by Steven Doyle
When we think of Valentine’s Day we tend to think of chocolate, love, and presents, yet most of us don’t know that Valentine’s Day has its roots in an ancient Roman fertility festival called Lupercalia. It was a festival celebrating early spring, fertility, the ancestors, and love. The ancient priests would sacrifice a goat and then make their way around the perimeter of the city of Rome, lightly tapping women on the way with strips of the blood-soaked goat’s skin. No one thought this was strange, as this was an invitation for the spirits of the ancestors to re-incarnate through the cycle of rebirth and ensure fertility. At the end of the day single girls would write their names and place them into an urn. Each bachelor would pick a name out of the urn and would spend the year with her — thus ensuring fertility for the community.
This Valentine’s Day there is no need for priests, goats or urns, just a special night of love and charm coupled with a nice dinner and perhaps something very sweet like one of the following that may be found in Dallas.
This Valentine’s treat your sweet to something special from Celebrity Bakery and Cafe in Frisco. Here you may pre-order tasty decorated cookies in the shapes of hearts and cupids, but also take home a kit that you and your love may decorate at home. For $29.99 you get a dozen shaped sugar cookies, three bags of colored icing and a special container of Valentine’s sprinkles. They also are baking goodies for your Fat Tuesday celebrations.
They’re light, they’re crisp, they’re full of sweet flavors, you need to think about one of the gift boxes of macarons from Bisous Bisous for your Valentine. They offer gift boxes of 2, 6 or 12 pieces. Bargain at any price.
Kate Weiser, the cherub of chocolate, is offering a host of chocolate goodies including a sweet variety pack of chocolate covered cherries, strawberries, toffee almonds and sour gummy hearts. She also has plenty of heart shaped boxes of chocolates in your favorite variety of flavors. Kate Weiser and wine expert, Russ Kempton are also pairing up for a romantic night of wine and chocolate flights. Russ will take you through 6 different wines paired with some of Kate’s finest bonbons for this 90 min tasting Tuesday and Wednesday, February 13th & 14th 7:00pm – 8:30pm. Tickets are $75 and may be purchased here.
Dude, Sweet Chocolate has locations all over town for your chocolate Valentine’s needs, but also catch some fun action at the Greenville location where chef-owner Katherine Clapner will be hosting a special bourbon and chocolate tasting for fun couples and singles alike. Grab your tickets here.
One of our very favorite chocolatiers also happens to be a practicing doctor. Dr. Sue is a practicing physician on a mission to fight obesity-related disease through all-natural dark chocolate made to taste better and help you live healthier. The good doctor believes all-natural chocolate offers a richly decadent yet more healthful and beneficial confection. Her chocolate also happens to be extremely delicious. Check out her gift boxes, and a large variety of delicious chocolates (including orangettes) at her shop, Dr Sue’s Chocolate, in Grapevine, or in stores across the Metroplex. Also, a gift of a truffle making class (33.90 pp) would be ideal for Valentine’s. Check that out here.
Want to watch your chocolate being made, or perhaps have a custom bar made while you wait? Look no further than Dallas’ only bean-to-bar chocolate shop in Watters Creek. At Sublime Chocolate you will find exotic flavors made from chocolate beans from places such as Madagascar.
Chocolate Secrets is your one stop for wine, chocolate and much more. Don’t forget the delicious house-made ice cream (pistachio is to die for for), pastries and sandwiches. This is a terrific date night location with jazz each night of Valentine’s week. You can’t lose here.