In honor of National Ravioli Day, D'Amico's Italian Market in Rice Village will celebrate all things ravioli for an entire week. Beginning on Monday, March 17, D'Amico's will offer special ravioli dishes featuring a variety of fillings, including fresh salmon ravioli smothered in a delicate cream sauce, and veal ravioli with mushrooms. The popular crawfish ravioli with poblano peppers, green onions, ricotta cheese and romano cheese, covered in a creama rosa sauce, and the simple cheese ravioli with suga sauce, will still be available during the week. The dishes range in price from $9.99 to $19. Pair one of those raviolis with tiramisu for a complete and scrumptious Italian meal.
The Haute Wheels Food Truck Festival returns on Saturday, March 22, and Sunday, March 23, from noon until 5 p.m. each day. Head to the Houston Community College Southwest at the West Loop Campus to enjoy food from more than 35 food trucks, including Flip 'n Patties, Gastro Punk, Good Dog Hot Dogs, Monster PBJ, Angie's Cake, The Waffle Bus and much more. Purchase a general admission ticket for $16 to enter the festival and receive five drink tickets for samples of beer and wine, or five non-alcoholic drinks. Food served from the food trucks is an additional purchase. Don't miss this opportunity to nosh on food from all your favorite food trucks this coming weekend.
Cruise around The Woodlands Waterway while enjoying a variety of Saint Arnold beers and dishes from Landry's Seafood on Saturday, March 22. This Saint Arnold Beer Cruise begins at 6 p.m. and includes a five-course meal paired with Saint Arnold brews for $75. The meal begins with a variety of dips, including roasted red pepper hummus, eggplant caponata and avocado relish, with Melba toast and pita chips from Landry's, paired with Amber Ale, followed by shrimp gumbo and Elissa IPA. Next, guests will be served a Caesar salad and a Weedwacker, followed by the main course of pecan-crusted redfish and Brown Ale. Dessert features a New York-style cheesecake and the super-sweet Saint Arnold Root Beer.
Mockingbird Bistro will host a special wine dinner featuring wines from Enkidu Winery and one of its winemakers, Phil Staehle, on Tuesday, March 25, beginning at 6:30 p.m. with a reception of passed canapés and a 2011 Shamhat Rosé. The meal will progress from butter-poached lobster with a 2012 Alder Springs Chardonnay to Texas quail glazed with sorghum served with blue corn grits and charred spring onions, paired with a 2009 Napa Valley Petite Sirah. The third course includes lamb loin crusted in coriander and lamb lollipops, both served with smoked turnips, a cassoulet of fava beans and a reduction sauce made from Odyssey Syrah; this course is paired with both a 2012 Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon and a 2009 Odyssey Syrah. Dessert features a chocolate dacquoise with a cherry compote and candied hazelnuts, paired with a 2010 Bedrock Zinfandel. Reserve your place at this wine dinner for $125.
Saint Arnold takes over the kitchen at Dry Creek Cafe on Wednesday, March 26, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Ryan Savoie, Saint Arnold's executive chef, will serve a five-course dinner paired with Saint Arnold brews. The first course begins with an arugula salad with Texas goat cheese, spiced blueberries, hazelnuts and Bosc pear, paired with Fancy Lawnmower and Meyer Lemon Shandy; the second course features a Saaz Hop Cured Scottish Salmon with roasted golden beets, watercress, brioche and crème fraîche, paired with Weedwacker; the third course includes rabbit confit with polenta, wild mushrooms and a truffle cream sauce paired with a "mystery brew"; and the main course includes beef short ribs braised in Santo served with butternut squash puree, haricot vert and cipollini onions, appropriately paired with Santo. The meal concludes with profiteroles, and Saint Arnold Winter Stout ice cream smothered in dark chocolate sauce, paired with Bishops Barrel No. 6. Purchase your tickets online at the Dry Creek website, or at Dry Creek Cafe before March 24. Each ticket costs $55.