Crab Feed Returns



Tables at the Crab Feed held at Sunrise Event Center on Saturday, February 26.

February 26, 2022 Vacaville Christian schools 13th annual Crab Feed: an event to raise crab legs and money alike.

The Crab Feed is a school fundraising event, arguably the biggest fundraising event the school has each year. The event goes on from 5-9 pm, with dinner at 6:15. After dinner is the real fundraising portion: The Raffle. Desserts and baskets made and donated by clubs, classes and parents are auctioned off. 50% of the proceeds are given back to the clubs and grade levels who donated baskets based on the amount of tickets that were raffled. The first grade basket “Gift Card Board” won a prize for the highest amount of tickets. They had 1,524 tickets. On average $50-55,000 is raised each year. To attend, guests had to buy tables or tickets, which depending on the size of your party could cost hundreds or thousands of dollars. A website link was sent out to all VCS parents to reserve themselves a table or buy tickets. The event was sold out in a matter of weeks. 

Since dinner didn’t begin until 6:15, guests were served hors d’oeuvres courtesy of The Brass Tap Vacaville. The dinner being served was all you can eat crab, pasta, bread and salad. For $10 extra, a bucket of Texas Roadhouse ribs could be included.

“I have 4 people that cook all day and then additional people come in later in the day to start assembling the trays of food,” kitchen head Danielle Salamone said. Because of the large volumes of food to be prepared, huge amounts of food had to be ordered. “60-70 pounds of pasta, 1500 Ribs, 1500 pounds of crab, 1500 rolls, 80 pounds of lettuce,” Mrs. Salamone said. Food preparation and cooking began at 10:00 am.

Food was served in courses with the bread and salad being presented first. The pasta was next and the following was all you could eat crab and if you had a ticket for a bucket(s) of ribs. 

Raffle is the main event at the Crab feed. It includes baskets curated by the  VCHS clubs and grade levels. Model U.N. Club created a “tour around the world” basket that was worth around $400. The grade level classes also participated, each having their own specific theme. Students, parents, and faculty all helped to contribute to the baskets.

Freshman Reese Cash’s donated desserts were a hit! Her sweet vanilla and salted caramel macarons sold for a whopping $2000.

Almost 50 students and parents volunteered to help clean and serve at the event. One junior volunteer, Domonique Ruff, described the experience as hard work and organized. Volunteers served each course of the meal, cleaned the tables periodically and refilled drinks, napkins and crab.

This event is all thanks to the student volunteers who helped by bussing and serving tables. But also by the event coordinators. “I have been the coordinator for the last 8 years.  I have staff members who assist me:  Mrs. Danielle Salamone led our Kitchen/Volunteers, Mr. Andrew Wilson – Student Volunteers, Mrs. Cynthia Martinez – Dessert Auction and other staff members & volunteers who assist in other areas to make the night a success,” coordinator Mrs. Debbie Huntley said.