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Mendocino Knights of Columbus Crab Feed

Knights of Columbus Crab Feed FAQs

What is the outlook for the crab season on the northern California coast 2019-20?

The commercial crab season typically starts November 15 south of the Sonoma-Mendocino line; and December 1 north of the county line. Every year, the California Department of Public Health maintains a testing program at different locations along the coast from late summer through the end of the crab season. As of November 1st, the season was apparently open. However, in the event of any unforeseen delays or shortages, Knights of Columbus maintains contact with our sources of crab from Oregon, Washington and Alaska. We don't anticipate any problem in supplying the freshest and safest crab in any amount required for our event.

Where are my tickets?

In order to direct more of our receipts to our worthy causes, we don't issue tickets anymore. We email seat reservations – e-tickets – usually on the Monday two weeks before the event. In 2020, these were emailed on January 13th. Before that date, PLEASE make sure that info@kcmendo.org is whitelisted, and does not get deep-sixed by your spam filter. If your e-tickets have not arrived, and (1) you are confident that you have sent us money, and (2) you are sure which night you requested, do not be bashful about coming to the door and asking for help finding your seats.

What are the hours of the event?

Our able young servers are members of the Mendocino Interact Club, who are required to be home before 10pm. We are therefore starting our event at 5:30pm this year, with dinner service beginning at 6:30. The event is scheduled to end by 9pm.

What will the entertainment be this year?

Knights of Columbus is pleased to announce that Steve Jordan will be returning in 2020 to bring his ever popular song and dance routines to the Crown Hall stage.

How do I get to Crown Hall?

Crown Hall is located at 45285 Ukiah St. in the Village of Mendocino. Approaching Mendocino from the south on Hwy 1, turn left (west) at the Main St. exit and continue on Main St. until it turns right (north) and forms a “T” with Ukiah St. Turn right on Ukiah St. and Crown Hall is immediately on the right. Approaching Mendocino from the north on Hwy 1, turn right (west) at Lansing St. exit and continue to the first stop sign (Ukiah St.) in Mendocino. Turn right (west) and Crown Hall will be on the left about four long blocks from the stop sign. All parking is along the residential streets adjacent to Crown Hall. Helpful hint: Since there are no street lights or sidewalks along Ukiah St., it’s advisable to carry a small flashlight when returning to your car.

Is there a discount for children?

All ticketed seats for the crab feed are the adult price regardless of age. Although Knights of Columbus supports many family-friendly events during the year, our annual Crab Feed is definitely oriented toward adults and may not be suitable for children under 12. Things to be considered before purchasing tickets for children include: the length of time from dinner through raffle can be over 3 hours; there is very limited space for children to move around once they are seated (i.e. the aisles between tables are narrow and occupied by servers); and there is virtually no space available for storage of strollers and other supplies.

Is Crown Hall wheelchair accessible?

Although Crown Hall is a historic building built at the beginning of the last century, it is accessible for wheelchairs at one location through the side door. However, inside the hall the numbers of tables and aisles that can accommodate wheel chairs are limited. As a result, when purchasing your tickets, please let us know immediately your special access requirements and we will make every effort to satisfy them.

Can I bring my own butter warmer and condiments to the Crab Feed?

Due to the fire restrictions at Crown Hall, there is no open flame allowed in the main dining area or bar. This restriction is strictly enforced for the safety of everyone. This prohibits not only smoking in and around the building but also the use of any warmer, portable stove or other open-flame device. An exception to this might be if the warmer is battery operated, however we reserve the right to inspect any warmer before allowing its use. You are free to bring your own condiments. Drawn butter will be served with the crab.

Can I wrap some crab up and take it away?

No! All crab must be eaten on premises. Remember, please: this is a benefit event. We look forward to your presence in celebration of this joyous and wonderful Crabfeed.

Is wine served with dinner?

Yes, complementary wine is on menu (1 bottle of red, 1 of white) per table (8 guests). Additional wine by the bottle or glass is available for purchase at the bar as well as beer, water, and mixed drinks.

Can I bring any distilled spirits to the crab feed?

No. Under the terms of our liquor permit, drinks with distilled spirits can only be dispensed from the bar. This will be strictly enforced. At the bar, drinks will be available for sale along with wine and a variety of beverages.

Can I buy my own tickets but still sit with my friends who purchased their tickets separately?

This can usually be accomplished if the following steps are followed:

  1. Coordinate in advance with your friends and decide on a) the total number of tickets needed and b) the lead party name (i.e. Smith party).
  2. Reserve your seats with the lead party name as early as possible so we can block out the total number of seats.
  3. Each party that sends separate checks must write the lead party name on their check along with the other required information (i.e. night requested, number of tickets being purchased, telephone/address info, and self-addressed stamped envelope).
  4. Plan and purchase your tickets for any group regardless of size as soon as possible. Your party’s seating arrangement is not made final until the checks are received and the tickets issued.

How can I pay for tickets with a credit card?

You may pay with Master Card or Visa by ordering on our website (kcmendo.org).

To economize, Knights of Columbus Council 8187 processes credit card sales through its sponsor, St. Anthony’s, as a cost saving measure. Be assured that all funds from Crab Feed credit card ticket sales go directly and promptly to Knights of Columbus.

My credit card statement shows St. Anthony’s Catholic Church as the vendor for the Crab Feed ticket purchase. Why is this?

Are the Crab Feed tickets refundable?

Your seat reservations, whether made through our online system or by telephone or mail, are paid for when you reserve. These are fully refundable through the ticketing assignment date, January 13, 2020. Most tickets for Crab Feed 2020 are electronic, distributed to your mobile devices by email on that date. After that date, any refunds will be contingent on Knights of Columbus being able to re-sell your tickets before or including the night of the event. It should be noted that our track record for re-selling is quite good. Obviously, the longer we have to re-sell the ticket (i.e. more advance notice), the greater the likelihood of success.

If you require paper tickets, you will need to advise us of this by mail, providing us with a stamped, self-addressed envelope when you pay. It is possible to reserve through our online system or by phone and then pay by check mailed to KofC Crab Feed, P.O. Box 965, Mendocino, CA 95460

Is all or a portion of the ticket price to the Crab Feed tax deductible?

Although the Knights of Columbus is a tax exempt, nonprofit organization that donates a large percentage of its annual proceeds raised from events such as the Crab Feed to local charities and community service organizations, the IRS does not consider ticket sales for these events to be tax deductible. However, donations made to Knights of Columbus for distribution to these worthy organizations are always welcome, and are tax deductible.

What lodging is available in the area?

There are many Hotels, Motels and Bed & Breakfasts available within a short distance of the event. Check on the web at Visit Mendocino for listings.

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updated 22 January 2020

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