From Cheap Eats to Fancy Feasts

From Cheap Eats to Fancy Feasts: How Lobsters & Crabs Clawed Their Way to the Top tracks their humble beginnings from inexpensive sources of food to gourmet delights. Dive into this captivating history to learn more about America’s changing tastes and traditions, as well as the future of sustainable seafood.

  1. From Common Food to Fancy Schmancy
  2. America’s Favorite Lobster Dishes
  3. Crab Feasts: A Culinary Staple from Coast to Coast
  4. Cracking the Code: How to Enjoy Crab Legs Like a Pro
  5. Shrimp’s Big Role in America’s Seafood Celebrations
  6. Revolutionizing Seafood & Sustainability: Seafood Boils
  7. We’ve Got A Feast For You!

From Common Food to Fancy Schmancy
From Cheap Eats to Fine Feasts: Lobster & Crab’s Classy Climb

Long ago, lobsters and crabs were inexpensive sources of food in the Northeast. When the first Colonists arrived in the 1600s, they found lobsters so plentiful, reportedly they would collect in banks on the seashore, reaching heights up-to 2 feet!

Historically, because of their abundance, they were often used to feed the poor, servants, prisoners, and even farm animals. Native Americans traditionally prepared lobsters by wrapping them in seaweed and baking them on hot stones right on the beach. They not only used lobsters as a food source but also employed them as fertilizer for crops

In the 1800s, companies began canning lobsters and transporting them by train to various locations, transforming lobsters into a highly sought-after delicacy, particularly in Boston and New York City. As the 1900s unfolded, lobsters and crabs emerged as symbols of luxury. Seaside restaurants started featuring them extensively, turning these establishments into must-visit destinations for upscale seafood dining.

From Cheap Eats to Fancy Feasts: How Lobsters & Crabs Clawed Their Way to the Top
A colorful trademark label for canned “deep sea” lobster, with an image of a lobster. The label contains a reference to apparently winning a gold medal in Paris in 1878. This trademark label was submitted to the Maine Secretary of State in 1891 in order to obtain legal protection for the design.

Furthermore, lobsters and crabs have been prominently featured in movies, TV shows, and books, associating them with fun and luxury. These appearances helped transform seafood parties into essential features of major events like weddings and Fourth of July celebrations. Additionally, their popularity has boosted local economies and spurred innovative cooking methods and recipes to enjoy these seafood favorites.

Lobster a l’Américaine, The French Chef Season 1. Julia Child prepares Lobster a l’Americaine, a great French lobster dish. Julia shows how to pick out a lobster, how to prepare live lobster, including how to saute and flambe lobster and how to make the sauce Américaine.

America’s Favorite Lobster Dishes
From Cheap Eats to Fine Feasts: Lobster & Crab's Classy Climb
Lobster Mac & Cheese.

Here are the top ten lobster dishes in the U.S.:

  1. Lobster Rolls – Cold lobster with lemon and mayo on a buttered and toasted bun.
  2. Lobster Bisque – A smooth soup with a splash of sherry.
  3. Boiled Lobster – Served simply with melted butter and lemon.
  4. Lobster Mac and Cheese – Creamy cheddar with macaroni, and tender lobster.
  5. Lobster Thermidor – Lobster cooked with egg yolks and brandy.
  6. Grilled Lobster – Lobster tails grilled with garlic butter.
  7. Lobster Newberg – Lobster with butter, cream, and spices.
  8. Lobster Salad – Cold lobster tossed with mayo and herbs.
  9. Lobster Fra Diavolo – Spicy lobster served over pasta.
  10. Lobster Tail Pastry – A dessert shaped like a lobster tail.
From Cheap Eats to Fine Feasts: Lobster & Crab's Classy Climb
Lobster Roll. The lobster roll is the most popular lobster dish in America. It originated in New England and includes fresh lobster meat, lightly dressed with a little mayo, celery, lemon juice, and chives, and served in a toasted, buttered split-top bun. People all over love it, and many different versions exist.

Crab Feasts: A Culinary Staple from Coast to Coast
From Cheap Eats to Fine Feasts: Lobster & Crab's Classy Climb
Crab Festival.

Big events for families and communities, these festivals, especially in Maryland with its famous blue crabs. People cook these crabs with seasoning and serve them with corn and potatoes. Additionally, in places like the Gulf Coast and the Pacific Northwest, people also love crab parties.

Moreover, the popularity of crab parties has led more restaurants to offer crab dishes. From crab cakes in New England to spicy crab boils in the South, these places showcase all the local flavors.

Cracking the Code: How to Enjoy Crab Legs Like a Pro
From Cheap Eats to Fine Feasts: Lobster & Crab's Classy Climb
Cracking Crab Legs.

Restaurants usually serve big, sweet crab legs from Alaskan king crabs steamed with seasoning and served with garlic, and butter sauce. The fun part is cracking open the shells to reach the meat. On average, people might eat about 1 to 1.5 pounds of crab legs in one sitting.

Our guide will teach you how to crack open and enjoy crab legs, making every bite special!

1. Gather Your Gear
  • Crab Bib: Your noble uniform in the relentless assault of splatter. Wear it proudly!
  • Seafood Cracker: Crucial for breaking the hard shells of crab legs.
  • Crab Mallet: Hear ye, hear ye! Pound away and dish out some juicy justice.
  • Small Fork or Pick: These tools help you get the meat out of the shell after cracking.
  • Additional Bowls & Buckets: Useful for discarding the shells as you eat.
2. Cracking the Shell
  • Claws and Knuckles: Use the seafood cracker or mallet to break open these tougher sections. Use your fork or pick to extract the meat.
  • Legs: Bend the leg at its joints to break them easily. If available, use the seafood cracker to snap through thicker parts of the shell.
3. Extracting the Meat
  • Gently: Use your pick or fork to remove the meat from the cracked shells. Try to pull out larger pieces of meat intact for a more enjoyable experience.
4. Dipping and Eating
  • Dip the Meat: Most restaurants and festivals will serve melted butter alongside the crab legs. Dip the extracted meat into the butter to enhance its flavor.
  • Enjoy: Relish the succulent flavors of the crab meat. If available, squeeze some lemon over the meat for extra zest!
How to Eat a Crab Legs Like a Pro

Shrimp’s Big Role in America’s Seafood Celebrations
From Cheap Eats to Fine Feasts: Lobster & Crab's Classy Climb
Garlic Butter Shrimp.

A favorite at parties because they’re simple to cook and share. Shrimp tails make handling easy, ideal for finger food even at elegant affairs. And shrimp cocktail is especially famous and often appears as a classy appetizer. Furthermore, its tangy sauce makes it a hit at formal events and casual get-togethers.

Often the star of many dishes like shrimp cocktails and shrimp tacos, people love having shrimp at gatherings like barbecues and family reunions. “Jumbo shrimp” might sound like nature’s joke, but they’re seriously big on flavor and fun! These meaty giants are grill-ready and guaranteed to be the main attraction at any feast.

Revolutionizing Seafood & Sustainability: Seafood Boils
From Cheap Eats to Fine Feasts: Lobster & Crab's Classy Climb
Seafood Boil.

Overharvesting and climate change have caused several significant issues, particularly for marine environments and species such as crabs. To address the issues and the effects of climate change on crab populations, various strategies and measures are being implemented:

Strategies & Measures Include:

Regulation of Harvesting: Authorities have established limits on the size and number of crabs that can be harvested. These regulations are designed to ensure that crab populations remain sustainable over time.

Habitat Restoration: Efforts to restore and protect crucial crab habitats, such as wetlands and mangroves, are underway. These habitats are essential for the life cycle of crabs, providing them with shelter and breeding grounds.

Water Quality Improvement: Initiatives to reduce pollution and improve water quality in bodies of water support healthier ecosystems for crabs and other marine life.

Climate Change Mitigation: Efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote sustainable practices help mitigate the broader impacts of climate change on marine environments.

Seafood Boils: A seafood boil is precisely as it sounds—a mix of seafood cooked in a richly seasoned broth. With a history that actually stretches back centuries, seafood boils vary widely from one region to another. Each variation can differ in the seafood selection, cooking techniques, spices, and even the vegetables included, offering a vast array of possible ingredient combinations for crafting your own homemade seafood boil.have really changed how people eat seafood in America. They mix shrimp, crabs, and other seafood with tasty spices. Additionally, corn and potatoes are added to the pot, making it a hearty meal.

Additionally, seafood boils create a fun and social way to eat. People gather around big tables to share this feast. As a result, these dishes are great for events and celebrations, bringing communities together. Eating locally caught seafood at these boils can also reduce the environmental impact, and promote healthier ecosystems.

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Cathy, Hi Cathy! I just wanted to thank you Ð we had a great trip! Students and teachers all had a blast. On another note, I wanted to say how happy I was in particular with the bus company, especially my driver Benitio. I have an infant at home that I am breast feeding. He gave me full range of his busÉ and was very accommodating. We will talk next year! Thank you! T. Johnson Assistant Principal

- T. Johnson


Good morning, Thank you again for another wonderful trip. Everything was flawless as always and everyone had a great time. Looking forward to more trips in the future. D. Stewart St. Paul's Community Church

- D. Stewart


Hello Cathy,É Thank you again for booking us to see Moses, all our guests were very pleased. So now we want to see DanielÉÓ Destination: Sight & Sound Theatre H. Smith Church of the New Vision

- H. Smith


Good afternoon, The trip was planned perfectly as far as timing and logistics were concerned. The activities were great and kept the attention of the students. Plenty to eat for all and some fun with the educational aspect, we greatly appreciated the organization from your company and look forward to the other trips we have booked with you! Sybil Harry S. Truman H.S.

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Hi Steve, The restaurant was nicely set up and they were ready for us even though we were a little early... Kudos to the bus driver, Jesse. His service to our seniors was excellent. The play was great so much so, that one of the stars came on board our bus before we left to thank us for coming and how much they enjoyed our being there. Looking forward to our trip in September! Ruth 55+ Club

- Ruth


Cathy, The kids had a great time and it was a good experience for all. The drivers were efficient and very kind to the kids. They were always on schedule and very safe. The school is very happy and we are already talking about Boston in the fall. A. Murry Bergtraum H.S.

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On behalf of the seniors from Fred Samuel Resident Association, Inc and the Upper Harlem seniors, Ôthank youÕ for a glorious trip. We were most impressed with the bus ride there and back (with Abraham our driver) and the service that you provided us throughout the contract and beyond. We look forward to working with you again next year.Ó D. Blackwell Fred Samuel Resident Association, Inc.

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Good afternoon Cathy, Our group had such an amazing time. Thank you so much for such a smooth, fun trip. We will definitely be using Amazing Destinations in the near future.Ó J. Garcia Selfhelp Community Services

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- Jennifer Mitchener


Hi Cathy! I just wanted to thank you - we had a great trip! Students and teachers all had a blast. On another note I wanted to say how happy I was, in particular, with the bus company especially my driver Benitio. I have an infant at home that I am breast feeding. He gave me full range of his bus so that I could pump. He took his stuff and napped on one of the other guy's busses, showed me how to work the door and was very accommodating. We will talk next year! Thank you! T. Johnson

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Dear Steve and Cathy, Before I begin my day here, I just had to take a moment to thank you for a LOVELY Trip. The buses were absolutely Gorgeous, the food on the boat was somewhat better than last year, the music was so much better, we danced and danced. Everyone complimented me on this trip even when I went to church yesterday. I really enjoyed this this year, and I am certain they will talk me into doing this again next year, but we must have the SAME BUSES. Thank you both for making this trip a TOTAL SUCCESS, can’t wait to plan our next adventure. Diana

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Cathy, Marie is elated at how well everything went! We had a great time and everything worked out perfectly. The bus driver and tour guide were fabulous. We are looking forward to our next trip in October. Thank you so very much. Beth

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Good morning Steve, Thanks for an excellent trip, not one problem. The bus and driver was top notch. The driver was one of the best I have encountered during my forty odd years of coach traveling. Four stars for Amazing Destinations! Thanks and have a great day. R. Scotto

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Hi Cathy, Just an update of our trip to Holiday Hills. We had a ball and my seniors had a wonderful time, Our driver Henry was the best and we are requesting him for our September 17th trip to MT. Airy Casino. We already spoke to him and he said he would be more than happy to be our driver. Please see what you can do and I will remind you ahead of time. Again thank you for all your help with our trips. We still want to go to Villa Roma in December. Have a wonderful day. Thank you, D. Johnson

- D. Johnson


Hello Steve & Cathy, Hope all's well. Just a short note to thank you for all you've done to make our Lake George trip enjoyable. You are the best.....courteous, reliable, and accommodating. ...all in all, everything was great. Our driver Kevin was very nice. Again, thank you and we are certainly looking forward to doing more business with you next year. Best regards, C. Springer

- C. Springer


Hi Cathy hope all is well! Everyone had such a wonderful time yesterday during the Joseph trip. Now that we have finished with this trip, I would like to get information regarding the Samson show. Also, with the response being so great from this trip, I'm actually considering booking two buses if that's at all possible. Looking forward to hearing from you. Best wishes, Arianny

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Good Afternoon, Just wanted to let you know...on behalf of my staff, students and parents...THANK YOU!! We had an INCREDIBLE TIME in Washington DC! The drivers were very respectful and courteous to all our needs. Our parents and students really enjoyed the food and hospitality at Golden Corral. Mr. Scott the tour guide, truly enhanced the experience of the tour with his knowledge and friendly nature. We must, must do it again! Next yea, we are thinking about touring Philadelphia! Once again, Thank You! R. Peay

- R. Peay


Good evening Steve and Kathy, I just wanted to say a very big 'Thank You'!!! Our trip was truly 'AMAZING'. From beginning to end the trip was awesome. Our driver, Mr Benito arrived on time and was perfect through out the trip. He drove with ease and got us to all of our destinations on time. The bus was perfect and everything we discussed was given to us. Our group had a beautiful time at the museum and the MLK memorial. Our tour guide Ms. Lynette was awesome. Her knowledge of Washington DC was phenomenal. As a first time trip planner you both helped me plan a trip that was just awesome. A great time was had by all. Even when we had a little 'bump in the road' you both made it your priority to contact me and the restaurant and speak on our group's behalf to solve the problem and to apologize for the restaurant's error. I really want to thank you both for that. Sincerely, D. Brewster

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Hi Cathy & Steve, A great big 'Thank you' to both of you for working with me and organizing my weekend getaway to the Baltimore Crabfeast on July 29-30. We had a blast!!! From beginning to end, everything was wonderful. The bus, the hotel, the service. You guys rock. I definitely want to book the trip again for next year. As soon as you get your dates and rates for next year, please let me know so that I can start early. Thanks again. V. Proctor

- V. Proctor


Cathy, The kids had a great time and it was a good experience for all. The drivers were efficient and very kind to the kids. They were always on schedule and very safe. The school is very happy and we are already talking about Boston in the fall. Thank you very much! A. Pajares

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