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Boatyard Rockfish Tournament (& Dick about town!)

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One down and three to go--- the Boatyard outdoor charity events that is. Our Opening Day Spring Fishing Tournament (Catch and Release) was held on Sat April 21. It benefits the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Coastal Conservation Association MD and the Annapolis Police Department Youth Fishing Camp. It was a tough day for the large number of boats (131!) fishing wise (why? water too cold? fish still up the Bay and rivers spawning? Every fisherperson has a strongly felt opinion!). So, cool this year that second place was won by a woman (Sara Brown) and third place was won by a youth (Will Muscatello). First place was Rich Vigue at 42.25 inches caught jigging at the Power Plant. The awards party was huge and fun and the tough day fishing was quickly forgotten. Over 1,000 here at the Boatyard eating Chefs George’s great food, music by the Jess McQuay Band and a more than a few adult beverages. Thanks to Anglers Sports Center (Charlie and Jane Ebersberger), our presenting sponsor for all 17 years of the tournament and all of the other sponsors, captains and crews, our volunteers from CBF and my Boatyard team that does a remarkable job. 17 years-- Yikes!!!  Click here for tournament results and photos, and click here for FishTalk party coverage.

                                      Boatyard Rockfish Tournament 2018 presenting sponsors Charlie and Jane Ebersberger         Boatyard Rockfish Tournament 2018 party 

                                          Boatyard Rockfish Tournament 2018 1st place winner   Boatyard Rockfish Tournament 2018 2nd place winner  Boatyard Rockfish Tournament 2018 3rd place winner                                          Boatyard Rockfish Tournament 2018 Ladies winner   Boatyard Rockfish Tournament 2018 Youth winner  Boatyard Rockfish Tournament 2018 CCA winner  

Deer in our yard in Eastport.  We assumed they swam over from Bay Ridge and were tired so just laid there resting and eating all our spring plants.

 Dick Franyo and deer freinds

 

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Boatyard Crab Cakes shipped all over the US - Hopetown Music Fest - Happy New Year!

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Have to write a year end blog, right?

Boatyard crab cakes shipped all over the US - that's a day's shot of crab cake prep just before Christmas - almost every state got at least one order between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  We have now sold this year over 70,000 crab cakes.  Wow - Chef George you da man!

We joined the FoodyDirect platform offering the best and most iconic specialty foods from around the nation.  Customers go on our site or theirs to order.  Chef ensures they arrive overnight fresh, cold (never frozen), ready to cook.   Sous chef Nestor Gonzalez is supervising the five trips it took to get them all on the UPS truck!Crab cakes online shipping boxes

So how did we partner with FoodyDirect?

.....talk about 6 degrees of separation.  I was attending a Friends of St John’s College Board meeting and Michael Smith (a founder of White House Black Market and now owner of South Moon Under) said he had met Brad Koenig of FoodyDirect.  Brad mentioned to Michael about taking Microsoft public in 1986 when he was with Goldman Sachs.  Michael brought up my name as a friend from Annapolis who was also involved in the Microsoft deal.  (It was a joint Goldman Sachs/Alex Brown managed deal).  Brad said he remembered me from way back when.  Long story short I contacted him and he came by the Boatyard and had our crab cakes.  We shipped him some to his home in Palo Alto and we became a FoodyDirect provider.  How did he start the company?  After retiring from Goldman he happened to be in NYC walking to his favorite New York bagel store.  He said to himself “why can’t I get these bagels tomorrow in Palo Alto.”  He and his chef brother started the company and well, now he can.  We are proud to be a part of the FoodyDirect portfolio of the best. 

Winter is here but we have passed the winter solstice and days are already getting longer-starting Dec 22.  The end of rockfish season has passed. The morning skies are amazing.....  Not a lot of boats on the Bay except AYC Frostbite sailing series on Sundays, the pilot launch taking pilots to merchant ships going into Baltimore and several watermen heading out or an occasional hardy soul trying to shed cabin fever.  I love the gray days actually with the only color being the red and green marks in the entrance to Back Creek.  Our friend, singer-songwriter Scott Kirby, wrote a great song about the gray days on the coast of Maine with the only color being one float from a lobster pot that was left over from summer-love the image.

Eastport Annapolis Gray days

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Online Crab Cakes Special Give-a-Gift, Get-a-Gift

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Shop online for Boatyard Crab Cakes, Soup and Dip - Give someone a gift and get one too!

Make the most of this once-a-year special, starts midnight October 20 and ends November 5, 2017.  Our amazing All Killer, No Filler crab cakes are terrific gifts, for yourself too.  Make entertaining oh so simple with the same freshly made crab dishes that our restaurant customers love.  Ships fresh to your door, ready to cook - never frozen!   Order here!

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