Food Fun Friday - Chicago Valentine's Day

Food Fun Friday - Chicago Valentine's Day

If you haven't booked Valentine's Day or weekend plans - YOU have NO excuse! I have a ton of suggestions below. It's staggering even for me to see how many there are. Also Table 52 will extend their Restaurant Week Menu for another week.

Stay warm.
Saturday, February 8th, for Chicago’s SWEETEST Bar Crawl – the Candy Crush Crawl.  Witness your childhood fantasies come to life as Clark Street transforms into CandyLand’s Rainbow Road. Just in time to celebrate, or help you forget, that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, the Candy Crush Crawl is the perfect excuse to round up “all your single ladies,” spice things up with your significant other, or even muster up the courage to bring your secret crush. Get a $30 “golden ticket” which includes a lanyard granting access from 12pm-6pm to all ten participating bars such as Wrigleyville sweet-spots John Barleycorn, Deuces and Diamonds, and Sluggers. Candy Crush Crawlers will also enjoy unbeatable drink specials at each bar, a vibrant neon backpack to securely stash an abundance of candy, a Candy Crush Crawl long sleeve tee and beanie.

Prizes will be awarded for most unique bar crawl apparel! Be sure to visit to purchase tickets and for additional Candy Crush Crawl information.

Sofitel Chicago welcomes authors Viktorija Todorovska and Francois Millo as they present the launch of their new book, “Provence Food and Wine 
The Art of Living.” Saturday, March 1
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. 
Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, Third Floor
20 E. Chestnut St. Chicago Enjoy a Provencal wine tasting with light appetizers from Chef Greg Biggers.
Purchase a signed copy of the book and escape to the south of France! Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here: Tickets are non-refundable. Copies of the book are sold separately.

New tequila tasting class at iAyChiwowa! called Hablas Tequila. Each 2ndWednesday of the month from 6-7:30pm, guests will taste and learn about tequila with hands on experience making seasonal tequila cocktails and a food pairing. This month guests will learn how to mix up our signature guacamole.  Tickets are $25 per person and can be reserved at

  • February 12th: How to Make Guacamole
  • March 12: How to Make Fresh Salsa Varieties
  • April 9th: How to Build a Tostada

Starting February 11th, CH Distillery will feature a guest bartender every second Tuesday of the month. For one night only, the guest bartender will come in and create two cocktails behind the bar: one using only CH spirits and one wildcard with unlimited ingredients. The series will kick off with The Aviary's James Beard award-winning beverage director Charles Joly, who was also named "Best American Bartender" at Tales of the Cocktail in 2013. The full lineup as of now is listed below.

  • February 11: Charles Joly/The Aviary
  • March 11: Eden Laurin and Patrick Smith/Violet Hour
  • April 8: Clint Rogers/The Dawson
  • May 13: Kyle Davidson/Blackbird
  • August 12: Justin Anderson/La Sirena Clandestina
  • October 14: Matty Eggleston/Nico


Valentine’s Day

Chef Martial Noguier's chic Gold Coast bistro will offer a seductive three-course Valentine's Day prix fixe dinner menu on Friday, February 14th through Sunday, February 16th, 2014 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. nightly. Please note that only the Valentine's Day Menu will be available during dinner service on February 14th. However, the à la carte dinner menu will be available, in addition to the Valentine's Day Menu, on February 15th and 16th, 2014.

Located at 840 N. Wabash, in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood, Bistronomic is open for lunch Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Weekend brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner hours are Sunday through Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Reservations are available through and are strongly recommended.  For more information about Bistronomic, please call (312) 944-8400

Table, Donkey and Stick (2728 West Armitage Avenue) will showcase a six-course menu for $75 per person. Beverage pairings will also be available for an additional $35. Reservations can be made by calling (773) 486-8525 or visiting

CH Distillery (564 West Randolph Street) will feature three Valentine's Day promotions, offering a different experience for each part of the evening:

  • Pre-dinner: The Caviar and Carafe special pairs 1 ounce of traditional black caviar and a 7-ounce carafe of ice cold CH vodka for $80
  • During the meal: A cocktail tasting will feature the following three drinks for $30:
    • Crush or Blush
    • Bow and Arrow
    • No Prenup
  • After dinner: A dessert and cocktail pairing will be available for $20. Guests will have a choice between Gooey Butter Cake and Foie Gras S'more (Brioche, Parsnip Purée, Hershey's Milk Chocolate, Seared Foie Gras) for the dessert.

CH will be accepting reservations for the occasion, which can be made by calling (312) 707-8780.

The Dawson (730 West Grand Avenue) will offer a three-course menu for $55 per person. Reservations can be made by calling (312) 243-8955 or visiting

Senza (2873 North Broadway Street) will be serving their regular five-course and ten-course dinner menus with Valentine's Day-perfect dishes such as Scallop (Cipollini, Blueberry, Caramel, Oxalis) and Agnolotti (Rabbit, Rapini, Chocolate, Sheep's Milk). Guests will also be able to enjoy special Valentine's Day cocktails. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at (773) 770-3527 or visiting

This Valentine’s Day, Sofitel Chicago Water Tower (20 E. Chestnut St.) and restaurant Café des Architectes invite guests to partake in a romantic excursion that caters to all of the senses. For luxury accommodations, Sofitel’s Magnifique Romance package includes a luxury Junior Suite with a bottle of Champagne and a chocolate amenity. Daily in-room breakfast and a late checkout time until 4:00 p.m. allows couples to relax at their leisure. Rates for the package start at $305 per night for double occupancy. For more information or to book the Magnifique Romance package, please visit or call (312) 324-4000.

For food-lovers, Chef Greg Biggers and Pastry Chef Leigh Omilinsky have created a delicious five-course degustation menu for $95 per guest. Guests can opt for wine pairings for an additional $55 per guest. The menu will be available Friday, February 14 and Saturday, February 15 at Café des Architectes. Cost excludes tax and gratuity. Reservations are highly recommended; please call 312-324-4063.

Tavern on Rush is the perfect date spot for Valentine’s Day this year. The Gold Coast staple boasts a variety of fresh seafood, steaks, an extensive wine list and refreshing cocktails and has seating in the charming dining room or downstairs in the lively bar area. Executive Chef John Gatsos will prepare a four-course romantic dinner, designed specially for two ($70 per person). Full dinner menu also available. Reservations recommended: 312.644.9600.

Geja’s Café, 340 W. Armitage, is planning the most romantic Valentine’s Day celebration in its 49 year history.  For eight consecutive days from Sunday, February 9th through Sunday, February 16th, the renowned “Restaurant of Romance” will be elegantly decorated and feature sparkling champagne, “Love Note Tuesday,” live flamenco and classical guitarists, photo keepsakes, and delicious sizzling hot fondue cuisine. Geja’s Café will begin taking reservations on Saturday, January 18 at 9 a.m. in person or by phone as space is limited. For information on the Valentine’s Day celebration, please call 773.281.9101, or visit Geja’s online at

The Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, 200 North Columbus Drive, is turning up the heat for Valentine’s Day 2014, with an extravagant four-course dinner at aria restaurant including a delicious array of menu items specially prepared by the Executive Chef. The dinner is $75 per person plus taxes and service charges. The hotel is also offering an overnight romantic package perfect for those looking to treat their loved one to a Chicago Valentine's Day hotel getaway, starting at $293 per room. Located adjacent to Millennium Park, couples can warm up with Fairmont’s signature hot chocolate following an afternoon of delightful ice skating, exploring the park in the snow or shopping on nearby Michigan Avenue. For reservations or additional information, please call 312.565.8000 or visit

For the first time, Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, will be exclusively offering a special three-course Valentine’s Day Dinner menu accompanied by an evening performance of Young Frankenstein. This special menu includes Crab Bisque or Pear Salad, Filet Mignon or Rack of Lamb entrée, and the choice of a Grand Marnier Crème Brule or Chocolate Covered Strawberry dessert course. Young Frankenstein runs through March 16, 2014. The dinner and performance package is $85.00; dinner only is $36. For reservations, please call 630.530.0111 or visit

The Marriott Theatre will have a special performance of the musical theatre treasure CABARET on Friday, February 14 at 8 p.m. CABARET kicks off the Marriott Theatre’s 2014 season, opening January 22 and running through March 16 at 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire.  CABARET is Kander and Ebb’s legendary musical about English cabaret performer Sally Bowles, American writer Clifford Bradshaw, and the decadence of 1929 Berlin.  The production will be directed by David H. Bell with choreography by Matt Raftery and Musical Direction by Ryan T. Nelson. The classic score includes “Maybe This Time”, “Money”, and of course, “Cabaret”.  For tickets, please call the Marriott Theatre Box Office at 847.634.0200.Visit

You can always count on musical magic when the Apollo Chorus of Chicago and the Elmhurst Symphony perform together. If you’re looking to extend the Valentine’s Day celebration, surprise your loved one with a performance of Choral Classics Concert: Mozart and Dvorak at the Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Avenue, ChicagoThe Great Mass in c minor shows Mozart's full genius in composing for the human voice, blending exquisite solo passages with dramatic choral music.  The music is filled with soaring vocal lines and thrilling musical climaxes. Held in artistic partnership with the University of Chicago's glorious Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, this concert is sure to inspire the hearts of all who hear it. Choral Classics Concert is the perfect Valentine’s Day gift to complement a nice dinner downtown. The performance takes place on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. For information or tickets, please call The Apollo Chorus at 312.427.5620 or visit

What better way to spend Valentine’s Day than with The Cupid Players of Stage 773Cupid Has A Heart On: A Musical Guide to Relationships has been named a “must-see” by Time Out Chicago and feted as “full of wit and zest” by the Chicago Tribune.  Backed by a lively pianist, the comic musical performers of The Cupid Players perform songs and scenes developed by the cast. The production’s sketches combine sharp writing and catchy songs with a witty take on relationships, love and life. The result is a musical sketch show that is raunchy, sweet, cynical, touching, smart, inane and – above all – very, very funny. Stage 773 will host a special presentation of “Cupid Has a Heart On: The Musical Guide to Relationships” on February 14 at 8 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 773.929.7367.

For the first time ever, Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille5 Oakbrook Ctr, Oak Brook, will offer a two-day, special prix fixe menu for Valentine’s Day weekend. The menu will feature a choice of soup or salad, choice of one entrée served with Whipped Potato Puree and Seasonal Vegetables, and a choice of one of Perry’s elegant desserts. The prix fixe menu is $59.95 per person before 5:30 p.m., and $74.95 per person after 5:30 p.m. that night. The Valentine's Day menu is offered both Friday, February 14 and Saturday, February 15. Perry’s will also feature live entertainment from 6 p.m. to close that night. Please note that the regular dinner menu will not be offered those dates. For reservations, please call 630.571.1808 or visit

Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N Southport Ave., presents The Hypocrites' production INTO THE WOODS, directed by Geoff Button* with Musical Direction by Matt Deitchman, with a special performance on Friday, February 14 at 8 p.m. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and the book by James Lapine, The Hypocrites bring their heightened and playful sense of theatricality to the beloved musical INTO THE WOODS. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 773.325.1700 or visit

Enjoy a special Valentine’s Day performance of Tom Stoppard’s hysterical farce ROUGH CROSSING at First Folio Theatre on February 14 at 8 p.m. Directed by Jeff Award nominee and First Folio Theatre favorite Alison C. Vesely, ROUGH CROSSING is a musical romp on the high seas. The Jazz Age musical is set in the early 30’s aboard the S.S. Italian Castle on its way to New York, while two playwrights struggle to finish their latest musical hit as they maneuver around a jealous composer, the screen star he loves, and her lothario co-star.  Coupled with a delectable dinner at Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille at Oakbrook Center, ROUGH CROSSING is the perfect gift to treat your loved one on Valentine’s Day. First Folio Theatre is located at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 31st St. & Rt. 83. For tickets or more information, please call the box office at 630.986.8067 or visit

This Valentine’s Day, Executive Chef Derek Simcik of Atwood will be preparing a special “Beats of the Heart” Four-Course Tasting Menu. Each of the courses is “heart themed” and actually includes one carnivorous heart. The cost is $55/person and $20/person additional with pairing.

Since VDay falls on a Friday this year, couples can really keep their romance alive by staying overnight at Atwood’s adjacent hotel, Kimpton’s Hotel Burnham, following dinner. Burnham has a special “My Heart Skipped a Beat” package that includes:

×          Overnight accommodations

×          “Beats of the Heart” Four-Course Tasting Menu for two at Atwood

×          Welcome bottle of champagne

×          Starting rates of $279/night (not inclusive of alcohol, tax or tip)

×          Bookable here with rate code HEART. Available February 13-16, 2014.

An Unforgettable Evening: Overnight Packages Couples can savor in an idyllic getaway at Trump Chicago, whether looking to "get away" in their own city or make a special trip to Chicago for a night to remember. Available for stays February 1-28, 2014, special packages include:

  • Be Mine. Celebrate this romantic holiday in a luxury setting befitting the love you share. The Be Mine package includes a one-night stay in a deluxe guestroom, a chilled bottle of Champagne, chocolate truffles, a rose, and a continental breakfast for two in the privacy of your room. Rates from $380/night.
  • Unforgettable Romance. Trump Chicago offers ideal services for an unforgettable celebration, all just an elevator ride away. The Unforgettable Romance package features a one-night stay in a Deluxe King guestroom; a bottle of Champagne upon check-in; a ten-course dinner for two at Sixteen, the property's Michelin Two-Star fine-dining restaurant; a romantic turn-down treat of exotic truffles; continental breakfast for two the following morning; and a complimentary late check-out of 2 p.m., based on availability. Rates from $775/night, exclusive of tax, gratuity and alcohol purchases during dinner at Sixteen. The Unforgettable Romance package is not available February 14-16.

Trump Chicago's Valentine's Day packages must be booked prior to arrival. All package rates are exclusive of tax and gratuity, and based on availability. To make a room reservation or inquire about package details, please call (312) 588-8000, (877) 479-TRUMP or visit

Shared Indulgence at The Spa at Trump® The Spa at Trump is offering multiple experiences to treat a special Valentine. Treatment packages include combinations of services that prepare guests for a romantic night out or to be enjoyed during a relaxing winter escape. Special packages include the Sweetheart Retreat, a 60-minute Trump Results facial and a classic manicure treatment ($220). For a complete experience, guest may upgrade to the My Perfect Valentine package, featuring the same offering as the Sweetheart package paired with a 60-minute aroma infused massage ($380).

In the spirit of romance, The Spa at Trump is offering a Couples Romancing Two-gether treatment package for partners to indulge with a relaxing, shared experience. The package begins with a 30 minute side-by-side bath, featuring skin-softening salts. The calming soak is followed by a 60 minute aroma-infused couples massage by candlelight (90 minutes; $500 per couple) For those who wish to shower their significant other with the gift of wellness, gift cards from The Spa at Trump are also available and may be purchased by phone or in person. For more information, to book a service, or purchase a gift card, please Refined Romance at Sixteen Executive Chef Thomas Lents of Sixteen promises an unforgettable dining experience this Valentine's Day. While dining under the sparkle of the restaurant's four-tiered Swarovski crystal chandelier, guests will enjoy unparalled views of the city with panoramic views of Chicago's famous skyline, the Chicago River and Lake Michigan.

Sixteen - A special seven-course Valentine's Dinner Menu will be served Friday, February 14 through Sunday, February 16. Menu highlights include a crudo of Maine diver scallop with uni butter and blood orange; 45-minute oyster with Ossestra caviar and salsify cream; soft poached farm egg with black winter truffle rice; and langoustine and buckwheat pasta with seaweed vin jaune nage. The seven-course menu costs $185 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. A special Champagne pairing may be added for a total cost of $310 as well as a premium wine pairing that features the Coravin wine system for a total cost of $935. Dinner is served at Sixteen nightly from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m. To view menus or to make reservations, please visit the restaurant online or call (312) 588-8030.

Forbidden Fruit at Rebar Lounge Throughout the month of February, the property's chic lounge, Rebar, will offer a special Forbidden Fruit package for a romantic rendezvous. Guests ordering the package will enjoy a 350ml bottle of Veuve Cliquot, half dozen oysters, a deluxe fruit tree display, and exotic chocolates. The package costs $125, exclusive of tax and gratuity

On Valentine's Day, guests will receive long stem roses and a live jazz duo will provide entertainment from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. For the holiday, the package costs $160, exclusive of tax and gratuity, and guaranteed window seating may be reserved for an upgraded cost of $195.

Homestead (1924 W Chicago Ave ~ Roots Handmade Pizza entrance) will offer its Valentine’s weekend menus on Friday, February 14; Saturday, February 15; and Sunday, February 16. Reservations can be made via

The three-course prix fixe menu with wine pairings is $75 per person (tax and gratuity not included), and the five-course prix fixe menu with wine pairings is $125 per person (tax and gratuity not included). Vegan and vegetarian course substitutions are available for both menus as well.

Both the three-course and five-course Valentine’s weekend menu also include an amuse-bouche, the Homestead Bread Basket with house accouterments, a pre-dessert, take-home chocolate lollipops, and take-home crystallized long-stem red roses.

Blackfinn Ameripub is ready to set the mood for romance and fun in River North this Valentine's Day. Blackfinn invites guests to skip the fuss and cozy up with that special someone while enjoying the restaurant's delicious four-course menu filled with Blackfinn's signature, craveable dishes. A complimentary glass of champagne is included when guests order this mouthwatering meal. So make a toast to love, great food and delicious drinks at Blackfinn Ameripub this Valentine's Day! Blackfinn's Valentine's Day menu ($50 per guest), offered exclusively on February 14

Acadia (1639 S. Wabash Avenue), the Michelin-starred and recently named AAA Five Diamond Restaurant, is debuting a Valentine’s Day menu by Chef Ryan McCaskey. Available starting Friday, February 14th through Sunday, February 16th, diners can indulge in a five-course tasting menu with a complimentary amuse bouche, mignardise and take home treats of assorted chocolates, truffles and bon bons. For $105 per person with the option of adding wine pairings for $75 this special menu.

Seduce your lover this Valentine's Day with the intimate, late night "Ada After Dark." The Michelin recommended restaurant is turning out the lights, lighting the candles, and titillating guests' senses with aphrodisiac-infused cocktails and a touch of skin.

From 11:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., guests can feast their eyes on performances by a contortionist duo and the burlesque company, Les Soubrettes.  Whether you're looking for an event to impress or on the hunt for a mysterious Valentine's Day experience, Ada St. will be turning out the lights and enhancing some of its most romantic assets. At $25 per person, (excluding tax and gratuity), entry also includes a choice of wine, beer or a craft cocktail.

Those looking to make it an early evening can join the restaurant for dinner in its intimate private dining room. With two seatings available at 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., guests can enjoy Chef Zoe Schor's special Valentine's Day menu, which is priced at $40 (exclusive of tax and gratuity). Seating is first come, first served and reservations can be made by calling 773-697-7069 or by emailing Sarah at

Valentine’s Week at Eddie Merlot’s

The premier steakhouse Eddie Merlot’s is the perfect setting for couples that can’t confine their love to just one day. From Monday, February 10 to Sunday, February 16, guests have a chance to prolong their culinary love affair with an array of classic dishes, including Twin Lobster Tails, Bison Rib-eye Steak topped with in maître d’hôtel butter, and a housemade Peanut Butter Cup. Lovebirds can raise a glass to Saint Valentine, with specialty pours of Joseph Drouhin Chorey-les-Beaune Burgundy, available by the glass and by the bottle. All menu items are offered a la carte at Chicagoland Eddie Merlot’s locations in Burr Ridge (201 Bridewell Dr., Burr Ridge, IL), Lincolnshire (185 N. Milwaukee Ave., Lincolnshire, IL) and Warrenville (28254 Diehl Rd., Warrenville, IL). For a full menu of offerings, or to make reservations, please visit

“Share the Love” this Valentine’s Day at Filini

Filini Bar & Restaurant (221 N. Columbus Dr.) celebrates the most romantic day of the year with the “Share the Love” Valentine’s Day menu. At $75 per person, hopeless romantics can indulge in a four-course dinner accompanied by a complimentary bottle of Prosecco. The menu caters to seafood and meat lovers with options like Lobster Bisque with lobster meat and prawn; Filet Mignon with polenta, wild mushrooms, and a red wine reduction; Lobster with vegetable risotto; and a choice between Chocolate and White Mousse Cake or Amaretto Ricotta Cheesecake to top off the meal. Filini is open on Valentine’s Day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 6:30 a.m.-11 p.m. with the special holiday menu offered for dinner from 5-11 p.m. Guests can make reservations by calling 312.477.0234 or online at For more on Filini, visit Facebook and Twitter.

Learn the Language of Love at this Intimate Neighborhood Gem

Experience some of history’s greatest love affairs at Found (1631 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL) this Valentine’s Day. Executive Chef Nicole Pederson creates an inventive lineup of dishes inspired by five famous duos who truly spoke the language of love, as evidenced by the quotes couples will find inscribed on their menus, featuring Raw Oysters and Fried Escabeche (John Lennon and Yoko Ono); Spicy Fried Hominy with crema, fresh chilies, and cilantro (Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera); Cudighi Sausage with winter greens and sourdough (Robert and Elizabeth Browning); Poulet Rôti with herbs, butter, and winter vegetables (Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre); and Chocolate, Peanut Butter, and Bacon (Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton). Cost is $65, exclusive of tax and gratuity, with optional wine pairings for an additional $35. Found’s Valentine’s Day menu will be available on Friday, February 14 beginning at 5 p.m. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 847.868.8945. For more on Found, visit Facebook and Twitter.

Dine & Romance at Howells & Hood: 

Spend this Valentine’s Day enjoying a romantic meal at Howells & Hood (435 North Michigan). Dine with your loved one and nosh on savory seafood dishes such as King Crab Bisque with apple crème fraiche ($12) or Fruit de Mer Risotto, highlighting celery root, wild mushroom, king crab, scallop, lobster, and winter truffle ($32). It wouldn’t be a Valentine’s Day without chocolate, so the restaurant offers a decadent special dessert: Chocolate Puff Pastry with charred blood orange curd, dark chocolate cardamom ganache, pistachio fennel meringue, and topped with a delicate Cava espuma ($10). The offer is available Friday, February, 14 and Saturday, February, 15 from 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling 312.262.5310 or online at For more on Howells & Hood, visit their Facebook or Twitter 

Eat Your Heart Out at Kabocha

This Valentine’s Day, guests kick off their meal at Kabocha (952 W. Lake) with Beef Heart Tartare from Chef Shin Thompson. The Japanese Brasserie invites diners to celebrate with an indulgent six-course meal featuring Scallop & Crab Motoyaki, Roasted Peking Glazed Pheasant with abalone mushroom and baby beets, and Strawberry Yuzu Cheescake with chamomile ice cream. Kabocha’s special Valentine’s menu is $75 per person, and $35 for beverage pairings, exclusive of tax and gratuity. The menu is available Friday, February 14 from 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 312.666.6214. For more on Kabocha, please visit, Facebook, and Twitter. 

Romance your Valentine at Lawry’s The Prime Rib

At Lawry’s The Prime Rib (100 E. Ontario St., Chicago) valentines are greeted with a red rose welcome gift and a three-course meal including traditional steakhouse dishes such as Lawry’s Famous Spinning Bowl Salad; Prime Ribs of Beef with mashed potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, and creamed corn and spinach; or Roasted Scottish Salmon with sweet pepper-ginger medley, Swiss chard, and fingerling potatoes. Guests can satisfy their sweet tooth with a Red Velvet Torte, while sipping on a complimentary glass of Champagne, house wine, or specialty cocktail. Promotion is offered February 13-16 for $125 per couple, plus tax and gratuity. Valentine’s Day hours are from 5 p.m. to close. Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling 312. 787.5000 or visiting For more on Lawry’s The Prime Rib Chicago, visit Facebook and Twitter.

Love Notes and Noshes at Little Market Brasserie

The team at Little Market Brasserie is taking care of everything on Valentine’s Day, serving a four-course pre-fixe menu with favorites like Steak Tartare with smoked egg yolk, and Meyer lemon crème fraiche; Whole Roasted Branzino with macadamia nuts, sherry brown butter, and watercress; and Dark Chocolate Pavé with raspberries and candied flower petals. Additionally, each table will receive a love note from the restaurant, with a special gift inside. The full menu is offered at $55 per guest, with wine pairings available for an additional $30. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 312.640.8141.

Romance and Refinement at Lockwood Restaurant

Chef Joseph Rose of Lockwood Restaurant serves up romance with his elegant tasting menu for Valentine’s Day. Lovers will enjoy an eight-course tasting menu including Oysters with ginger dressing; Truffled Potato Leek Soup; and Black Bass with mushrooms and cilantro in a tom yum broth. For dessert, Pastry Chef Fabrice Bouet prepares a Strawberry Twist with rose gelato and chocolate, and Chocolate Cake with white chocolate mousse, bananas, mascarpone, and coconut gelato. The tasting menu is offered at $120 with wine pairings available for an additional $40. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 312.917.3404.

Who Needs Chocolate When There’s Beer?

At Louis Glunz Beer, Inc., Valentine’s Day is a chance to celebrate with more than just chocolates and flowers. Say, “I love you beery much” with a delicious brew.  The Cocoa Loco from Arcadia Ales is a triple chocolate stout with three different types of chocolate malts, cacao nibs, and semi-sweet chocolate. For a vanilla kick, the Vanilla Porter from Breckenridge Brewery has deep chocolate and roasted nut flavors that all round out with a smooth vanilla finish. Chocolate-covered cherries don’t hold a candle to the Cherry Chocolate Beer from O’Fallon Brewery. For more information on the perfect beers to celebrate with this Valentine’s Day, check out

A Meal Among Friends: Mercadito’s San Valentin Sharing Menu

In Mexico, Valentine’s Day is also known as Día del Amor y la Amistad (Day of Love and Friendship), and friends can celebrate their love for one another with the customizable San Valentin Sharing Menu. The five-course meal begins with a choice of two types of guacamole, such as the sweet-meets-smoky Guacamole de Pera with grilled pear, chipotle meco, epazote, and pico de gallo. Guests then select two types of botanas or ceviches from a selection that includes Ostiones a la Parilla (Gulf Coast oysters with epazote-serrano chile butter, Cholula hot sauce, lime zest, bread crumbs, and cotija cheese) and one side. Four types of tacos from Chef Patricio Sandoval’s extensive selection ensure a taco for every taste—from Carne for meat-lovers to Hongos (wild mushrooms) for vegetarians. The meal finishes on a sweet note with one dessert for the table, such as Chef Sandoval’s spiced chocolate cake, Pastel de Chocolate. Amigos can toast to love and friendship with Love Potion Number 9 ($11), a specialty cocktail of pomegranate, tequila reposado, dark rum, brown sugar syrup, pomegranate, lime, and lemon. Mercadito’s San Valentin sharing menu is $55 per guest, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Reservations are recommended and can be made at 312.329.9555.

Say “Te Amo” with Mercat a la Planxa’s Spanish Valentine’s Menu

This Valentine’s Day, guests at Mercat a la Planxa (638 S. Michigan Ave.) will feast on a romantic four-course, eight dish menu in an elegant setting from Chef de Cuisine Cory Morris. The Catalan-inspired restaurant offers signature favorites such as the Conill amb Castanyes, rabbit angolotti pasta with truffle chestnut purée, brandied cherries, and brown butter froth; and Milk Chocolate Croquettes with banana marshmallow, rosemary caramel, and Aburquina olive oil. New dishes grace the menu such as the Ostras con Padrons, oysters with padron pepper mignonette and sherry gelée, and the Ensalada de Iberico with jamon Iberico, tangerine, endive, and pistachio vinaigrette. The full menu is available online. The Valentine’s Day menu is $85 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 312.765.0524. 

Old Town Pour House (Oak Brook) Valentine’s Day Menu: 

This Valentine’s Day, savor a three course pre-fixe dinner for Valentine’s Day at Old Town Pour House (8 Oak Brook Center). For the first course, indulge in options such as the Beet and Goat Cheese Napoleon, with candied pistachios, arugula, and drizzled in fig syrup. Fill up the heart and stomach with seafood entrées such as the Petite Filets, topped with jumbo lump crab, fried prosciutto, grilled lemon-scented asparagus, and truffle demi; or opt for the Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes paired with baby artisanal greens, dried cranberries, nectarines, Granny Smith apples, blood orange vinaigrette, and a light avocado mousse. For dessert, don’t miss the Flourless Chocolate Truffle Cake topped with raspberry coulis, fresh raspberries, and whipped cream. The full menu is available online, and the price is $60 per person. The offer is available Friday, February, 14 and Saturday, February 15 from 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m. Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling 630-601-1440 or by visiting For more on Old Town Pour House Oak Brook, visit their Facebook or Twitter.

Sip, Savor, and Swoon in the Heart of Lincoln Park

Treat that special someone to an evening of sweet and savory indulgences at Perennial Virant (1800 N. Lincoln Ave.) this Valentine’s Day with a decadent four-course dinner created by James Beard Award-nominated Chef Paul Virant. On the ultimate day of love, guests will enjoy a menu of  Lobster Pierogi with  lobster  broth, citrus, and basil; Gunthrop Farm Duck Combo, prepared smoked and confit, with ground cherry aigre-doux; CDK Beef Tenderloin with blue cheese flan, red wine beef sauce, onion soubise, and Bordeaux spinach; and ending with an unforgettable Cookies and Cream dessert. Lovebirds will take home a sweet treat from Heart Macaroons and can elect to add select wine pairings to each course. Cost is $75, exclusive of tax and gratuity, with optional wine pairings for an additional $25. This special menu will be available on Friday-Sunday, February 14-16, between 5-11 p.m. Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling 312.254.4672. For more on Perennial Virant, visit Facebook and Twitter.

Cozy Up to Your Sweetheart at Sepia . . .

Guests can enjoy an elegant evening of Michelin-starred fare with their partner in crime at Sepia (123 N. Jefferson St.) this Valentine’s Day. The romantic five-course meal prepared by James Beard Award-nominated Chef Andrew Zimmerman features options like Venison Pâté with Cumberland sauce and brioche; Boudin Blanc with celery root and black truffle; Sea Scallop with kumquat, fennel, and scallop jus; and Lamb Loin with braised lamb cannelloni, charred eggplant, tomato jam, and ras el hanout. The dinner ends on a sweet note with desserts by Pastry Chef Cindy Schuman. The price is $105 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity, with optional wine pairings for $65. Sepia’s Valentine’s Day menu is available on Friday-Sunday, February 14-16.  Reservations are required and can be made by calling 312.441.1920 or visiting Open Table. For more on Sepia, visit Facebook or Twitter.

. . . Or Get Love-Drunk with a “Sweet Tart” Cocktail

For those looking to celebrate love at a less formal affair, Sepia Head Bartender Griffin Elliott offers a special Valentine’s Day Reserve Cocktail Menu. Each craft cocktail features enticing aphrodisiacs and seasonal citrus, an intoxicating combination that complements Sepia’s sexy vibe and special prixe-fix menu. Libations, priced at $16, will be available in Sepia’s lounge and dining room.

Discover Just What Exactly a “Chilled Aphrodisiac Elixir Tube” Is 

Stetsons Modern Steak + Sushi (151 E. Wacker Drive) offers a prix-fixe menu for two that includes items such as a Chilled Aphrodisiac Elixir Tube with sweet basil, figs, ginger, strawberries and more for a special Valentine’s experience. Along with Black Cod, and a Butter Poached Lobster the dinner is served with two glasses of Château Moncontour Crémant de Loire Brut Rosé NV. The cost for dinner for two is $150. Stetsons is open from 5-10 p.m. For reservations, please visit Stetsons Modern Steak + Sushi or call 312.239.4491.

Decadent Feast at TWO

This Valentine’s Day at TWO (1132 W. Grand Ave.), Chef Tom Van Lente lets guests have a night of effortless indulgence with romantic specials added to his seasonally driven menu. Some items, available Friday, February 14 through Sunday, February 16, include Swan Creek Farm Grilled Rib-Eye with roasted wild mushrooms and white truffle butter; Housemade Ricotta Cavatelli with pork shoulder bolognese; and Red Velvet Cake with brandied cherry buttercream and chocolate tuile. The entire menu is available à la carte. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 312.624.8363.

Valentine’s Day Starts with “Vie”

This Valentine’s Day, enjoy a rustic five-course tasting menu with your loved one at Vie (4471 Lawn Ave., Western Springs, IL). James Beard Award nominated Chef Paul Virant will wow guests with his contemporary American fare showcasing the season’s best ingredients along with unique flavors from around the globe in an intimate and elegant setting. Vie’s special Valentine’s Day menu will be offered on Friday, February 14 and Saturday, February 15 beginning at 5 p.m. Cost is $115 per person exclusive of tax and gratuity, with optional wine pairings for an additional $55. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 708.246.2082.

Woo Her with a Weekend Away at a Chicagoland Country Inns & Suites

Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM creates a romantic ambiance for couples planning a V-Day getaway. Book the Romance Package and celebrate your significant other with a complimentary bottle of wine, champagne, or sparkling cider. The special package is perfect for busy couples looking for an affordable weekend getaway and a chance to fall in love all over again. Additional amenities to take advantage of during your stay include a complimentary “Be Our Guest” breakfast, swimming pool, fitness center, and freshly baked cookies available in the lobby. For more information and hotel deals, guests can join the Country Inns & Suites mailing list here, or visit Facebook and Twitter.

Chill-In for the Weekend

Make this Valentine’s Day special with a Chillcation—an escape solely dedicated to chilling and detaching from the winter monotony with a quick jaunt to unwind, relax, and reset. Participating hotels Conrad Chicago (521 N. Rush St.), Hilton Chicago (720 S. Michigan Ave.), and Palmer House Hilton (17 E. Monroe St.) offer Just Chillin’ packages to help guests fall in love all over again. Guests can enjoy perks such as complimentary breakfast for two, free or discounted parking, a selection of DVDs for in-room movie nights, and two Chillcation insulated mugs to receive unlimited refills for coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. Rates start at $103 per night. For a more extravagant alternative, the romantic Allure Package at the Conrad Chicago includes a bottle of Prosecco on arrival with custom chocolate truffles from Vogues Haute Chocolate. Next, aromatherapy scented turn-down pillow service helps guests drift into a dreamy sleep after an evening of city exploration. Finally, wake up to Crème Brûlée French toast and French press coffee. Visit to book and follow Chillcation on Facebook for more information on holiday packages and promotions.

$1 For a Romantic Suite Upgrade at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago

This Valentine’s Day, The Godfrey Hotel Chicago, opening on February 1, 2014, offers couples the chance to upgrade to a romantic suite for just $1 when they book a standard room. Guests may also book the Romance Package to celebrate their significant other with a complimentary bottle of wine and breakfast for two, or enjoy the Spa Relaxation Package for a 60-minute couples massage and $50 voucher to I|O Urban Roofscape. For more information on amenities, suites, and more visit, Facebook or Twitter.

Bring back the Romance at Hyatt Regency Chicago

Hyatt Regency Chicago (151 E. Wacker Drive) offers the Romance Package, including the welcome amenity of Champagne and strawberries, breakfast for two (daily), and a guaranteed late checkout of 2:00 pm. Please visit Hyatt Regency Chicago for reservations or call 312.565.1234.

“Wine Him/Her Over” at the JW Marriott Chicago

For Valentine’s Day, the JW Marriott Chicago (151 W. Adams) offers perfect pairs the opportunity to meet their culinary match with the Wine Him/Her Over package. Within luxury accommodations at the landmark hotel in the heart of Chicago’s Loop, couples enjoy an in-room JW Wine Ambassador Pairing of three bites specially crafted by Executive Chef Michael Reich to match the wine varietal of the month. Each JW Wine Ambassador Pairing is presented on a tasting mat and accompanied by expert tasting insights from the JW Wine Ambassador Team—the perfect souvenir of the weekend. A 50-minute couple’s massage in the deluxe suite of the VALEO spa, in addition to free parking, late checkout, and in-room breakfast for two complete the relaxing, romantic getaway. The Wine Him/Her Over package is available February 13-16 and can be booked by calling 312.660.8200 or online with the code VADD. Package rates begin at $478.

“Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang” at Kinzie Hotel

For lovers looking for a bit of excitement mixed with romance, visitors of the Kinzie Hotel (20 W. Kinzie St.) can take advantage of the newly renovated property’s Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang package. The package includes deluxe overnight accommodations, as well as a $100 dining credit to the guest’s choice of Chicago’s most romantic destinations including Keefer’s Steakhouse, Kinzie Chophouse, and the Tortoise Club. Additionally, guests purchasing the package will receive an in-room floral arrangement and two tickets to the Untouchables Tour. The Kinzie Hotel is currently taking reservations for its February launch via the Amalfi Hotel website at or by phone at 877.262.5341. For more on Kinzie Hotel, visit, or follow on Facebook and Twitter.

Dinner and a Movie, the Blu Way

This Valentine’s Day, the Radisson Blu Aqua (221 N. Columbus Dr.) pulls out all the stops to ensure a romantic evening. With Valentine’s Day falling on a Friday this year, couples can enjoy a full weekend of romance without even leaving the hotel. The Do Not Disturb package offers a dinner for two with Prosecco and a movie screening of the star-studded rom-com “Valentine’s Day” in the hotel’s very own movie theatre so guests can avoid the overcrowded theatres around the city. In the room, a jelly bath and aromatherapy scented sticks await. Last but not least, the package provides lovebirds with access to the Business Class floor, at which they can indulge in complimentary hot breakfast, snacks and refreshments throughout their stay. Rates start at $349 per night and reservations can be made online at or by calling 800.333.3333. For more on Radisson Blu Aqua, visit Facebook or Twitter.

Minnesota Getaway: Radisson Blu Turns Bright Red for Valentine’s Day

For those getting a last-minute gift together, the hundreds of shops located just down the hallway from the Radisson Blu Mall of America (2100 Killebrew Drive) offer all the flowers, chocolates, and presents needed to make the special day count. The Radisson Blu Lindt Valentine’s Day Package, in partnership with Lindt Chocolatier, includes Valentine’s Day truffles upon check-in; Champagne turn-down amenity with Lindt Chocolate Diamonds paired with bubbles; and more. The package, available Valentine’s Day week February 10-17, 2014, has rates starting at $195 per night based double occupancy. Those looking to explore wine can indulge in the Wine Lovers Package with a bottle of Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon upon check-in or in the hotel’s FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar; chocolate-dipped strawberries and breakfast for two in-room or at the restaurant. Available throughout the month of February, rates for the package start at $309 per night based double occupancy. For ultimate relaxation, the Romance Package at Blu offers breakfast for two in-room; a complimentary bottle of Champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries. Rates starting at $195 per night based on double occupancy. Guests interested in booking a Valentine’s Day package can visit For more on Radisson Blu Mall of America, visit Facebook and Twitter

Azzurra 1467 N. Milwaukee Ave (773) 278-5959

What better way to celebrate love this Valentine's Day than over fresh, house-made Italian cuisine in a warm, neighborhood setting? From Thursday, February 13 through Saturday, February 15, Azzurra (1467 N. Milwaukee Ave) invites guests to enjoy flavorful fare while cozying up for a savory celebration of amore. Azzurra will present its seasonal a la carte menu - featuring favorites such as Grilled Octopus ($11), Bucatini Amatriciana ($14) and Chianti-Braised Beef Short Rib ($19) - as well as a special prix-fixe menu ($30 per person.  Reservations for Valentine's Day are highly recommended and can be made online or by calling (773) 278-5959.

bellyQ 1400 W. Randolph (312) 563-1010

Owner/Chef Bill Kim is giving food-loving couples a reason to celebrate this Valentine's Day. Along with serving bellyQ's full a la carte menu for the evening, the restaurant is also offering up a six-course tasting menu ($75) with a grill at the Chef's Table for just six lucky couples. Other couples can cozy up by the grill at one of bellyQ's grill tables with the order of a grill feast. The dining room will be offering three seatings for the night: 5-7pm, 7-8pm and 9-10pm. The Chef's Table will seat at 5pm, 7:30pm and 10pm. Reservations can be made by calling (312) 563-1010

DMK Burger Bar

2954 N. Sheffield / 2370 Fountain Square Drive

Chicago, IL             Lombard, IL 60148

(773) 360-8686      (630) 705-9020

For a Valentine's Day sweet treat, DMK Burger Bar (Lakeview and Lombard) is offering a perfectly pink strawberry milkshake for the entire month of February ($5). Those looking to celebrate by enjoying something sweet can head over for a good old-fashioned date with your sweetie this year to enjoy this special shake of the month. Grab two straws and get sipping!

Michael Jordan's Steak House 505 N. Michigan Ave (312) 321-8823

Michael Jordan's Steak House will be serving their full menu on Valentine's Day as well as seasonal specials. Diners can enjoy signature dishes such as the Prime Porterhouse For Two ($92) or the Roasted Sea Scallops ($33). Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 312-321-8823.

mk The Restaurant 868 N. Franklin (312) 482-9179

For the holiday of love, mk the Restaurant has developed a special tasting menu. Guests looking to dine in an atmosphere filled with romance can enjoy the following menu and wine pairing options the evening of February 14. The special menu will cost $79 per person, $119 with wine pairings, exclusive of tax and gratuity. For reservations, please call (312) 482-9179.

Rebar 401 North Wabash (312) 588-8000

Throughout the month of February, Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago's chic lounge, Rebar, will offer a special Forbidden Fruit package for a romantic rendezvous. Guests ordering the package will enjoy a 350ml bottle of Veuve Cliquot, half dozen oysters, a deluxe fruit tree display, and exotic chocolates. The package costs $125, exclusive of tax and gratuity

On Valentine's Day, guests will receive long stem roses and a live jazz duo will provide entertainment from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. For the holiday, the package costs $160, exclusive of tax and gratuity, and guaranteed window seating may be reserved for an upgraded cost of $195.

Ideal for sharing, Rebar will also be featuring a specialty Love Potion Cocktail ($32) which will allow a couple to select their favorite spirit-vodka, gin, or tequila-paired with four mini-mixers. Served in a large goblet with two straws for sipping, each couple may create their own harmonious blend by customizing the Love Potion to their taste.

Roka Akor 456 N Clark St (312) 477-7652

Romance and Roka Akor go hand in hand this Valentine's Day. Roka Akor invites guests to celebrate the day of love with an expertly crafted tasting menu of fresh sushi, premium seafood and succulent steak all in a chic and sexy setting. Roka Akor will feature a five-course tasting menu from Executive Chef Brett Vibber available from Thursday, February 13 to Sunday, February 16. The menu is priced at $125 per person, and beverage pairings (guests' choice of wine or sake) can be added for $40.

Roka Akor Old Orchard 4999 Old Orchard Center Skokie, IL 60077 (847) 329-7650

Roka Akor Old Orchard is also delighted to present a special menu for guests looking to feel the love in the suburbs this Valentine's Day. Roka Akor's expert chefs will create a five-course menu available from Thursday, February 13 though Sunday, February 16 for $98 per person ($30 additional for pairings.

Sixteen 401 North Wabash  (312) 588-8000

Executive Chef Thomas Lents of Sixteen promises an unforgettable dining experience this Valentine's Day. While dining under the sparkle of the restaurant's four-tiered Swarovski crystal chandelier, guests will enjoy unparalleled views of the city with panoramic views of Chicago's famous skyline, the Chicago River and Lake Michigan.

A special seven-course Valentine's Dinner Menu will be served Friday, February 14 through Sunday, February 16. Menu highlights include a crudo of Maine diver scallop with uni butter and blood orange; 45-minute oyster with Ossestra caviar and salsify cream; soft poached farm egg with black winter truffle rice; and langoustine and buckwheat pasta with seaweed vin jaune nage.

Created for sharing, main courses will serve two with options of whole roasted poussin with foie gras, savoy cabbage and porcini; and waygu ribeye with bone marrow, oxtail custard and caramelized brussel sprouts.

The seven-course menu costs $185 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. A special Champagne pairing may be added for a total cost of $310 as well as a premium wine pairing that features the Coravin wine system for a total cost of $935. Dinner is served at Sixteen nightly from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m. To view menus or to make reservations, please visit the restaurant online or call (312) 588-8030.

Tavernita 151 W. Erie St. (312) 274-1111

Tavernita invites couples to get cozy this Valentine's Day by offering a special sharing menu on Friday, February 14. The sharing menu is available for $50 per guest (exclusive of tax and gratuity) and includes a choice of a Little Twin cocktail, two bites, one small plate, one raw bar item, one large plate and dessert.  Tavernita will also hit the sweet spot with the Cherry Dream ($12), the evening's featured cocktail, made with vodka, aperol, sparkling rose, strawberry, cherry, and lime.  The full holiday menu can be viewed here. Valentine's Day reservations are required and may be made by calling (312) 274-1111.

The Florentine 151 W Adams (312) 660-8866

Couple-y Cocktails add a fun twist to a romantic Valentine's Day dinner at The Florentine this year. Start the evening with the perfectly paired libations, the Mr. Howell and the Lovey, before a delicious Italian dinner from Chef Chris Macchia. Guests are welcome to order a la carte from the Valentine's Day specials or the regular menu.Sunda (110 W Illinois): Get your mojo back at Sunda’s Valentines Day event; Singles and Sushi! Join Sunda New Asian in their upstairs lounge for a fun night of mingling singles from 8-11pm. Guests will enjoy a live DJ, passed appetizers, a buffet, wine, sake, beer and themed cocktails. Tickets are $50 per person. For more info and to purchase tickets, visit

Rockit Burger Bar (3700 N Clark): Grab your friends and leave the mixology to us! From 7-9pm, join Rockit Burger Bar for a Valentine’s Day themed party with Jim Beam and Skinny Girl Cocktails. Enjoy perfectly paired bites and cocktails for $15 per person. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

The Underground (56 W Illinois): Join The Underground Chicago on Friday, February 14 for an exclusive Valentine’s Day reception from 10-11pm. Enjoy paired champagne and sweetheart desserts. For more information

Rockit Bar & Grill (22 W Hubbard): Lovers can enjoy three courses of romance on Friday, February 14. Start with Lobster Avocado Cocktail with lobster knuckle and claw meat, avocado, tomato, chives, flour tortilla chips ($16), Filet Oscar with eight ounce filet topped with lump crabmeat, béarnaise sauce, grilled asparagus and whipped potatoes ($36) and Flourless Chocolate Cake with fresh raspberries, whipped cream ($9). Reservations are recommended. Visit for more information.

¡AY CHIWOWA! (311 W Chicago): Calling all the single ladies…and gentlemen! Dance your single blues away with hits with a 90’s dance party and $35 Party Glass Margaritas (56 oz) and $5 heart shaped Flan.

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille in Oak Brook is thrilled to offer a special prix fixe Valentine’s Day menu for couples looking to dine out on the romantic weekend. The delectable menu will feature a choice of soup or salad, a choice of a signature entrée served with Whipped Potato Purée and Seasonal Vegetables, and a choice of one of Perry’s elegant desserts. Perry’s will also feature live entertainment from 6 p.m. to close throughout the weekend. The prix fixe menu is $59.95 per person before 5:30 p.m., and $74.95 per person after 5:30 p.m. both nights (tax and gratuity not included). Please note that the regular dinner menu will not be offered on those dates.


Joe Campagna is the Chicago Food Snob. A former restaurant General Manager, Server and Chef you can find him on twitter @chifoodsnob. You can reach him through email at


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