The Redding Roadhouse on Redding Road has cooked up some exciting events to break up the monotony of a long, cold winter, said Ted Stonbely, a part owner of the restaurant.
The Roadhouse’s first trivia night was held Feb. 8, and will be held weekly every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The games are open to all. Teams are encouraged to sign up, and specials will be available to players. Trivia winners will be given prizes such as gift certificates, drinks and discounts.
“It’ll be hosted by a D.J.,” said Mr. Stonbely, “so the trivia is all multimedia. There’ll be questions about music and TV and pop culture.”
The Roadhouse will continue to liven up February, as it will participate in Bethel’s Restaurant week.
Beginning on Sunday, Feb. 23, until Mardi Gras, on Tuesday, March 4, the Roadhouse will host special Mardi Gras-themed dinners.
“People seem to really like our Oktoberfest celebration. We serve German food, we hire an oompah band to come play polka — it’s kitschy,” said Mr. Stonbely. “This is going to be a lot like that, except with a New Orleans theme.”
According to a press release, the Mardi Gras celebration is all about “big jazz, bold flavors, and creative cocktails, New Orleans style.”
The Roadhouse’s executive chef Wirt Cook, who has cooked alongside Iron Chef contestants, will be creating plates of traditional Creole cuisine.
The menu will include entrées and appetizers like gumbo, catfish, braised chicken Creole, and etouffee, a dish served over rice with shellfish. For dessert, Mr. Cook will be serving a choice of pralines or beignets, a fried doughnut-like pastry sprinkled with powdered sugar with a dipping sauce side.
The Mardi Gras festivities will also feature musical performances. On Sundays, Feb. 23 and March 2, a Preservation Hall-style jazz band will play in the Roadhouse dining room while guests dine.
On Fat Tuesday, the Roadhouse will be hosting “The Big Bash.”
David Morgan will be on keyboard and vocals, with drummer Matt Moadel and bassist Rich Zurkowski at 7 p.m.
Mr. Morgan is a local musician who runs a music school in town. He lived in New Orleans for three years and has studied New Orleans jazz music with pianist Ellis Marsalis, composer and performer Harold Battiste, and saxophonist and clarinetist Victor Goins.
“Playing in New Orleans was like being in a musical family,” Mr. Morgan said. “There wasn’t any competition, it was laid-back. It was all about inclusion.”
Mr. Morgan said he hopes to bring the same vibe to the Roadhouse on Mardi Gras with his performance.
“There is this groove, very unique to New Orleans,” he said.
The trio has put together a varied set list, including a wide variety of jazz, from funky swing music to New Orleans mambo to updated, modern jazz.
“We’re covering a wide spectrum,” Mr. Morgan said. “We’ll be playing some Dr. John and the Meters as well as Louis Armstrong and other recognizable Mardi Gras tunes.”
The music should be accessible, even for those who aren’t jazz buffs, he said.
“He’s a really great performer,” Mr. Stonbely said. “And he’s had a ton of experience playing in a band. Definitely worth coming to see.”
Other upcoming events Mr. Stonbely and the owners are planning at the Roadhouse include hosting beer and wine dinners.
These dinners will provide a sampling of different foods and drinks that go well together while educating guests about pairing flavors in their own meals.
“It’ll be like beer and wine 101,” said Mr. Stonbely. “We won’t get too crazy with it, but we wanted to show people why some flavors work well together, the history of those pairings, and then some general knowledge if we have any.”
Mr. Stonbely estimated that dinners will be priced at around $35 per plate; however, details are not yet final.
In the midst of a long, arduous winter, the Roadhouse offers a warm fire, equally warm atmosphere, and of course, plenty of beers on tap. Check the Roadhouse’s Facebook page for updates on events and specials.