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Dishy Dining: What’s Happening for Valentine’s Day at Baltimore’s Restaurants

Petit Louis' fireplace. Photo via Trip Advisor
Petit Louis’ fireplace. Photo via Trip Advisor

February is upon us, which means it’s time for groundhogs, football parties and all things lovey-dovey. If you’re planning to dine out this Valentine’s Day, now’s the time to make your reservations. Baltimore’s restaurants are delivering in the romance department, with tons of special menus. This year, the holiday falls on a Sunday, which means that many local restaurants are hosting special events all weekend long. Baltimore will be a busy place this Valentine’s Day. Here’s a glimpse at what’s happening at restaurants in and around the city:

“Love Yourself” Jewelry Trunk Show at Sass Upscale Resale Boutique

Sass Upscale Resale
“Love Yourself”


At Sass Upscale Resale Boutique

Designer & Fun Fashion Jewelry


Thursday, February 4th 4-8pm

Don’t wait for your guy to buy you Bling this Valentine’s Day…Treat yourself to gorgeous jewelry, accessories & handbags with gourmet chocolates & Prosecco sponsored by VOGA Italia

Judith Ripka, Alexis Bittar , Alex and Ani, Jewelry from Nordstrom, Coach, Bora, Sorelli, J Crew, Sterling Silver, Drusy, Rose Gold, Michael Kors, Polished Coral, Tiffany, Gucci , Diana Kauffman, Kate Spade, Movado, Swarovski, contemporary & so much more!!

Love is in the Air at Harbor East


February 8-14
Who says Valentine’s Day is for couples only? Let Harbor East show you some amour as we surprise our patrons with random acts of kindness starting Monday, February 8 through Sunday, February 14. We’ll be “love-bombing” patrons with everything from sweet treats and wine, to gift cards from Harbor East merchants. Follow us on Instagram for a sweet week of giveaways! Dining out in Harbor East for Valentine’s Eve? We’ll also be treating randomly selected tables to a bottle of bubbles, on us, as our thanks for making Harbor East your destination for life’s most special moments. XOXO <3

Through February 7th
Baltimore Restaurant Week has been extended thru February 7th!  Shake off that snow-induced cabin fever and enjoy a specially crafted prix fixe menu at your favorite Harbor East restaurant including: Apropoe’s, Bond Street Social, Cinghiale, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, James Joyce Irish Pub, Lebanese Taverna, The Oceanaire, Pazo and Roy’s Baltimore.  Dinners for $25 and $35 per person. Lunch/Brunch for $15 and $20. Sponsored by Downtown Partnership of Baltimore and Visit Baltimore. Reservations recommended. Cheers!
BIN 604
Wine Tastings & Classes
Tasting: SHOWDOWN: France vs The World
Thursday, February 4 | 6-8pm | Tickets are $29
Binology 102: A Guide to Wine and Cheese Pairing
Saturday, February 6 | 2:00-3:30pm | Tickets are $39.
Tasting: Malbec Mania
Thursday, February 11 | 6-8pm | Tickets are $29
Wine & Chocolate: A Match Made in Heaven
Sunday, February 14 | 5:00-7:00pm | Tickets are $29
Featuring decadent chocolate truffles from Foreman Wolf’s Executive Pastry Chef, Travis Marley.
Tasting: Spanish Bargains
Thursday, February 18 | 6-8pm | Tickets are $19
 Binology 103: Jura & Savoi
Saturday, February 20 | 2:00-3:30pm | Tickets are $39.
PASSPORT SERIES: Over the next four months we’ll be travelling through France to visit some of the countries most renowned, and most obscure, wine growing regions.
Binology 101: The Basics of Wine Tasting
Saturday, February 27 | 2:00-3:30pm | Tickets are $29.

Valentine’s Day Special
Blanca Flor wishes you a Happy Valentine’s Day! Receive 10% off all heart jewelry and mention the word “LOVE” for 15% off any one piece of jewelry. http://www.blancaflorsilverjewelry.com/
Carrot Cake Day
Wednesday, February 3, 5-10PM
Enjoy homemade carrot cake and carrot cake inspired cocktails on special from 5-10PM. Carrot Cake has been made since the Middle Ages, when sugar and other sweeteners were rare and very expensive, and so people used sweet vegetables to flavor their puddings. During World War II, the British government rationed many luxury foods and household staples including sugar. To appease the nation’s sweet tooth, the Ministry of Food promoted recipes for carrot puddings, carrot-filled pies, and carrot cakes. Today, many families in the UK still serve carrot cake on Christmas Day!
Leap Year Day
Monday, February 29

Our team will craft the original Leap year cocktail for you as we prepare ourselves for another 4 years of hectic madness. Depending on how you calculate it, the Leap Year cocktail either turned 86 this year — or is just embarking on its 20s. The exact date this drink was invented is documented in the Savoy Cocktail Book, bartender Harry Craddock’s popular mixing manual, first published in 1930. This blend of gin, orange liqueur, lemon, and sweet vermouth was born on Leap Day, 1928.
Craddock noted that the drink was “said to have been responsible for more [marriage] proposals than any other cocktail that has ever been mixed.” That’s quite a claim, although it’s hard to know from Craddock’s blurb whether all that Leap Year-fueled question-popping resulted in engagements. 

Singles Valentine’s Day Bar Crawl



catch of the day fish (2)So, it’s the day before that certain holiday and you still don’t have a valentine. No coincidence that it’s also Friday the 13th, right? Well, think of it this way– tomorrow what all your coupled friends will actually be doing is spending way too much money on meals they can’t even relax and enjoy because another couple has that table reserved in fifteen minutes. They’ll be giving each other gifts that either disappoint or don’t disappoint only because they were explicitly requested, letter-to-Santa style. And all that champagne and those roses? Who needs ’em? Well– backtrack a little bit. We could, I suppose, use the champagne.

Kids Night Out this Friday


Kids night out

catch of the day fish (2)So, you’ve got your whole romantic Valentine’s Day weekend plan taken care of. Dinner reservations? Check. Gift? Check. Card? Check. Kids who don’t like the idea of being left out of all the fun? Hmmm. Gotta deal with that one, too. But never fear! The Irvine Nature Center– that place that kids and adults love all year round, is hosting a fabulous “Kids Night Out” this Friday– so the little ones can be magically whisked away for the evening while you get a few hours of your own Adults Night Out. Now there’s a novel idea.

Take a Vow (or Bow Wow) with Your Pet for Valentine’s Day



This Valentine’s Day, step right up to the BowWow Meow Chapel Of Love. No, it’s not as perverse as it sounds. Sponsored by the Baltimore Humane Society, the BowWow Meow Chapel of Love is a place for Baltimore pet owners to show their love for their pets by participating in a Forever Friendship Ceremony. Yes, that’s right. Taking a vow with your pet. Each “couple” will participate in a fully officiated individual friendship ceremony on this traditional day of love. Not your usual Valentine’s Day fare, to be sure. But on the other hand, your dog’s love will probably last a little longer than that guy you met last month online. So  why not give that relationship its due?

The Gift: Adopt a Pair of Penguins


The Gift

What It Is: “Two lovebirds, one sweet gift,” is how the Maryland Zoo puts it. Only through February 9th, they’re offering an amazing adoption package based around one of the most beloved creatures at the zoo: penguins. The Valentine’s Day lovebird adoption package includes an official Zoo Adoption Certificate,  two plush penguin keepsakes, a special penguin fun fact sheet about penguins in love, a photograph of your penguin pair, an invitation for two to join the Zoo’s annual Adopters’ Recognition Day, and a Valentine’s Day card for your special someone. Does this say “love” or what? Available from the Maryland Zoo. $67. Available through February 9th.

Who It’s Perfect For:

Kids: Kids love Valentine’s Day. After all, their cubbies fill with charming paper notes and chalky candy hearts reminding them that feelings abound in the human world. But kids also tend to be big animal lovers– and penguins are a pretty consistent fave. Bring some love and appreciation of nature home with this awesome adoption package that’s as educational as it is sweet.

Your “Please Don’t Get Me Anything for Valentine’s Day” Valentine: You love them, but that doesn’t make their “can we just not celebrate Valentine’s Day” plea any less of an obstacle course. Are you really not supposed to do anything? Surely, it’s a trick. Hedge your bets wisely with a gift like this. It shows you care, but you’re not going the cliche flowers and chocolates route. And really, you did it for the penguins.

Baltimore Fishbowl Weekend



Get Up & Go! Love is in the Air!

Only one week left until Valentine’s Day. Make sure you’re prepared with reservations at your sweetie’s favorite bistro or tickets to one of the hottest events in town. Need a few ideas? Here’s just a sampling of what Baltimore has in store for the week.

For those looking for all-out adult Valentine’s Day fun, grab a ticket to Tassels & Champagne over at the Creative Alliance. It’s an ancient Rome-themed evening of Burlesque with optional bottles of champagne.

Looking to keep it a little more wholesome? Try the Baltimore Folk Music Society’s Valentine’s Day Dance Extravaganza— complete with everything from swing dancing to contra dancing to a pot luck supper.

Sound Stage Baltimore is hosting an “Enchantment Under the Sea” dance night– complete with a singles-only meet and greet before the dance begins. It’s “invitation only,”  though, to assure only “quality singles.” Think you make the cut? Let ’em know.

And of course, it wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without some quality (and preferably local) wine. So many of our amazing Maryland wineries have events for Valentine’s Day, that it’s painful to pick just one. But certainly, topping our list are Crow Vineyard’s Valentine’s Day B&B Stay (for those looking for a mini-getaway) and Great Shoals Winery’s sparkling wine and chocolate fondue event. But really, there’s so much more, so get out there and show some love.




Valentine’s Day Dinner at Waterfront Kitchen


Baltimore's Restaurant Scene

catch of the day fish (2)Few spots in Baltimore are as effortlessly romantic as Fells Point. And few restaurants as well-regarded as Waterfront Kitchen, where chef Jerry Pellegrino prepares exquisite “seed-to-plate” fare that’s seasonally focused and as locally sourced as possible. With stunning views and great atmosphere, it’s a perfect spot for your Valentine’s Day dinner reservations (which you might want to make just about…now). The special Valentine’s Day menu features a prix fixe menu for two– with optional wine pairings. It’s elegantly presented fare that sticks to classic flavors and dishes that will warm you to the core. But that’s not the only reason it’s a great pick.

Here’s a Terrifying Valentine’s Day Gift Idea



Chocolates? Meh. Flowers? Wilty. A fancy dinner? Uninspired. If you really want to make an impression this Valentine’s Day — and you live within a 40 mile radius of downtown Baltimore — have I got an idea for you!