A Very Foodie Valentine’s Day

Every Valentine’s Day that I’ve ever celebrated with Brad centered on a very special meal.  We’ve gone to nice dinners and I’ve made some pretty fantastic dinners myself.

We don’t make a huge deal out of Valentine’s Day.  I don’t expect sparkly earrings or anything like that, but we’ve often used it as an excuse to get out of town.  This year we’ll be heading to Nashville for good food and good music.  Brad went once for a business trip and knew I would love it. So he suggested we go there for the weekend.

But, if I were hanging around in Charlotte, there are some Valentine’s Day events that would be right up my alley.  Some of these events aren’t on Valentine’s Day, but they definitely are worth looking into to make your Valentine’s Day more special. And if you don’t live in Charlotte, keep reading.  Some of these are sure to inspire some Valentine’s Day plans in your own city.

The Last Word

Wine and Art Lovers: 

  • February 10 – Grand opening of The Glass House at Fabo Cafe.  If you’ve ever admired the art or relaxed with a coffee at Fabo, you’ll be very pleased to know they’re expanding their wine section. More information.
  • February 12 – The Last Word in North Charlotte (pictured) – Wine, cheese, and an art class in one.  More information.
  • BYOB Painting Classes – Bring your own wine or champagne to one of Charlotte’s locations: The Wine Palette or Painting with a Twist.

Bon Bons and Bubbily, BLT

Cooking Classes: 

  • Feb 4 at 2 pm – BLT in the Ritz Carlton hosts Bon Bons and Bubbily (pictured).  I actually am attending this and can’t wait to share what I’ve learned.  How amazing do those bon bons look? More information.
  • Feb 11 – Healthy Home Market Wine & Cheese Tasting is hosting a free wine and cheese tasting – a perfect event if you’re celebrating Vday the Saturday before.  Why not take your date to select some wines and cheeses, then craft the perfect cheese plate for an easy and romantic Valentine’s Day spread?
  • Feb 18 at 11 am - Savory Spice Shop is featuring the talents of Chef Michael Bowling as he demos how to make Alderwood Sea Salt Duck Confit with Cracked Pepper Gnocchi.  If you’re waiting until the following Saturday night to celebrate Valentine’s Day, drop by to learn a dish that will impress any Valentine.

Drinking Wine at Customshop

Good Food:

If you’re looking for a romantic dinner in Charlotte, look no further…

  • Customshop (pictured) offers farm to table meals in a cozy romantic trattoria.  Their wine list is extensive, their food is superb, and their waiters are very knowledgeable.  If they make a recommendation, take it!
  • Carpe Diem is a lovely fine dining restaurant with absolutely delicious food.  I had my wedding rehearsal dinner there and it is the location where Brad and I were engaged as well.  But it would be one of my favorite restaurants, even with out the all the sentiments.
  • The Fig Tree is definitely a special occasion restaurant.  Set in a beautiful old house in the Elizabeth neighborhood, the fare is elegant and delicious.
  • Vivace is an upscale, modern Italian restaurant with an absolute gorgeous view of the Charlotte skyline (ask to be seated upstairs near the balcony)

What are you Valentine’s Day plans? 

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11 Responses to A Very Foodie Valentine’s Day

  1. Nothing. Sigh. My husband and I have been together for almost 8 years and he made it clear from before we even started dating that he doesn’t “do” Valentines Day. It used to bother me, but I’ve 90% let it go. One day when we have kids I’ll do cute things with/for them, but until then it’s just another day.

  2. These are great suggestions, Kelly! I’ve been dying to try Fig Tree, but am waiting for a special occasion… oh yeah, and a babysitter :)
    PS- Have fun in Nashville! I had my bachelorette party there and it was AWESOME.

  3. Customshop is very romantic and coz. I’m partial to the Chef, it’s where I fell in love and stay in love.
    I would recommend any of the above, I have never been to Fig Tree but Can’t wait to check it out!!

    • I want to hear the back story on that! By the way, I checked out your website and have to tell you that my husband and I are honey fiends. I LOVE honey. :) Especially honey from local sources with the comb. My uncle was a bee keeper and I didn’t know you could even buy honey without the comb until I was in college.

      • Michelle

        I started selling whole frames of honeycomb to Chef/Owner for their cheese boards and other creations. We had our 1st date in the 3rd to last booth and it was love from there on out. I’m fresh out of bottled honey until spring but the girls are working. Last year you could cut into the frames in May and it tasted just like Cherry pie, our land is covered in wild cherries and blackberries… the bees must be artist themselves.

  4. We don’t have any fun plans yet! A couple of years ago, we went to the local zoo for what was supposed to be a cute little dinner and lecture on animal mating. It turned out to be sponsored by an adult store and featured a lingerie show with demonstrations. OMG! Could not get out of there fast enough!

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