Here is a list of Valentine’s Day offerings across the Triangle (updated at 1 p.m. Feb. 6.):
La Residence in Chapel Hill
To celebrate Valentine’s Day, the Chapel Hill restaurant is offering a special menu on Valentine’s night.
A four-course meal costs $49 with seatings from 5:30-6:15 p.m. or 8:45-9:30 p.m. It costs $59 for reservations from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
The menu has various options. All meals start with Champagne and an amuse bouche. An example of a four-course meal from the menu could include lobster bisque, Caesar salad, filet mignon with potatoes, melted leeks, asparagus and a Szechuan demi-glace, and for dessert, butterscotch chai creme brulee.
The complete menu is posted at laresidencedining.com.
If you don’t want to venture out on Valentine’s night but still want to treat your sweetheart, Amanda Fisher of the Blakemere Company is offering a special Sweetheart Tea Party at La Residence in Chapel Hill this Sunday and next.
The event is 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday and Feb. 16. The cost is $28.
The restaurant is at 202 W. Rosemary St. To make a reservation, call 919-967-2506. Info: laresidencedining.com
Taste Carolina Food Tours
UPDATED 2/6: There’s a variety of tours on Feb. 13-15 in Raleigh and Durham: afternoon delight, lunch, dinner, cocktails. Prices range $50-$59.50. More details: https://my.getinsellout.com/providers/taste-carolina-gourmet-food-tours
Weathervane Restaurant at Southern Season
There are reservations still available for the three-course prix fixe meal, which will be offered alongside the regular menu. The prix fixe meal costs $50 per person or $65 with wine pairings. Menu: southernseason.com/events/single/?location=chapel-hill&type=restaurant&id=9008
Iris at the N.C. Museum of Art
The Raleigh museum’s restaurant is offering a four-course prix fixe menu on Valentine’s Day night for $80 per person. Reservations start at 5:30 p.m. Info: ncartmuseum.org/calendar/event/2014/02/14/velntines_day_dinner_at_iris/1730
Videri Chocolate Factory
If you are dining in downtown Raleigh on Valentine’s Day, you can go over to Videri Chocolate Factory for a complimentary glass of Champagne and peruse their chocolates for purchase. The store will be open until 11 p.m. Info: viderichocolatefactory.com
Over in Durham, Beyu Caffe is offering a special menu plus two shows by Jeff “Mr. Trombone” Bradshaw. There’s an 8 p.m. and a 10 p.m. show. Details: beyucaffe.com/events/jeff-mr-trombone-bradshaw/
Parker and Otis
If you can’t go out with your sweetheart but need to bring home a treat, I got three recommendations from Jennings Brody, owner of Durham’s Parker & Otis:
• Lambrecht Gourmet Toffee. (I tasted the Southern Pecan flavor and it was amazing.) A four-ounce box costs $9.99.
• Big Picture Farm goat milk caramels, a five-ounce box costs $24.99.
• Cacao Atlanta Coffee Co. products will be available for the first time in the Triangle at Parker and Otis. Brody expects the shipment to arrive by Friday.
Added noon 2/6:
Jose and Sons
The downtown Raleigh restaurant is offering its full menu along with specials from Feb. 13-15. Info: jibarra.net
The Big Easy
The downtown Raleigh restaurant is offering a four-course menu for $80 per couple. See full menu: bigeasync.bellescatering.com/wp-content/uploads/vdayflyers2-e1390433106212.jpg
La Farm Bakery
The French bakery in Cary is offering a special dinner on Feb. 14 and 15. They are offering seatings at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Feb. 14 and at 7 p.m. on Feb. 15.
The four-course meal costs $75 per person. To see the menu, go to myemail.constantcontact.com/Valentines-Day-Dinner-for-Two-at-La-Farm.html?soid=1116359785465&aid=Cd27SsKCGEg
Taste the Love
Taste the Event is partnering with Chef Ricky Moore of Saltbox Seafood Joint in Durham to cook up a Valentine’s Day cooking class and meal called Taste the Love. The 7 p.m. dinner on Valentine’s Day will be held at The Kitchen Specialist in Durham. It costs $85 per person or $75 when buying two or more tickets.
Added 1 p.m. 2/6:
The Cary restaurant is offering a five-course menu on Valentine’s Day night for $85 per person and $35 for optional wine pairings. To see the menu, go to ancuisines.com/index.php/component/content/article/167