Valentine’s Day

“Food Is Love” Dinner at Slocum House

How’s this for romance on Valentine’s Day: a specially prepared meal in the beautiful and historic Slocum House in downtown Vancouver featuring Herb N’ Roots catering and wine from VanArnam Vineyards. This exclusive “Food Is Love” dinner is hosted by the Wine & Food Society of Clark County and will offer five courses, each paired with a different VanArnam wine. Kent and Allison VanArnam, in fact, will be on hand to pour their wines with each course. Intrigued? Here’s a tempting peek at the menu:

  • Crab and artichoke croquette with beet horseradish mostarda and fresh herbs paired with 2015 Riesling
  • Chicory salad with walnuts, orange, dry cherry, cocoa vinaigrette, and pink peppercorn-dusted chèvre paired with 2014 Merlot
  • Bacon tomato bisque with crème fraîche and fried cornbread croutons paired with 2013 Syrah
  • Braised beef shortrib with fresh chive gnocchi, seared asparagus, and lemon beurre blanc paired with 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chai panna cotta with housemade graham cracker, candied apple, and caramel crème Anglaise paired with 2015 Magelica from Perennial Vintners

 

Doors open at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14, and the meal will be served at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person and will not be available at the door. Tickets are available online at Ticket Tomato by clicking here. You can also get tickets in person at Cellar 55 Tasting Room at 1812 Washington St. Tickets are non-refundable. The Slocum House is located in the southwest corner of Esther Short Park at 605 Esther St.

Valentine’s Day at Roots Restaurant and Bar

Roots Restaurant and Bar will be open starting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, serving romantic meals for two…as well as its full menu featuring seasonal, locally sourced appetizers, entrées, desserts and cocktails with Northwest flair. Reservations are still available by calling 360-260-3001. You can also make reservations online at www.rootsrestaurantandbar.com. Two special Valentine’s dishes are:

  • Local oysters Rockefeller with Nueskes bacon, Hollandaise sauce and brioche crumbs
  • Cascade Natural filet Oscar with grilled asparagus, Dungeness crab, whipped Yukon potatoes and sauce Bearnaise

…but you might also want to try the cedar plank salmon with sweet potato leek hash, Meyer lemon butter sauce and corn-fried oysters, or maybe the winter squash and shiitake mushroom risotto with Grana Padano and truffled shoestring potatoes. For dessert, there’s New York cheesecake with mountain huckleberry preserves, or maybe Valrhona chocolate mousse cake with sour cherry compote. Enjoy it with a Clear Creek Pear Sidecar (Clear Creek pear brandy, orange and lemon juice, served up with a sugar rim) and you’ve got true love and a match made in heaven.

Chef’s Night at Niche Wine Bar

Niche Wine Bar in downtown Vancouver is offering something tantalizing for those who like a little food with their wine: Chef’s Night. It happens every Tuesday from 4 to 9 p.m. and features a special menu, different and delicious every time. The first Chef’s Night, in a wonderful coincidence, happens to fall on Tuesday, Feb. 14—that’s Valentine’s Day, in case you live in Timbuktu.

Niche Wine Bar’s Chef David Higginbotham will prepare a romantic dinner with delectable dishes that pair well with some of the many wines that Niche offers from its broad wine list, which includes both international and domestic wines as well as a few local varietals. Stop in and enjoy an evening of exceptional food in an intimate atmosphere, and who knows where the night will lead? With enough wine, anything is possible. Ha, ha. But seriously, drink responsibly.

Reservations are recommended by calling 360-980-8352. Niche Wine Bar is located in downtown Vancouver at 1013 Main St. To take a look at the regular menu—which includes everything from salted dates and speck-smoked prosciutto to cheeses, salads and a classic tarte flambée with Gruyere—click here.

Randy Cate’s Local Tour

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Randy Cate will be singing and strumming his way around the North Bank at three notable locations during the next two months, starting on Valentine’s Day. Cate, a former English teacher at Union High School, has long been active in the music industry, and his tunes have been performed by music greats like Dionne Warwick, The Three Degrees, and Billy Paul. More recently, Cate’s work can be heard as background music on television shows such as “True Blood,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “Ed,” “L.A. Ink,” and “The Young and the Restless.” His latest album, “A Different Kind of Same” is available at www.cdbaby.com, on iTunes, at soundcloud.com, and as an MP3 from www.amazon.com. Cate will also have copies of his albums available for purchase at the show. Here’s where you can hear him, plus details about each location:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 14, 7 to 9 p.m. at The Rusty Chain, 3100 Columbia St.: this neighborhood family-owned business located near Carter Park sells food and spirits in a casual setting. The building has been a grocery store, a coffee shop, and, most recently, Commonwealth Café—but The Rusty Chain seems poised to stick. The current owner, Bill, collects movie posters, photos, record albums, beer cans and mugs. There are books and plenty of games for game night. The walls are covered with Bill’s collected items, which he periodically switches out from his substantial reserves of stuff found at swap meets, flea markets, and antique stores. Prized items include many family recipes passed down from family members. The Rusty Chain also has a pool table, a lounge with bar stools, and lots of dining tables throughout the house. In the summer, guests can hear live music on the patio.
  • Friday, Feb. 24, 6 to 9 p.m., at Moulton Falls Winery & Cider House, 31101 N.E. Railroad Ave. in Yacolt: located in an idyllic North County spot, just across the railroad and not far from the Lewis River. This family-owned winery and tasting room boasts outdoor tables perfect for warmer weather with a stunning view of the hillside trees lots of space for families to enjoy picnics—or the excellent food from Moulton Falls’ wood-fired oven. When the weather’s cold, the tasting room is cozy but spacious, with room for a fair-sized crowd. The polished wood bar is long enough to allow folks to sit or stand and other patrons have room to amble about. There’s great pizza, calzones, and quesadillas, as well as salads and sandwiches. The winery’s mascot is a big, old dog who is gentle, friendly, and loves kids. You might see him slowly moving from table to table, collecting pets and ear scratches. There’s also a resident rooster who likes to strut his stuff and sometimes crows along to the outdoor entertainment.
  • Friday, March 24, at The Heavy Metal Brewing Company, located at 808 MacArthur Blvd. in the old Tower Mall: One of the Couve’s newer taprooms, this used to be a convenience store, but now it’s been converted into a heavy metal/biker-themed atmosphere, complete with beer-filled coolers and other headbanger paraphernalia. Seating is at picnic tables, with a stage for live music and plenty of free parking. There’s food from the Heavy Metal deli and other beverages (they’re also a bottle shop). Loyal customers love to sit and talk (in fact, you might see a few Heavy Metal shirts and gear around town; you can sign up for their mailing list if you’re a fan). This is a real community hang-out. They host many bands and singer-songwriters and on weekends throughout the winter and on Thursday nights when the weather turns warmer.

Valentine’s Day at Three Sixty Kitchen, Lapellah

Here are two more local options for a delicious Valentine’s Day: Lapellah in Vancouver and Three Sixty Kitchen, its sister restaurant in Camas. Both feature thoughtful menus with fresh, locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, expertly prepared craft cocktails, and a contemporary yet comfortable atmosphere. (Plainly speaking, these are two of this editor’s favorite restaurants on the North Bank.) If you want treat the one you love to a meal where you can have absolute confidence in its romance-making effects, look no further! To pique your desire, here’s a glimpse at the special Valentine’s Day entrées being offered at both establishments, along with the regular dinner menus:

Three Sixty Kitchen (call 360-260-3605 for reservations):

  • Seared scallops with blood orange, endive, watercress and spicy herb vinaigrette
  • Baked polenta with broccolini, wild greens and Gorgonzola dolce
  • Braised pork shank with corona bean and kale ragu

Lapellah (call 360-828-7911 for reservations):

  • Coal roasted grilled artichoke with red pepper aioli, marinated chickpea and herb salad
  • Dungeness crab raviolis with Irish brown butter, hazelnuts, micro greens and citrus
  • Beef filet or dry-aged ribeye with roasted garlic mashed potatoes, brick oven baby carrots and mushroom Bordelaise

Chef’s Night at Niche: Feb. 14

Niche Wine Bar in downtown Vancouver is offering something tantalizing for those who like a little food with their wine: Chef’s Night. It happens every Tuesday from 4 to 9 p.m. and features a special menu, different and delicious every time. The first Chef’s Night, in a wonderful coincidence, happens to fall on Tuesday, Feb. 14—that’s Valentine’s Day, in case you live in Timbuktu.

Niche Wine Bar’s Chef David Higginbotham will prepare a romantic dinner with delectable dishes that pair well with some of the many wines that Niche offers from its broad wine list, which includes both international and domestic wines as well as a few local varietals. Stop in and enjoy an evening of exceptional food in an intimate atmosphere, and who knows where the night will lead? With enough wine, anything is possible. Ha, ha. But seriously, drink responsibly.

Reservations are recommended by calling 360-980-8352. Niche Wine Bar is located in downtown Vancouver at 1013 Main St. To take a look at the regular menu—which includes everything from salted dates and speck-smoked prosciutto to cheeses, salads and a classic tarte flambée with Gruyere—click here.

Above image: roasted cherry and rosemary shortbread. See more pictures and keep up-t0-date with what’s happening at Niche on Niche’s Facebook page.

Valentine’s Day at Three Sixty Kitchen & Lapellah

Here are two more local options for a delicious Valentine’s Day: Lapellah in Vancouver and Three Sixty Kitchen, its sister restaurant in Camas. Both feature thoughtful menus with fresh, locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, expertly prepared craft cocktails, and a contemporary yet comfortable atmosphere. (Plainly speaking, these are two of this editor’s favorite restaurants on the North Bank.) If you want treat the one you love to a meal where you can have absolute confidence in its romance-making effects, look no further! To pique your desire, here’s a glimpse at the special Valentine’s Day entrées being offered at both establishments, along with the regular dinner menus:

Three Sixty Kitchen (call 360-260-3605 for reservations):

  • Seared scallops with blood orange, endive, watercress and spicy herb vinaigrette
  • Baked polenta with broccolini, wild greens and Gorgonzola dolce
  • Braised pork shank with corona bean and kale ragu

Lapellah (call 360-828-7911 for reservations):

  • Coal roasted grilled artichoke with red pepper aioli, marinated chickpea and herb salad
  • Dungeness crab raviolis with Irish brown butter, hazelnuts, micro greens and citrus
  • Beef filet or dry-aged ribeye with roasted garlic mashed potatoes, brick oven baby carrots and mushroom Bordelaise

Valentine’s Dinner at Moulton Falls Winery

Moulton Falls Winery & Cider House is ramping up the romance with a special reservation-only Valentine’s Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 11. Appetizers will be served at 5:30, followed by a full dinner at 6:30. Savor delicious dishes like stuffed pasta shells, shrimp pasta primavera, fruit and greens salad, and freshly baked focaccia. While you nibble on a decadent dessert, you can enjoy the Grammy Award-winning guitar melodies of Doug Smith and Tom May.

Tickets are $70 per couple and include appetizers, a glass of wine per person, the pasta dinner, dessert and live music. All couples will also be entered in a drawing for a sweet Valentine’s Chocolate Basket! There are still some spots left but this event is proving to be very popular. To reserve your spot at the table, email moultonfallswinery@centurytel.net or call 360-686-4070. Moulton Falls Winery & Cider House is located in scenic Yacolt at 31101 N.E. Railroad Ave.

“Food Is Love” Dinner at the Slocum House

16298996_1241934885921522_4917624773165202843_nHow’s this for romance on Valentine’s Day: a specially prepared meal in the beautiful and historic Slocum House in downtown Vancouver featuring Herb N’ Roots catering and wine from VanArnam Vineyards. This exclusive “Food Is Love” dinner is hosted by the Wine & Food Society of Clark County and will offer five courses, each paired with a different VanArnam wine. Kent and Allison VanArnam, in fact, will be on hand to pour their wines with each course. Intrigued? Here’s a tempting peek at the menu:

  • Crab and artichoke croquette with beet horseradish mostarda and fresh herbs paired with 2015 Riesling
  • Chicory salad with walnuts, orange, dry cherry, cocoa vinaigrette, and pink peppercorn-dusted chèvre paired with 2014 Merlot
  • Bacon tomato bisque with crème fraîche and fried cornbread croutons paired with 2013 Syrah
  • Braised beef shortrib with fresh chive gnocchi, seared asparagus, and lemon beurre blanc paired with 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chai panna cotta with housemade graham cracker, candied apple, and caramel crème Anglaise paired with 2015 Magelica from Perennial Vintners

Doors open at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14, and the meal will be served at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person and will not be available at the door. Tickets are available online at Ticket Tomato by clicking here. You can also get tickets in person at Cellar 55 Tasting Room at 1812 Washington St. Tickets are non-refundable. The Slocum House is located in the southwest corner of Esther Short Park at 605 Esther St.

Valentine’s Day at Roots

Roots Restaurant and Bar will be open starting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, serving romantic meals for two…as well as its full menu featuring seasonal, locally sourced appetizers, entrées, desserts and cocktails with Northwest flair. Reservations are still available by calling 360-260-3001. You can also make reservations online at www.rootsrestaurantandbar.com. Two special Valentine’s dishes are:

  • Local oysters Rockefeller with Nueskes bacon, Hollandaise sauce and brioche crumbs
  • Cascade Natural filet Oscar with grilled asparagus, Dungeness crab, whipped Yukon potatoes and sauce Bearnaise

…but you might also want to try the cedar plank salmon with sweet potato leek hash, Meyer lemon butter sauce and corn-fried oysters, or maybe the winter squash and shiitake mushroom risotto with Grana Padano and truffled shoestring potatoes. For dessert, there’s New York cheesecake with mountain huckleberry preserves, or maybe Valrhona chocolate mousse cake with sour cherry compote. Enjoy it with a Clear Creek Pear Sidecar (Clear Creek pear brandy, orange and lemon juice, served up with a sugar rim) and you’ve got true love and a match made in heaven.

Above image: Oysters, as you probably know, are widely considered to be an aphrodisiac. Jus’ sayin’. 

A Romantic First Friday at Luepke’s Flowers & Finds

Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it…and First Friday at Luepke Flowers & Finds will get you inspired with fresh flowers, vibrant colors, and sheer creativity. Come by any time from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3, for a bit of bubbly and a lot of beauty.

Luepke’s featured artist for February’s First Friday Artwalk is watercolorist Katey Sandy, who finds inspiration from nature’s shapes, colors, and textures, letting each composition unfold and change as she paints. Sandy uses a variety of approaches and enjoys experimentation during the process of creation, resulting in true expressionist pieces—Sandy’s in-the-moment interpretation of her inner life and her subject, arising spontaneously from her interaction with the canvas and the medium. Sandy is a member of the Southwest Washington Watercolor Society, the Washington Society of Artist, Columbian Art Association, and Mosaic Art Alliance. She teaches abstract painting and montage design for the Mature Learning Program at Clark College.

While you’re enjoying Sandy’s watercolor paintings, you can sip some complimentary sparkling wine and peruse Luepke’s large but thoughtful selection of fresh flowers to take home and liven up your wintertime table. Better yet, order a custom Valentine’s arrangement, and choose some Moonstruck chocolates, scented candles, handpainted silk scarves, or handmade jewelry by local artists to go with your flowers. Luepke’s has also just gotten a new shipment of home décor items such as clocks, vases, boxes and other treasures.

First Friday Artwalk: It’s All About Love

Love inspires creativity during Downtown Vancouver’s First Friday Artwalk this month. Your heart will be warmed and your senses will be delighted as you stroll around town with the people you love, seeing what’s new in the North Bank’s hottest spot for art, shopping, dining, live music, cocktails, craft brews, and more. Come to downtown any time from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3.

To plan your romantic evening, you can download a walking map and the First Friday Hotsheet, which offers complete details on all the First Friday goings-on. In the meantime, here are a few places you’ll want to visit because they’re hosting special First Friday events; for more information about each place, click on the links below or visit www.vdausa.org/first-friday-downtown/.

Valentine’s Dinner at Moulton Falls Winery

Moulton Falls Winery & Cider House is ramping up the romance with a special reservation-only Valentine’s Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 11. Appetizers will be served at 5:30, followed by a full dinner at 6:30. Savor delicious dishes like stuffed pasta shells, shrimp pasta primavera, fruit and greens salad, and freshly baked focaccia. While you nibble on a decadent dessert, you can enjoy the Grammy Award-winning guitar melodies of Doug Smith and Tom May.

Tickets are $70 per couple and include appetizers, a glass of wine per person, the pasta dinner, dessert and live music. All couples will also be entered in a drawing for a sweet Valentine’s Chocolate Basket! There are still some spots left but this event is proving to be very popular. To reserve your spot at the table, email moultonfallswinery@centurytel.net or call 360-686-4070. Moulton Falls Winery & Cider House is located in scenic Yacolt at 31101 N.E. Railroad Ave.

First Friday in the Couve: It’s All About Love

Love inspires creativity during Downtown Vancouver’s First Friday Artwalk this month. Your heart will be warmed and your senses will be delighted as you stroll around town with the people you love, seeing what’s new in the North Bank’s hottest spot for art, shopping, dining, live music, cocktails, craft brews, and more. Come to downtown any time from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3.

To plan your romantic evening, you can download a walking map and the First Friday Hotsheet, which offers complete details on all the First Friday goings-on. In the meantime, here are a few places you’ll want to visit because they’re hosting special First Friday events; for more information about each place, click on the links below or visit www.vdausa.org/first-friday-downtown/.

A Romantic First Friday at Luepke Flowers & Finds

Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it…and First Friday at Luepke Flowers & Finds will get you inspired with fresh flowers, vibrant colors, and sheer creativity. Come by any time from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3, for a bit of bubbly and a lot of beauty.

Luepke’s featured artist for February’s First Friday Artwalk is watercolorist Katey Sandy, who finds inspiration from nature’s shapes, colors, and textures, letting each composition unfold and change as she paints. Sandy uses a variety of approaches and enjoys experimentation during the process of creation, resulting in true expressionist pieces—Sandy’s in-the-moment interpretation of her inner life and her subject, arising spontaneously from her interaction with the canvas and the medium. Sandy is a member of the Southwest Washington Watercolor Society, the Washington Society of Artist, Columbian Art Association, and Mosaic Art Alliance. She teaches abstract painting and montage design for the Mature Learning Program at Clark College.

While you’re enjoying Sandy’s watercolor paintings, you can sip some complimentary sparkling wine and peruse Luepke’s large but thoughtful selection of fresh flowers to take home and liven up your wintertime table. Better yet, order a custom Valentine’s arrangement, and choose some Moonstruck chocolates, scented candles, handpainted silk scarves, or handmade jewelry by local artists to go with your flowers. Luepke’s has also just gotten a new shipment of home décor items such as clocks, vases, boxes and other treasures.

Valentine’s Fun at Flutes & Rocks

Flutes & Rocks, downtown Camas’ swanky Champagne and whiskey lounge, is hosting a pair of notable happenings this month, when the bubbles will be flowing in honor of Valentine’s Day. Every Friday and Saturday evening in February, Flutes & Rocks will offer Dom Perignon—that Cadillac of Champagnes—by the glass, so that you can sip some stars while enjoying Flutes & Rocks’ excellent selection of small plates (and be sure to true the new smoked salmon and brie). On Valentine’s Day, Sunday, Feb. 14, you and your significant other can enjoy a romantic evening with classical guitarist Andreas Ehrlich, red roses, and chocolate fondue.

On Friday, Feb. 19, Flutes & Rocks in hosting a special Portlandia screening party for Chris Merril, a North Bank performer who’ll be featured in an upcoming episode of the show. The event is open to the public. Flutes & Rocks will show the Portlandia episode in which Merril appears, and there will also be a drink menu created especially for the event, and of course Dom Perignon will be on sale by the glass.

For more information about Flutes & Rocks, visit flutesnrocks.com or check out the Flutes & Rocks Facebook page at www.facebook.com/FlutesnRocks/. To see the menu, click here. To make reservations for Valentine’s Day, call 360-954-5981. Flutes & Rocks is located at 500 N.E. 4th Ave. in downtown Camas.

Valentine’s Day at Willem’s on Main

Willem’s on Main is the urban romantic’s choice for a Valentine’s dinner that hits all the right notes: central location on downtown Vancouver’s main street, comfortably modern décor, and food prepared from scratch, using local ingredients, by the hand of one of the region’s best chefs. You can come for a Valentine’s Day brunch on Sunday morning for the best eggs Benedict in town, served on housemade sweet Portuguese muffins, or perhaps a warm waffle with cider mascarpone mousse. Or wait—maybe challah bread French toast? So hard to decide!) For dinner, there’s a very special Valentine’s menu, available for $50 per person. Here’s what you can look forward to:

  • Starter trio featuring buttermilk crepes stuffed with Dungeness crab ragout; arugula salad with grapefruit, shaved fennel, toasted hazelnuts, and honey vinaigrette; and fried chickpea salad with spinach, house-made ricotta, and lemon aioli
  • For the entrée, your choice of salmon from the griddle with asparagus risotto and sauce Hollandaise; smoked beef short ribs braised in Old Ivy Imperial brown ale, served with carrot-and-onion smashed potatoes and braising juices; or farro with roasted root vegetables, caramelized onions, whipped roasted garlic mascarpone, and truffle oil
  • Dessert is chocolate three ways: chocolate pots de creme, white chocolate and Gran Marnier mousse, and whipped cream chocolate truffle.

Make reservations by calling 360-258-0989.

Valentine’s Day Brunch, Dinner at Lapellah

Conveniently for foodies, Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, which means restaurants around town are celebrating with the Northwest’s favorite meal: brunch. Lapellah is no exception. The restaurant is offering its traditional brunch menu along with Valentine’s Day specials like Dungeness Crab Scramble with avocado, roasted red peppers, country potatoes and caramelized onions, or Greek yogurt fruit parfait with house made granola. (YES! I WANT BOTH OF THEM!)

If a romantic dinner is more your style, then make reservations now for Valentine’s Day dinner, as this is one of Lapellah’s busiest days of the year. Dinner choices include roasted red pepper bisque with Dungeness crab and avocado or 12-hour beef short ribs with truffle and leek mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, and porcini demi glace.

Lapellah is located at 2520 Columbia House Blvd., near the Grand Central Fred Meyer, and catty-corner from Thatcher’s Coffee. To make reservations, call 360-828-7911. You can also make reservations online at lapellah.com. A word to the cocktail-inclined: Lapellah isn’t offering a happy hour on Valentine’s Day, so all the delicious, delicious libations are full price.

Cooking Class: Italian Dinner Party

Buon appetito! Learn how to create an Italian dinner party at Class Cooking on Thursday, Feb. 11, and Saturday, Feb. 13 (hint: this would also make an inventive Valentine’s Day date or present). Chef Kim Mahan will lead you through step-by-step, hands-on instruction to make an entire Italian meal—complete with a recipe book to take home—and then you’ll enjoy the delicious results of your labor in a shared meal for all the students. The Thursday class is in the morning, at 10 a.m., and the $60 price includes all ingredients, cooking equipment, and coffee; the Saturday class is at 5 p.m. and includes everything plus wine with the meal. Sign up online at www.class-cooking.com. In the meantime, here’s a peek at what you’ll be making:

  • Panzanella salad: classic bread salad with basil, capers, roasted red peppers, olives and tomatoes
  • Parmesan chicken: chicken breasts cooked with a crisp topping of Parmesan, Panko and lemon zest, finished with lemon juice
  • Potato gnocchi with a sun-dried tomato cream sauce
  • Chocolate panna cotta-with Amaretto whipped cream

Twice the Love at Bleu Door

Looking for something extra, extra, EXTRA special to do for Valentine’s Day? Get a reservation for Bleu Door Bakery‘s first-ever Winemaker’s Dinner on the evening of Saturday, Feb. 13. Join Brett from Isenhower Cellars, a Walla Walla-area vineyard and winery that produces fabulous wines and is committed to sustainable winemaking practices. The meal—which will showcase “big reds” in honor of Valentine’s Day—features five courses especially prepared to pair with Isenhower’s wines. The cost is $75 per person (including gratuity and tax) and seating is limited, so reservations are required. Here’s what’s on the menu:

  • Appetizer: roasted beet tarte tatin with goat cheese
  • Salad: caramelized pear and artisan greens with candied pecans and Gorgonzola in a Champagne Dijon vinaigrette
  • Intermezzo: lemon basil sorbet with Champagne
  • Entrée: pork loin stuffed with cherries, figs, sage, and hazelnuts with a tarragon orange reduction, creamy polenta and glazed apples
  • Dessert: warm chocolate espresso baked mousse

Second—but definitely not secondary, if you know what we mean—Bleu Door will be serving a special Valentine’s Day brunch, and we’ve got a sneak peek at the menu. Doors open at 8 a.m. and brunch service lasts until 2:30 p.m. No reservations are needed, but because Bleu Door’s Sunday brunches have passed into Couve foodie legend, you’ll want to either come early or be prepared to stand in line, Portlandia-style. It’s $26.50 per person or $25 per couple, not including tax and tip (a bargain at twice the price). Read on to whet your appetite:

  • Orange or pomegranate-orange mimosa
  • Mini beignets with chocolate raspberrys auce
  • Entrée (choose one): classic eggs Benedict, house made English muffin, Canadian bacon, asparagus and poached eggs with Hollandaise sauce and house potatoes; the Bleu Lady (a.k.a. Croque Madame) featuring ham and Gruyere strata with béchamel and melted Gruyere topped with two eggs any style and served with fruit; Nutella and banana stacked brioche French toast served with warm syrup and butter; tri-tip hash featuring medium rare slices of steak, crispy potatoes and sweet onions topped with two eggs any style and finished with Béarnaise sauce, served with local greens and a mini croissant; wedge of seasonal quiche with fruit and croissant; garden veggie hash with crispy Yukon Gold potatoes, sprouts, and sweet red peppers, topped with two eggs, plus local greens and a mini croissant; or the famous bacon-Cheddar Bleu Door biscuits smothered with double-sausage gravy and topped with two eggs.
  • Chocolate-dipped strawberry