November 5, 2019, Cape Charles, VA – In response to the unprecedented enthusiasm surrounding their 100% Eastern Shore, no filler, crab cakes, the Cape Charles Rotary Club will gear up once again on November 22nd. The Cape Charles volunteer firefighters will continue their support and lend their firehouse for the Rotary’s culinary workshop.
Now the Rotary Club’s crab cake recipe is not a secret: crab meat, mayonnaise, mustard, Old Bay Seasoning, egg wash and panko crumbs. However, the relative amount of these ingredients in each succulent crab cake is known only by an inner circle of Rotarians. The Crab Cake core is 100% crab meat; the panko crumb dressing provides the desired crunchiness when the cake is baked or fried.
Production will begin early on the morning on the 22nd. Around 7:30 AM, sleepy-eyed Rotarians and volunteer supporters will arrive at the Mason Avenue firehouse and begin setting up workstation tables covered with plastic tablecloths. Others will toil at unloading Crab Cake ingredients, mixing implements, etc. and placing them on appropriate tables. Professional workflow engineers would be amazed.
At the first workstation, after donning hairnets and latex gloves, the Rotarians inspect the crabmeat for minute pieces of crab shell that may have escaped the crabmeat vendor’s pickers. The next workstation, the heart of the operation, is where the ingredients are hand mixed in huge bowls following a recipe adjusted over time by loyal consumer feedback. To ensure portion uniformity, size #8 ice cream scoops are used to form the emerging finished product. The fashioned crab cake is then transferred to the next step – applying the panko crumb coating.