WATSONVILLE — The Rotary Club of Watsonville will host its second annual Maine Lobster Feast on June 8 at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds.
Last year, the inaugural event sold out a week beforehand and raised $30,000 for local nonprofits serving youth in the Pajaro Valley.
Building on that success, the Lobster Feast is returning for a second year with a few changes.
This year there will be enhanced menu options for those who can’t — or don’t — eat shellfish. There will be vegetable ratatouille over grilled polenta, and grilled fillet of beef with artichoke and mushroom sauce entrees available.
Ken Schwan, the renowned head of Monterey Bay Caterers, will be helping out in the kitchen to keep the night flowing smoothly.
This year’s live auction will have several new trips and getaways available to bid on. One that’s expected to generate considerable interest is airfare and hotel for two to New York, to attend the Christmas tree-lighting ceremony and an exclusive gourmet dinner at Rockefeller Center.
Both live and silent auctions this year will feature a greater variety of wines and wine bundles for discriminating oenophiles.
The event, which drew 250 people last year, not only benefits youth-serving organizations, but also provides volunteer educational experience for ROP (Regional Occupational Program) students at Aptos and Watsonville high schools.
Recipients of grants from last year’s Lobster Feast were honored at the May 22 meeting of the Watsonville Rotary Club.
The Lobster Feast will start at 5:30 p.m. at the Harvest Building, located at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds; 2601 East Lake Ave, Watsonville.
Tickets are $100 per person and tables can be assembled for groups of eight.
Visit watsonvillerotary.com to purchase tickets or call Kelly Anderson at (425) 241-2010.