Men are funny. I can usually count 10 calls for romantic dinner service the day before, and double that the day of Valentines Day. Most just do not think about it far enough in advance, and panic when they realize they’ve forgotten. In fact one gentleman was so flustered he left several messages for us, but forgot to set up his voice mail, so we couldn’t leave him message when we responded, sorry – we did call you back.
Romantic Dinners happen to be one of my very favorite services The Roving Stove offers. It’s beyond heartwarming when a spouse wants to surprise their better half with a special evening. The couple I cooked for this year were particularly so, because it wasn’t just a last minute gesture – this husband put a lot of thought, effort, and tender loving care into the evening as well.
He booked me weeks in advance, planned every detail from arranging for a friend to distract his wife so it would be a surprise, to getting the grandparents to baby sit their 8 month old baby, carefully chose a menu with her favorite delicacies, bought all new dinnerware, her favorite wine, and the most beautiful centerpiece of roses I think I have ever seen. Sigh, my faith in romance has been renewed, and it was such a joy to be a part of making her feel so happy.
They started with a roasted balsamic pear salad with Gorgonzola and toasted pecans, followed by (for her) lobster prepared sous vide for tenderness, then finished off in clarified butter with shallots and herbs, and a Champagne beurre blanc (so delicious I wanted to bathe in it), and pecan crusted salmon for him – both with a medley of steamed vegetables and potatoes Anna.
For dessert, he requested chocolate lava cake alla mode with raspberry coulis, and a glass of Champagne with a couple raspberries – my queue to slip out the back door quietly.
I also did a special Valentines Day menu for my Personal Chef Approach members with elegant, but easy make-ahead dishes. This is what Kim Cuccia had to say about her evening, “Mine was great… Fire, champagne, the new James Bond movie and your Valentine’s Day Menu #1. My husband said it’s the best dinner I’ve ever made. It was delicious, and so simple to prepare! Thank you Jewels.”
Lady Marmalade Oven Fried Coconut Shrimp
Sweet & Spicy Orange Dipping Sauce
Sizzling Maple Glazed Salmon
Rice with Peas
Pear & Almond Crumble alla Mode
It’s not too late to try this menu or one of the two others out for yourself – I’ll leave the menu plan up for another week in case any of you non-members would like to try it too – you can purchase it in the shop. How was your Valentines Day this year, and what did you have for dinner?