Lots of romantic and delicious happenings have packed the calendar over the next week leading up to Valentine’s Day. Here are a few to consider:
Harbor Nights Romantico
Friday, February 7, 6:30 – 9 pm
Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando (pictured above)
A ‘romantico’ version of the popular food and wine event series, the event gives guests access to more than a dozen wines and sparkling wines, gourmet food and desserts from the hotel’s award-winning culinary team, plus live music from The Buzzcatz. Due to rain, the event has been moved inside to the Tuscan Ballroom.
$45 in advance, $55 at the door
Reserved seating is $75 in advance only and includes private wine station and passed hors d’oeuvres, plus all the benefits of a regular Harbor Nights ticket.
Sunday February 9, 1-6pm
Audubon Park Garden District
Peruse the beautifully curated vintage clothing and accessories from vendors like Newfangled Modern Market, Lollipops + Pistols, Retromended, Blue Betty and Dechoes. There will also be vinyl record vendors and food trucks, including Monsta Lobsta, Sushi and Seoul on a Roll, SwedeDISH and Fantastic Hummus.
Wine and Chocolate Perfectly Paired
Wednesday, February 12, 7-9pm
Quantum Leap Winery
Attendees will be guided through 6 delicious pairings of Quantum Leap wine and chocolate from Peterbrooke Chocolatier of Winter Park to learn the principles and strategies of pairing chocolate and wine.
$35 per person
Friday, February 14, 7-10pm
Treat your sweetie to an incredible evening enjoying amazing performances by Ricky & the Buzzcats, Selwyn Birchwood and Thom Chambers Group in a beautiful garden under a starry sky. Pack a dinner picnic basket full of your favorite foods/drinks and bring chairs or blanket for this outdoor event.
Advance general admission $20/person and $15 for Leu Members
Tickets day of event will be $25 plus tax each for members and nonmembers, if available.
Valentine’s Day at The Vineyard Grill
Friday, February 14, between 5:30-10 p.m.
Ritz-Carlton, Grande Lakes
The Vineyard Grill will offer a four course dinner, inclusive sommelier’s pairing glass of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin “Yellow Label” MV champagne, live entertainment and a take away chocolate.
$115 per person (does not include tax and gratuity)
For reservations, call: 407-393-4034
Hemingway’s Three-Course Sweetheart Dinner
Friday, February 14 and Saturday, February 15
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
$100 per couple (plus tax and gratuity)
Open for dinner at 6 pm
For reservations, call: 407-239-3854
Lovers’ Day with a Cultural Twist
Sunday, February 9 to Sunday, February 15
Taverna Opa Orlando
This I-Drive Greek eatery is celebrating with a multi course prix-fixe dinner for two featuring libations and traditional Greek cuisine paired with live entertainment.
$65 per couple
For reservations, call: 407-351-8660
Valentine’s at Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster
Friday, February 14, from 6pm
Orlando’s famed high-end steakhouse is offering a dinner for two, including choice of bottle of champagne or wine, salad, entrees, sides, and chocolate mousse or cheesecake with berries.
$200 per couple, tax and gratuity included.
For reservations, call: 407-645-4443
Valentine’s at Emeril’s Orlando
Friday, February 14
Lunch 11:30 am – 3 pm and dinner from 5–10:30 pm
Emeril’s Orlando is offering decadent dining specials for guests on Valentine’s Day, including a four-course chef’s tasting menu.
Chef’s Tasting Menu: $60 per guest, $105 with sommelier’s wine pairing
For reservations, call: 407-224-2424
Four-Course Valentine’s Day Dinner
Friday, February 14, 5:30 – 10 pm
A Land Remembered, Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel
Guests will dine on special dishes, including Harris Ranch all-natural prime Black Angus beef, and seafood offerings such as fresh Florida Rock Shrimp.
$75 plus tax and gratuity, per person
For reservations, call: 407-996-3663
“Get Your Sexy On” Valentine’s Dinner
Friday, February 14, from 6-10 pm
NOPA Grill & Wine Bar
Passion-inspired fare as well as live entertainment outside on the patio from 8pm to midnight.
$69 per person not including tax and gratuity
For reservations, call: 407-740-4040
Saturday, February 15, 10 am
Enjoy a Saturday brunch, featuring a live band, a delectable buffet spread with carving station and fresh-squeezed juices, and the ‘90s classic romance film, GHOST, starring Patrick Swazye, Demi Moore, and Whoopi Goldberg.
$100/couple, includes brunch buffet and unlimited mimosas
VIP admission $150/couple, includes brunch buffet, unlimited mimosas, reserved VIP table, one bottle of champagne, and commemorative gift bag.
Saturday, February 15, 1-4pm
JW GriffinCooking School, Grande Lakes
Learn how to “roll” with the best of them with the JW’s classically trained Sushi Chef to walk you through the steps of how to make sushi like a pro.
$70 per person; includes sushi lunch and sake tasting (price does not include tax and gratuity)
Valentine’s Day at Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate
Valentine’s Cabana Special includes a luxurious cabana rental with roses, chocolates, chilled towels, fruit plate and two glasses of wine.
Call 1-800-The-Omni or visit www.OmniOrlandoResort.com for more details.
Yum Yum’s Special Order Valentine’s Cupcakes
Yum Yum, one of Orlando’s favorite bakeries on wheels, has created a customized Box O’ Chocolates Cupcakes just in time for Valentine’s Day. Visit www.theyumyumcupcaketruck.com for details.