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Valentine’s Day dinner might look a little different this year. No restaurant tables tightly packed together or tough-to-come-by reservations and parking. Instead, many of your favorite dining establishments are preparing multicourse meals that can be served at home, as well as cocktails and appetizers that can add some spark to your home-cooked dinner. So serve up some romance this year by pulling out that fancy china, shopping early at the wine store and preordering some truly indulgent takeout.
Top Shelf: Valentine’s Day Bartender’s Box
To help you set the mood for an evening at home, Park City bar service Top Shelf has teamed up with Ritual Chocolate and Harvest Moon Events to create a Valentine’s Day edition of The Bartender’s Box.
The box ($120) comes with the prepared syrups, bitters, garnishes and other fresh ingredients needed to create three types of cocktails: the Citrus Cranberry Mimosa, the Raspenglow and the Spiced Old Fashioned. You’ll receive enough ingredients to make four servings of each cocktail — minus the alcohol. Each cocktail is paired with one of Ritual Chocolate’s special bars: Madagascar Sambirano, Bourbon Barrel Aged and their newest creation, the Apres Bar, which is aged in sparkling wine. The box also includes a set of fallen aspen log candleholders and candlesticks, a single rose and rose petals to set the right tone for a romantic night.
Order at TheBartendersBox.com by Feb. 12. Pick up your box at 6436 N. Business Park Loop in Park City, Feb. 11-13. Delivery to certain ZIP codes is also available.
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Porch: Valentine’s Day Dinner
Enjoy a three-course meal via takeout ($45 per person) or dine in at Daybreak’s Porch restaurant. Choose from a soup or salad starter of arugula, chevre, sweet pickled apples and pecans with a cider bourbon vinaigrette, or wild mushroom bisque with a flourish of truffle oil. The main entree offers a choice of prosciutto-wrapped salmon served with saffron cream penne pasta, pine nuts and chives, or grilled giant prawns in a southeast Asian glaze complemented by togarashi mashed potatoes, green papaya salad and peanuts. The final option is filet mignon with thick frites, black peppercorn cognac cream and roasted Brussels sprouts. A vegetarian option is also available upon request.
For dessert, pick from Porch’s banana pudding; carrot cake topped with cream cheese chevre frosting and candied walnuts; or the flourless chocolate decadence drizzled with salted caramel sauce.
Carry-out dinners will require a reserved pick-up time and pre-payment. To preorder your Valentine’s Day dinner, call 801-679-1066. Pick up at 11274 Kestrel Rise Road in South Jordan. For more information, visit PorchUtah.com.
Chop Shop: Be Mine Valentine Special
Start your Valentine’s celebration at home with a curated charcuterie board and Mason jar cocktail kit ($65) from Park City’s newest butcher shop, Chop Shop. The board includes four cured meats and four cheeses chosen by the shop along with house pickles, grain mustard and charred bread. The Mason jar cocktail kit is available in two flavors: Stagger Lee (orange, anise, cinnamon and black sugar) and Miss Scarlett (hibiscus, honey, lemon and sugar). Each mix makes enough cocktails for four with the spirit of your choice added.
Orders must be placed at ChopShopParkCity.com by Feb. 12. Pick up your order Feb. 13-14 at 1177 Center Drive in Park City. Delivery is also available for a $25 fee.
Veneto: Three-Course Valentine’s Dinner
Bring Northern Italian cuisine right into your own dining room with Veneto’s three-course takeout Valentine’s Day dinner ($75, serves two). Begin with salumi e formaggi (assorted meats and cheeses with crostini) followed by your choice of a main course: pumpkin and sausage lasagna or bechamel and meat lasagna. Dessert choices include strawberry tiramisu or traditional tiramisu with espresso-soaked ladyfingers layered between mascarpone and cacao powder.
Preorder by calling 801-359-0708 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Pick up curbside Feb. 12-14 at 370 E. 900 South in Salt Lake City.
LUX Catering: Valentine’s Dinner Meal Kits
LUX Catering’s seven-course or five-course meal kits for two include all necessary ingredients, pairings and reheating instructions so you and your partner can whip up some magic in your own kitchen.
The seven-course menu ($145.95) includes a local charcuterie board with meats, cheeses, local honeycomb, fruit, pickles and housemade artisanal breads followed by an asparagus and leek soup with pancetta and truffle oil. Bite into flatiron steak and roasted tomato jam crostini appetizers alongside a salad of shaved Brussel sprouts with port-poached cranberries and warm bacon vinaigrette. The entree is pinenut-crusted lamb with a blood orange and mint reduction, ancient grain pilaf and romanesco cauliflower. Have some fun with the fondue for two dessert with chocolate ganache, fresh strawberries, espresso shortbread, housemade marshmallows and pound cake before savoring the evening’s final bites of mini linzer cookies and mini raspberry and rose macarons.
The five-course menu ($125.95) features everything above except the soup course and cookie plate. Vegetarian and pescatarian menus are also available.
Place your order by Feb. 10 at LuxCateringAndEvents.com. Once your order is placed, you will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours with instructions for contactless pickup.
Cuisine Unlimited: Valentine’s Dinner or Brunch
Whether a romantic dinner for two or a family brunch for four (or more) suits your mood, Cuisine Unlimited is catering to both. Dinner comes with a choice of filet mignon with mushroom au jus ($52.50); spinach and goat cheese-stuffed chicken breast ($40); or honey soy glazed salmon ($48.50). Housemade rolls, a spring greens and arugula salad, grilled asparagus and rosemary potatoes are included with all meals. For dessert, enjoy baklava cheesecake with fresh berries or chocolate hazelnut torte with raspberry coulis.
For brunch, kids 10 and under ($16.50 each) will delight in heart-shaped Belgium waffles, a cheesy egg bake, mashed potato pancakes and fresh watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew hearts. Adults can indulge in Belgium waffles, ham and potato rolls, an egg frittata with cheese, and fresh fruit for $28.50 each. The entire family will love the individually wrapped heart-shaped chocolate whoopie pies with marshmallow cream filling.
Order via CuisineUnlimited.com or by phone at 385-246-8210. Pick up your order at 4641 Cherry St. in Salt Lake City. Delivery is also available for $25 in the Salt Lake Valley and $35 for Summit, Davis and Utah counties.
Log Haven: Surf and Turf
Regularly voted one of the most romantic restaurants in Utah, Log Haven is sending the romance home with their special Valentine’s Day to-go menu.
The three-course surf and turf meal ($100 per person) begins with a Caesar salad followed by a pan-seared filet with shiitake port demi glace, aged gouda mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus, plus a grilled lobster tail and drawn butter for dipping. End your evening with the rich and decadent chocolate flourless cake.
Orders for the to-go special can be placed at Log-Haven.com for delivery via Chefpanzee or curbside pickup Feb. 12-14, at 6451 Mill Creek Canyon Road.
Heather L. King owns www.slclunches.com and can be found on social media @slclunches.