Valentine’s Day Throughout Coronavirus: 5 Meals Concepts In Memphis
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. If a night on the town isn’t part of your plans this year (and not for many due to the pandemic), you can still set a special date that will make your Valentine’s Day swoon.
Restaurants across Memphis have Valentine’s Day specials to take away, so it’s easy for you to impress that special someone.
Here are five home meeting ideas from restaurants in Memphis. Just like making a restaurant reservation, this is a vacation where it is important to plan ahead – including to take away. Be sure to place your orders sooner rather than later to make sure you get exactly what you want.
Charcuterie and Chocolate: ‘Brie My Valentine’ Charcuterie Board from Feast & Graze
This special edition sausage board from Feast & Graze offers curated seasonal components for any lovely Valentine’s Day celebration. The Brie My Valentine package (USD 75) for two includes a box of dry salami, ham roses, brie dip with local jam, aged havarti, crackers, lavender honey, fruit and candy. Cocoa-dusted truffles from the Dory restaurant and a sparkling rosé are also included. Delivery will be on February 13th or 14th. Order online at feastandgraze.com.
A chic dinner: a Valentine’s Day celebration in the Iris restaurant
2146 Monroe Ave .; (901) 590-2828; irisetc.com
For the fourth time, Iris is hosting a Valentine’s Day feast with treats from four small Memphis businesses. For $ 165, you can get a package with everything you need for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner.
The package includes an artisan cheese and trimmings platter as a starter and a choice of slow-roasted American Kobe Short Ribs or Red Snapper & Gulf Shrimp Court Broth as an appetizer. Sides of semolina and roasted Brussels sprouts for two are included.
The package also includes two cupcakes from Muddy’s Bake Shop, half a dozen roses from Rachel’s Flowers, two chocolate martinis from The Second Line, and a bottle of sparkling wine from Joe’s Wines and Liquor.
Order online at irisetc.com.
Breakfast in Bed: Red Velvet French Toast from Sunrise Memphis
670 Jefferson Ave .; (901) 552-3168; sunrise901.com
Treat your Valentine’s Day to breakfast in bed with a delicious dish from Sunrise Memphis. This downtown breakfast spot offers red velvet French toast ($ 14) on Valentine’s Day. Brioche bread is topped with cheesecake frosting and a chocolate drizzle. A chocolate-covered strawberry completes the whole thing. For those who like it a little tastier, there’s also a Southern Surf and Turf Benedict ($ 15) with country ham and fried oysters. The delivery takes place in the house. Order online at sunrise901.com. Owner Ryan Trimm recommends ordering before 10am to avoid delays.
Pizza Night: Pizza kits from the Pizzeria Trasimeno
1350 Concourse Ave., Suite 181; (901) 308-1113; pizzeriatrasimeno.com
Impress your Valentine’s Day with your pizza making (and throwing!) Skills with a DIY pizza set ($ 8-12) from Pizzeria Trasimeno. The Crosstown Pizzeria has a kit with everything you need to make a Neapolitan style pizza at home. Each kit includes handmade pizza dough, sauce, cheese, and toppings. Kits can be bought for all of their pizza flavors. There’s even a YouTube video that shares tips and tricks for making pizza at home. The Pizzeria Trasimeno is closed on Sundays. So plan to pick up your kit on Saturday. And don’t forget to add a couple of containers of Zio Matto Gelato to your order for dessert. Order online at pizzeriatrasimeno.com.
Cookies and Flowers: Cookie sets and bouquets from Sweet LaLa’s Bakery
6150 Poplar Ave., Suite 118; (901) 654-3646; sweetlalas.com
Staying true to the bakery’s mission to help the community, Sweet LaLa’s Bakery has partnered with 901 Pop, a nonprofit whose mission is to bring joy and friendliness to our community by repurposing flowers, on Valentine’s Day . To support 901 Pop, customers can upgrade their flowers and purchase a vase. Proceeds from the sale of vases will go to 901 Pop. Bouquets can be pre-ordered and Snapdragon Floral Designs are also available in the bakery from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on February 13th.
Combine the bouquet with a Valentine’s Day cookie decoration set and your Valentine’s Day will make you swoon. Cookie kits ($ 30) contain 12 sugar cookies, two colors of frosting, brightly colored sprinkles, and wooden sticks to help design. These are also available as single cookie kits for $ 4. It’s a fun activity to do together.
Order online at sweetlalas.com.
Jennifer Chandler is the Food & Dining reporter for The Commercial Appeal. She can be reached at [email protected] and you can follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @cookwjennifer.