Scenes From a ‘Top Chef' Crabbing Trip

Despite the rain and general gloom that has descended upon the D.C. area, Top Cheffers Spike Mendelsohn and Mike Isabella took to the high seas this morning for a commercial crabbing boat trip on the Chesapeake Bay.

The trip was organized by Local Abundance, an educational program "designed to familiarize restaurants, retailers, and distributors with the fundamental principles of sustainability." The Chesapeake Bay has seen its numbers of blue crab dwindle over the last few decades. However, recent sustainabilty efforts have helped raise their numbers, including last month's removal of 28,000 old crab traps that continued to kill crabs.

The pair was joined by Fresh Start Catering chef Allison Sosna and Steve Vilnit, an activist with the Department of Natural Resources who helps promote commercially harvested species from the Chesapeake Bay. Of course, all four were tweeting furiously throughout the excursion. Click through the above gallery to see some of our favorite images from their trip.

If this post made you hungry for Maryland blue crabs, worry not. Have your own crab feast at one of the crab houses on our Feast List: Crack a Few Shells at These Crab Spots.

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