Last Chance to Attend Los Altos History Museum’s Crab Feed

By December 11, 2018Press Releases

LOS ALTOS, CA (December 11, 2018) Los Altos History Museum will hold its last-ever Crab Feed fundraiser on Saturday, February 2nd, 6-10 pm, at St. William Church Parish Hall, 611 S. El Monte, Los Altos. For 31 years, this all-you-can-eat crab fest and live auction has been a Los Altos tradition. Crustacean-lovers spur each other on to raise funds to help the museum continue its mission of producing engaging educational programs and exhibits for the community. This final Crab Feed will be in honor of Pinky Whelan, founder and creator of the event.

“When the J. Gilbert Smith House opened, we had a few minor fundraisers, but I kept thinking the Museum needed to do something bigger to raise more money,” said Pinky. “At the time, some friends invited me to a Crab Feed in Berkeley, and on the way home, I said, ‘I’m going to start a Crab Feed for the Museum.’ No one was having one in the area, so why not? I arranged to buy the crab from some fishermen in Half Moon Bay, picked it up in a friend’s Volkswagen Bus, and after unloading it, the whole car smelled like crab. My friend said, ‘I’ll probably never speak to you again.’ There were probably 70 people at that first Crab Feed, and everyone had a ball. Now, so many organizations are doing Crab Feeds, the Museum needs to think of something new.”

For this last Crab Feed, popular elements from the past will be included:

  • Sample Byington Wines from the events supporter, Los Altos Tasting Room
  • Live auction with auctioneer Lenny Broberg
  • Premier Live Auction Items (Warrior tickets, Sun Valley condo, dinner in a private home, to name a few)
  • “Wine Cellar Silent Auction” of 6-packs of premium wines
  • Mega Designer Raffle Basket
  • All you can eat crab, salad, sourdough bread, dessert & coffee
  • Vegetarian option if ordered at time of reservation

Tickets are $140 for museum members, $150 for non-members. Groups of 8 -11 may reserve a table. To buy tickets, visit

Los Altos History Museum began in 1977 with the opening of the J. Gilbert Smith House historic farmhouse, built in 1905. In 2001, the Los Altos History Museum opened its modern building next door, which houses the Museum’s collectionspermanent and changing exhibits, store and administrative offices. The Museum and its grounds are available for rent during evenings and weekends. Its collections are owned by the City of Los Altos and are managed by an independent nonprofit organization, whose staff and volunteers are responsible for all programs and operations.

The Museum and J. Gilbert Smith House are open Thursday through Sunday, from noon-4pm. Admission is free. The gardens, outdoor agricultural exhibits and picnic area are accessible beyond Museum hours. For more information, go to:, email, or phone 650.948.9427 x14.

Media Contact:

Los Altos History Museum: Elisabeth I. Ward, 650.948.9427 x10,