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New Orleans Catering

Mick Ruthven | Jun 18, 200610:04 PM

Today I went to the Marin Art Festival at the Marin Civic Center. I arrived hungry and went straight to the food-stall area for "festival food" which is part of the experience to me. I walked past the long lines and stopped at the stall with no lines which said "New Orleans" and "Cajun" etc. on their sign. I looked over the menu and ordered crab cakes, fully expecting them to be some sort of filler-filled but maybe tasty version since that's about all I can expect from most restaurants, much less from festival food. Two seemingly-small crab cakes arrived in a stiff paper container with some cole slaw, and I started in on them. Well, they were mostly crab, period, with great seasoning (not really hot and spicy, but very good). The aioli-type sauce on them was just right, and the cole slaw (mildly cajun spiced) was about the best I've ever had. As I was eating it next to the stall I struck up a conversation with the man tending the grill of shrimp (for shrimp on a skewer) and he said the crab cakes were his wife's recipe and were 3/4 crab, and they tried to create crab cakes that were the way they wanted them and couldn't usually get from restaurants. And that the shrimp they used were from the Gulf, not from the usual cheaper source places (he named some, can't remember them). And that when they served burgers at another recent festival, that they were 1/2 pound of meat. Anyway, this is a quality operation. They're New Orleans Catering and cater over the entire Bay Area. They don't have a website or email address as best I can tell. This is from Google:

New Orleans Catering
18609 Crane Ave.
Castro Valley CA 94546
(510)881-0233 Fax: (510)881-1077
Linda Brill, Owner
Steve Brill, Owner

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