I've heard from Amanda Hastings-Phillips, who you may remember did the fabulous black bottom pie video for us for Sugar Week. She's an actor, gourmet cook, and my daughter's close friend and doubles partner in college. She now lives in Laguna Beach, Calif.
Anyway, Amanda is doing another video for us for Crab Week, which I'm now thinking will start June 1 because Memorial Day is so early this year. This one will be on West Coast crab.
Here's part of her e-mail to me: ...
Went to Pearson's Port today. The fisherman I spoke to has fresh Red Rock Crab from Santa Rosa Island (California Channel Islands) and Yellow Rock crab from right off our shore here. They are both cousins of Dungeness. The lady I spoke to or her husband will show me how to clean the crab right there on their pier/store.
I assume you want me to make a recipe with the crab to tie in to the restaurant thing? Did your readers decide on a recipe? The people at Pearson's Port don't like crab cakes so they probably don't have a recipe to advocate!
Just so you know, the LA Times is doing a big story on Pearson's Port at the end of May/June. They are beloved here and a true family operation.
I told her we definitely wanted a recipe, and this was her reply:
Okay. I'll ask around. Maybe something from the strong Vietnamese community here because they do a lot with crab?! Or maybe not. I'll do some research.
It all sounds good to me.