Love is around the corner but not in big gatherings.
For Valentine’s Day this year, it’s much more different than we expected. Luckily, if you’re planning to celebrate with your one close… one then the Bay Area is ready to help facilitate a magical and safe, romantic evening. We brought together a small list of fan favorites that readers like yourself clamor for and enjoy every V-DAY. Make sure to swoop up these local offerings before they either sell out or… well, sell out.
Obsidian Wine Co.
Obsidian Wine Co’s founders—Arpad Molnar, Peter Molnar, and Michael Terrien—are avid outdoorsmen and prefer enjoying wine on outdoor adventures, rather than in a tasting room. In an effort to bring their wine into nature for others, they have launched a series that’s not only fun, but also educates those who are looking for more. These adventures highlight the connection between the land and growing, crafting, and of course, drinking wine. On March 17th, join the team out at the “Farm” in Marshall, CA at the edge of Tomales Bay where you’ll take a deep dive into their shared work together with Hog Island Oyster Co. to understand shellfish and wine in their ecological context. $125 per person. // obsidianwineco.com
San Francisco Proper Hotel
The beloved hotel is offering a delightful Lover’s Cheese Fondue experience for two, with keepsake fondue kit ($270). The decadent experience includes a fondue pot with all tools needed to dip to your heart’s content. Lay it on thick and for an additional $40 with Dark Chocolate Fondue for two. Served with Valrhona chocolate, seasonal fruit and vanilla madeleines. The chocolate fondue is also available on its own for $95, pot included. Both kits include all ingredients and require simple steps to prepare. Kits are available for delivery 10am-6pm February 12th through February 21st via TOCK, SF Proper’s website and with a special free delivery offer through Postmates for Valentine’s Day. // 1100 Market Street, FiDi, sf-hotel-master-tenant-llc.square.site.
The Vault Garden
Newly reopened for safe outdoor dining, The Vault Garden is offering a four-course meal for $85 per person on February 12th, 13th and 14th. The a la carte menu will also be available on the 12th and 13th, (prix fixe only on the 14th). Booking and full menu available through tock. // 555 California St, Nob Hill, thevault555.com.
Have a romantic tea experience at home with a special Saint-Valentin edition of the Maison Danel Signature Afternoon Tea. Each set is presented in a beautiful box with a festive ribbon and includes: 3 Petits Sandwiches, a Chocolate Heart-Shaped Cake, a Mini Viennoiserie, Petits Fours Secs Butter Biscuits, a Chocolate Dipped Strawberry, and small sweets (chocolate, meringue, and mignardises). To mark the occasion, they have brought back the Smoked Salmon Croissant Sandwich with White Sturgeon Caviar they first introduced during the holiday season. Guests get to pick from a vast selection of Maison Danel’s premium loose-leaf teas. For Valentine’s Day, MD recommends one of their two private blends: La Parisienne (Rose Black Tea) and Le Provençal (Lavender Earl Grey). // 1030 Polk St, Nob Hill, maisondanel.com.
Gift that special someone a classic box of chocolates with a twist from renowned local chocolatier, Recchiuti Confections. Special for the holiday, check out their Chemistry Of Love Truffles ($28), a collection of Burnt Caramel Truffles decorated with illustrated love potions that will make sparks fly. Available for pickup at the Ferry Building and nationwide shipping via the Recchiuti Confections website. // 1 Ferry Building, Embarcadero, ferrybuildingmarketplace.com.
The festive menu will be offered on Izzy’s newly re-opened heated and covered patios in SF and San Carlos, or to-go for a romantic meal at home (reheating directions and impressive course-by-course presentation suggestions are also included). Izzy’s Valentine’s Day Menu starts with a Lobster Appetizer made with butter lettuce, avocado, hearts of palm, cara cara oranges, trout roe, dressed in passion fruit vinaigrette, followed by a choice of either honey-brined and herb-rubbed Roasted Rocky Jr. Chicken ($60), served with duck fat fingerling potatoes Lyonnaise, charred asparagus, and topped with a Cabernet-Port wine jus, or a classic 32oz Porterhouse ($110) sous vide in shallots, thyme, garlic, and beef fat, with Izzy’s Own Potatoes and Creamed Spinach. A robust selection of refined wines and Izzy’s classic cocktails like the Winter Citrus and Coco’s 21st Century, are available to purchase à la carte. // 3345 Steiner St, Marina, izzyssteaks.com.
// Feature photo by Carol Moskowitz. Have a V-DAY idea for us? DM us the tip here.