Valentine’s Day South Jersey-Style for 2012

Valentine’s Day is coming on quickly. You have two options: get out of the way and be a grump, or go ahead and embrace the love. And while embracing said love, how about working in a special food or wine event to accentuate the positive?

There are so many special Valentine’s Day menus and events going on – so many that I could not fit them all. But here’s a bunch to consider:

Two big boffo events will be going on around and during V-Day: LBI Chocolate Week and the Wine and Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend in wineries all over the state. Chocolate Week on LBI goes from February 11 to 20, and will have events going on all over the island. Some of the events include: chocolate and fudge tastings, chocolate pretzel classes, and the 2012 Cocoa open, a miniature golf tournament. Check the website for dates and times. The Wine and Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend will have special events going on at participating wineries on February 11 and 12. Some of the goings on include:

* Bellview Winery in Landisville will not only have chocolate treats, but they will have chocolate covered…wine bottles?

* At Coda Rossa in Franklinville, they will have the chocolate fountain a-flowin’. Related to Coda Rossa, The Wine Room of Cherry Hill will present For the Love of Tango, Wine, Dinner and Dancing on Valentine’s Day from 6PM to 10PM. The cost is $45 per person.

* Hawk Haven in Rio Grande is having a special Valentine’s Weekend Wine Dinner and if you want to go you better call quick; they keep selling out seatings!

* Swansea Vineyards in Shiloh is offering a Private Pairing that includes wine, chocolate and cheese tastings for two for $25.

* In addition to having wine and chocolate tastings, Valenzano Winery in Shamong will be having a Valentines Wine & Dine on February 11 at 7PM in their ballroom. The four-course dinner is $60 per person.

Although it’s not part of the Wine and Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend, Golden Inn Resort Hotel in Avalon is having a very sexy Romantic Valentines French Wine Weekend from Friday through Sunday. The cost is $459 per couple, but if you got the funds it sounds like it will be worth it.

If it’s beer you crave for V-Day, Cape May Brewing will be offering a Chocolate Covered Strawberry Stout this Saturday during their regular tasting hours.

Anything going on in Atlantic City for Valentine’s Day? As if…

The Caesars properties will have a number of their restaurants offering special prix fixe dinners for Valentine’s Day. At Harrah’s, check out Luke Palladino ($45 per person), Dos Caminos ($30 per person), and The Steakhouse ($55 per person). At Showboat,  enjoy special dinnesr at Casa Di Napoli ($55 per person, $85 per person with wine accompaniment), Scarduzio’s Steak, Sushi & Lounge ($55 per person, $85 per person with wine accompaniment) and Foundation Room at House of Blues. And at Bally’s, Harry’s Oyster Bar and Seafood Restaurant will have their Nature’s Aphrodisiac oyster lovers sampler and Be Still My Heart surf and turf for two, which includes an 8oz lobster tail and char-broiled filet medallion.

Borgata will also have some of their great restaurants offering prix fixe meals on the 14th. Choose from Bobby Flay Steak, Fornelletto, SeaBlue and Old Homestead, which will all be offering their special menu for $129 per couple.

The Atlantic City Country Club will have a couple of Valentine’s offerings: a Sweetheart Brunch on February 12 as well as a Sweetheart Dinner on the 14th. Meanwhile, in nearby Galloway, Ram’s Head Inn will have a prix fixe dinner on Valentine’s day for $62 per person.

Cafe Madison in Riverside is also doing a Valentine’s two-step: a Special Sweetheart Four-Course Menu on February 12, and a Valentine Celebration on the 14th.

For elegance and romance, it’s hard to beat The Ebbitt Room at The Virginia Hotel in Cape May. For Valentine’s Day, they will be offering a special four-course dinner and complimentary glass of champagne for $75 per person. If you can’t get there on the 14th, Chef Lucas will have some of the V-Day offerings available along with their regular menu from February 10 to 13.

For elegance and romance inside of a very large pachyderm, you can’t beat Love at Lucy’s Valentine’s Dinner on February 11. Yes, that would be the one and only Lucy the Elephant in Margate. They have brought this great event, and for $250 a couple, you can enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience.

Caffe Aldo Lamberti in Cherry Hill is having a special Valentine’s Day Weekend menu, and is matching each appetizer and entree with a special wine tasting. Check out the full menu on their website.

Tortilla Press in Collingswood and Tortilla Press Cantina in Merchantville will have a special V-Day menu available from February 10 to 14. The cost is $31.95 per person.

High Street Grill in Mount Holly will have their Valentine’s Day dinner available from February 10 to 14. Their three-course meal will be available for $35 per person.

Want a great Valentine dinner for two that you can bring home? Check out Bacio’s Duet Dinners – a three-course meal for two for only $50. You need to place your order by February 10.

On February 11 and 14, Salem City Cafe in Salem will be offering a couple of special beverages to go along with their special V-Day menu: chocolate wine and absinthe.

If you’re looking to make you Valentine’s Day something special…in the kitchen (what?), here are some cooking classes to help:

February 8Valentine’s Day: Spice Up Your Kitchen at Kitchen Kapers in Moorestown.

February 9Valentine’s Chocolate Indulgence for Teens and Tweens at Kitchen Kapers and Menu for Two Cooking Class at La Campagne in Cherry Hill.

February 10Date Night: An Evening of Romance at Sur La Table in Marlton.

February 11Valentine’s Chocolate Covered Pretzels at Ocean County Library, Tuckerton Branch, How to Cook a Romantic Valentine’s Day Brunch at Tortilla Press Cantina in Merchantville, Valentine’s Day Candy Craft for kids ages 5 to 12 at Ocean County Library, Lakewood Branch, and Valentine’s Chocolate Truffle Workshop at Kitchen Kapers.

February 12All-Ages Valentine’s Cupcakes for kids ages 7 and up at Sur La Table.

February 13Valentine’s Couples Class at Scotch Bonnets Restaurant & Catering in Medford.

February 14Valentine’s Day at In The Kitchen Cooking School in Haddonfield, Date Night: An Evening of Romance at Sur La Table, and Dinner by Candlelight: 5 Star Valentine’s Day Menu for Couples at Kitchen Kapers.


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