Ruffino’s on the River to Host Ragin’ Cajun Kick Off Wine Dinner August 25

Ruffino's on the River to Host Ragin' Cajun Kick Off Wine Dinner August 25
Ruffino’s co-owners Ruffin Rodrigue and Peter Sclafani.

Football-themed menu will satisfy UL fans hungry for another exciting season

Ruffino's on the River to Host Ragin' Cajun Kick Off Wine Dinner August 25Red Wolves Ribs. Warhawk Gumbo. Drunken Trojan Bars.

These are just three of the original recipes UL fans will choose from during the annual Ragin’ Cajun Kick Off Wine Dinner hosted by Ruffino’s On the River on Monday, August 25, from 6:30 to 10 p.m.

Chef Peter Sclafani let his imagination run wild while creating a menu that any hungry Ragin’ Cajun fan can appreciate. The prix-fixe dinner will feature five delicious courses, each a nod to one of UL’s 2014 opponents, and each paired with a glass of wine.

“We wanted to take a few friendly jabs at our Sun Belt brethren, while also staying true to our ‘Creole meets Italian’ cuisine,” said Chef Sclafani, Ruffino’s On the River executive chef and co-owner. “We’ll help everyone get pumped for Ragin’ Cajuns football as we feast on the competition with some truly original dishes.”

A third-generation chef, Sclafani is widely regarded as one of the finest and most innovative chefs in Louisiana, if not the entire country. He has won multiple awards, most recently sharing the Louisiana Restaurant Association’s 2014 “Restaurateur of the Year” honors with his partner, Ruffin Rodrigue.

“We welcome fans of all stripes to Ruffino’s on the River 364 evenings a year,” said Rodrigue, co-owner of Ruffino’s On the River. “But next Monday, we’re open to Ragin’ Cajun fans only. Peter has some great dishes planned, and it’s sure to be one of our most entertaining nights of the year.”

The five-course dinner is priced at $120 per person, inclusive of wine. To reserve a table for one of Ruffino’s On the River’s most popular dinners of the year, call 337-706-7333 or visit The restaurant is located at 921 Camellia Boulevard in Lafayette.

Ragin’ Cajun Kick Off Wine Dinner Menu

Passed Hors d’Oeuvres
Smokin’ Aggie Crostini Smoked Fish Mousse, Lemon Caviar
South Alabama Jaguar Sausage House-made Pork Sausages
LA Tech Bull Dog Cheeks Pork Cheeks, Roasted Tomato Polenta, Pork Jus, Fried Shallots

Arkansas State Red Wolves Ribs
Smoked Alligator Ribs, Ragin’ Cajun Sauce, House-made Slaw

“Southern” Chicken Fried Pork Belly
Sweet Potato Puree, Pan Gravy

ULM Warhawk Gumbo
Roasted Quail, Boudin, Gumbo Broth

“Buster Chops”
Lamb Chops, Wild Mushroom Risotto, Rosemary Oil, Lamb Jus

Drunken Trojan Bars
Lemoncello, Meyer Lemon Parfaits