Valentine’s Day is often a hassle. Impossible-to-get dining reservations plus dull prix fixe menus with predictable rubber chicken entrees and gauche lava cake desserts equal a less than romantic atmosphere for the most amorous day of the year. Luckily, these local gastronomic geniuses save the day with enjoyable divertissements for at-home fun to take Valentine’s Day from dull to desirable.
Israel-born owner and Chief Experience Curator Anat Sagi brings her unique brand of culinary hospitality to Mosaic Table, a vibrant pop-up dining experience at Warren’s Hope and Main food incubator. Ever the conscientious hostess in these trying pandemic times, Sagi offers a full at-home Valentine’s Day feast for pickup or delivery, which includes a lovingly crafted multicourse meal, flower arrangements from The Lilac Thief, and of course, a handpicked playlist of tunes to get you in the mood. Looking to get out of the house and meet some new friends (or something more?) – On February 20th, Hope and Main transforms into a romantic supper club, featuring Sagat’s seasonal specialties, local libations from RI Cruisin’ Cocktails, and some exciting surprises sure to ignite that spark!
GRAZE ON MAIN
Nothing is better than staying in on Valentine’s Day with a giant charcuterie board, because unlike a real date, cheese will never let you down! Elyse Pare and Geza Tanner run this small-but-mighty “SpeakCheesy” in the heart of downtown East Greenwich, and their menu has something for everyone. From the Tuscan Nights Board (perfect for two, resplendent with merlot-soaked cheddar, hot capicola, and grape preserves) to the girls’ night-ready Bougie Board (your choice of six meats and cheeses, plus house-made accompaniments – don’t sleep on the raspberry cabernet jam!), there’s something for everyone to celebrate love in all its cheesy glory.
RIFOODFIGHTS’ Valentine’s SWEETS POP-UP
Back by popular demand, RIFoodFights’ Valentine’s Sweets Pop-Up is definitely not to be missed! Filled to the brim with sugary goodness from local purveyors, the boxes even offer a vegan option. Favorites last year included Coffee Milk & Cookies Ice Cream from Warwick Ice Cream, Red Velvet Valentine Cupcakes from LaSalle Bakery, and macarons from Silver Spoon Bakery. The contents of this year’s incarnation are a heavily guarded secret, but what’s better than a blind date to spice up your Valentine’s Day?
Pre-Order Online, Pickup 2/12 and 2/13 at PVDBagels, 695 North Main Street, Providence
NEWPORT SWEET SHOPPE
Something special happens when real-life partners parlay their love for each other into a business venture, and that’s exactly what Patrick and Amanda Bryan did when they opened Newport Sweet Shoppe ten years ago.
Valentine’s Day is kind of a big deal at this pink-tinted confectionary, and the menu of chocolate covered strawberries, heart shaped cookies, and even a saccharin spin on a charcuterie board –- with truffles and dipped pretzels taking the place of the expected savories — doesn’t disappoint. This holiday is all about consuming copious amounts of chocolate, so why not enjoy the best Rhode Island has to offer?
Pre-Order In-Store Until 2/8, Pickup 2/12-2/14