By Zach Chouteau
Still making your Valentine’s Day plans? Don’t panic, the Richmond Standard has put on its cupid wings and sought out some promising possibilities for the most romantic evening of the year. We’ve got a number of good Valentine’s Day events and dining options to consider.
Brezo Restaurant at 135 Park Place in Point Richmond, has a special evening of live Celtic harp music planned featuring Diana Stork, from 6-8:30 p.m. They also have a pre-fixe menu in the works that was still in formulation as this story was being posted. This reporter dined out with his spouse at the relatively new establishment last summer and really enjoyed the blend of fresh California flavors and Latin heritage.
Salute Ristorante, showing off some romantic water views from its Marina Bay locale, will be hosting both lunch (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and dinner (3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.) meal seating for the big day. Details are still being finalized, but Salute intends to serve a special smaller menu offering some of their Italian specialties.
For something completely different, the East Brother Beer Co. Tap Room on Canal Blvd., is officially launching its new Rec Room Game League, billed as ‘parlor games for the non-athlete.’ You’ll need to sign up for this ongoing Wednesday night fun—with a yearly membership at $40—but the fee includes a cool Rec Room tee-shirt, additional swag items, Wednesday beer discounts and organized play in games ranging from pool and pinball to bocce and ping pong. Running scores will be kept for the league, with the winners eventually taking home some prizes in addition to their bragging rights.
“We’re actually “kicking off’ the league during our 2nd Annual Rec Room party which will take place the prior Sunday (the 11th), to start off Beer Week,” added East Brothers’ Rob Lightner, for those who want to get an early start on the fun.
And if you’re seeking something else a bit raucous rather than romantic, Armistice Brewing on Marina Bay Parkway might have the ideal experience arranged with their Very Viking Valentines dinner—with plenty of beer-drinking as well as creative cuisine on the slate.
“This is going to be an anti-Valentine’s, but you can bring your boo if you want,” Armistice Co-Founder Alex Zobel told the Standard. “Taylor Bell, a chef and food scientist, will be preparing a traditional five-course Nordic meal for us paired with all-you-can-drink Viking beers. We encourage guests to dress in pillage-casual attire. The winner of the costume competition will get to drink out of a real Viking horn for an entire year in the taproom. It’s going to be absurd in a good way.”
At Contra Costa College, the school’s culinary arts department is inviting community members to a Cupid’s Season Dinner from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Feb. 14. The five-course, prix fixe menu costs $35 and includes a complimentary glass of Champagne upon arrival. You can also bring your own bottle without a corkage charge. RSVP required here.
Join Kevin and Barbara Brown of R&B Cellars are hosting a special Valentine’s Day Winemaker Dinner at Riggers Loft. R&B will be pairing up with the awesome, Richmond-based Anaviv Catering for a fabulous 5-course, 7-wine gastronomic affair. The event runs from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Riggers Loft, 1325 Canal Blvd. Tickets are $125 per person. Click here for the menu and more information.
Get into the spirit of love early at a Valentine’s event at the San Pablo Community Center at 2450 Rd 20 on Friday, Feb. 9. For $2 per person, the fun filled family evening will include crafts, games and dancing from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
This weekend, on both Saturday, Feb. 10 and Sunday, Feb. 11 from noon to 5 p.m., The Shops at Hilltop is hosting a Valentine’s themed version of the Food Emporium, Richmond’s own, community-driven version of Off the Grid. Attendees can shop for a special Valentine gift from 12 to 15 vendors located throughout the mall, and also sample from food trucks located in the mall parking lot. Visit the Food Emporium website here.