Ruffino’s to host Mardi Gras dinners

For the first time, both Ruffino’s Restaurant in Baton Rouge and Ruffino’s on the River in Lafayette will host Mardi Gras Masquerade Wine Dinners. Executive chef and co-owner Peter Sclafani will serve the special menu after returning from the Mystick Krewe of Louisianians Ball in Washington, D.C.

The dinners, scheduled for Sunday in Baton Rouge and Tuesday in Lafayette, will feature a menu created by Sclafani, plus a Mardi Gras-themed costume contest.

“Mardi Gras is obviously a special occasion for every true Louisianan, and it’s always been one of our favorite times of the year at Ruffino’s,” said co-owner Ruffin Rodrigue, who manages the front of the house and operations for the Italian-Creole fusion restaurants. “This year, we wanted to do something extra special so we’re encouraging our frequent diners and those who have never patronized us before to don their best Mardi Gras attire and join us for a festive evening featuring some of Peter’s signature dishes.”

The menu at Ruffino’s in Baton Rouge will feature lobster dumplings, Mardi Gras beet salad, Chappapeela Farms duck breast, 72-hour Creekstone Farms short ribs and king cake. Cost is $100 plus tax and gratuity.

During the dinners, revelers will have their photographs taken and, with permission, posted to Ruffino’s Facebook pages. Ruffino’s fans will then be encouraged to vote for Best Dressed and Best Mask. Each winner will receive a prize.

For the third consecutive year, Sclafani will be in Washington to treat celebrants at Saturday’s Mystick Krewe of Louisianians Mardi Gras Ball to some of Louisiana’s favorite seasonal dishes. Sclafani will prepare his open-faced Louisiana oyster ravioli with vongole sauce and handmade ricotta cavatelli with Louisiana crawfish, corn and smoked tomatoes.

The dining events are sponsored by the Louisiana Seafood Promotion & Marketing Board. Sclafani is a member of the organization’s board of directors.

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