Many south Louisiana restaurants are offering seafood specials during the Lenten season, including Ruffino’s Restaurant, 18811 Highland Road, Baton Rouge; Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar locations; and Zea Rotisserie & Grill locations.

Ruffino Executive Chef Peter Sclafani, a third-generation chef from New Orleans, said he has planned dishes drawn from his cookbook, “Seasons of Louisiana,” as well as his experiences serving on the Louisiana Seafood Promotion Board.

Throughout Lent, Ruffino’s will offer daily seafood specials, plus Friday Seafood Festivals featuring three unique appetizers and three unique entrees and the Sunday Lobster specials of 1.5-pound Maine lobster for $19.95, plus bottomless Mimosas.

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Walk-On’s Lenten menu at its Baton Rouge, Lafayette and New Orleans locations will be heavy on seafood, including serving fresh Louisiana crawfish daily, a news release said.

For a limited time, Zea Rotisserie & Grill is featuring a seasonal signature item, Asian Sesame Oysters, and Oyster and Artichoke Soup. Both items are made with Louisiana bivalves.

“Our oyster special was designed to satisfy everyone’s seasonal cravings,” said Nancy Jeansonne, director of marketing for Taste Buds Management.

The oyster menu’s prices start at $7.95 and will be available at most Zea Rotisserie & Grill locations.

Epicurean award

The Baton Rouge Epicurean Society announced Monday that Robert “Bobby” Yarborough, co-owner and CEO of Manda Fine Meats, will be the recipient of its Grace “Mama” Marino Lifetime Achievement Award for 2015.

The organization annually honors an Epicure from the Greater Baton Rouge area who has dedicated much of his or her life to service in the Baton Rouge community.

Yarborough, the ninth recipient of the award, will be honored on Aug. 27 at an annual seven-course awards dinner which kicks off Fête Rouge Weekend.

Proceeds will benefit local childhood health and nutrition programs.

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