Valentine’s Day Recommendations


Valentine’s Day Ideas ~ February 14, 2014

I know things are getting down to the wire but I wanted to share some resources to those of you still working on your Valentine’s Day plans. Andrea Weigl, the awesome food writer at the News & Observer, has put together a great list of Valentine’s Day offerings across the Triangle here. The folks at WRAL Out & About have also shared a great list of suggestions.

I share a few of my own Valentine’s picks below. Whatever you end up doing I hope it is a great one!

Special Valentine’s Day Dinners

  • La Farm Bakery in Cary – 
    The French bakery in Cary is offering a special four-course dinner on Feb. 14 and 15 (menu below). They are offering seatings at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Feb. 14 and at 7 p.m. on Feb. 15. Costs is $75 per couple. Limited reservations are available. Call 919-657-0657 for reservations.

    La Farm Valentine’s Dinner for Two

    Soup L’Oignon Gratinee

    topped with a gruyere cheese crostini 

    Individual Main Course

    (choice of:)    


    Grilled steak and sautéed mushrooms on La Farm bread with our rich Brandy, Dijon mustard and peppercorn sauce, topped with steamed asparagus


    Chicken Paillard layered with local City ham and gruyere cheese with a light marsala sauce, topped with steamed asparagus 


    Roasted salmon with mustard shallot sauce and haricot verts  

    Fromage et Salad for Two

    A selection of

    Chapel Hill Creamery & Goat Lady Dairy cheeses,

    along with a salad and La Farm breads

    Decadent Dessert Board

    A delicious selection of our signature desserts,

    Including our chocolate layer cake,

    chocolate covered strawberries, and French macaroons.


  • Sola Coffee & Cafe in North Raleigh –
    Join Sola for a special Valentine’s Evening with a night of live Jazz music and dinner for two for just $29.95. Neapolitan pizza, salad, dessert and two drinks of choice. Reservations encouraged. Email:

    Local Chocolatiers 

    • Videri Chocolate Factory –
      Videri Chocolate Factory in downtown Raleigh will be open on Valentines Day until 11pm. They are offering a complimentary glass of Champagne to enjoy while browsing their shops for chocolates to purchase. Videri also has great chocolates and a special Valentines gift pack offer. If you plan to buy chocolates, make sure you stop by early this week to avoid the rush on Friday.

    • Escazu Chocolates –
      Escazu is another great bean to bar chocolatier in Raleigh that has wonderful dark chocolate bars and confections. Here is a post I did about Escazu back in 2010. Again, if you plan to buy some of these great local chocolates make sure you stop by before Friday as I garuntee there will be a line out the door for last minute shoppers!


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