Courtesy photoRafe Hottenstein got his Dungeness crab dip recipe from his parents' restaurant in Lancaster

Enjoy this East Coast Dungeness crab dip recipe from chef Rafe Hottenstein

Holiday home cooking

The SF Examiner asked notable Bay Area food professionals to share seasonal favorites and dining memories.

Rafe Hottenstein

Sous chef, Frances

The dish: Dungeness crab dip

The source: Parents’ restaurant in Lancaster, Pa.

The secret ingredient: Old Bay seasoning and Boursin cheese

“This easy recipe is special because it uses fresh California Dungeness crab and tops it with Old Bay, the East Coast spice. Folded together, baked until golden and served on toasted bread, this cheesy mixture combines great West Coast seafood with East Coast seasoning.”

Who’s in town

Matthew Sweet: The power pop rocker performs the hit record “Girlfriend” in its entirety as part of the album’s 20th anniversary tour, which hits The City today and Wednesday. [8 p.m., Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Celebration

Kwanzaa: The Village Project and the Bayview Y present the sixth annual Kwanzaa celebration, in observance of the holiday’s seven principles. Today’s ceremony, held twice, focuses on self-determination. [Noon at City Hall Rotunda, 1 Dr. Carlton Goodlett Place; 6 p.m. at Hamilton Recreation Center, 1900 Geary Blvd. (at Steiner Street), S.F.]

Volunteer

Give blood: The Stanford Blood Center begins a five-day promotion in which donors have a chance to win a prize drawing for a $50-$100 gift certificate to a top local restaurant. [7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Stanford Blood Center, 3373 Hillview Ave., Palo Alto]

Get outside:
Golden Gate Parks Conservancy hosts a session in which volunteers help with vegetation management and site improvements at Fort Mason and along The City’s shoreline; visit www.parksconservancy.org. [9 a.m. to noon, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Films

Musical double bill: The Castro Theatre screens fun classics: The ode to Elvis-mania “Bye Bye Birdie” (at 2:40 and 7 p.m.) and “Pal Joey,” starring Frank Sinatra in a love triangle with a showgirl (Kim Novak) and a wealthy widow (Rita Hayworth) (at 4:45 and 9:05 p.m.). [429 Castro St., S.F.]

Holiday Animation Film Festival:
The Exploratorium presents a program of playful short films made using computers, stop-motion and other animation techniques. [Noon, 2 and 4 p.m. [McBean Theater, Palace of Fine Arts, 3601 Lyon St., S.F.]

Local activities

Standup show: Comedian Doug Benson, also known for his appearance in the movie “Super High Me,” performs the first of a two-night engagement. Dan Gabriel opens. [7 and 9:30 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Life at sea: “Adventures at Sea,” a guided tour of the ship Balclutha, revisits the lives of 19th-century sailors, with a focus on the treacherous Cape Horn passage. [2:15 p.m., Hyde Street Pier, north end of Hyde Street, S.F.]

Holiday classic: San Francisco Ballet closes its wildly popular annual presentation of “Nutcracker.” [2 and 7 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Elf’s tale: “Santaland Diaries” is back. David Sedaris’ stage comedy presents Christmas from the standpoint of a department-store elf, played by David Sinaiko. [8 p.m., Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St., S.F.]

Sweet sounds: Vocalist Kim Nalley and saxophonist Houston Person open a six-night engagement titled a “A Soulful Jazz New Year.” [8 p.m., Rrrazz Room, Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

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