The Climax Molybdenum Co. will present a Cajun Crawfish Boil to benefit the National Repertory Orchestra on Friday, June 6, with fixings provided by The Lost Cajun Restaurant and live Cajun music from Jeff Sagerman’s The Bon Tee Cajun Band. The boil will kick off at 6 p.m. at the Mountain HOPE Foundation Barn in Breckenridge.
“We had the idea for a crawfish boil but didn’t know where to hold the event,” said Julie Chandler, director of development for the National Repertory Orchestra, then Chandler was invited by Ron and Jeni Shelton to take a look at the Mountain HOPE Foundation Hippotherapy program, which utilizes equine movement as a treatment strategy to assist individuals with disabilities. During the visit, Ron mentioned that he wanted to use the barn for good causes, and perhaps host a fundraiser and a partnership was formed.
About the food and music
Jon Espy and Raymond Griffin, owners of The Lost Cajun, are bringing the crawfish boil to the High Country. Griffin, founder of The Lost Cajun, is from the little island town of Barataria, Louisiana, just south of New Orleans. He owned and operated a successful fishing lodge there for 15 years, and that’s where he learned how to cook authentic Cajun food. His guests kept telling him that the food was so good that he should open a restaurant.
The Bon Tee Cajun Band features “T-Claw” as the rhythm guitar man, Anita Dolen on the Cajun fiddle and Sagerman on the Cajun accordion and French vocals presenting authentic Cajun-style music of south Louisiana. Bon Tee translates as “good little,” as tee is a kind of Cajun slang for petite.
Get your ticket now
Tickets for the event are $30 and include crawfish, all the fixings and dessert beignets provided by The Lost Cajun, beer provided by Broken Compass Brewing, drinks provided by the Breckenridge Distillery, wine provided by the Gold Pan Saloon, tastings from Olive Fusion and shuttle service from downtown Breckenridge provided by The Adventure Co. There will be a silent auction featuring Vail Resort season passes and golfing at Keystone Resort.
Take free town bus to the Breckenridge Transit Center or park your car in the Gondola North Parking Lot and hop on one of the shuttle vans provided by The Adventure Co. The vans will be in the temporary parking and drop-off area attached to the Gondola North Parking Lot, just across the street from the Breckenridge Transit Center. Shuttles will leave approximately every 15 minutes starting at 5:30 p.m., and the last shuttle will leave the event at 9:30 p.m.
The National Repertory Orchestra encourages people to register as soon as possible for the event so the organization can plan food orders.