June proved to be an exciting month for the Alliance. This year, to celebrate Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week, June 1 – 9th, we launched our inaugural “Crab Cake Week” in Richmond and Williamsburg. Nothing tastes like summer more than crab cakes!

Close to 50 restaurants participated by serving their best crab cake meals (made from sustainably-sourced Chesapeake Bay blue crabs) and donating 10% of the their sales back to the Alliance. Throughout the week, thousands of people ventured out to some of the Virginia’s best restaurants to try one of the Chesapeake’s most popular seafood dishes.

The Alliance was overwhelmed with the positive response and support we received from all the restaurants. Restaurant owners and chefs immediately understood the importance of our mission and the relationship between clean rivers and streams and the popular seafood we enjoy from the Bay. We learned that Virginia really is for lovers, at least lovers of crab cakes. We heard from many who were visiting multiple restaurants throughout the week to get their summertime crab cake fix. We even had Senator Warner stop by one of our participating restaurants for a bite!

We’re already getting excited for Crab Cake Week 2020 and planning to expand. Be on the lookout for more updates throughout the year!