Valentine’s Day is around the corner and if you’ve got a sweetheart that expects to be wined and dined you best have a reservation locked in. If you don’t, I’ve got you covered. If you’ve waited this long, delay no longer and get that rezzy in – stat! To help you out I’ve rounded up some places with special menus and a few weekend events to keep the party going. For those looking to celebrate Galentine’s Day, I found some fun events that Leslie Knope would be proud of.
Not quite a Galentine’s event but JuJu Knits is hosting a “Stitch and Sip” at Leaves, which just sounds like the most “hygge” thing happening. Speaking of “hygge”- what could be more cozy than s’mores and fire pits? You’ll find that at Brewed for their Galentines Day S’mores + Wine event, which will have $5 wine and a $5 s’mores bar. Lost in the Sauce is hosting a “Dateless in Funkytown Dumpling Pop-Up” with the promise of a sweet dumpling that involves chocolate.
Fixture, $70 per couple
Fixture is running a week-long special (from February 10-16) prix fixe menu of 3 courses with the option of an additional wine pairing for $15 each. The Shrimp Bisque starter sounds particularly promising and the main course options are split evenly between seafood and steak options. A Red Velvet Cheesecake finishes off this meal.
Winslow’s Wine Cafe, $65
Winslow’s is offering a four course menu in their casually elegant space with one of the best patios in town. Choose from four seating times: 6:00PM, 6:30PM, 8:00 and 8:30PM. Any meal that starts off with a Mac and Cheese course is all right by me. Salmon and braised short rib options along with chocolate covered strawberries are included as well.
Ellerbe, $85++ per person
The always excellent Ellerbe is offering a three course menu. The first course options highlight the ingredients that they use from local farmers: B&G Garden sweet potato soup and Demases Farm shaved brussels sprouts and gorgonzola. Mains include a seafood and steak option and two dessert options.
Meyer and Sage
Anyone else have an addiction to Meyer and Sage (where’s that raising hand emoji?!)? It’s a great spot to pick up lunch or a chef-prepared dinner on the way home from work. This culinary studio is not slacking on the Valentine’s front with several grab and go gourmet meals that are sure to make your evening special. In addition to their fabulous entrees which include lump crab cakes, seared Niman prime filets, and a creamy Italian pasta bake they are featuring eight signature desserts created by their chefs. If you didn’t already know, Meyer and Sage is the source for cheeseboards and they will be offering mini Valentine’s grazing boards for the special occasion.
Cafe Modern, $65 per person
Count on Cafe Modern for an elegant and thoughtfully executed dining experience. They are offering a prix fixe menu with three-courses. You choose your appetizer appetizer, salad, and three options for the main course. One of their main course selections is vegetarian and sounds delicious: brussel sprout risotto with pecorino sardo cheese, seared trumpet mushrooms, roasted radishes, and toasted pine nut dukkah.
Nonna Tata, $75 per person BYOB
The inimitably cozy Nonna Tata is serving 6 courses for their Valentine’s Day event. What makes this meal special is that it follows the traditional Italian coursed meal structure. Even if you don’t know your “secondo” from your spaghetti the meal has several mouth watering options-crab parpadelle or a roasted half cornish hen? Wow.
Four Sisters, Taste of Vietnam $40
I’ve become a little obsessed with the food at Four Sisters, if you follow me on Instagram you’ll know that I’m having a bit of a moment with them. (Look for an upcoming more in-depth review coming soon.) Their 10 course, that’s right 10 courses, Dim Sum style meal dinner seems like a memorable experience.
Coyote Drive In, $6 tickets for a double feature
The weather on Thursday and through the weekend promises to be perfect for enjoying a night at the drive in. This is a fun and not to mention cheap Valentine’s Day idea. Coyote Drive-In is also giving out a free rose with the purchase of a bottle of wine.
For the Love of Food & Wine, Jaycee Hospitality
If you want to add a little adventure to your Valentine’s Day why not hop on to the TexRail from Fort Worth to Grapevine for a pop-dinner by Jaycee Hospitality (aka Jenn Williams). If you haven’t caught one of Jenn Williams’ brunches at Collective Brewing this is a great time to check her and her creative food out. She will be at Off the Vine in Grapevine. There will be duck and Meyer lemon olive oil cake, that’s all I need to know. Check out the full menu here.
Girl Scout Cookies & Craft Beer Parings
Beer and Girl Scout cookies may seem like an unlikely pairing but leave it to Wild Acre Brewing to make it work. $15 gets you a flight with 4 beers and 8 Girl Scout cookies. $5 of each entry will be donated to the Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains. Live music and Food: Gepetto’s Pizza Truck.
The Dock, $49
The Food Hall at Crockett Row is a great spot for a casual date. The Dock has a special going on called the “Lovers Squeeze” where you get 2 lobster rolls, lobster mac n cheese, chowda and chips and a whoopie pie. The special is posted on their instagram and Facebook accounts.
Blue Mesa, $75 per couple
Blue Mesa’s Valentine’s 3 course special runs from February 14-16. It includes crab and shrimp cakes and 64 oz. of Top Shelf Margaritas. (I don’t know about you but Margaritas are my love language). Main course options are split between seafood and beef options with chocolate dipped strawberries finishing off the meal.
Central Market, starting at $49.99
Is sitting in your PJ’s and watching Netflix more your speed, then order in a chef prepared meal for two from Central Market. “Each meal includes a main dish, salad, sides, rolls, and dessert. Choose from lobster tails, beef tenderloin, or chicken picatta.” Reserve your meal at the catering desk, or simply pick up in-store, February 12-14.
Looking for just a sweet little something? Give your sweetheart something to ‘gram about with a box of Valentine’s hued macarons from Savor Patisserie.
Lonestar Murder Mystery Dinner and Show (Billy Bob’s), $85
If you’d like to something more than just dinner, check out this interactive experience at Billy Bob’s. “Grab your shovels and watch your step! A millionaire silver miner, John Schmidt, has been murdered and Marshal Jim Courtright must dig for clues to find out who got the shaft. Special Valentine’s performance and gourmet buffet.” Doors and Dinner at 7 pm – Show at 8 pm (repeat performance February 16).
Locust Cider seems to be one of the epicenters of good food this weekend when they host Coco Shrimp Food Truck on Saturday, Get Lao’d Food Truck on Saturday and wrapping up the weekend with a Dumpling Pop-Up by Hao and Dixya.
Doc’s Records and Vintage is hosting a local music showcase on Saturday, that starts at 2PM. If you’re like me and can’t get enough local music then you’ll want to head over to Pearl Snap Kolaches for their Hangover Valentine’s Concert and Dinner featuring Grady Spencer and kolache burgers on Saturday night (7PM, $40, BYOB).