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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).

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
Kataifi Wrapped Shrimp with Tangerine Marmalade
Scottish Salmon and Forbidden Rice with Coconut Milk Curry
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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