IF YOU GO
“Loco for the Locals” Luau
CJ’s on the Bay, 740 N. Collier Blvd.
6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 21
Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door includes all you can eat, one beer or wine, tax and gratuity
MARCO ISLAND — It’s time to pull out your grass skirts and coconuts for the Loco for the Locals Luau at CJ’s on the Bay. Gentlemen, Hawaiian shirts will do.
CJ’s is kicking off summer for the locals, island style on Tuesday, June 21, from 6 to 8 p.m.. Chef Laura Owens says she wanted to spice up life a little, so she will be roasting a shark. That’s right, you heard it, fins, head, teeth and all, the locals will be carving into a beautifully roasted shark, along with some traditional steak, wings, sides, fresh fruit and a surprise dessert (which, rumor has it, may include rum).
The shark will be wrapped in banana leaves and roasted, ready to eat for the luau.
“I’ve had great success with shark,” Owens said. “It’s tasty, really moist and juicy with marinade.”
As guests arrive they will be greeted by the tunes of Duncan Wheeler and cold drink specials. CJ’s outdoor bar will be decorated with tiki torches and the Bacardi girls will be giving out samples of mojitos and other drinks, leading the games and of course running the Limbo contest.
The buffet is all you can eat from 6 to 8 p.m. and each ticket also includes one complimentary glass of house wine or draft beer. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 the day of the event and also include tax and gratuity. There will be many fabulous drink specials to put party-goers into that island spirit. Some drinks that will be specially priced include: Kau Kau (Bacardi Superior Rum, orange curaçao, lime juice and Chambord), Mauna (Bacardi Dragon Berry Rum and Bacardi Coconut Rum, muddled with fresh orange slices), WikiWiki (Bacardi Coconut Rum and pineapple juice), Ono (Bacardi Big Apple Rum, fresh lemon juice and a touch of sugar). There will also be a special bundle price for a drink in a coconut with a “Loco for the Locals” t-shirt included.
Owens is putting the party together due to the successful end-of-year Chamber pig roast that was held in May.
“We wanted to do something for our local customers as well, customers that may or may not be members of the Chamber,” Owens says. “We threw some ideas around and I said, ‘lets roast a shark.’ We might be setting some new ground.”
And so, Owens’s fish purveyor is on the hunt for a nice shark this week. Owens says that the secret to a tasty shark isn’t just in the preparation, but is also in how the fish is handled from the time it is pulled into the boat. She says many make the mistake of not preparing the shark correctly when it is caught, so she is staying involved in this catch every step of the way.
“We are so fortunate here at CJ’s with our setting, we get a lot of locals that like to come here for happy hour,” Owens says. “We are so happy that they do come here, they are so good to us and we wanted to do something to show that we appreciate their support.”
The party will be held inside and outside so that those who want to enjoy the sun or the air conditioning can all be included.
Information and tickets are available by calling CJ’s at 389-4511.