If Marylanders routinely eat like they do at Crab Cake LA, I was clearly born in the wrong state. On July 31, renowned Maryland chefs Michael Voltaggio, Bryan Voltaggio, Duff Goldman, and D.C. born actor Ben Feldman convened the fourth annual Crab Cake LA at Maple Block Meat Co. in Culver City, benefiting Chrysalis, a local nonprofit that’s “dedicated to creating a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals by providing the resources and support needed to find and retain employment.”
Communal tables lined with butcher paper hosted a feast that included steamed Maryland blue crabs dusted with Old Bay seasoning, peel ‘n eat shrimp, hush puppies, corn on the cob, foil-wrapped potatoes, cole slaw, pickled cabbage, and flaky biscuits. I didn’t stay around to try Duff Goldman’s multi-layer, chocolate-rich Smith Island Cake, though I did try refreshing Teebsie ice pops flavored with hibiscus watermelon and blood orange vanilla bean.
Feldman played Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce copywriter Michael Ginsberg on “Mad Men,” one of the only characters to truly go mad on the show. A bunch of different castmates showed up at Crab Cake LA to show support, including January Jones, Christina Hendricks, and Jay Ferguson. Johnny Galecki, star of “Big Bang Theory,” was also in the house. That was some serious star power, but I’d still give the crab top billing. Claws, legs, and abdomens all held sweet meat. A quick snapback of each shell also revealed savory organ meats, intestines, and yellow green tomalley that tastes significantly better than it looks.