With a bit of informed planning, Valentine’s Day can be locally
tailored as a luxurious meal or an artsy night at a gallery, movie and concert. Watauga County has
the means to give every couple, group of friends or contented single a memorable hour or weekend.
Here are some highlights:
Join the 1861 Farmhouse for a five-course Valentine’s Dinner on both Feb. 14 and 15, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. both days. On the menu will be a main course choice of 1861 Chicken Cordon Bleu, fresh mountain trout or St. Valentine’s Day Filet. Chocolate-Bacon Temptation or red velvet cake will be served for dessert. The dinner is $99 per couple or $50 per person. Reservations are required. The 1861 Farmhouse is located at 3608 N.C. 194 (Broadstone Road) in Valle Crucis. For more information, visit http://www.1861farmhouse.com, or call (828) 963-6301.
Café Portofino is featuring holiday food specials of sirloin Oscar with crabmeat and asparagus, balsamic reduction pork tenderloin with mushroom risotto and jumbo crab with stuffed shrimp and a side of fettuccine Alfredo. The restaurant is also offering champagne split specials for $4.50. Live music from Don Vallarta will whisk the night away. Dinner is served until 9:30 p.m. Reservations are being accepted. Café Portofino is located at 970 Rivers St. in Boone. For more information, visit http://www.cafeportofino.net, or call (828) 264-7772.
Casa Rustica will be serving cocktail, appetizer, entree and homemade dessert specials. Entree choices, along with traditional menu items, are filet mignon, Six-Cheese Pasta Purses, Pink Peppercorn-Crusted Salmon and stuffed chicken. Dinner is served from 5 to 9:30 p.m. on Valentine’s Day. Casa Rustica is located at 1348 N.C. 105 South in Boone. For more information, call (828) 262-5128 or visit http://www.casarustica1981.com.
Char is serving a four-course meal with “aphrodisiacs in every single item.” Menu choices include lobster ravioli and Thai crispy duck breast. Dinner is $39.95 per person and includes a champagne toast. Dinner is served from 5 to 9 p.m., and reservations are required. Char is located at 179 Howard St. in Boone. To view the menu, visit http://www.char179.com. For more information, call (828) 266-2179.
Foggy Rock Eatery and Pub welcomes couples with Valentine’s dinner specials chosen by the chef at the beginning of the week. The pub is open from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and is located at 8180 Valley Blvd. in Blowing Rock. For more information, visit http://bobcatalley.com/foggyrock/, or call (828) 295-7262.
Gamekeeper Restaurant and Bar will have Valentine’s Day from Wednesday, Feb. 13, through Saturday, Feb. 9. Their specials are a beef filet mignon Oscar and lobster in light cream sauce over house-made pasta. On Wednesdays, these specials will be a part of the $35 three-course tasting menu. Gamekeeper is located on 3005 Shull’s Mill Road in Boone. For more information, call (828) 963-7400.
Find a classy meal and music at the Green Park Inn’s Laurel Room on Valentine’s Day. Starting at 6 p.m., a special three-course prix fixe dinner for two, which includes a bottle of house wine, will be served for $90. Dinner reservations are required. Romantic Valentine’s Day room packages are also available at the Green Park Inn. The Green Park Inn is located at 9239 Valley Blvd. in Blowing Rock. For more information, visit http://www.greenparkinn.com, or call (828) 414-9230.
Joe’s Jazzed Up is hosting dinner for two with a four-course, prix fixe meal, including a glass of champagne, shrimp cocktail, tomato bruschetta, a choice of spicy crab soup or tossed salad, and a choice of three entrees. The entrees include chicken spiedini, poached salmon with a cold cucumber dill dressing, and New York strip steak. For dessert, couples get New York cheesecake and tuxedo strawberries. Plus, owner Joe Cafaro will offer every lady a long-stemmed rose, and live music will be provided by pianist Jim Fleri. The meal costs $75 with reservations, $69.95 if prepaid with reservations, or $100 at the door (if tables are available). There will be three seatings – 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. Joe’s Jazzed Up is located at 190 Boone Heights Drive in Boone, right next to Joe’s Italian Kitchen. For more information, call (828) 263-9200, or visit http://www.joesitaliankitchen.com.
The Mast Farm Inn will be serving its Valentine’s Day Celebration Menu on Feb. 14, 15 and 16. Entrees of iron-seared New York strip rubbed with Bald Guy Brew’s “Carolina Red Dirt” and applewood-smoked Scottish salmon will be part of the four-course meal. The cost is $44.50 per person or $64.50 for the optional wine pairing. Reservations are required. The Mast Farm Inn is located at 2543 Broadstone Road in Valle Crucis. For more information, visit http://www.themastfarminn.com, or call (828) 963-5857.
Rowland’s at Westglow Resort and Spa will be serving its regular dinner menu on Valentine’s Day, with several Valentine’s themes created by the chef. Dinner is served from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Rowlands, voted “Most Romantic Restaurant” by OpenTable Diners. Rowlands is located at 224 Westglow Circle in Blowing Rock. Reservations are required and can be made by visiting http://www.westglowresortandspa.com/15/rowlands-restaurant/ or calling (828) 295-4463.
Valentine’s Day will mark the middle of three weeks of beer and wine specials at the Six Pence Pub. Through April 3, the pub will have three drafts, four bottles and cans for a reduced price, and on Valentine’s Day, it will feature a steak dinner on the menu, along with its special homemade red velvet cheesecake. For Valentine’s Day, Six Pence opens at 11 a.m., and dinner is served from 5 to 10:30 p.m. Six Pence Pub is located on 1121 Main St. in Blowing Rock. For more information, visit http://www.sixpencepub.com, or call (828) 295-3155.
Start your Valentine’s Day evening celebration by joining with your friends at the VegBoone vegan potluck. The potluck will be held on Valentines Day at 6:30 p.m. at the Watauga County Public Library, located at 140 Queen St. in Boone. Please bring a generous amount of vegan food (no meat, fish, eggs, dairy or honey) that would yield, at least, eight servings, your own place setting and a copy (or multiple copies to share) of your recipe. For more information, email (email@example.com) , or visit http://www.meetup.com/VegBoone/events/100424142/.
Vidalia will have five courses to love on Valentine’s Day from 5 to 9 p.m. The menu is prix fixe, with the main course choice of either crispy duck breast or pan-seared scallops. The cost is $55 per person, which does not include tax or gratuity. Reservations are strongly suggested. Vidalia is located at 831 W. King St. in Boone. For more information, visit http://www.vidaliaofboonenc.com ,or call (828) 263-9176.
A Valentine’s Day special for a sweetheart or a friend will be had at Yosefa AntiquTEA. From 6 to 10 p.m., a choice of Mediterranean platter (four Dolma, hummus and pita drizzled in olive oil from Art of Oil), Spanakopita (pita drizzled in olive oil and bowl of mixed olives), a gourmet cheese platter will be available. A glass of white, red or rose wine per person and a choice of three truffles, New York-style cheesecake with fresh berries, tiramisu or flourless chocolate torte will complete the special. The treat is $29.99 per couple. Reservations are preferred. Yosefa AntiquiTEA is located at 161 Howard Street, Suite C, in Boone. For more information, call (828) 264-0068, visit http://www.YosefaTEA.com, or email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Music and More
Black Cat Burrito is hosting Room Runner to perform on Feb. 15. The show starts at 10:30 p.m., and cover is $5. Black Cat is located at 127 N. Depot St. in downtown Boone. For more information, call (828) 263-9511, or visit http://www.blackcatburrito.com.
Appalachian State University’s Art Expo 2013 will be on display at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. as a part of the exhibition going on until March 16. The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is located at 423 W. King St. in downtown Boone. For more information, call (828) 262-3017 or visit http://art.appstate.edu/events_detail.php?id=0.
Appalachian’s Hayes School of Music offers a musical Valentine on Feb. 14. This year’s annual jazz concert will feature “An Evening of Valentine’s Jazz with Todd Wright and Friends,” beginning at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. Joining saxophonist Wright, who directs the Hayes School of Music’s jazz studies program, are guitarist Andy Page, pianist Keith McCutchen, bassist Joe Crosswell and drummer Rick Dilling. Broyhill is located at 813 Rivers St. in Boone. For more information, call (828) 262-2345 or visit http://music.appstate.edu/about/facilities/broyhill-music-center.
“The Glass Menagerie” will present at the Valborg Theatre on campus at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students and children. Tickets are available in person at the Valborg Theatre box office Monday through Friday from 9 to 5 p.m. and by phone at (828) 262-3063. For more information, call (828) 262-3028 or visit http://theatre.appstate.edu/events/glass-menagerie.
“The Master” will play at I.G. Greer Theater on the ASU campus at 7 and 10 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for $1. For more information, call (828) 262-3030 or visit http://events.appstate.edu/film-master.
Get down with Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band on Valentine’s Day. The Asheville-based funk band will pump up Legends, starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $6 for ASU students when purchased in advance and $8 for students and guests at the door. Attendees with a valid ID can bring their own beer, up to a six-pack limit. Legends is located at 190 Hardin St. in Boone. For more information, call (828) 262-3032 or visit http://events.appstate.edu/yo-mommas-big-fat-booty-band-bubonic-funk.