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People are getting crabby in Silt

Kay Vasilakis
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

SILT, Colorado ” Jennifer and Christian Harra, owner/operators of the Miner’s Claim invite one and all to the eighth annual Alaskan King Crab Bake at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at their restaurant, located at 740 Main St. in Silt.

For those who just can’t get enough of sweet, tasty Alaskan King Crab, $44 (excluding tax/gratuity) will get you close to 1 1/2 pounds of Alaskan king crab, a jumbo baked potato, sweet corn-on-the-cob, a cup of crab bisque soup and dessert featuring mini-cheesecakes, French eclairs and seasonal berries.

More than 160 pounds of crab will be reserved for the event, but get your reservations now if you’ve got your heart set on digging that wonderful crab meat out of the shells.

The Miner’s Claim has offered six crab bakes in the past eight years, all of which have been beyond successful. Anxious return guests throughout the year ask the Harras when they plan to offer another crab bake. The Miner’s Claim hosts two to three crab bakes per year.

Christian began his career as a chef working in restaurants at the age of 12. His first job was to pick up the cigarette butts in the parking lot. He moved up the corporate ladder to wash dishes, bus tables, prep cook, cook, wait tables, bartend then manage several prestigious restaurants.

He was accepted to Johnson and Wales University, the acclaimed culinary school, in 1990. He took an accelerated learning program and earned two degrees in five years.

Christian fell in love with Aspen and moved there after he graduated from Johnson and Wales. He ran some famous restaurants, including the legendary Pine Creek Cookhouse, during his five-year Aspen tour.

Christian gives his wife lots of credit for the success of the Miner’s Claim.

“My wife Jennifer has been an incredible asset to the restaurant, picking up where I leave off and is an unquestionable motivational figure with the organizational staffing end of the operation,” he said. “I respect her for it and love her dearly.”

The Harras enjoy the little town of Silt, and own a little ranch below Harvey Gap. Having the restaurant only open for dinner is perfect for them because it’s close to home, and allows them to spend quality time with their two sons Blake (8) and Kaden (6); and their new little baby girl, Madisyn (7 months).

Alaskan king crab bake. Isn’t your mouth salivating, just thinking about it?

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