Food and beverage calendar: Valentine’s Day dining

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Valentine’s Day dining events

Red wine class at Village Workshop: Explore six varieties of red wines just in time for Valentine’s Day with wine expert Michael Schafer. 7-8:30 p.m. Thurs.. $45. 455 E. Cady, Northville. (248) 667-7157 or

Guilt Chocolates pop-up at Nora: One of the city’s newest confectioneries, Guilt Chocolates makes glossy, colorful bonbons and will be passing out samples at the Nora home good store. Take a nine-piece box home for $27. 10 a.m. Sat. 4240 Cass, Detroit. (313) 831-4845.

Steak at MGM Grand Detroit: A three-course meal with your choice of oysters, fettuccine, filet mignon or pan-roasted halibut. End your meal with a blindfolded dessert presentation. Mon.-Wed. $95 per person, wine pairing is extra. 1777 Third, Detroit. (313) 465-1644.

Two James Spirits: Specialty cocktails made with Mel’s Toffee and Mexican food pop-up from Raquel’s Cocina, plus DJ Chris Wilson. Tasting room opens at noon; food is 5-9 p.m. Wed. No cover. 2445 Michigan, Detroit. (313) 964-4800.

Om Cafe: This vegan favorite is hosting an “aphrodisiac-inspired” Valentine’s Day dinner, a collaboration between Om and Nosh Pit Detroit. 4-9 p.m. Wed.. No reservations, carry out or dine in. 23135 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 548-1941.

The Apparatus Room: Chef Thomas Lents will prepare a fixed-price, French-influenced dinner with oysters with pink peppercorn and radish, black garlic spinach Caesar salad, duck and chestnut agnolotti and more, plus live jazz music and live art. Wed.. $95 per person. 250 W. Larned, Detroit. (313) 915-4422.

Caucus Club: A special Valentine’s Day menu will be served, and diners can enjoy the music of jazz pianist Scott Gwinnell and vocalist Emma Aboukasm. Wed.. 150 W. Congress, Detroit. (313) 965-4970.

Prime + Proper: Recently named “Most Romantic Restaurant” in Michigan by Food & Wine, this luxurious spot focuses on dry-aged meats and other delicacies. 1145 Griswold, Detroit. (313) 636-3100.

La Strada Dolci e Caffe: A five-course menu with choice of selections like pan-seared medallions of filet mignon, wild-caught salmon, stuffed chicken breast and more. Wed.. $55 per person, $25 additional for wine pairings. Reservations recommended. 243 E. Merrill, Birmingham. (248) 480-0492.

American Coney Island: Enjoy coneys by candlelight, plus complimentary long-stem roses for the ladies. 6-9 p.m. Wed.. No reservations needed. 114 W. Lafayette, Detroit. (313) 961-7758.

The Root Restaurant & Bar: Executive chef Nick Rodgers prepares a special Valentine’s Day menu. On Wed., select bottles of wine will be half-off. Special menu — which includes Michigan beef tartare, prime rib, filet mignon and more — runs Wed.-Sat. 340 Town Center, White Lake. (248) 698-2400.

White Castle: An unusual-but-popular choice for Valentine’s Day, White Castle offers reservations and table-side service. 4-9 p.m. Feb. 14. (248) 477-1450 ext. 10 or for reservations.

More food and beverage events

Birmingham Restaurant Week: Nearly two dozen restaurants in Birmingham will offer three-course lunches for $15 and dinners for $30 through Friday. Visit

Vegbash at Royal Oak Farmers Market: A celebration of vegetarian and vegan cuisine from a dozen local restaurants, plus music, product exhibits, vendors and more. 6-9:30 p.m. Thurs. $10 for ages 12 and over (includes $5 food voucher). 316 E. 11 Mile, Royal Oak.

Sample and Shop at the Farmer’s Hand: Try locally made cheese and wine before you buy at this specialty market, get ideas for Valentine’s Day and talk to food experts. 2-6 p.m. Sat. Free. 1701 Trumbull, Detroit.

The Pizza Throwdown at Eastern Market: Area pizza-makers gather under one roof for sampling and pizza-related discussion. Tickets include five sample slices. Noon-3 p.m. Sun. $15. Shed 5, 2934 Russell, Detroit.

Ferndale Pride Fundraising Dinner at GreenSpace Cafe: Only 50 seats are available for this five-course dinner that benefits Ferndale Pride. 7-10 p.m. Sun. $65, $35 for additional wine pairings. 215 W. Nine Mile, Ferndale.

Dearborn Restaurant Week: More than 35 participating restaurants will offer fixed-price, three course meals for $10, $20 or $30 for lunch or dinner. Feb. 12-18. Downtown Dearborn.

Gabriel Hall Mardi Gras pop-up at Brix Wine & Charcuterie Bar: Enjoy New Orleans food like vegetarian jambalaya, chicken Creole and shrimp etouffee. 6-10 p.m. Tues. A la carte pricing. 7968 Kercheval, Detroit.

Detroit Restaurant Week: Two dozen Detroit restaurants will offer three-course meals for either $39 or $29. Feb. 16-25.

Made to Eat in Michigan at Leon & Lulu: A seasonal farmers’ market with small-batch, artisanal food vendors. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 18. Free admission. 96 W. 14 Mile, Clawson. (248) 288-3600.

Napa vs. Sonoma Wine Seminar and Dinner at Rugby Grille: This interactive wine dinner is led by sommerlier Nidal Daher and includes a three-course menu. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28. $95, plus tax and tip. Reservations required. 100 Townsend, Birmingham. (248) 642-5999.

Empty Bowls Detroit at Eastern Market: A fundraiser for Cass Community Social Services, this soup-fest features food from 20 local restaurants, plus beer, wine and desserts. 5-10 p.m. March 9. $40, $100 for sponsors. Shed 5, Russell at Alfred, Detroit.

Hard Cider and Honey Pairing at Blake’s Orchard: A benefit for nonprofit organization Bees in the D, this event pairs a flight of Blake’s Hard Cider products with five local honeys. The event also includes a tasting of a not-yet-released Blake’s cider. 7-10 p.m. March 9. $44.28. 17985 Armada Center, Armada.

Restaurant briefs

Carrabba’s delivers: Carrabba’s Italian Grill now delivers for $4. Diners ordering from the Canton, Novi, Southgate or Sterling Heights locations can get free delivery through Thursday with the code DELIVERY4.

Hummus & Pita Co. comes to Michigan: Mediterranean fast-casual concept Hummus & Pita Co. will expand to Michigan. The New York City-based chain will open restaurants in downtown Detroit and at Oakland Mall in June, with more to follow in Warren, Canton and Ann Arbor.

DoorDash launches locally: Restaurant delivery service DoorDash announced Wednesday that it will start service in Oakland and Macomb counties. Delivery is expected to expand to Wayne County — including downtown Detroit — on Feb. 21. Operating 10 a.m.-10 p.m., the service will deliver food from restaurants like PF Chang’s, Wendy’s, Granite City Brewery, the Rusty Bucket and more.

Melody Baetens