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Valentine’s Day 2012

Where to dine with your Valentine


Break out of the Valentine’s Day rut. Instead of dime store candies and $3 bubbly, tell your smoochie poochiekins you love ’em with a crispy pig ear, turducken meatball gyro or even dinner delivered in bed. The day (hint: next Tuesday, Feb. 14) is your oyster, to be shucked and slurped with gusto. Here are some out-of-the-box ideas for daring dining (and drinking) throughout the week.

(Feb. 8th) American Mulefoot Pig Wine Dinner: Rustic Restaurant at Francis Ford Coppola winery features a four-course nose-to-tail dinner starring this unique heritage breed pig. On the menu: Lardo crostini, pancetta, blood sausage, crispy pig-ear salad, sausage, porchetta and chocolate, bacon and chili torte with gelato for dessert. Super sexy. $115 per person, 300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville. Reservations required. 857-1485.

(Feb. 11) Longboard Aphrodisiac Wine Dinner: Chef Matthew Paille of Healdsburg Social Club creates a very sexy dinner including a trio of oysters: grilled, raw and crispy; truffled mushroom risotto with shaved black truffle and sauteed wild mushrooms; heirloom cauliflower soup with bacon wrapped scallop; crispy skin duck breast with sour cherry glaze; candied ginger with Korean ginseng and vanilla bean creme brulee, Just in case you aren’t hot enough yet: A Mayan chocolate chile shot for good measure. $69 per person, Longboard Vineyards Surf Lounge, 5 Fitch St., 433-3473. Reservations required.

Valentine’s Day
Willi’s Wine Bar: Three wines, three nibbles. We see a theme here. Menage your trois at the Valentine’s Tasting Tuesday: featuring winemaker Dylan Sheldon of Sheldon Wines (sorry, he’s taken). $16, reservations recommended, 4404 Old Redwood Highway, Santa Rosa, 526-3096. Tuesdays 4-5:30pm.

Zazu: Nothing says love like duck fat. $79 prix fixe three course menu includes oysters with tequila granita; hoisin pork buns, turducken meatball gyro; red risotto with gorgonzola; Dungeness crab tagliatelle, grilled T-bone with duck fat fries, chocolate budino, red velvet cupcake. 523-4814. 3535 Guerneville Road, Santa Rosa.

Bistro 29: You had me at Maine Lobster Risotto with Lobster Croquette. Four courses include buckwheat blini with salmon and cavair, Coquilles St. Jacques, Filet Mignon, rack of lamb, raspberry fondant cake with lemon curd. $59. 650 Fifth St., Santa Rosa, 546-2929.
Dinner in Bed: Ruthy’s Real Meals deliversValentines dinner for two. Menu choices include braised pork with apple cranberry chutney, curried pumpkin soup, lemongrass chicken and several vegan options. $105-$120, with leftovers for the next night. Or the morning after. 640 Martin Ave # 4 Rohnert Park, 888-0128. Reservations required by Feb. 11 for the 14th.

Gypsy Cafe: Four Course Prix Fixe, $45 includes creamy potato fennel soup with roasted mushrooms, winter greens with citrus, beet “spaghetti” and chevre, grill mahi-mahi, smoked pork chop with green apple chutney or mushroom walnut ravioli, flourless chocolate mousse cake with ginger ice cream. Classical guitar from Esteban Bello. Seatings at 6pm and 8pm. 162 North Main Street Sebastopol, 861-3825.

Bistro Des Copains: Regular menu plus a three course prix fixe ($55) that includes Dungeness Crab and spinach on puff pastry with Hollandaise; fire-roasted rack of lamb with Yukon gold dauphinoise, mille-feuille dessert. 874-2436.

Rocker Oysterfeller’s: Prix Fixe, $55 three course dinner. Dungeness crab bisque with caviar, Tomales Bay oysters with grapefruit mignonette, Kobe Beef Chateaubriand for two; Bellwether Farms cheese spoonbread with mushrooms and spinach, passionfruit sorbet, triple chocolate cake with zinfandel soaked cherries. Jazz Noir from 6-9pm, dinner from 5-8:30pm, Feb. 14. 14415 Hwy. 1, Valley Ford, 876-1983.

Viola Pastry Boutique and Cafe: Three course prix fixe ($40) includes choice of artichoke heart with wild mushrooms, crab and citrus salad, homemade ricotta gnocchi, braised shortribs, chocolate bon bons and homemade caramel ice cream. 709 Village Court Santa Rosa, 544-8830.

DIY French Country Bistro: Chefs Christopher Greenwald and Ciara Meaney walk couples through a romantic bistro-style meal, using hands-on techniques to make a Bordelais, pate a choux dough, oyster with mignonette and more, culminating in a candlelit dinner at the end of the evening. 6pm, $96, Relish Culinary Center, 14 Matheson St., Healdsburg, 431-9999.

Petite Syrah: Indulgent to the extreme, this four course meal says, “you’re so worth it.” On the menu: oysters with Proseco mignonette, lobster bisque, risotto with 63 degree egg and black garlic, foie gras with pork belly and lentils, pan-seared dayboat scallop, pork tenderloin with brown butter Hollandaise, whiskey cremed lobster vol-au-vent, grilled New York steak, black forest cake, white chocolate and pink grapefruit bombe. $85 per person plus tax and gratuity. Optional wine pairing, $40. 205 Fifth St., Santa Rosa, 568-4002.

John Ash & Co.: Three courses, $60. Choose from Hog Island oysters, sesame salmon tartare, duo of foie gras, wild mushroom Risotto, duck breast, sea bass, glazed Kobe beef short ribs, raspberry swirl fromage blac cheesecake, Passion fruit pavlova. 4350 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa, 575-7530.

Spoonbar: Craft your own four-course for $55. Menu includes grilled prawns, Niman ranch carpaccio, roasted beet tartar, pan-roasted sea bass, Kobe beef, roasted lamb rack. 219 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg, 433-7222 for reservations.

Barndiva: Go big or go home is the theme for Barndiva’s 5-course, $87 dinner. Choose from cauliflower veloute, creamy lobster risotto, Dungeness crab, filet mignon, halibut with polenta and Brussels sprouts, chocolate Bavarois with coconut sorbet, Meyer lemon tart. 231 Center Street Healdsburg, 431-0100.

Tolay at the Sheraton Sonoma County: Four course menu from Feb. 10-14, $65 per person. Select from Santa Barbara smoked salmon coronet, oysters, Lobster medallions with rock shrimp, stuffed guinea hen, mixed berry trifle.745 Baywood Dr., Petaluma, 283-2900.
Central Market: Chef Tony Najiola always inspires with fresh, local ingredients. He’s on vacation until the 7th, but promises some special surprises for V-day. 42 Petaluma Boulevard North Petaluma, 778-9900.

Cupcake Lunch: Just because you’re over the usual wine and dine V-day doesn’t mean you can’t feed your sweet tooth Moustache Bakery (381 Healdsburg Ave.) is unfurling an all-inclusive cupcake lunch date, featuring two lovely Valentine’s cupcakes with your choice of Fourbarrel coffee drinks. $20. Reservations, 395-4111.

Got more ideas? Add ’em below!

Editor’s Note: Travel, dining and wine tasting can be complicated right now. Use our inspirational ideas to plan ahead for your next outing, be it this week or next year. If you visit restaurants, wineries, and other businesses during the pandemic, remember to call ahead, make reservations, wear a mask and social distance.

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18 thoughts on “Valentine’s Day 2012

  1. Interesting, Captain. Is it not conventional Earth wisdom that madness overtakes restaurant kitchens on Valentine’s night, and that it is actually one of the two worst nights to go out to dinner? (New Year’s Eve being the other.) This rumor is known on Vulcan…

  2. Interesting, Captain. Is it not conventional Earth wisdom that madness overtakes restaurant kitchens on Valentine’s night, and that it is actually one of the two worst nights to go out to dinner? (New Year’s Eve being the other.) This rumor is known on Vulcan…

    1. Think of it this way….this is one of the few nights a year some people go out to eat. It’s a very special occasion. Also think of it as a much-needed boost for local restaurants who are going into the most challenging time of year.

      I personally eat out all year long and tend to stay home on V-day and New Year’s. But damn those menus look really good to me.

  3. Cafe Europe Valentine’s Menu:
    Hope you join us?
    Ala Carte with Soup or Salad $ 25.00
    Three Course $ 30.00
    Four Course $ 35.00

    APPETIZERS
    Asian Spring Rolls
    Prince Edward Island Mussels, cooked in beer
    Grilled Nuernberger Sausages with German Sauerkraut
    Dungeness Crab Cakes, aioli dip

    Soup or Salad
    Lobster Bisque or Wedge Salad

    ENTREES
    Seafood Medley
    With Sea Scallops, Prawns, Lobster meat, baked, rice
    Aged Medallions of Angus Beef Tenderloin
    Grilled to order, Béarnaise sauce, mashed potato
    Roasted Petaluma Duck
    Roasted to perfection, de-boned, Lingonberries, potato pancake
    Baked Veal Loin Chop
    Wild mushrooms, French Fries
    Wiener Schnitzel
    Veal Tenderloin, breaded, baked, with sautéed wild mushrooms, Spaetzle
    Lamb Loin Chops
    Grilled to order, port wine demi glaze, mashed potato
    Wild Boar Ragout
    Lean Tenderloin, with mushroom & Lingonberries in a Merlot cream sauce, Spaetzle
    Chicken Cordon Bleu
    Stuffed, baked, creamy mushroom sauce

    1 ½ lb Maine Lobster $ 32.00
    Cooked to order, garlic butter, mashed potato

    1. Think of it this way….this is one of the few nights a year some people go out to eat. It’s a very special occasion. Also think of it as a much-needed boost for local restaurants who are going into the most challenging time of year.

      I personally eat out all year long and tend to stay home on V-day and New Year’s. But damn those menus look really good to me.

  4. Cafe Europe Valentine’s Menu:
    Hope you join us?
    Ala Carte with Soup or Salad $ 25.00
    Three Course $ 30.00
    Four Course $ 35.00

    APPETIZERS
    Asian Spring Rolls
    Prince Edward Island Mussels, cooked in beer
    Grilled Nuernberger Sausages with German Sauerkraut
    Dungeness Crab Cakes, aioli dip

    Soup or Salad
    Lobster Bisque or Wedge Salad

    ENTREES
    Seafood Medley
    With Sea Scallops, Prawns, Lobster meat, baked, rice
    Aged Medallions of Angus Beef Tenderloin
    Grilled to order, Béarnaise sauce, mashed potato
    Roasted Petaluma Duck
    Roasted to perfection, de-boned, Lingonberries, potato pancake
    Baked Veal Loin Chop
    Wild mushrooms, French Fries
    Wiener Schnitzel
    Veal Tenderloin, breaded, baked, with sautéed wild mushrooms, Spaetzle
    Lamb Loin Chops
    Grilled to order, port wine demi glaze, mashed potato
    Wild Boar Ragout
    Lean Tenderloin, with mushroom & Lingonberries in a Merlot cream sauce, Spaetzle
    Chicken Cordon Bleu
    Stuffed, baked, creamy mushroom sauce

    1 ½ lb Maine Lobster $ 32.00
    Cooked to order, garlic butter, mashed potato

  5. Hi Hearther

    Here’s what we’re doing for specials with suggested wine pairings for the 10th through the 14th

    THE BRASSERIE
    VALENTINE’S DAY

    Lobster Bisque with Crème Fraiche
    $8.00
    La Marca Prosecco, Italy
    ~
    County Line Farm Mixed Green Salad
    Cucumber Basket, Candied Walnuts, Mezzo Secco Cheese, Strawberries,
    Sherry Vinaigrette and Smoked Onion Salt
    $10.00
    Ferrari-Carano Fume Blanc, Sonoma County, 2010
    ~
    Oysters on the Half Shell
    Drakes Bay, Point Reyes, California
    Blue Point, Delaware Bay, Delaware
    $14.00 Half Dozen
    Gloria Ferrer Blanc De Noirs, Sonoma County, NV, “Best of Class” 2007
    ~
    Spinach Ricotta Ravioli
    English Peas, Lobster Cream Sauce and Mezzo Secco Cheese
    $28.00
    Sonoma Cutrer Chardonnay, Russian River, 2009
    ~
    Roasted Chilean Sea Bass
    Chorizo Braised Butter Beans, Olives, Capers, Baby Spinach,
    Saffron-Tomato Sauce and Crispy Potatoes
    $32.00
    La Crema Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, 2010
    ~
    Roasted Liberty Farms Duck Breast
    Creamy Soft Polenta, County Line Farms Mixed Chicory &
    Satsuma Mandarin Honey Glaze
    $28.00
    Seghesio Zinfandel. Sonoma County, 2010
    ~
    Grilled Petite Black Angus Filet Mignon
    Sour Cream Chive Potato Puree, Rainbow Swiss Chard and
    Bourbon Green Peppercorn Sauce
    $36.00
    Louis Martini Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County, 2009

  6. Hi Hearther

    Here’s what we’re doing for specials with suggested wine pairings for the 10th through the 14th

    THE BRASSERIE
    VALENTINE’S DAY

    Lobster Bisque with Crème Fraiche
    $8.00
    La Marca Prosecco, Italy
    ~
    County Line Farm Mixed Green Salad
    Cucumber Basket, Candied Walnuts, Mezzo Secco Cheese, Strawberries,
    Sherry Vinaigrette and Smoked Onion Salt
    $10.00
    Ferrari-Carano Fume Blanc, Sonoma County, 2010
    ~
    Oysters on the Half Shell
    Drakes Bay, Point Reyes, California
    Blue Point, Delaware Bay, Delaware
    $14.00 Half Dozen
    Gloria Ferrer Blanc De Noirs, Sonoma County, NV, “Best of Class” 2007
    ~
    Spinach Ricotta Ravioli
    English Peas, Lobster Cream Sauce and Mezzo Secco Cheese
    $28.00
    Sonoma Cutrer Chardonnay, Russian River, 2009
    ~
    Roasted Chilean Sea Bass
    Chorizo Braised Butter Beans, Olives, Capers, Baby Spinach,
    Saffron-Tomato Sauce and Crispy Potatoes
    $32.00
    La Crema Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, 2010
    ~
    Roasted Liberty Farms Duck Breast
    Creamy Soft Polenta, County Line Farms Mixed Chicory &
    Satsuma Mandarin Honey Glaze
    $28.00
    Seghesio Zinfandel. Sonoma County, 2010
    ~
    Grilled Petite Black Angus Filet Mignon
    Sour Cream Chive Potato Puree, Rainbow Swiss Chard and
    Bourbon Green Peppercorn Sauce
    $36.00
    Louis Martini Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County, 2009

  7. Hi Heather, your readers might like to order in for Valentine’s Day this year! Get organic, delicious hand made meals delivered to your door on Tuesday, Feb. 14th. Receive a two meal pack for two, that’s generous enough for some lunch, too.

    Two meat entrees for two people, with small soup and salad and dessert: $120
    • Braised Pork with Apple Cranberry Chutney, Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Mixed Vegetables
    • Lemongrass Chicken with Yellow Rice and Sugar Snap Peas
    • Curried Pumpkin Soup
    • Wilted Kale Salad
    • Chocolate Torte with Orange and Pistachio

    Two vegetarian or vegan entrees for two people, with small soup and salad and dessert: $105
    • Braised Tempeh with Apple Cranberry Chutney, Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Mixed Vegetables
    • Lemongrass Tofu with Yellow Rice and Sugar Snap Peas
    • Curried Pumpkin Soup
    • Wilted Kale Salad
    • Chocolate Torte with Orange and Pistachio or Vegan Chocolate Truffles

    Other menu choices available, check out our website for current menus at http://www.ruthysrealmeals.com.

    Thanks!

  8. Hi Heather, your readers might like to order in for Valentine’s Day this year! Get organic, delicious hand made meals delivered to your door on Tuesday, Feb. 14th. Receive a two meal pack for two, that’s generous enough for some lunch, too.

    Two meat entrees for two people, with small soup and salad and dessert: $120
    • Braised Pork with Apple Cranberry Chutney, Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Mixed Vegetables
    • Lemongrass Chicken with Yellow Rice and Sugar Snap Peas
    • Curried Pumpkin Soup
    • Wilted Kale Salad
    • Chocolate Torte with Orange and Pistachio

    Two vegetarian or vegan entrees for two people, with small soup and salad and dessert: $105
    • Braised Tempeh with Apple Cranberry Chutney, Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Mixed Vegetables
    • Lemongrass Tofu with Yellow Rice and Sugar Snap Peas
    • Curried Pumpkin Soup
    • Wilted Kale Salad
    • Chocolate Torte with Orange and Pistachio or Vegan Chocolate Truffles

    Other menu choices available, check out our website for current menus at http://www.ruthysrealmeals.com.

    Thanks!

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