Valentine’s Day is a day designed to show yourself or the person you are involved with some level of appreciation. Yes it does get a bit “overdone” with trinkets, gifts and other types of craziness. However, mistakes are accepted as long as the effort is there. What it really boils down to is sharing. I feel the best way to share is through cooking. Our relationship with great food is what connects all of us. Everyone can remember a great meal. Going out or staying in, Valentine’s Day is the best day to put that effort forward.  Elevate the at home experience of making dinner for that special someone by pairing with wine. You can follow a few simple rules about food and wine that will make you an expert… for the night at least.

First, stick with 3 courses. It’s no fun being in the kitchen the entire time. My 1st Course is a soup or bisque. This will be served hot, which requires the other person to cool it off and there is slurping, so it’s sexy. Remember to keep this light and try to make it vegetarian. It will pair easier with light wines:

Roasted Red Pepper & Sun-dried Tomato Bisque – Pair with Amado Sur Torrontes or Casillero del Diablo Sauvignon Blanc

The 2nd course is where you can flex a bit more. This is a steak course. If you want to go with chicken, use dark meat. If fish is the choice, go with something really rich…and the sauce MUST be a bold one.

Peppercon Crusted Ribeye Steak or Balsaminc & Brown Sugar Roasted Chicken or Lemon Curry Salmon with Truffle Honey Drizzle…plus Duckfat Roasted Fingerling Potatoes & Charred Broccoli – Pair with Amado Sur Malbec or ANY Concha Y Toro Carmenere

For my 3rd course, I don’t play around. It’s chocolate ALL DAY! I like to make dessert, cover it and hide it in the refrigerator.  Dessert on Valentine’s Day has the strongest lasting power and CHOCOLATE always works. unless the person is allergic J

This might a bit adventurous for the average home cook, order from us, visit a local bakery or Mariano’s and pick up a dessert like this.

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Compote & Chocolate Mousse – Pair with Casillero del Diablo “Late Harvest” Sauvignon Blanc

There are plenty of ways to have a meal like this at home. You can order our “Valentine’s Day Take Home Menu”. You can also check various food websites for recipes. Still I encourage not to do too much, too fast. And if you want to just go out and not deal with the clean-up after making a meal like this, visit us at and purchase tickets to our Valentine’s Day Pop-Up Restaurant.

Happy Cooking and Happy Valentine’s Day from Chef Julius and A Tale of Two Chefs…


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