Your 2020 Information to Valentine’s Day Fare Throughout the Entrance Vary
Valentine’s Day black cod at the Kitchen. Photo courtesy of the Kitchen
Eat and Drink
From splurge-worthy feasts to festive treats, there are many delicious ways to celebrate in the Denver metro area and beyond.
• February 8, 2021
Whether you’re celebrating with your partner, pals, or family members, Valentine’s Day weekend is the perfect time to show the ones you love just how much they mean to you—with food and drink, of course. We have a bounty of ideas on how to do that, from Mardi Gras-themed meals to whiskey-and-cupcake gift packages, all from Front Range restaurants, breweries, chocolatiers, and other local culinary businesses. Dig in and enjoy!
If you want to stay in this Valentine’s Day, Adelska has partnered with three local, female-owned businesses to help you spread the love at-home through its curated culinary experiences, which include something to eat, drink, do, and keep. Its brunch package for two features a Rebel Bread challah French toast kit with syrup and spices from Savory Spice, two bathrobes, and a Copper Door Coffee Roasters tasting flight. The Amore dinner package includes a Truffle Cheese Shop charcuterie board, macarons from Cãk, a DIY risotto kit with pink mushrooms from Elevated Mushrooms, two aprons, and a love fern from Madelyn Claire Floral (local delivery in Denver only). And if you’re hosting a Galentine’s Day party with your bestie, there’s a package available for you, too, including heart cookies, a facial kit, and wine from female-owned Wander & Ivy. Starting at $99; order online
The Valentine’s Day brunch kit from Adelska. Photo courtesy of Adelska
Chef Brent Turnipseede is preparing a decadent four-course feast for lovers, available for dine in only. Choose from dishes like king crab cannelloni or beef carpaccio, strawberry kale salad, black truffle risotto, filet mignon and lobster tail, and flourless whiskey cake. Excellent drink pairings are also available. Starting at $149 for two; reserve your table online for February 14; 4132 W. 38th Ave.
In lieu of its traditional 214 Cellar Dinner, Balistreri Vineyards will host an intimate four-course dinner for two, which can be ordered for curbside pickup February 10–17. The ready-to-reheat meal comes with Dungeness crab tortellini; sunflower salad with blood orange vinaigrette; filet mignon with Balistreri port demi glace, charred scallion, jalapeño butter, potato au gratin, and a breadcrumb-stuffed tomato; and cocoa and vanilla trifles. Optional house wine pairings are available. $150 for two; order online; 1946 E. 66th Ave.
Berkeley Donuts on Tennyson Street (located inside Hops & Pie) is releasing a limited-edition Valentine’s Day confection—a chocolate-cherry-glazed cake donut—but all of their fantastic classic flavors will also be available. From $3 per doughnut; email orders 24 hours ahead to [email protected] or call 303-477-7000 on the day you want to pick up; 3920 Tennyson St.
All the sweet and savory dishes you can handle will be available and made with love at chef Linda Hampsten Fox’s LoHi restaurant-bakery, including special pastries and a four-course dinner for dine-in or to go, in addition to the restaurant’s regular brunch and dinner menus. The full Valentine’s dinner includes truffled burrata or halibut carpaccio; duck prosciutto salad or squid ink chitarra with langoustines; bison tenderloin, lamb chops, or ahi tuna belly; and chocolate mousse or lychee yogurt Bavarian for dessert. $90; reserve your table for February 12 through 14 or order your meal for take out or delivery on February 14; 1817 Central St., 303-993-2364
Bird & Jim
This Estes Park restaurant is offering a four-course prix fixe menu that includes excellent plant-based options. Choose from crab spring rolls or char-grilled vegan caesar salad; beet risotto or house-made sweet potato gnocchi; and petite duck breast, monkfish with bay leaf lemongrass beurre blanc, or smoked butternut squash “steak” for your third. Finish with strawberry fraisier cake with lemon cream or vegan chocolate raspberry cake. Optional wine pairings are also available. Starting at $65, reserve your table online for February 14; 915 Moraine Ave., Estes Park
The Block Distilling Co.
The Block Distilling Co. and Odell Brewing Co. have collaborated to release their second annual Valentine’s Day stout: a chocolate orange sipper aged in Block Distilling Co.’s bourbon barrels. The limited-edition beer will be available on February 12 (12–10 p.m.), at both the brewery and distillery as a take-out crowler or for on-site enjoyment. Prices vary; 2990 Larimer St. and 2945 Larimer St.
Boulder County Farmers Market
The creative staff at the Boulder County Farmers Market have designed seven fruit-and-veggie-themed Valentine’s Day cards that will just make your heart beet. (Sorry, had to do it.) In addition, the online market is stocked with locally sourced items including farm-fresh produce and meats, tamales, pupusas, ice cream, snacks, cheeses, condiments, pies, and plenty more. Prices vary; order online for curbside pickup in Boulder, Lafayette, Longmont, and Denver; Monday delivery is also available in Denver
NOLA-inspired dishes and cocktails are on the menu for Valentine’s Day 2021 at Brass Tacks which is offering beads galore along with three courses paired with a Mardi Gras-inspired cocktail of your choice. Choose from seafood gumbo or a jumbo crab cake as your appetizer; a crawfish lobster roll, muffuletta, or Cajun jambalaya pasta as your main course; and King cake or beignets for dessert. $35; purchase tickets online for February 14; 1526 Blake St.
Chef Amy Brown is preparing a romantic three-course menu at Charcoal Bistro, available for dine in or takeout on February 14 and 15, as well as a plant-based meal on February 13. Feast on lemon-poached shrimp cocktail, French onion soup, brown butter lobster ravioli, and red velvet cake, or vegan spanakopita, roasted fennel, chive fettuccine, and salted dark chocolate tart. $65 person, reserve your table online or by calling 303-953-8718; 1028 S. Gaylord St.
Chef Elise Wiggins is preparing a four-course meal for two, with dine-in and finish-at-home options. Savor dishes like seared scallop with truffle cauliflower purée, caper brown butter sauce, and fried leeks; shaved apple and Brussels sprout salad with hazelnut, and gorgonzola cheese; herb-roasted butter fish with saffron couscous; and butterscotch budino with salted caramel and pine nut cookie. $150 for two; reserve your table for February 14 or order takeout by calling 303-634-3779 (the finish-at-home kit can be picked up on February 13); 10195 E. 29th Dr., Ste. 110
Cook Street School of Culinary Arts
Prepare a scrumptious supper at home with the help of Cook Street instructors, who will lead two virtual Cooking with Cupid classes on February 13 and 14 at 6 p.m. Admission includes all of the ingredients and guidance to produce a four-course meal that includes a savory doughnut with duck confit rillettes and red onion glaze; mushroom soup dumplings; herb roasted Cornish hen; and tangerine and Meyer lemon curds with cookies and cake. $65 per person; register online
Colorado Vintner’s Collective
Send the oenophile in your life a gift from Palisade’s Colorado Vintner’s Collective winery. Choose a bottle of its 2019 Ghostdance Grand Valley rosé and you can pair it with two bags of Enstrom almond toffee or raspberry and black forest cherry truffles. $35; order online; 3674 G Rd., Palisade
A gift box from Colorado Vintner’s Collective. Photo courtesy of Colorado Vintner’s Collective
The Dairy Block
Dairy Block in LoDo is partnering with Rebel Experiences to host a romantic, private date night on February 11 and February 12. The collaboration will highlight multiple Dairy Block restaurants and bars—Blanchard Family Wines, Kachina Cantina, Poka Lola Social Club, Foraged, Brutø, Seven Grand, and Denver Milk Market—across a progressive five-course menu. The dinner will be served in two-to-four person igloo-style bubble tents decorated with a winter theme and local flower arrangements from Pickletown Flower Co. From $175, reserve tickets online; 1800 Wazee St.
Death & Co.
Enliven your cocktail hour with Death & Co.’s Valentine’s Day kit. The package includes the bar’s fruity, tequila-and-Champagne-infused Mondrian cocktail; a 750-ml bottle of G.H. Mumm Champagne; fresh raspberries; and two individual milk chocolate tortes with white chocolate ganache, dark chocolate mousse, and brandied cherry anglaise. The bar is also hosting a three-course supper on February 12, 13, and 14 that will include dishes paired with inventive cocktails and a surprise amuse course. $125 for the cocktail kit, $150 for the meal (for two); reserve your table or order online; 1280 25th St.
If you’re searching for the perfect gift for a loved one, Denver Bazaar has curated nine different gift boxes packed with locally made goodies. The barbecue and beer box includes the Munching Box’s hatch green chile salt and Bad Girls BBQ Rub; AtomicChild Design’s beer mug socks; Blond Beard’s IPA Buffalo Sauce; and Oso Rojo’s habanero mustard hot sauce. Other options include a chocolate gift box and a charcuterie gift box. Starting at $30; order online by February 9 for pickup or delivery
Denver Central Market
This Larimer Street food hall is abuzz with specials and delicious deals right now, including a seafood extravaganza from Tammen’s Fish Market; chocolate fondue kits and bonbon packages from Temper Chocolates; and ice cream sundae kits from High Point Creamery. Prices vary, 2660 Larimer St.
Denver Milk Market
Denver Milk Market and the Dairy Block have partnered with Athena Project to present a Galentine’s Day celebration on February 13, starting at 11 a.m. Head to the Dairy Block Alley between 18th and 19th Streets to watch local female-identifying artists transform (wo)mannequins into life-size art and enjoy an all-day brunch with plenty of cocktails. Free entry (menu item prices vary); the Dairy Block alley, 1800 Wazee St.
Denver Sushi House & Colorado Sake Co
Join the sushi-sake experts at Colorado Sake Co for a five-course Love, Sushi, and Other Drugs (aka sake, sushi, and dessert) experience on February 14. Denver Sushi House chef Taylor West curates brunch (10:30 a.m.–4 p.m.) and dinner (4–10 p.m.) menus, paired with sake or cocktails. Highlights include a steak and lobster sushi duet and a dim sum tasting. Starting at $60, reserve tickets online; 3559 Larimer St.
On February 14, Deviation Distilling is offering a date night event special that includes two Valentine’s Day cocktails and a dessert plate. Options include specialty drinks like the Love Machine, a mix of Barista Spirits whiskey, strawberry, balsamic vinegar, and egg white, and the Give it a Chai with Deviation’s spice trade gin, chai spices, simple syrup, and cream. $25; 900 W. 1st Ave., Ste. 15
Dos Luces Brewery x Cultura Craft Chocolate
Two of Denver’s premier Latin America-inspired crafters are combining forces for a decadent Valentine’s Day chocolate-and-beer tasting experience. From one hand, sip a gluten-free, corn-based beer influenced by indigenous American culinary traditions; from the other, nibble a sustainably-sourced chocolate bar. From $30 per couple; purchase tickets online for in-person dining between 5 and 10 p.m. on February 14 or to-go pairings available for pickup between February 12 and February 14; 1236 S. Broadway
Dry Land Distillers x Moksha Chocolate x Wellington Bullings
Longmont’s Dry Land Distillers and Boulder’s bean-t0-bar Moksha Chocolate have partnered to create four unique pairings for Denver and Boulder residents—plus a virtual concert on February 14 featuring Boulder native Wellington Bullings. Whether you’re a fan of white, milk, dark, or vegan chocolate, you can pair a flight of your choice with cocktails or a bottle of whiskey from Dry Land. The taste combination, and Bullings’ sultry vocals, will surely have your Valentine swooning. From $57 for the chocolate-booze pairings; order online for pickup at Dry Land or local delivery; 471 Main Street, Unit B, Longmont. The $15 suggested donation concert begins at 7 p.m. on February 14, and you can order your tickets here.
We hope you love yourself enough to order Duo’s five-course Valentine’s feast, which is just the sort of self care we all deserve right now. Available for dine-in or to-go, the meal begins with fresh oysters and a pickled oyster mushroom amuse bouche, then moves into choices: a chicory salad, poached lobster, or lamb carpaccio as a first course; linguine and clams, bison short ribs, or leek bisque for the second course; rack of lamb or charred broccoli salad with artichoke fondue for the third course; and chocolate semifreddo or guava mousse for dessert. $95 per person; reserve your seats online or order for pick up on February 14; 2413 W. 32nd Ave.
Four by Brother Luck
You and your Valentine can learn how to cook lobster risotto this year with the help of Top Chef’s chef Brother Luck, who will host a virtual cooking class on February 13. Two options are available: Pick up a meal kit or purchase your own ingredients using the provided shopping list, then tune into the live-streamed video event. Starting at $20; purchase tickets online to pick up kits on February 13; 13321 N. Tejon St., Colorado Springs
Frasca Food and Wine
There are several ways that award-winning Frasca can treat you and your loved one this year: dine on a four-course meal inside the Boulder dining room; enjoy a special tasting menu in one of the restaurant’s heated yurts or new Alpenglobes; or bring home a three-course meal kit for two with video instruction from chef Eduardo Valle Lobo. The cook-at-home dinner features beef Wellington, a wedge salad with blue cheese dressing and bacon, fresh bread, and profiteroles, paired with a bottle of 2017 Snowden Cabernet Sauvignon. Starting at $175; reserve your table or order your kit online for February 14; 1738 Pearl St., Boulder
Guard & Grace
Chef Troy Guard and his crew are planning a three-course dinner at Guard & Grace, available throughout Valentine’s Day weekend. Choose from seared Hawaiian tuna tataki, home-made ricotta gnudi, or caramelized cipollini onion tart as your first course; lobster pot pie, grilled artichoke risotto, or beef Wellington as your second course; and warm molten chocolate cake or Tupelo honey cheesecake for a sweet finale. $95 per person; reserve your table online for February 12–14; 1801 California St.
The Halcyon and the ART Hotel
Two Mile High City hotels are offering staycation getaways: The Love at First Bite special at the Halcyon in Cherry Creek includes a four-course dining experience by Local Jones, a bottle of Champagne upon arrival, a selection of mood-setting vinyls to play, and a complimentary late checkout. Meanwhile, the Art Hotel’s Roses Are For Romance package includes a three-course in-room dinner from Fire Restaurant; a bottle of the Art cuvée bubbly, late checkout, complimentary parking, and a waived amenity fee. Prices vary, book reservations online for the Halcyon in Cherry Creek, 245 Columbine St.; or online for the Art Hotel Denver, 1201 Broadway
Half Baked Harvest x Breckenridge Brewery
If you’re the kind of cook who’s longed to dazzle family and friends by whipping up a savory dish or dessert infused with Breckenridge Brewery’s vanilla porter, then your time is now: The brewery has teamed up with Summit County blogger and cookbook author Tieghan Gerard, of Half Baked Harvest, to offer free recipes for a creamy brown butter mushroom chicken dinner and a chocolate lava cake—both featuring the rich porter. Find out where to pick up the beer and other Breckenridge brews here.
H.U.G.S. (Hospitality United in Good Service)
Created by the Good Food Media Network (which runs the Good Food 100 Restaurants List), this new project is dedicated to helping feed the people who feed us: restaurant, farm, and food service workers. On February 16, H.U.G.S. is holding a Valentine’s Day pop up during which any employed or unemployed hospitality worker can pick up an order of free “dumplings” and a Ramona wine spritz at Brutø, inside the Free Market at the Dairy Block. That means an order of hush puppies from Next Door American Eatery; arancini from Locale Boulder; falafel from Safta; croquetas from Ultreia; empanadas from Work & Class; or pierogi from Diggity Dumpling, the new concept from the folks at Acreage by Stem Ciders. The Tock link to pre-order your dumplings and drink will go live this week on the @eathugs instagram account. The goal is to give out 200 meals, so spread the word—and donate to the endeavor, if you can. Free; pick up on February 16 from noon to 3 p.m. at Brutø, 1801 Blake St.
Snuggle up at home after cooking a meal together using one of Il Posto’s cooking kits for two (pappardelle Bolognese for $30 or mushroom risotto for $35) or dine in on a three-course dinner that includes the likes of tuna crudo and heart-shaped ravioli stuffed with ricotta, tomato, and basil. From $30; reserve your table online; 2601 Larimer St., 303-394-0100
Ironton Distillery & Crafthouse
On February 13, Ironton Distillery will host a Cupid & Cocktails dinner from 5–7 p.m. Your ticket includes four full-size cocktails, three paired plates, and entry to the indoor live music event; outdoor seating is also available. To further set the mood, you can add an optional bouquet of fresh roses by local florist, Daisy’s Front Porch. From $100 per person; purchase tickets online; 3636 Chestnut Pl.
Jovanina’s Broken Italian
Join Jovanina’s on February 13 and February 14 for a four-course prix fixe menu. Menu options include slow-roasted Barolo short ribs with porcini polenta and cipollini rosemary jus; lobster risotto with crème fraiche, lobster crema, and Calabrian chile oil; calamarata pasta bolognese; and more. From $85; reserve your table online or call 720- 541-7721; 1520 Blake St.
Lovebirds can share a scallop aguachile appetizer, carne asada entrée, and chocolate tres leches dessert inside an insulated snow globe on Kachina Cantina’s LoDo patio. For an even more festive evening, sip on a glass of brut Champagne for $10 more. (These options are also available à la carte, along with the regular menu.) $49 for two; reserve your table online or order takeout for February 13 or 14 by calling 720-460-2728; 1890 Wazee St.
The chocolate tres leches dessert at Kachina Cantina. Photo courtesy of Kachina Cantina
Chef Michael Bertozzi’s recipe for love awaits at the Kitchen (in Denver and Boulder), where you can choose from dine-in and finish-at-home options. The former includes West Coast oysters, crab soup, shrimp cocktail, miso black cod, côte de boeuf, and pot au chocolate. Takeout meal kits for two come with six courses, centered around côte de boeuf or miso black cod entrées. Flourless chocolate cake finishes off each meal. In-restaurant menu prices vary, takeout meals for two start at $135; reserve your table or order online for February 12–14; 1560 Wazee St. and 1039 Pearl St., Boulder
Little Man Ice Cream
Surprise your sweetheart with a frozen treat from a Denver favorite: Little Man Ice Cream Factory. Its freezer packs include your choice of four pints or four ice cream sandwiches accompanied by a heart-shaped lollipop and BOGO coupon for a future visit. Choose from flavors like salted Oreo, vegan rocky road, and red velvet cookie with cream cheese. From $20, order online by February 10 for pickup at any Little Man location on February 13 and 14; 2620 16th St.
Lola Coastal Mexican
Lola is offering two three-course Amor en Mar y Tierra experiences, available for dine in or finish-at-home takeout. The Surf dinner includes courses such as seared scallops with corn cream and roasted lobster with smoked mushrooms and salsa suiza, while the Turf option features braised beef cheeks with mole verde and other carnivorous specialities. Both dinners come with a trio of hand-rolled truffles, and cocktails add-ons are available. Starting at $90 for two; order online for pickup or reserve a table; 1575 Boulder St.
Misfit Snack Bar
Treat your personal dumpling to all things steamed, pleated, and fried, courtesy of Misfit Snackbar, Middleman, and the Pinched Taco. Their one-night Valentine’s event on February 14 features cocktails, a DJ booth spinning R&B tunes from the ’80s, and a sweet lineup of dumplings and other specialties. Try the hamburgeisha, a dough-wrapped iteration of the epic Misfit Snackbar burger, or the fish and chips, a flavor-filled package of smoked haddock and chives. Starting at $10; reserve your table online or order takeout by February 12; 3401 E. Colfax Ave.
Indulge in a nine-course dine-in tasting menu at Mizuna, which includes roses and Champagne; grilled celtuce and black truffles; miso black bass; lobster agnolotti with caviar beurre blanc; seared diver scallops; house-made strawberry kombucha; dry-aged ribeye with truffle pommes; chocolate mousse; and other specialties. The feast is available for alfresco dining on the heated patios or inside the restaurant. $150 per person; reserve your table online; 225 E. 7th Ave.
Denver chef Tajahi Cooke (of Ms. Betty’s Cooking and Smoke & Roll BBQ) will host an Island Love pop-up dining experience at Pony Up on February 14 and 15. Enjoy tiki-themed cocktails and tropical-inspired dishes inspired by Cooke’s Jamaican roots. Prices vary, dine-in reservations available online; takeout is also available; 1808 Blake St.
Project Angel Heart
Support a local nonprofit and send a personalized Valentine’s Day message to a client of Project Angel Heart. With each donation of $10, a festive message and a meal will be delivered to someone in our community who is living with cancer, HIV/AIDS, kidney disease, or another life-threatening illness. From $10, place orders online by February 10; 4950 Washington St.
Enjoy a Mediterranean-inspired four-course supper from chef Jennifer Jasinski that includes wagyu bresaola carpaccio, a take on paella with grilled octopus and a saffron rice croquette, and Rohan duck breast and Chinese broccoli gyoza. Save room for the strawberry chocolate tart. $80 per person; reserve your table online for February 14 or order finish-at-home takeout for pickup February 12–14; 1431 Larimer Square
Seedstock Brewery and Alma Kitchen & Catering have partnered to create a beer-infused dessert package for Valentine’s Day. The package includes a crowler of your choosing, paired with a Scotch Ale brownie, Bohemian Ale salted caramels, and chocolate-covered pretzels. $25; order online; 3610 W. Colfax Ave.
Whether you’re coupled up or single, chef/pasta pro Jesse Albertini has a dinner kit for you. Enjoy hand-milled sweet potato gnocchi with broccolini and pancetta, and focaccia and chocolate strawberry cookies from Moon Raccoon Baking Company. To freshen up your home along with your palate, add a potted succulent or an ornate bouquet arranged by Birdy Creative. Starting at $64 for two; order online before February 10 to pickup on February 14; 3200 Larimer St.
Sherry’s Soda Shoppe
If ice cream cake says love to you, Sherry’s is where you need to go. The old-fashioned soda fountain is offering ice cream cakes in miniature sizes to feed two-to-three people. The cute little cakes come with messaging on top and start with a chocolate or vanilla base. Each can be personalized with another Sherry’s flavor, including vanilla, milk chocolate, cookies n’ cream, Sherry’s Cherry, or pistachio. (Or go for the whole shebang and get a full-sized cake that feeds six to eight. No judgement.) From $12; order online by February 10 for pick up on February 13 or 14; 2716 Welton St.
For the first time in five years, owners (and spouses) Elliot Strathmann and chef Cindhura Reddy are offering a Valentine’s Day menu for two, available for takeout or limited dine-in reservations inside their heated outdoor tent. Highlights of the three-course feast include 36-layer lasagna, pomegranate-braised Colorado lamb shoulder, and mango cardamom-vanilla budino. Since reservations are limited (and Reddy is a poetry enthusiast), the Spuntino team is asking those interested in booking to spread some love by sending an original poem with their reservation request; the best submission will receive a bottle of 2015 Paolo Bea San Valentino Rosso. Starting at $120 for two (optional wine pairings available); available between 5–5:45 p.m. and 7:15–8:15 p.m.; send your reservation request with preferred time slot and a poem to [email protected]; 2639 W. 32nd Ave.
WhiskeyGrams from State 38 Distilling and Gold Mine Cupcakes. Photo courtesy of State 38 Distilling
State 38 Distillery & Gold Mine Cupcakes
Golden’s State 38 Distillery has partnered up with Gold Mine Cupcakes to offer Whiskey Grams, which is a genius combination of a bottle of whiskey, two cupcakes, and a love note. Gifters can choose from State 38 peat-smoked, Colorado bourbon, rye, or wheat whiskies and chocolate cherry, double chocolate, or Turtle Delight cupcakes. The lucky recipient will receive a message to come by the distillery to pick up their package and will also receive a complimentary tasting of any State 38 product while they’re there. Starting at $46, order online for pickup February 11–13; 400 Corporate Cir., Suite B, Golden
The masters at Sushi Den have a very special Valentine’s Day takeout menu all ready for you, including Den Corner favorites like Crispy Spicy Tuna, aburi and sashimi specials, and even a chocolate mousse cake. Pair a 375-ml bottle of Palmer Brut Reserve Champagne with your meal for a bubbly treat. Prices vary; order online, email at [email protected], or call 303-777-0826 to reserve your meal, available for pick up February 12–14.
Leave the Valentine’s Day cooking to the culinary pros at Tavernetta, who are offering dine-in specials including braised lamb for two and crudi misti and a San Valentino dinner kit. Those who choose the meal kit will receive all the ingredients and step-by-step instructions required to prepare a chicory salad, white truffle risotto, and strawberry tiramisu, as well as a Cosmopolitan cocktail or two. Dine-in menu prices vary, the meal kit is $125; reserve your table or order online for February 14; 1889 16th St.
Enjoy a three-course feast by chef Terence Rogers from the comfort of home this year. Each ready-to-reheat kit includes an appetizer platter of house-made chocolate-covered strawberries; salad or soup; a main course of butter-poached lobster, smoked duck, or potato gnocchi; and a selection of sides. Conclude your meal with salted caramel and Nutella mousse bread pudding or créme brûlée two-ways. Starting at $60; order online for pickup February 12–14; 1740 E. 17th Ave.
Celebrate the holiday is piscine style with a 10-course omakase for two from Uchi, where the seafood is always lovingly prepared. The sure-to-be-spectacular meal moves from oysters and King salmon crudo to chef’s choice nigiri, pork rib dumplings, grilled scallops with XO sauce, Santa Barbara uni, Australian wagyu strip, and a raspberry pistachio dessert. $195 for two; order online for pick up February 12–14 or dine-in on February 14; call (303) 444-1922 to make your dine-in reservation; 2500 Lawrence St.
Spice things up in your home kitchen with a virtual surf-and-turf cooking class from Uncorked Kitchen on February 14. The experience for two includes a meal kit with all of the ingredients to make butter-poached lobster tail, bacon-wrapped steak with Bordelaise sauce, and two sides; a bottle of red or white wine; and access to a one-hour, live-streamed class. $175, order online; 8171 S. Chester St., Ste. A, Centennial
Savor an extra-special tasting experience for two from chef Ryan Rau at Urban Farmer, where there is seating in the dining room as well as inside outdoor private tents—or, for the first time ever, dine inside the Cruise Room in the Oxford Hotel. The six-course menu features soy- and beet-cured salmon, beef tartare, octopus and pork belly smoked tableside, dover sole with shrimp omelet, A5 wagyu with lardo, and, of course, dessert. $175 per person, available February 12–14; make reservations online; 1659 Wazee St.
West End Tavern
The West End Tavern and Boulder Spirits have teamed up to present a five-course dinner paired with an interactive whiskey tasting with Boulder Spirits head distiller Alastair Brogan, available for dine or takeout February 12–14. The tasting includes three two-ounce pours of bourbon, single malt, and sherry-cask-finished whiskey, paired with five courses from the tavern, including a charcuterie board, ricotta lobster gnudi, and smoked short ribs. $85 per person; order online or reserve your table by February 10; 926 Pearl St.
The Wolf’s Tailor
While dine-in reservations at the Wolf’s Tailor are sold out for Valentine’s Day, the restaurant is offering a beautiful take-and-bake meal for two. The four-course dinner includes a Dry Storage baguette, lobster lasagna, confit duck curry, and chocolate truffles; to-go beverage add-ons are also available. Starting at $125, order online for pickup February 12–14; 4058 Tejon St.
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