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What You Missed at Hammer and Claws

Brown butcher paper rolled out and ready to go...Don't forget the Old Bay!
Brown butcher paper rolled out and ready to go...Don't forget the Old Bay!
Liz Barclay

Crab lovers headed to the Chelsea Piers this past weekend, strapped on their bibs and got their hammers ready for Hammer and Claws, an all-you-can-eat crab fest.

Truckloads of blue crabs were brought in from Maryland and doused with Old Bay and other seasonings. To complete the enormous spread, there were side dishes of potato salad, slaw, cornbread, pickles, corn on the cob, and unlimited beer from Abita.

It was madness, but it wasn't a senseless crab massacre: A portion of the proceeds went to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, to support the Bay's protection and restoration.

Here's a look at the action:

At the entrance, attendees claim their tickets and wristbands
At the entrance, attendees claim their tickets and wristbands
Liz Barclay
It's a balancing act for these two attendees. Their trays are overflowing with Maryland Blue crabs
It's a balancing act for these two attendees. Their trays are overflowing with Maryland Blue crabs
Liz Barclay
Crab lovers scramble to grab their food, settle into their seats, and get to the hammering
Crab lovers scramble to grab their food, settle into their seats, and get to the hammering
Liz Barclay

 

The crowds hustle and line up
The crowds hustle and line up
Liz Barclay
Trays are filled to MCC, Maximum Crab Capacity
Trays are filled to MCC, Maximum Crab Capacity
Liz Barclay
Rows of tables extend into the infinite corridors of the Chelsea Piers
Rows of tables extend into the infinite corridors of the Chelsea Piers
Liz Barclay
No time for talking at this table!
No time for talking at this table!
Liz Barclay
The tables filled up within the first 30 minutes
The tables filled up within the first 30 minutes
Liz Barclay
Reinforcements! Outside, the Shoreline Seafood truck pulls up with more crabs
Reinforcements! Outside, the Shoreline Seafood truck pulls up with more crabs
Liz Barclay

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