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New York Restaurant Offering a $30 K Valentine's Day Dinner

New York Restaurant Offering a $30 K Valentine's Day Dinner

So, you think you got your sweetie something special for Valentine’s Day? Try topping this extravagant $30,000 feast and romantic experience being offered by the Pera Mediterranean Brasserie near Grand Central Station in New York. The lucky couple will sample a decadent meal while being serenaded by a harpist before being whisked off to a one-night stay at the nearby Ritz Carlton Hotel. The following morning, experience a horse-drawn carriage ride complete with cronuts and Cristal champagne, and $5,000 Tiffany and Co. shopping spree, plus a photographer to capture each moment of the special date.

The unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience features nine courses designed to increase libido: starting with a $1,600-an-ounce caviar, Langoustine de la Manche, roasted venison and rack of lamb, and finishing with a chocolate lava cake topped with a 24 karat gold leaf. The menu is called the "She'll Say Yes" menu, though the only thing it doesn't seem to come with is the engagment ring.

This experience is obviously not for everyone, and owner Burak Karacam told The Daily News that he imagines that this package will be purchased for a particularly romantic and important occasion.

“Someone with a long lost love, a love against all odds situation,” he said. “And this is kind of the final icing on the cake to bring it all together. It’s beyond just romantic, it’s exquisite.”

PS- If she says no, the restaurant will pay for a session of therapy to "get you back in the game."

Amazingly, this is not the most expensive Valentine’s Day date in the world. For $100,000 you can have Michelin-starred chef Adam Simmonds come to your home and cook a meal for you and your loved one. The over-the-top experience includes a harpist, a romantic poet and the release of a dozen white doves. Included in the eight-course menu are all kinds of expensive truffles, gold-leaf embossed dishes and wagyu beef, according to Time Magazine.

Even if you’re not dropping six figures this Valentine’s Day, chances are you’re still probably contributing to the “most expensive Valentine’s Day ever.” This year, Americans are set to spend $17.3 billion for the most romantic day of the year, according to the National Retail Federation.


10 Valentine's Day Ideas Your Guests Will Love

Although 2021 is different, with takeout, delivery, and bundled-up outdoor dining being the best and safest ways to celebrate, there are still many creative ways to provide a Valentine's experience with great food and hospitality.

Valentine's Day is the second-most popular day to dine out in America, second only to Mother's Day. And although 2021 looks different, with takeout, delivery, and bundled-up outdoor dining being the best and safest ways to celebrate, there are still many creative ways to provide a Valentine's experience with great food and hospitality.

For many couples, families, and friend groups celebrating Valentine's, a special meal is the best gift. To capture a piece of the millions of dollars set to be spent in restaurants this Valentine's Day, try one of these unique approaches to make your restaurant stand out &mdash even in this non-traditional year &mdash with great marketing, menu ideas, and special offers and promotions.

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Minnesota Restaurants Offer Valentine’s Day Menus & Take-Out Meal Kits

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Valentine&rsquos Day is typically one of the busiest days of the year for Minnesota restaurants, but COVID-19 and occupancy restrictions will change that for 2021.

While Minnesota restaurants are open to indoor dining at 50% occupancy, many are offering meal-kits and virtual experiences to serve customers who would rather stay home.

If you are a restaurant offering an experience or kit and wish to be on this list, please email [email protected]

Ambi Wine Bar
Fondue special and 1/2 off select bottles. Hours on Feb. 14 are 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Amore Uptown
4-course prix-fixe menu Friday 2/12, Saturday 2/13 & Sunday 2/14 for $100 per couple. Menu includes a bottle of wine, salad, appetizer, entree & dessert. Full menu and reservations.

Axel&rsquos, Roseville
Valentine&rsquos Menu on February 12th, 13th, 14th from 3 &ndash 8:45 PM. Popover, salad, choice of ribeye, chicken breast, squash ravioli, or surf &lsquon&rsquo turf, as well as two sides. Reservations can be made by calling 651-636-4567 or through Open Table.

Borough
(Feb 13 & 14)
Five-course prix fixe menu, $95 per person.

Dual Citizen Brewing and Union Hmong Kitchen
Five-course dinner and beer pairing. Tickets are $100 per couple. Deal includes dinner for two, two beer pairing flights, two 16oz Beers, tax and gratuity.

Fhima&rsquos
Four course, luxury meal for two, including meal and tantric spiced drinks and wine/sparkling pairings for $285. Lobster tail, poulet mole, Wagyu beef wellington for two, layered chocolate cake dessert.

Foodsmith Pub, West St. Paul
Three course dine-in Saturday, February 13. $45/per person. Choose between three appetizers, Maine Scallops, Beef short ribs or portabella mushroom ravioli, and pick your dessert between bourbon and milk stout fruit crumble, chocolate mousse or Brandy Alexander. Call to reserve a table 651-330-0896 4pm – 8pm.

The Grocer&rsquos Table
Date night for lovebirds, $125 for two. Choice of beet, carrot and ginger soup or blood orange and sheep milk cheese romanie salad, choice of beef short ribs or ora king salmon and two red velvet cupcakes. For reservations for Saturday and Sunday evening, call the market at 612-466-6100. You can order la carte options &ldquofor the lonely.”

Hotel Alma
Dinner in private dining rooms for groups of 2-10 guests available Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Each space features high ceilings, large built in bookshelves and exposed brick. Tables will be set with linens, flowers and candles. You can view current menus here. There is a $500 food and beverage minimum before taxes. Reservations are limited to two households.

Kendall&rsquos Tavern & Chop House
$46/person
Soup or Salad Choice of: petite filet mignon oscar, 2 lobster tails, or 1 filet and 1 lobster tail. Choice of creme brulee, turtle cheesecake or chocolate molten lava cake.

Manger
Valentine&rsquos night dinner for two for $150. Includes seafood platter, wagyu tomahawk steak for two, Devil&rsquos Cake chocolate dessert for two. Call for reservations: 651-324-9313.

Marna&rsquos Eatery, Robbinsdale
Open for Valentine&rsquos Brunch 11am-3pm. Make reservations now.

Mason Jar
Four course dinner for two for $85. Pick a starter, soup or salad, choose between filet mignon, seabass, burrata ravioli or chicken marsala, and dessert (chocolate cake, bread pudding or creme brulee).

McCormick & Schmick&rsquos
Three-course prix-fixe menu for $50/person for dine-in or to-go from Feb. 12-14. Meal includes soup or salad, choice of twin four-ounce lobster tails or 10-ounce New York Strip and four-ounce lobster tail, plus choice of cheesecake, silk pie or creme brulee.

Mill Valley Kitchen
(Feb. 12-14)
Three-course dinner for $100 per couple. Available for dine in or take out. First course: fig and Pomegranate salad or lobster bisque second course: rack of lamb or striped bass third course: chocolate chili panna cotta. Dine-in reservations have a $20 day-of cancellation fee. Due to our limited capacity, a 60-90 minute reservation time limit will be strictly enforced.

Monello
Eight-course chef&rsquos tasting menu, $105 per person.
Wine pairings are also available to add curated by sommelier Alex White. Pastry Chef Arash Pashaei is baking a little bag of treats to take home.

Nicollet Island Inn
Four-course meal Sunday, Feb. 14 for $100 per guest. Burrata cheese and heirloom tomatoes salad plus choice of lobster tail, wagyu New York steak topped with foie gras or house made gnocchi, plus a heart-shaped brownie cake for two.

Nico&rsquos Tacos, Uptown and St. Paul
3 Course Valentine&rsquos Dinner for $25/person. Choose from caldo de pollo/taco carne asado and then entrees from lamb birria, tacos, tamales, or beef short ribs in chile pasilla. Dessert includes an atloe drink or a sweet tamal.

The Oceanaire
Three-course, prix-fixe menu for $85 per person. Dishes include jumbo shrimp cocktail, lobster bisque, filet mignon &ldquoa la oscar&rdquo and New York style cheesecake. Signature drink: The Cupid&rsquos Kiss (a blend of Moscato d&rsquo Asti, Cointreau orange liqueur, raspberry puree and lemon juice with a kiss of Disaronno amaretto for $16.

Parlour St. Paul
(Feb 13 & 14)
Four-courses plus your choice of a bottle of Il Sandi Prosecco or two specialty house cocktails. $80/per person. Beet Salad with butter lettuce, feta, toasted almonds, roasted beets and beet vinaigrette, braised short ribs with demi, mustard seed and mushrooms, smashed fingerling potatoes with creme fraiche, thyme and butter, and Strawberry shortcake, macerated strawberries, and chantilly. Comes complete with ingredients and instructions.

Rainforest Café
(Feb. 12 &ndash 14)
Rainforest Café&rsquos three-course prix-fixe menu is $65 per couple and features dishes including corn chowder, paradise house salad, pasta, aloha salmon and shrimp, key lime pie and tribal cheesecake.

Rand Tower In-Room Dining Escape
Private dining experiences inside transformer Rand Tower Hotel rooms accommodating guest parties ranging from two to six. Wine and dine your significant other over an 8 course meal on a romantic night out over candlelit conversation and fabulous foods. The In-Room Dining Escape offers guests and locals alike the opportunity to experience Chef Vyskocil&rsquos craft in VIP style. $200 per person + applicable taxes and fees. $75 Guest Room Rental Fee. 3 Hour Private Room. Reservations available February 12-14th.

Stockyards Tavern & Chophouse, South St. Paul
Prix-fixe menu with choice of starter, entree and dessert for $40-$45. Filet oscar, twin lobster tail, or filet & lobster, along with soup or salad. Or takeout a steak meal kit with 4 filet mignon ($70) or 4 prime sirloin ($50). Call 651-350-7743 to order.

Sunshine Factory
Dine-in or curbside takeout dinner for two $61.95. Includes a bottle of wine and two prime rib dinners with bacon au gratin potatoes and burgundy mushroom caps. Or choose 10 ounce prime rib – pre-order only for $31.95. Call for reservations and pre-orders 763-535-7000.

Tavern at Greenhaven
$50/person on Feb 12-13 surf and turf: filet mignon + lobster tail served with soup or salad, choice of potato and vegetable. Includes cheesecake or chocolate torte dessert.

Tilia/St. Genevieve
Special six-course tasting menu. Meal includes Denver Sole and Lamb Loin, plus cheese and dessert. Price: $125 plus applicable tax and service fees. To reserve:

Vann
(Feb. 11-14)
Four-course Valentine&rsquos Day dinners for $165 per couple. Brioche with black truffle and egg yolk mousse, salsify potage with abalone and shimeji mushroom, choice of poached sturgeon or roasted pork loin, and a chocolate ganache dessert.

Meal Kits/Take Out/Virtual Experiences

A&rsquoBritin Catering Valentine&rsquos Meals
Pick-up Valentine&rsquos meals for 2 for 59.99 or a meal for 4 for 99.99. The meals consist of 6 oz filets with a brandy tarragon sauce, shrimp cocktail, smoked gouda mashed potatoes, and bacon brussel sprouts. Order the &ldquoworld-famous&rdquo Mac and cheese as a side! Also partnering with a local florist so you can get flowers, food, beer, and wine in a one stop shop.

Baker&rsquos Field Flour & Bread
Chocolate cherry bread: blurs the lines between cake, brownie, and bread. Six-packs of cookies: chocolate rye, ginger, malted java, and chocolate chip.

Brasa
Take home packages for two for $45. Half rotisserie chicken, green sauce and creole sauce, gumbo rice with rock shrimp, okra, and andouille sausage, mixed greens salad, chocolate pudding and two chocolate chip cookies.

Borough
Valentine&rsquos dinner kit, three-courses, $65 per person. First course: tart — foie gras, chicken liver mousse, mushroom, crème fraîche. Second course: lamb — sunchoke, garlic, olive. Third course: pistachio – white Fig, vanilla, rose.

Boys and Girls Club
Cooking with the Clubs will feature popular local chefs, mixologists, breweries, and sommeliers. Attendees will choose from a selection of cocktail, wine pairing, and meal options then will receive a video and ingredient list to prepare the meals at home throughout the month of February. The event will also include: One live (virtual) program on February 12 at 6pm featuring an appetizer cooking class by Miss Minnesota 2019, Kathryn Kueppers!

Buddy Boy Fine Barbeque
Four courses of fire and smoke for 2 for $75. Charcuterie board with smoked sausage, cheese curds, crackers and dips appetizer mixed greens salad with red berries main course of smoked brisket and turkey with macaroni and cheese colored red with a dash of beet juice. French silk pie dessert.

The Capital Grille
Three course takeout dinner for two, featuring starters of Prosciutto Wrapped Mozzarella and Field Green Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette, followed by an entrée of Hand Cut Filet Mignon and Butter Poached Lobster Tails. Also included are Sam&rsquos Mashed Potatoes and Grilled Asparagus and a trio of the restaurant&rsquos signature brûlée-style Cheesecake, Flourless Chocolate Cake and Chocolate Covered Strawberries. Order online for pickup on Feb. 13 and 14.

The Caterers Kitchen, Hopkins
Lockdown Valentine&rsquos Experience $75/per person. Virtual cooking party with Chef Ali teaching you how to make savory mushroom and leek crepes. Main course of beef tenderloin, garlic mashed potatoes and grilled vegetables. Dessert of chocolate mousse strawberry parfait. All ingredients included. Or do a Valentine&rsquos Day Takeout for $55/person without the crepes.

Chocolate Celeste
Social distancing means ordering chocolates in advance- but for Valentine&rsquos Day week you can order with just 2 hours notice. They&rsquoll email you or text to say it&rsquos ready. Otherwise you can shop in-store.

Chowgirls Catering
Share the love with Dinner for 2. Choose from Salmon ($120) with Mustard Cream and Pink Pepper, Short Ribs ($120) with Pomegranate Glaze, or for vegans and vegetarians, Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms ($95) with Carrot Puree. Includes a fresh baguette with our amazing herbed butter, our Grown-Up Green Goddess salad, and Chef Ari&rsquos fabulous braised collard greens. Also offering dessert boxes, gift baskets and cocktail kits.

Chowgirls Virtual Wine Pairing Event
$135/couple, $80 for individual size. Sommelier Angie Heitz selected three wines to pair with Chowgirls Cheese & Charcuterie Box for a Zoom event Valentine&rsquos Day at 4 pm. Angie and Chowgirls founders Heidi Andermack and Amy Brown will walk you through the pairing experience, tasting great wines with local cheeses and meats and other Chowgirls favorites. A portion of the sales from our virtual event will go to Minnesota Central Kitchen. Cheese box includes Shepherd&rsquos Farm Big Woods Blue, Bent River Camembert, and Jeff&rsquos Select Cave-aged Gouda, Table Meat&rsquos &ldquoChet&rdquo salami, Molinari Coppa, and LaQuercia prosciutto with our Southern Spiced Pecans, Rosemary, Lemon & Maple Cashews, Cherry-Rosemary Marmalade, House-Made Citrus Jam, Mushroom Pate, Bare Honey, flatbread crackers, dried fruit, and fresh herb garnish. Price includes Cheese & Charcuterie and link for Zoom event. Wine sold separately at Central Avenue Liquors for $50.

Coimatan Ultimate Valentine&rsquos At-Home Experience with Chef Mike Rasmussen + Cocktail Expert Jason Suss
$195 for a Valentine&rsquos meal for two, cocktail kit and virtual cocktail class, all to enjoy at home. Seared filet, roasted fingerling potatoes, asparagus, poached shrimp, along with lessons in making pomegranate ginger martinis and a Cupid&rsquos Old Fashioned. Desserts include flourless chocolate cake with chocolate ganache, strawberry ice cream and vanilla crème anglaise. Plus Petit Fours from Magnifique Macarons in two flavors, Ginger & Pear and Vanilla & Cinnamon. All ingredients needed for the meal (except the vodka and whiskey for the cocktails) will be provided in your kit. Tickets for this event are very limited to ensure that the interactive virtual component does not get too crowded and everyone gets personalized instruction. Proceeds from this ticket will also be shared with Appetite For Change, a local nonprofit using food as a tool to build health, wealth, and social change in North Minneapolis.

Constantine Cocktail Class
(Feb. 13)
Time: 1-3 p.m. Cost: $85. Sip on cocktails made by the pros and take home ideas for your next party. Enjoy and learn to make six half-sized cocktails inspired by the sweetness of the Caribbean, snack on your Constantine favorites, and leave with first hand knowledge from our bar manager, Gabriel.

Create Catering Automat
Pick up Feb. 12 3-6 p.m. Order by Feb. 9. Dinner serves two for $75. Includes wedge salad, short rib “wellington” topped with oxtail and sweet onion/ wrapped in puff pastry potato puree baby green top carrot with a dessert trio of chocolate pot de creme, frangipane-berry tartlet and red velvet cpcake.

D&rsquoAmico Catering
Part of D&rsquoAmico&rsquos current at home travel series, this menu is inspired by the flavors of France. Each meal kit feeds two people with the same starter, entrée and dessert. An alternative meal option can be ordered to feed a family or hold onto for enjoying the following day. The Valentine&rsquos Day weekend menu – $80: mixed greens with berries and balsamic vinaigrette seared chicken breast with roasted carrots, potato puree and lemon cream sauce blackberry crepe cake with cassis syrup -or- leek and asparagus salad with a mimosa vinaigrette beef bourguignon with baby carrots, pearl onions and egg noodles blackberry crepe cake with cassis syrup. Wine pairing add-on is also available, along with a box of handmade bonbons created by Executive Pastry Chef Leah Henderson. This artisan box includes flavors such as chocolate chip cookie butter, white chocolate salted caramel, milk chocolate raspberry red wine and dark chocolate orange blossom honey.

Davanni&rsquos
Feb. 12-14
Customers can custom-order a medium thin crust pizza of their choice and request the heart-shaped pizza option. Available for takeout, curbside, delivery, and dine-in.

Estelle Brunch for 2
$59 takeout meal for 2 Includes: – Tortilla Espanola &ndash roasted red bell pepper, potato, feta, manchego cheese, almond romesco – Patatas Bravas &ndash crispy baby red potatoes, spicy tomato sauce, Duke&rsquos mayo, – Spinach Salad – pickled fennel, orange, feta, smoked almonds, cava vinaigrette – Pork belly &ldquoHam&rdquo – house-cured and slow cooked – Orange Ricotta Zeppole – cream cheese frosting – Mimosa Kit – Don Arturo cava, fresh orange juice (substitute non-alcoholic sparkling wine for no charge upon request).

Fhima&rsquos
Valentine&rsquos take-out: four-course, luxury meal for two.

Foodsmith
The Valentine&rsquos Gift Box costs $50 and features two bottles of sparkling wine from Francois Montand, ingredients to make the FoodSmith Kir Royale cocktail, and five hand-made assorted chocolate truffles from Birnn Truffles of Vermont. Each box will contain at least one coffee truffle, one raspberry truffle, one champagne truffle, and one milk chocolate truffle plus one additional flavor truffle.

Holman&rsquos Table, St. Paul
4 course Valentine&rsquos Dinner at Home, Feeds 2 for $140. Pheasant Rosemary Pâté, Lobster Bisque, Choose Two Entrees from Beef Wellington or Salmon with Crawfish Relish, Asparagus & Tri-Colored Potatoes, Honey Panna Cotta with Chocolate Dipped Strawberries.

Honey & Mackie&rsquos Valentine&rsquos Day Sampler Box
$29.75 for a dozen flavor samples. Each sample is 5.5 ounces, so this totals more than four pints of ice cream. Some flavors include: caramel brownie stout with Utepils Stout, Cupid&rsquos cookies, Velvet Oreo, lemon lavender, fireball cinnamon and chocolate, strawberry cheesecake, white chocolate raspberry.

Kendall&rsquos Tavern & Chophouse
Butcher Box: Choice of twp pork chops ($70), filets ($80) or ribeyes ($90), served with caesar salad, mashed potatoes, asparagus and mini chocolate bundt cakes. Add on a craft cocktail kit! Choose from Valentine’s strawberry bellinis, peach bellinis or mimosas.

Mad Hatter Restaurant & Tea House
Takeout Valentine&rsquos Day specials and tea.

Mason Jar
Heat-and-serve four course surf and turf for two. Pick up all weekend, $150. Crab and spinach dip, salad or soup, two of each (filet mignon, crab-stuffed lobster tail, twice-baked potato, baby vegetable bundle, dinner rolls) plus chocolate cheesecake tart dessert.

Milk & Honey Ciders, St. Joseph
Valentine&rsquos Cider and Cheese Pairing with Redhead Creamery:5 Cheeses, 5 Ciders for $90.
Each pairing is accompanied by a tasting guide. All five cheeses come in half-pound portions four of the ciders are in 330ml bottles, while the fifth is a specialty 750ml bottle. Each kit is sold for $90, and is available for pre-order from Milk & Honey Ciders&rsquo website, to be picked up at their taproom in St. Joseph. Orders can be placed February 1st&ndash8th pickup takes place February 11th&ndash14th.

Milkjam Creamery
(Feb. 13-14)
DIY Valentine&rsquos Sundae Kit for $38, includes one pint of &lsquoI ❤ You&rsquo (white chocolate with raspberry rose jam), one pint of &lsquoXOXO&rsquo (dark chocolate with hazelnut chocolate waffle cones, chocolate-marshmallow bar), passion fruit caramel sauce, berry lychee sauce, homemade rose and salted caramel brittle, &lsquochocolate covered everything&rsquo, all the tools you&rsquoll need for a sweet ending to your day.

Monello
Valentine&rsquos Day take away kit, three-courses, $75 per person. Salad: poached lobster with bitter green salad, winter citrus and grapefruit beurre blanc. Entree: signature house made torchio pasta with braised rabbit, swiss chard, artichokes and herbed crème fraiche. Dessert: raspberry tart for two.

Muddy Paws Cheesecake
Conversation heart-shaped cheesecakes. 4&rdquo heart New York Cheesecake in pastel colors: size 1.25″ ($8 or $12). 4″ hearts (Chocolate, Oreo, Raspberry, Key Lime, Baileys, New York or Turtle) $10 (serves 2) 2″ hearts: Box of Assorted Flavors. Flavors included: Key Lime, New York, Chocolate Decadence, Raspberry, Turtle and Lemon Drop. No substitutions but if nut allergy, we can omit pecans on the turtle. $15 9″ hearts: Available in any traditional flavors. $39. Taking delivery orders through Feb 11. Some flavors on stock at storefront through Feb 16.

Parlour St. Paul
(Fed. 12-14)
Valentine’s Day four-course carry out meal kit for two for $65. Beet Salad with butter lettuce, feta, toasted almonds, roasted beets and beet vinaigrette, braised short ribs with demi, mustard seed and mushrooms, smashed fingerling potatoes with creme fraiche, thyme and butter, and Strawberry shortcake, macerated strawberries, and chantilly.Comes complete with ingredients and instructions.

Petite Leon
Valentine&rsquos Take and Bake for two: $125 per ticket + tax and fees. Bermuda onion dip with caviar and crunchy potato chips, bitter green salad with citrus vinaigrette, avocado & queso fresco, wood fired lamb shoulder in mole poblano, with sesame seeds, tortillas by Nixta, wood roasted vegetables with herbed chile butter and chocolate mousse layer cake from Patisserie 46.

P.S. Steak
Valentine’s dinner for two meal kit for $170, plus taxes and service charges. The meal includes six canapes each of deviled egg with caviar and chives, goat cheese tartlet with Calabrian pepper jam. Lobster gnocchi with mushrooms, pickled greens and cave aged gruyere, 10-ounce prime filet mignon with swiss chard, foie gras terrine and chocolate torte with hazelnuts and strawberry coulis dessert.

Restaurant Alma
Dinner for Two, Available for take away Friday-Sunday. $80 per person. Vegetarian menu $46 per person, Pick up 4:30-8:00pm Includes 4 courses: Belgian endive, golden beet and pear salad roasted broccolini ricotta gnocchi and lobster, and dessert of brown sugar Paris brest.

Saint Dinette
$60 for two people, prepared fresh (NOT a take & make meal). Includes Meats & Cheeses (saint andre, roquefort, white ham, country pate, quince paste, crackers) plus choose an entree for two between Lumache pasta with escargot or Brochettes skirt steak with vadouvan and eggplant. Pick grilled carrots or cauliflower, and Chocolate marjolaine or pot de cheesecake for dessert.

Surdyk’s Cheese Shop
Three course takeout dinner for $48 per person. Choose between spicy pork tamales, roasted beets and chive-shrimp cakes for a starter, lobster bucatini, braised beef short ribs, or wild mushroom risotto for a main course, and dark chocolate-bourbon cake, lemon-olive oil ice cream, or a cheese lover&rsquos plate.

Tattersall Distilling
(Feb. 11-13 & Feb 18-20)
Special curbside cocktail. Price is $20 plus spirits. Strawberry Honey Crush, made with strawberry, honey, lemon, ginger and spice. Pairs well with vodka, whiskey or champagne.

Tilia/St. Genevieve
Special six-course tasting menu. Meal includes Denver Sole and Lamb Loin, plus cheese and dessert. Price: $125 plus applicable tax and service fees. To-go meal includes par-baked courses and instructions.

Union Hmong Kitchen
Heat-it-yourself surf and turf meal for 2 for $165. Smoked Trout and 12 oz. New York strip steak with khao soi red curry noodle soup, sides of potluck salad, string beans with oyster sauce, glazed carrots, sticky rice and Thai tea pavlova dessert. Includes strawberry passionfruit &ldquonight&rdquomosa. Order by Feb. 10, pickup Feb 12-14.

Valerie&rsquos French Kitchen, Edina
Takeout dinner for two for $135. Appetizer of leeks and smoked salmon samosa (2 per person) in a buckwheat galette from Oh Crêpe! Served on a bed of arugula with a Dijon vinaigrette (gluten free). Lamb Stew a la Provençale with fingerling potatoes, and dessert of chocolate molten cakes with Vanilla &ldquoCreme Anglaise&rdquo, also gluten free. Comes with two Para Tapas cocktail napkins from Tissages Moutet France, personally sourced for Valérie&rsquos French Kitchen collection.

Vesuvio&rsquos / MN Catering
Meat Lovers: two prime New York steaks, eight tiger shrimp, mashed potatoes and asparagus for $150. Pasta Lovers: choose cheese ravioli, beef lasagna or spinach lasagna for $50. Call 763-478-3619 to reserve.

Wrecktangle Pizza
9″ x 11″ Take-N-bake prime rib pizza with a creamed spinach sauce, prime rib, chicken glacé and gold for $30. Add side pieces for $50: Bacon wave asparagus, truffle pomme puree with chive, poached seafood (lobster, crab, shrimp) with herbed butter. Super fancy addition for $100 of sturgeon and trout caviar with your very own mother of pearl caviar spoon, chocolate covered strawberries and a house made thyme and lemon candle.


Mail-order Valentine’s Day gifts: Heart-shaped churros and more

If you can't make it to a restaurant this February 14, simply order a Valentine's Day dinner box like this one which includes the lamb accompanied by an herbes de Provence and mustard jus and a savory, creamy and festive potato, red beet and Gruyère gratin. Other options include red beet gnocchi and surf and turf. Dinners arrive cold on February 12 and need to be reheated and delivery is to areas in the Northeast. Add a pair of Valentine's blackout cakes to your order for a sweet finish.


Knoxville restaurants offer Valentine specials

There are a variety of opinions on how best to celebrate Valentine's Day. In Knoxville it's never difficult to find the right fit, especially when it comes to eating out. If fast-food is your preference, there are plenty of eateries from which to choose. At least one is having a sweetheart special.

Often white tablecloth dining is in order, and Knoxville has an abundance of choices both locally owned and chain restaurants. There's also the more casual dining experience that provides its own romantic twist.

Below is a list of local eateries offering sweetheart specials. Some menus are extensive while others are straight forward. For fair comparison, it's best to visit each restaurant's Facebook page or website for complete details. Phone numbers are listed for most.

To add your event to this list, email information to [email protected]

Babalu Tapas & Tacos, 412 S. Gay St. Romantic aphrodisiac-inspired Valentine menu daily Friday, Feb. 10-Tuesday, Feb. 14. It includes the Aubrey’s Aphrodisiac cocktail, green chili pimento cheese appetizer, crab imperial tapa and chocolate-Chambord truffles with raspberry coulis for dessert. Pricing is a la carte ranging from $5.95 to $12.95. Call 865-329-1002 for information.

Bar Marley, 760 Stone St. Candle-lit dinner featuring a tropical meal and music by Trinidad Steel drum. Doors open at 3 p.m. Call 865-201-5765 for cost and reservations.

Bistro by the Tracks, 215 Brookview Centre Way. Special Valentine's Day a la carte menu available 5-9:30 p.m. Entrees include a choice of New York Strip, red potatoes and broccoli ($36), Gold beet risotto with feta cheese, roasted chestnuts and sage, (18), and salmon with pasta, gold beets and candied orange zest ($26). Call 865-558-9500 for reservations.

Brenz Pizza Co., 1705 Cumberland Ave. Half off wings on Valentines Day, online orders only. Use code: WINGS5, WINGS10 or WINGS25, depending on the number of wings you are ordering. If placing multiple orders of wings you must enter the code each time you add an order to your cart.. Valid for pickup only.

​Central Collective, 923 N. Central St. Valentine Pop Up Dinner featuring Rebel Kitchen, who will prepare a nine-course tasting menu. Guest bartender will be Vance McCarty of Nashville. Cost is $85. http://rebelkitchenvalentine.brownpapertickets.com/

Central Flats and Taps, 1204 N. Central Street. Valentine special 11 a.m.-3 a.m. includes your choice of one of three starter dips served with pita, two entrees, dessert, and a bottle of wine. Cost is $40. Call 865-247-0392 for information.

Cru Bistro and Wine Bar, 11383 Parkside Drive and 141 S. Gay St.: Four course tasting menu featuring boeuf bourguignon and champagne toast. Cost is $65 per couple plus optional $20 wine pairing per person. A la Carte options available. Call 865-671-612 (Turkey Creek) or 865-544-1491 (downtown) for reservations.

Dancing Bear Lodge, 7140 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Townsend. Special four-course Valentine's Day menu to include entree of braised veal cheeks or seared halibut. Cost is $65 per person, available Feb. 11-14. Special overnight lodge pricing available. Call 865-336-2138 for reservations.

Echo Bistro & Wine Bar, 5803 Kingston Pike. Lobster tails will be featured with the Valentine menu. Call 865-622-3287 for information and reservations.

Emilia, 16 Market Square. A five-course prix fixe Valentine's menu (Feb. 10-12. Feb. 14 is booked) featuring red wine orchiette with jumbo lump crab and dry aged duck breast for polenta. Cost is $75 per person.The regular a la carte menu will be available for tables not choosing the Valentine menu. Call 865-313-2472 for reservations.

Fleming's, 11287 Parkside Drive. Three-course meal featuring 8-ounce cut of tender Filet Mignon and your choice of New Zealand Ora King Salmon or Australian Lobster Tail. Both options include an amuse-bouche and your choice of salad. Cost is $69 or $79. Available Feb. 10-19. Call 865-675-9463 for reservations.

J.C. Holdway, 501 Union Ave. A four-course meal to include scallops, spiced duck with butternut squash,New York strip and dessert. Cost is $75 each with optional wine pairings for additional $65 each. Service is 5:30-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10-11. Feb. 14 is booked. Regular menu is available for tables not choosing the Valentine menu. Make reservations at http://www.jcholdway.com/reservations or call 865-312-9050.

Knox Mason, 131 S. Gay Street. A five-course pre fixe menu to include an entree choice of Mitchell Farm filet mignon, or seared Gulf fish. Cost is $65 per person. Call 865-544-2004 for reservations.

Krystal, all locations. Surf and turf for two featuring 12 shrimp, eight Krystal burgers, a loaded fry and a choice of two (12-ounce) cherry icees or cookies. Visit http://www.krystal.com for a location near you.

K Town Tavern, 320 N. Peters Rd. Sweetheart Specials Feb 10-14. 6 oz. Manhattan Cut New York Strip with 6 oz. Vanilla Poached Lobster Tail served with zucchini squash & bacon cream baby red tomatoes. $32.99 Love Martini Cocktail $9.99 and homemade vanilla bean cheesecake with glazed strawberries, $8.95 Call 865-691-8144

Last Day of Autumn Brewing, 808 E. Magnolia Ave. A food and beer pairing from 6-9 p.m. featuring food by Gypsy Kitchen. One ticket will provide a meal for two, a shareable appetizer and dessert. Two tasting-samples of craft beer will be served with each course. Cost is $80 (for two). Space is limited. Tickets available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/valentines-food-beer-dinner-tickets-31060687352.

Lisa Jeans, 5005 Kingston Pike. Bring your own wine to Lisa Jean's Valentine's Day dinner which will be held 5-8 p.m. The four-course menu includes a pimento cheese eggroll appetizer, and choice of smoked blackened prime rib or grilled salmon with brie in champagne caper sauce. Cost is $75 per couple. Reservations required by calling 865-219-8317.

McAlister's Deli, various locations. Two complimentary children's meals with the purchase of one adult entree for families that dine it on Valentine's Day. Children must be 12-years or younger to qualify. Visit www.mcalisterdeli.com to find a location near you.

Melting Pot, 111 N. Central St. Special events offered during the week of Valentine's Day include a four-course fondue dinner Feb. 11-13 with a rose and garlic and wine seasoning for $64 five-course fondue dinner, a rose and seasoning gift on Feb. 14 for $67 and a VIP romance package for $200 per couple Feb. 11-13 and $230 per couple on Feb. 14 that includes six roses and greeting card, $25 bar credit per couple and rose petals on the table. Call 865-971-5400 for reservations.

Mimi’s, 10945 Parkside Drive, is offering a 3-course menu for $18.99 per person Feb. 11-14. Guests can select from five entrees, including roasted half chicken and frites and beef pot roast, mashed potatoes and vegetables. Call 865-675-1362 for reservations.

OliBea at Crafty Bastard Brewery, 6 Emory Place. Four-course Sunday Valentine brunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The menu includes bagels and lox and crispy stuffed quail. Cost is $30 available at https://www.facebook.com/events/1005794392858083/ .

Puleo's Grille, 260 N. Peters Road. Valentine special for two for $50 includes a shareable appetizer, two salads, choice of entree and dessert. Make reservations by calling 865-691-1960.

Sanctuary Vegan Cafe, 151 N. Seven Oaks Drive will present a candle lit Valentine's dinner beginning at 7 p.m. The five-course menu includes leek and thyme soup and seitan piccata. Cost is $39.99 per person. Call 865-200-8042 for reservations.

Seasons Innovative Bar & Grill, 11605 Parkside Drive, will be serving a four-course gourmet dinner for $70 per person. Menu includes a selection of entree choices including tenderloin and smoked duck, tenderloin and crab stuffed langoustine or tenderloin and Chilean sea bass. Call 865-392-1121 for reservations.

Shoney's Restaurant, all Knoxville locations. A special food bar featuring sirloin steak, grilled salmon, peel and eat shrimp and more will be served from 4-10 p.m. A free dessert to share will also be offered. Cost is $24.99 for two or $12.49 for an individual dinner without dessert. Find a location near you at www.shoneysknox.com.

Sushi Spot, 7535 Barnett Way, Powell. A four-course meal featuring appetizer, entree, soup or salad and dessert for two on Saturday, Feb. 11 or Tuesday, Feb. 14. Cost is $59.99 per couple. Seating is at 5, 6:30 p.m. or 8 p.m. Reservations required by calling 865-938-7299.

Sweet P’s Downtown Dive, 410 Jackson Ave. and the Soul House, 3725 Maryville Pike, will offer a special Valentine’s Day smoked prime rib dinner and two sides for $23. Each location will feature a Valentine’s Day side dish. Creamed spinach will be available at the Soul House and horseradish boursin duchess potatoes at the Downtown Dive. Call 865-247-7748 (Soul House) or 865-281-1738 (Dive) for reservations.


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Making a main protein for dinner is easy, but those sides can be tricky. Let Boston Market take care of that for you. Now, they're offering "Chilled XL Heat and Serve Sides" that are large portions of their classic sides (like mashed potatoes & gravy, mac & cheese, and creamed spinach) that come chilled. You can then reheat them for dinner tonight or freeze them for later. Portions will serve 4 to 6 people. If you're looking to offload even more of your meal, everyone's favorite rotisserie kitchen also offers a full family meal for 3 to 6 people. You can choose from rotisserie chicken, roasted turkey, BBQ ribs, or homestyle meatloaf. It comes with your choice of sides and cornbread.


There is no shortage of delicious, romantic restaurants in Charleston, but the Southern-meets-Mediterranean fare at Butcher and Bee stands out. Share the kebab platters and crispy half chicken while sitting on the expansive outdoor patio.

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This lovely and romantic steakhouse promises the best in local cuisine with a seasonally changing menu in a sophisticated space filled with cozy booths, so you can toast your love (and sneak a kiss).


5 Romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner Spots in the Hudson Valley

Yes, it’s true—Valentine’s Day falls on a Wednesday this year, but just because the holiday arrives midweek doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice romance. We’ve rounded up five restaurants in the Hudson Valley serving gourmet prix fixe feasts on February 14. A word to the wise: reserve your tables in advance. BYO sonnets.

The rustic atmosphere of Heritage Food and Drink gives a feeling of both comfort and class perfect for a dreamy date night. After extensive renovation, the bar and restaurant in Wappingers Falls opened its doors in August 2017 in the former location of Greenbaum and Gilhooley's. Heritage will host its first Valentine’s Day dinner with an optional, three-course prix fixe menu. Guests will choose from four appetizers, three entrees, and two desserts. The options include a fried blue point oysters appetizer, basil crusted lamb loin main course, and Heritage “black forest” cake for dessert. The dinner comes with a glass of sparkling rose. $59 per person

This farm-to-table restaurant is big on its locally grown foods, especially veggies. Butterfield will offer a three-course dinner a deux with vegetarian options. The prix fixe selections run the gamut from sturgeon caviar and raw shellfish to roasted celery root and beetroot risotto. The meal will be capped off with homemade truffles and a glass of Prosecco. . The delicious meal will be. Adding some romance to the night, writers Amy Tingle and Maya Stein of The Creativity Caravan will be on-site making personalized love letters with antique typewriters. Lovers can also book to stay the night at the Hasbrouck House. Dinner reservations are required. Take a look at Butterfield’s full Valentine’s Day menu. $65 per person

Overlooking the waterfall on the corner of Main Street in Beacon, The Roundhouse offers picturesque views while being right in downtown Beacon. As a hotel and restaurant, they’re experts in hospitality. The Roundhouse is offering special Stay and Dine packages starting at $219 from February 9-16. The American eatery will also serve a four-course dinner on Valentine’s Day. The prix-fixe menu has two options per course, including chilled kumamoto oysters, lemon sole, duck breast, and dark chocolate “napoleon.” Make reservations and view the full Roundhouse Valentine’s Day menu. $85 per person

An elegant Wednesday evening awaits at Terrapin in Rhinebeck. In the Red Bistro, guests will be served regular menus on a first-come, first-serve basis, and in the dining hall, sweethearts can select from a three-course Valentine’s Day prix-fixe menu. Guests will start out with a tapas platter, which will include goat cheese-filled wontons and Nantucket bay scallop ceviche. Then, there will be a choice of six entrees, including pumpkin ravioli, butter poached lobster tails, beef fillet mignon, and grilled lamb chops. If you’re not too full after that, a dessert du jour will be served. View Terrapin’s full Valentine’s Day menu. $69 per person

Rhinebeck’s new kid on the block, The Amsterdam, is a house-turned-restaurant that offers a warm, welcoming environment for a pleasant night out. The “Be My Valentine” dinner menu includes choice of appetizer, main course, and dessert. Appetizers include steak tartare and frisee salad, entrees include whole roasted chicken and grilled ribeye, and desserts include panna cotta and baked apple. Learn more about The Amsterdam restaurant in Rhinebeck. $65 per person


Valentine's To-Go: Eight Menus, Four Price Points, One Love

In some ways the pressure is lower this Valentine's Day. If you usually forget to plan ahead and make a dinner reservation, you're off the hook because few of us are dining out the way we have in years past.

Happily, there are still plenty of options for special takeout meals. Feast your eyes on a Seven Days version of a baker's dozen — seven plus a bonus eighth option — that caters to a variety of budgets and tastes. Representatives from each Chittenden County restaurant also shared something about their own Valentine's culinary plan.

I'm going to show my love for restaurants by tipping especially well. My first date with my husband was at a small Japanese restaurant many years ago. I treasure memories of many date nights and anniversaries celebrated over good food and drink.

We want all our favorite restaurants back next year when, once again, we'll scramble to secure the perfect Valentine's reservation.

Around $30 for Two: All-Day Brunch or Soup Love

Firebird Café, 1 Main St., Essex Junction, 316-4265, takeout and delivery

A lazy stay-in-bed morning seems like an even better idea when you've ordered an all-day Valentine's weekend brunch special from Firebird Café. For $30, you pick two breakfast menu items and a choice of drinks, from premixed mimosas to house-roasted Good Luck Coffee Roasters java.

I'm a huge fan of Firebird's pork carnitas omelette ($10.85): puffy egg cradling tender, shredded pork, caramelized mushrooms, red onions, avocado and melty cheese.

Chef-owner Jake Tran said that his creative Benedicts also travel well. The Blackstone ($10.85) boasts bacon, grilled tomato, cheese and a creamy poblano sauce, while the chorizo Benedict ($11.85) stars housemade chorizo.

Regarding his own Valentine's plan, Tran said he'll be working most of the day and admitted, "I'm terrible at [this kind of thing], but my partner, Steph, she's good at it." That said, he's thinking they'll cook a dry-rubbed brisket with some sautéed dinosaur kale, roasted butternut squash and parsnip fries.

Pho Son, 213 College St., Burlington, 540-8888, takeout and delivery

Steaming bowls of soup are often proffered to those we love in times of need. Pho, the Vietnamese classic, starts with a long-simmered bone broth infused with star anise and ginger, and it finishes with fresh bean sprouts, Thai basil, lime and hot sauce to taste.

Pho Son's excellent options include pho tái ($12), with thinly sliced rare beef, and a traditional pho gà ($14), with chicken meat, gizzard, liver and heart. The generous portions could be shared, slurping noodles from the same bowl reminiscent of the iconic spaghetti scene in Lady and the Tramp.

Even if you order two, you can still afford a pair of translucent, rice-paper-wrapped summer rolls (goi cuõn) made with shrimp and pork ($6) or vegetables ($5). For an extra dollar, try a Seven Days food team favorite, bò lá lót ($7), beef in betel leaves topped with peanuts and fried shallots.

Chef and co-owner Son Le has nothing planned for his own Valentine's Day. "Our tradition is every day eating well," he said. "Food for us is happiness." His wife and two young daughters will be in the restaurant with him while he works. For a treat, he said, they might order sushi from Bento down the street (see below). "We love sushi. It's very well presented there," Le said.

Under $40 for Two: Take-and-Bake Times Two

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  • Mini pastries and chocolate-raspberry mousse cake for two at Mirabelles Bakery
Mirabelles Bakery, 3060 Williston Rd., South Burlington, 658-3074, pastries and "Take-and-Bake" meals. (Closed on Sundays, including February 14.)

The bakery has long been a top destination for extra-special Valentine's Day treats for two, such as a chocolate-raspberry mousse cake ($18) or vanilla sponge cake layered with passion fruit curd and cassis jelly and smothered in toasted meringue ($18).

Newer to many are the "Take-and-Bake" meals, available both refrigerated and frozen, that the bakery started offering after its January 2020 relocation from downtown Burlington. Regular items include chili and pot pie, but for Valentine's, there will be an elegant pair of crêpes folded around chicken, leeks, mushrooms and vegetables in a lemony-crème fraîche sauce ($18).

For a more hands-on feast, try the taco kit for two ($32) with pork tinga and all the fixings, plus a pair of mini flourless chocolate Sonic cakes ($2.75 each), or share a heart-shaped mini chocolate-raspberry mousse or sour-cherry cheesecake ($4.75 each).

Co-owner and chef Alison Lane started her family's Valentine's tradition when her two teenage sons were "tiny," she said. "The meal is whatever, but we always do chocolate fondue." Lane uses dark chocolate, heavy cream and a splash of Grand Marnier. In addition to pound cake and fruit, the family loves the sweet-salty crunch of dipping pretzels or potato chips.

Pizzeria Verità, 156 St. Paul St., Burlington, 489-5644, takeout and delivery

Pizzeria Verità is normally closed on Sundays but will make an exception on Valentine's Day to serve oven-blistered pizzas to-go. A special four-course dinner for two, from cheeseboard to chocolate mousse, is $50, plus optional cocktail pairings.

For those looking to spend less or seeking guided hands-on fun with food, the holiday special do-it-yourself pizza kit for two is $15.95 — complete with a how-to video.

February 12 through 14, Verità will offer dough with toppings for one Margherita and one Cherry Amore pizza, featuring dried cherries, arugula, spicy honey and housemade fresh mozzarella.

Add a Caesar to share ($9.50) and a tiramisu and a slice of flourless chocolate cake topped with salted caramel ($6 each), and you're still south of $40. Or choose a Valentine's wine special for $12.50, including a Nebbiolo blend or a lightly frizzante white.

The restaurant group's director of marketing, Keith Dunlop, reported that Verità's executive chef, Dan Cervantes, and his girlfriend always have fresh oysters with a Champagne mignonette sauce. Verità general manager Morgan Sullivan said she would skip the oysters and just drink Champagne, a preference with which co-owner Leslie McCrory Wells heartily concurred.

Under $50 for Two: Raw Fish or Long-Cooked Meat

Bento, 197 College St., Burlington, 497-2494, takeout and delivery

In a glass-windowed cubicle within a quiet downtown storefront, sushi master Kazutoshi (Mike) Maeda wields his knife to craft perfect morsels of sushi and compelling rolls, such as yellowtail with shiso and pickled plum, and tuna with pickled daikon.

You can orchestrate your own meal, but the simplest option is the chef's choice sushi assortment for $21: seven pieces of seafood nestled on rice, a sushi roll and miso soup. It's worth asking if you can pay a few dollars extra for touches such as carrot, vinegar and Japanese mayonnaise sauce on salmon.

Maeda and a former business partner moved from New York City to open San Sai Japanese Restaurant on Lake Street in 2011. It closed in 2015, and they focused on Bento, a mostly to-go spot that opened in 2013.

These days, it's a fully family operation. When you call, you will likely speak with Reiko Maeda, the chef's 24-year-old daughter, a recent University of Vermont graduate. The pandemic put a pause on her plans to move back to New York City, but she's OK with pitching in at Bento for now. "If it's for family, I'll do anything," Reiko said.

She won't be eating sushi for Valentine's Day. "My boyfriend and I will just make a meal together — probably steak — and watch Netflix," she said with a laugh.

Bluebird Barbecue, 317 Riverside Ave., Burlington, 448-3070, takeout

Barbecue may not be the obvious choice for a meal early in a relationship. There's pretty much no way to eat Bluebird Barbecue's meaty ribs or succulent bone-in smoked chicken without getting messy. Best to channel the lobster-eating scene in Flashdance and make the most of it while splitting Bluebird's barbecue platter for two.

For $39.50, you'll get a trio of meats and the choice of four sides. My faves include cute corn bread muffins, smoky pit beans, and creamy mac and cheese. Up the meat factor with caramelized brisket burnt ends ($9), or add the excellent crispy Brussels sprouts ($11).

The restaurant's founder and managing partner, Sue Bette, likes to celebrate special occasions over breakfast out with her wife, Sarah Sears. "It's a great way to start the day — so easy and fun," Bette said.

The couple will have to wait until next year to head to the Penny Cluse Café counter, a favorite destination. This year, Bette said, they're planning to order the Sunday doughnut box from Honey Road and will drop off some for family and friends to spread the love.

Over $50 for Two: Birds of a Feather

The Gryphon, 131 Main St., Burlington, 489-5699, takeout and dine-in

The Gryphon is known for great cocktails and menu favorites such as seafood with creamy grits and lobster butter ($26) and grilled maple-glazed duck breast ($28).

As of press time, the Gryphon had a few later tables left for Sunday brunch, but the whole brunch and dinner menu, including drinks, is available for takeout.

The Rumming Out of Thyme ($13), made with rum, apple cider and thyme simple syrup, sounds delicious but might send the wrong message for Valentine's Day.

Valentine's weekend dinner specials (prices TBD) will include a starter of housemade ravioli, Arctic char in port wine sauce with a sweet-potato gratin and asparagus, and flourless chocolate angel cake with berries and "sinful" spiked cream.

Front-of-the-house manager Emily Clements is planning a simple Valentine's Day, celebrating the fact that she has the day off. "It'll be me and my dog, Myrnin, some chocolate, and pinot noir," she said.

Hen of the Wood Burlington, 55 Cherry St., Burlington, 540-0534, takeout and dine-in
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  • Baked Harbison with crackers and apple butter from Hen of the Wood Burlington

Hen of the Wood's takeout system caters to last-minute planners, especially if they're night owls. Online ordering for the next day goes live after service closes down around midnight the preceding night.

On top of the regular menu, chef de cuisine Jordan Ware said Valentine's takeout offerings for Saturday and Sunday will include a dozen shuck-your-own oysters ($24) and a "bake at home situation" for a Harbison cheese with maple sea salt crackers and apple butter ($30).

That's my ideal Valentine's feast right there, but other options for two include the radicchio salad with buttermilk dressing, blue cheese, hazelnuts and apple ($24), and cast-iron-seared duck with house sauerkraut and polenta ($85). Chocolate fondue will come with a variety of house-crafted dipping deliciousness ($20).

Ware will celebrate with his wife, Dana Parseliti, assistant general manager at Honey Road. Both have the evening off. Ware thinks he'll make his wife's favorite dish, braciole, a traditional Italian wine-braised beef stuffed with prosciutto, provolone, golden raisins and pine nuts.

"I follow her dad's recipe to the tee," the chef said. "He used to own a restaurant in Hartford, Conn., called Frank's. Her grandpa ran it before her dad took it over." The restaurant closed in 1995 after 51 years of hosting its own share of romantic dinners. "People still remember it," Ware said.

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