So, V-Day will soon be here, and while I personally love the idea of celebrating love (in all its forms), I know some may shudder. Sure, the holiday is commercialized, sure, chocolate companies make a killing on those shiny foiled boxes of sub-par treats, and don’t even start in about the cards, right?
Well, for those who may feel tepid, or for those who feel nothing but love for Valentine’s Day, here are a few ideas for some fun and quite delicious ways to celebrate and/or protest. No matter what, you’ll enjoy yourself. Apart, from sharing Valentine’s Day quotes, messages, images etc. here are the best ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
LaRue Fine Chocolate has your fix with three separate events.
Quest Brewing Co. at 55 Airview Road Greenville: 2 – 5 p.m., Feb 3. With the price of your ticket you get four LaRue Fine chocolates and other yummy things like local cheeses, a tasting glass and of course, some great beer. Live jazz will also be on the menu courtesy of The Claremont Trio. Tickets are $15 – $30.
Appalachian Ale House at 205 E. Main St., Pickens: 6:30 p.m., Feb. 12. Four chocolates will be uniquely paired with two select wines and two craft beers. $25 a person. Limited seating is available.
Reserve your spot by e-mailing Jared at AlehouseJared@gmail.com.
The Community Tap, 217 Wade Hampton Blvd., Greenville: Two sessions at 6 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 14. This casual tasting will feature six chocolates from LaRue Fine Chocolate paired with six alcoholic beverage tastes (3 beers/3 wines) from The Community Tap. Cost is $25 per person.
On Sunday, Feb. 11, M. Judson Booksellers & Storytellers will hold a Sunday Sit-Down Supper of deliciously southern proportions. Chef Shawn Kelly, of Fork & Plough and writer and Southern foods historian, John T. Edge will cook and host a special five-course dinner and wine pairings inspired by Edge’s book, “The Potlikker Papers: a food history of the modern South”.
Chapter One: “A Swallow”
Ham Biscuit, Potted Pork Cracker — fried chicken, apple butter, sweet pickle, hot sauce
Chapter Two: “A Mishmash”
Something on a Shingle – oyster, sunchoke& chanterelle mushroom gratin, toasted brioche
Chapter Three: “A Potpourri”
Carolina Citrus — pickled shrimp, white acre peas, radish, yogurt
Chapter Four: “Odds and Ends”
Sweet Tea Brined Greenbrier Farms Pork – caviar of the south spoonbread, braised greens, jowl bacon & pig tail potlikker, peach chutney
Chapter Five: “The Finish”
Bourbon Pecan Pie – sweet potato fluff, chocolate sauce
The Children’s Museum of the Upstate is hosting a night out for parents and a night in for kids on Feb. 2. Kiddos will get to play in the museum’s exhibits, eat dinner and do some Valentine’s crafting and cookie decorating all while parents get a chance to go out.
Note that parents should plan to bring dinner and cookies for children with food allergies.
This is for kiddos ages 4 – 10. Drop off begins at 5:30 p.m. and pick-up is between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m.
Cost is $25 for first child/$15 for each additional child for members and $30 for first child/$20 for each additional child for non-members.
To register, call 864-233-7755.
Not into dinner on Valentine’s Day? Allow me a shameless self-plug. I will be hosting my first Lunch with Lillia of the year on Feb. 13, and it promises to be delicious. This one will be at Stella’s Southern Brasserie, where Chef Jeff Kelly is whipping up an incredible three-course lunch inspired by French culinary style and southern ingredients.
Tickets are $26 per person and $55 per couple, or $50 per couple for Insiders.
These are always so cool because not only do we get to enjoy some amazing food, but we also get to chat with the chef. This time, Co-owner, Julia Scholz will also be joining us to talk about her and her husband, Jason Scholz’s two restaurants, Stella’s Southern Bistro and Stella’s Southern Brasserie.
The fish fry goes from noon to 7 p.m. on Feb. 17, so make it a lunch or a dinner date. Take a little time to enjoy a scenic drive into Pickens County, with mountain views and bucolic farm settings. Then feast on an incredible spread of traditional (and some non-traditional) southern foods. Cost is $12 per plate. The price also includes live music and free tours of the historic African American cemetery next door. The Fish Fry happens on the third Saturday of each month at Soapstone Baptist Church, 296 Liberia Road, Pickens. For more, call 864-414-8470.