Local companies around the city helping you celebrate Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that may not be for everyone. But, celebrating with the one you love is always a good idea. This year, many businesses around the city are rolling out specials and discounts to help you and your honey celebrate the right way.
We will continue to update the list as new and update information on other events and specials arrive in our inbox.
First, Kendra Scott’s new Spring 2019 collection debuted Jan. 23 with a few pieces being perfect for date night or chic accessories to gift to your bridesmaids – because Galentine’s Day is an important holiday, too. In addition, Kendra Scott has announced that 50 percent of proceeds from every purchase of its Heart Health Charm will support the HeartGift Foundation – whose mission is to provide life-saving congenital heart defect surgery to children around the world. Give the gift of gorgeous jewelry while helping give the gift of life.
The chic new Eliza Jane Hotel, near the French Quarter in the CBD, is offering a “Romance Package” packed with amenities they say are bound to make it a day to remember. This Valentine’s package includes a complimentary rose petal turndown service on the night of your arrival paired with champagne for two. Additionally, with this package guests will receive a $50 food and beverage credit to be used at Couvant, the hotel’s signature restaurant, The Eliza Jane’s F&B offerings or the Press Room Bar. Couvant specifically will offer Valentine’s Day-inspired menu, where guests can chose from a four-course chocolate menu at $74 per person or a wine pairing at $36 per person.
*Photo credit: Andrew Thomas Lee
What says romance more than penguins? (Kelly here: the answer is nothing.) The new Audubon Supper Club series is set to launch with a Valentine’s dinner with their “colony of lovebirds” – the penguin couples that live at the Aquarium. Housed right in the Gulf of Mexico exhibit, couples can enjoy a three-course Valentine’s dinner. Guests will sip on cocktails and enjoy a three-course dinner while learning all about the romance, and apparent drama, among the penguins. The Audubon Nature Institute says the supper club series is to raise awareness about sustainably sourced seafood and highlights environmentally-friendly catering practices.
Fleming’s Steakhouse & Wine Bar is offering a wine, dine and surprise – or “Wine, Dine & Sparkle” – experience from Feb. 8 – 17. Among the options are three different three-course dinner “tiers,” each more extravagant than the next. A more luxurious Valentine’s option, tier one includes two glasses of Moët & Chandon Brut Imperial Champagne, tier two a bottle of Moët & Chandon Brut Imperial Champagne and tier three with a bottle of Bottle of Dom Pérignon Brut Champagne. Both Valentine’s Day offerings require a reservation. For more information and to make reservations on the “Wine, Dine & Sparkle” experience, email firstname.lastname@example.org and all other Valentine’s Day reservations can be made through the website.
On Feb. 10, head to Pythian Market to experience "An Affair to Remember: Valentine's Day Drag Brunch." The themed event is noon – 2 p.m. and will include performers such as GIA GiaVanni, Lana O'Day and Vida Carlton among others. According to a press release about the event, all of Pythian Market's 13 food vendors will serve brunch offerings through the performance:
Cochon du Lait Benedict from Fete Au Fete; Shakshuka served with sous-vide eggs at Little Fig; Meribo Pizza’s Brunch Pizza with white sauce, bacon, caramelized onions, cheesy eggs, apple jelly, truffle oil, and parmesan; Breakfast Tacos – flour tortillas with melted cheese, scrambled eggs, and choice of meat/veggies from La Cocinita; a traditional Jamaican Breakfast – Akee and Salt Fish with yellow yam, banana, and dumplings at 14 Parishes; and Edison’s artisanal espresso and tea beverages – such as the What Hangover? made with house-made Bloody Mary mix, espresso float, celery bitters – with options to pair with select spirits from Pythian Market’s Bar 1908.
More information can be found here.
Ralph’s on the Park next to City Park is offering both Galentine’s Day and Valentine’s Day offerings. Ralph’s is asking you to bring your girlfriends and sip on champagne while browsing and shopping for accessories from Hola Guava. A portion of the proceeds made from sales will go to the American Heart Association. For the event, Feb. 13 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the bar, Ralph’s will offer rose specials, a sparkling flight for $20, “Cupid’s Kiss” cocktail for a cause for $10 and all dips and bar snacks will be available.
In addition, their Valentine’s dinner will be a three-course dinner available Feb. 13 – 17 for $65 – entrees include grilled filet mignon or lobster Americane. Couples must make a reservation for the three-course dinner.
On Feb. 13, Jack Rose restaurant will host a "Galentine's Day Brunch For Dinner." The event will include food, bottomless Veuve Cliquot, balloon designs by Badass Balloons and jewelry from Porter Lyons. This "over-the-top" bash is sure to be a great night for you and your girls looking to celebrate.
Additionally, Jack Rose will offer a Valentine's Day dinner service that will feature petit filet and lobster fra diavolo for $36 per person.
Let Them Eat Cake was also told that guests can even follow @porterlyonsdesigns and @jackrosenola for a chance to win dinner and a gorgeous set of stud earrings by tagging their three favorite ladies.
Reservations for each can be made at www.jackroserestaurant.com.
Bywater American Bistro is offering a four-course prix fixe menu for Valentine's Day, Feb. 14. The menu includes yellow fin tuna, beet ravioli, salmon and chocolate mousse and is $75 per person – not including tax, beverages and gratuity. Reservations can be made at bywateramericanbistro.com.
Chef Isaac Toups' flagship restaurant Toups Meatery will offer a five-course Cajun and Louisiana-flavored Valentine's Day special for $65 a person. The menu includes items like speckled trout ceviche, black garlic beef tartare and braised short ribs among others. According to Toups Meatery, this menu is "certain to impress your Valentine." Reservations can be made at toupsmeatery.com.
Toups and wife Amanda Toups' collaborative restaurant Toups South is also offering up a tasty option for Valentine's Day in the form of a tasting menu. The menu is said to include "authentic, Southern flavors, perfect for those with a ravenous yet refined appetite." This menu is also five-course and $65 a person. Reservations can be made at toupssouth.com.
The CBD's newest wine bar Copper Vine has a three-course tasting menu curated by Chef Mike Brewer that is sure to please any Valentine. In addition to the tasting menu, the restaurant will offer its regular a la carte menu and additional, optional wine pairing will be available. The price for the tasting menu is $50 per person and reservations can be made here www.coppervinewine.com