saturday. On Friday, cook Angela Franceschi said they cooked up 50 pounds of noodles with pesto and created their homemade crab sauce, both under the direction of Anna Beard.
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