Tucson Eats, Tucson Drinks – Valentines Ideas & Events

hearts aplenty in February

hearts aplenty in February (Photo credit: Esther17)

Get a 4-star hotel room, wine & chocolates (2 events), cooking lessons, pop the question

Feb. 14 – Get a 4-star hotel room
Forget dining out altogether and get a  hotel room with room service at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. Now we’re talking…Available only on Tuesday, February 14, the “Room for Two” overnight stay includes a 5-course in-room dining menu with a champagne toast and courses with options such as fresh oysters, Caesar salad, beef tenderloin, Valrhona chocolate fondue for two and a cheese course. The “Room for Two” package, starting at $349 for the night, is only available on Tuesday, February 14. For reservations call 800-234-5117. Promotion code: TWO.

Can’t stay the night? Book a 5-course prix fixe dinner for two in the Flying V Bar & Grill, available Friday, Feb. 10 – Tuesday, Feb. 14. Cost is $125 per couple or $65 per person. Call (520) 615-5495 for reservations.

Loews Ventana Canyon in Tucson is serving up a Love Me Sweet, Love Me Hot cocktail, with jalapeno-infused simple syrup, fresh berries, lime juice and Hornitos Repasado tequila.

Feb. 11 – Wines & Chocolate
10 am – 4 pm
Rendez-vous at the serene and green Coronado Vineyards in Willcox where they pair wines with superb chocolates, a treat no one will want their Valentine to miss. Then plan to stay for a romantic dinner at Taste of Coronado (reservations required for dinner only). Be sure to check out their wine gift store; it’s the best I have personally seen with items particularly geared to please women. And have a glass of award-winning Syrah (my favorite).
http://coronadovineyards.com/events.html

Feb. 11 – Cooking Lessons
Janos Cooking School is informative, fun, entertaining and a great way to get to know Janos Wilder and learn some of his recipes and cooking tips.  Each class, lasting about two and one half hours will begin at 1 PM at Janos Restaurant and consists of discussion, cooking demonstration, beverage pairing and a tasting of the items that have been demonstrated. Students will receive recipes for all the dishes demonstrated.  Cooking classes are $50/pp.

Menu – Romantic Foods for Valentine’s Day

Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Lemon Tomato Drops and Foie Gras Snow
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Kataifi Wrapped Shrimp with Tangerine Marmalade
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Scottish Salmon and Forbidden Rice with Coconut Milk Curry
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Citrus Cake, Passion Fruit Semifreddon and Candied Kumquats

February 14 – Wine & Chocolate Tasting Fundraiser
Looking for something to do that is not all lovely dovey? Now here’s something that looks lusciously tempting — Tucson CARES, an all-volunteer, cage free, no-kill nonprofit animal welfare organization, is hosting a Wine & Chocolate Tasting at CataVinos Wine Shoppe from 5 to 7 pm. CataVinos is located at 3063 N. Alvernon Way. The cost is $15. Indulge for the animals.

Entire month of Feb. – Pop the question
If you pop the question on Valentine’s Day or any day during the month of February, the Great Wall of China will reserve a table for you and keep a bottle of champagne on ice. Then when you schedule your rehearsal dinner, they give you $100 off. Must call  (520-514-8893) before 2/29/12.

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