Last-Minute Labor Day: Clambake for Heal the Bay

Whiskey Red's in Marina del Rey throws an old-school clambake on its waterfront patio on Monday, Sept. 1. The beneficiary? Heal the Bay.

Memorial Day Weekend may prove a bit June-Gloom-y, and Fourth of July is all about the pyrotechnics.

But Labor Day? It's typically the most mellow of the summer season holidays, and one that sets us into a nostalgic mood (maybe it is the coming of fall and school starting).

So going beyond the usual barbecue to a supper that's briny with atmosphere and old-time-y charms suits the early September party, and even more so when there's an important something to help out.

That important something, on Monday, Sept. 1, is our own oceanic waters, and the place to do it? Whiskey Red's in Marina del Rey. The restaurant is hosting an all-the-trimmings clambake with a good goal in mind: Help out Heal the Bay, which will receive a portion of the proceeds.

On tap? An "all-you-can-eat clams and seafood buffet, BBQ, drink specials, whiskey tastings, live music, DJ and more." Hours are 1 to 8 p.m., so that's a lot clammage.

Which means if you haven't engaged in a round of briny-scented shucking in awhile, that will all change on the Whiskey Red's patio, which is, in fact, billed as "the largest waterfront patio in the Marina."

Yeah, eating clams, on a waterside patio, is pretty much Labor Day (tm).

Though, true, we're not the clambakers that other parts of the country are. Meaning this: The barbecue can wait, but clambakes don't roll around as often as they should here in the SoCal.

Forty five bucks gets you entry and a clambake ticket, but if you want to show just to enjoy the sunshine and scene, a tenner'll get you in.

Can't make it? You can still love on Heal the Bay, donation- and volunteering-wise.