If you’re looking for something fresh and new to do on Valentine’s Day in Seattle, here are five different ways to spread the love around the Emerald City.
1. Kaspars Sweetheart Supper: Kaspars on Queen Anne has been a tradition for more than 20 years. Now a special events venue and catering company, they’ll be open on Monday, February 14 for a special Valentine’s Day Dinner. The four-course supper includes First Date: Served Lover Style; Second Date Duo; Main Attraction; and Happily Ever After. Select from a number of menu items, including these five entrees: Cedar Planked Halibut with Mushroom Marsala Sauce; Grilled Chicken Breast with Sweet and Sour Mango Sauce; Roasted Rosemary, Shallot & Mustard Crusted New York Beef Loin; Beef & Pork Tenderloin Medallion with Two Sauces; and Baked Light Gnocchi with Gruyere Cheese Sauce. Cost is $50 per person without wine pairings, $75 per person with wine pairings. Seating begins at 5 PM. For details and reservations, go to www.kaspars.com.
2. Savor Seattle Chocolate Indulgence Tour: This sounds like the perfect way to spend Valentine’s Day weekend. On the two-hour downtown Chocolate Indulgence Tour, you’ll taste 13 chocolate creations that include truffles and caramels; mini cupcakes and brownies; truffle cookies; gelato and sorbet; cocktails; drinking chocolate; cheesecake; gourmet popcorn; and Tom Douglas’s famous Triple Coconut Cream Pie (it’s garnished with white chocolate). Savor Seattle Food Tours has added extra tour times throughout Valentine’s weekend. For details and reservations, go to www.savorseattletours.com.
3. A Valentine’s Day Two Remember: Seattle’s Cedarbrook Lodge, located on 18 acres of restored westlands near Sea-Tac Airport, is offering this package Feb. 11-14, 2011. It includes a five-course dinner with a toast of bubly at the on-site Copperleaf Restaurant; overnight guest room; and a culinary inspired amenity. The package is rounded out with a continental breakfast in the morning. Package rates start at $270; dinner only is $75 per person, with wine pairings available for an additional $35 per person. For details and reservations, go to www.cedarbrooklodge.com.
4. Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Cinderella: One of the most romantic moments I’ve seen in a theater was during a performance of PNB’s Nutcracker. Behind me was seated a bride and groom, in full wedding regalia, along with their wedding party. They were starting their post-wedding celebration by going to the ballet! After a nine-year hiatus, Cinderella is back, featuring more than 120 elaborately detailed costumes and dreamy backdrops. Accompanying the dancers is the PNB Orchestra. Cinderella runs Feb. 4-13 at McCaw Hall, with an added performance on Sunday, Feb. 13 at 6:30 PM. This Valentine Eve performance includes bubbly at intermission and chocolates following the ballet. For details and reservations, go to www.pnb.org.
5. My Lonely Valentine: Don’t have a sweetheart to celebrate the day with? No problem, grab a friend or buddy and book this package at Hotel Andra. It includes overnight accommodations for two in a room with two queen beds; one in-room movie; Love the Minibar: Eat & Drink to Your Heart’s Content; and overnight valet parking. Package rates from $249. Additional nights may be booked at the hotel’s best available rate. For details and reservations, go to www.hotelandra.com.