Sweet ideas for Valentine’s Day

This post has been updated for 2017. Click here for where to take your sweetie this year.

Nothing goes better together than food and love. Well, maybe jewelry and love. But you get the idea. Enjoying good food is a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, and not just chocolate, either.

red wineWine lovers can enjoy a special dinner on Sunday, February 17 at the Yardley Inn. At the 10 Pinot Dinner guests will enjoy a fine selection of 10 Pinot Noir wines and 5 courses of executive chef Eben Copple’s creative cuisine. The 10 Pinot Dinner features a unique tasting experience as compared to previous pairings hosted at the inn. For this particular theme dinner, the food is not directly paired with the wines. The pinots are matched and served in pairs with each course in the meal. “The food will play a supporting role (though I fully intend for it to be delicious) and not a starring one,” says Copple. “The intent here is to give people the opportunity to taste many wines from many regions and many quality levels.” The cost is $75 per person. For more details of the menu and to reserve your spot, see their website.

Over in New Jersey, Unionville Vineyards (Ringoes) and the renown restaurant, Rat’s (Hamilton), are presenting a special dinner at the vineyard on Friday, February 15, “Vineyard Valentine Wine & Dine.” The menu by chef Shane Cash includes Lobster Macaroni & Cheese, Smoked Blue Cheese & Chicken Tartlet and Angus Sliders as hors d’Oeuvres; Crab Terrine, Short Rib Bordelaise or a Wild Mushroom Barlotto, and dessert, all paired with Unionville’s wines. The cost to attend is $125.00 per person, and includes all taxes, gratuities, a 20% off certificate for your next purchase at Unionville Vineyards, and a small favor of chocolates infused with our wines. To reserve, email SMoranUV@aol.com or call the winery at 908.788.0400.

golden pheasant_cheese plateThe recently renovated Golden Pheasant Inn is celebrating “Bonne Saint Valentin” with a special four course prix fixe menu on February 14 featuring Chef Michel’s Traditional Onion Soup, Sauteed Hudson Valley Foie Gras, a Seasonal Cheese Platter with cheeses from Bobolink Dairy, Fried Rosemary and Berkshire Pork Belly Croquettes, Roasted Lancaster County Frenched Chicken Breast, OWowCow Honey Ice Cream with Ginger Spiced Pecans and a Mini Chocolate Covered Heart Cheesecake, to name just a few things from the menu. The Inn does a great job of sourcing locally and serving fine, seasonal dining in a beautiful country setting. The dinner is $75 per person. Or come by on Saturday, February 16 and treat your sweetie to an intimate, fireside dining experience, followed by a special performance by Hot Bijouxx, performing Prohibition-era jazz and French swing. $75 per person includes a three course dinner and the jazz performance. Contact the Golden Pheasant Inn for reservations at 610.294.9595.

Got a cook in your life? Consider giving a cooking class or a wine appreciation course, something you can enjoy together. Delaware Valley College is hosting a wine education series in February and March, each month exploring different countries, wine varietals and regions. February will focus on exploring the wines of France; in March, they’ll be the learning about the different regions that produce Italy’s distinctive wines. The classes are recommended for people looking to move up in the restaurant business, couples looking for a fun way to bond, wine enthusiasts, or people who just wish they knew more about the topic. Classes meet every Wednesday from 6 – 9 pm at The Market at Del Val on Lower State Road. For more information or to register, call 215.489.4848. For other cooking and wine classes, check out Carlow Cookery, The Cooking Cottage, the Kitchen Garden Cooking School or Casa Casale.

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