To kick it off, Cod and Capers Seafood will host their first Stone Crab Claw Party, at the Cafe Tuesday and Wednesday night. The crabs have not been harvested, waters are warmed up, fat stores built up for winter, and the fat is what makes the claw so delicious. In the winter – maybe they’re not as good. When water gets colder, they pull that fat down into their body – not as good.
Percentage of larger sizd claws – will be larger…as we get into winter time.
They’ll miss out on what could be very tasty crab claws – the weather conditions including the late summer, and warm water temps, lead to crabs storing up fat for the winter – in their claws. They draw it back into their bodies when the weather chills, so this year’s first harvest should be fatty. “The fat gives it that sweet flavor we love,” Gyland said. “Later on in the season, when the water chills, their quality won’t be as good as they are now.”
Special Crab Claw Party
To celebrate the return of the claws, Gyland said the Cafe at Cod and Capers will open Tuesday and Wednesday nights for a special crab claw dinner – $19.99 for a pound of claws, with housemade slaw, and mustard sauce. A soup or another dish for non-crab eaters will be served, but the menu will be kept to those items alone for the special dinner.
Seats are limited and reservations suggested.
Cod and Capers Stone Crab Party
- Cod and Capers Cafe, 1201 U.S. 1, North Palm Beach
- Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 16-17; 5-8 p.m.
- Cost: $19.99
- Information and reservations: 561-622-0963; www.codandcapers.com