Fall is in the air (what, you can't feel it? just trust us), which means that the first of the fall ingredients are hitting tables across the city. At Prego (2520 Amherst), Chef John Watt is featuring a menu of mushroom madness courtesy of the wonderful organic mushrooms he's been getting in from Kitchen Pride Farms in Gonzales. The "Festival dei Funghi" includes menu items like insalata di Burrata with grilled portabellas for $10 and a pan-roasted Berkshire porkchop with shiitake mushrooms and homemade sweet potato gnocchi for $26.
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Prego isn't the only restaurant in town with a special menu this month. Throughout September, Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen (12637 Westheimer and 6401 Woodway) will be celebrating the centennial of the Mexican Revolution and the bicentennial of Mexico's independence from Spain with the Mexican Flag Enchilada Platter. For $14, the platter comes heaped with three different enchiladas, each one representing a different area of Mexico: Sarita (with a light cream sauce), Hidalgo (with a spicy red sauce) and Mexico City (topped with fresh salsa verde).
And now for something completely different... Do you think you're a Master of the Whedonverse? The Geeks Who Drink team asks, "Get a little teary-eyed whenever you think of Tara, Doyle or Wash? Often find yourself humming 'My Freeze Ray' at the Laundromat? Have a permanent wrist cramp from writing a series of impassioned letters to Fox... twice?" If so, then it's they want you to put your money where your Hellmouth is; Geeks Who Drink will be hosting an all-Joss Whedon pub quiz on Wednesday, September 29, at Little Woodrow's (2306 Brazos) starting at 8 p.m. It's free to play and prizes abound, so head out and get your geek on.
And just around the corner in October, it's -- you guessed it -- Oktoberfest.
The Saint Arnold brewmasters will be celebrating on Friday, October 1 and Saturday, October 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. each day, complete with polka music, sausage, sauerkraut and a contest for the King and Queen of Oktoberfest. Get those dirndls and lederhosen out of storage and make sure they still fit, since the winners will get $100 each. A $40 entrance fee to the celebration gets you dinner, a pretzel and, of course, a commemorative Oktoberfest mug. Buy your tickets now, though, as they sell out fast each year.