Valentine's Day

Want to impress your special someone this Valentine’s Day? We make it easy for you to put together the perfect romantic dinner. From cheese and wine to steak and lobster tails, we have an assortment of choices that your sweetheart will fall head over heels for, including dessert!

Set the mood with a beautiful bouquet

Ask your Market Florist to create a charming, one-of-a-kind floral arrangement that’s as unique as your sweetie, or choose from a wide array of ready-to-go bouquets. We also offer a variety of gifts, candles, chocolates and other sweet treats that your Valentine will love.

Tuck a chocolate bar into the flowers

Surprise them with a delicious chocolate hidden among colorful flowers of a floral bouquet. We offer a wide variety of high-quality choices, such as Chocolove bars – each bar comes with a thoughtful poem on the packaging. Other choices include Green & Black’s Organic Chocolate bars, Alter Eco Organic Chocolate bars, Zazubean Organic Chocolate bars, Theo Organic Chocolate bars or Endangered Species Chocolate bars for the animal-lover in your life.

Choose a locally made beverage to toast the day

Deciding on drinks is simple when you seek the help of one of our experienced Wine & Beer Stewards. We carry a wide variety of red, white, rosé and bubbly choices, as well as hoppy, dark, crisp and malty beers. Our Beverage Stewards can recommend which locally produced wines and beers will pair best with your meal. We also offer a range of Oregon-made CBD drinks for those 18 and older, as well as non-alcoholic beverages, like those from For Bitter For Worse, Som Cordial, Portland Syrups, Wilderton Botanical Distillates, The Bitter Housewife, Hibisbloom and more, which are delightful mixed for regular cocktails or alcohol-free drinks – give these Zero Proof recipes a try.

Pick the perfect combination of cheeses

What goes great with wine? Cheese! Ask you Market Cheese Steward to create a custom board or pick and choose a variety of hard and soft cheeses in different flavors to pair with sliced meats, crackers, preserves, nuts and fresh or dried fruits. Some of our recommendations include Cottonwood River Farmstead Cheddar and our luscious House Double Crème Brie with a pillowy rind to pair with your favorite preserves. Both cheeses are excellent with Olli Pre-Slices Salamis. Here are even more ideas for Charcuterie for Two.

Set the table for a delicious dinner for two

Visit your Market Kitchen for flavorful Chef-made foods that will make quick work of dinner, including impressive main courses, sides, soups and salads, as well as in-season, citrus-inspired choices and gluten-free friendly, keto, paleo, vegetarian, vegan and plant-based options. Or visit your Market Meat & Seafood Department for steaks and lobster tails, shrimp, salmon and pre-marinated, stuffed and breaded choices that are ready to cook. Ask your Market Burcher or Fishmonger for suggestions.

Make a special meal that’s from the heart

Let your culinary skills shine or simply show someone how much you care by putting a little time and effort into creating a scratch-made meal. Some of our favorite make-at-home recipes for Valentine’s Day include:

Korean-Style Gimbap – Similar to sushi, Gimbap often features savory meats and vegetables in place of fish, along with a generous amount of sesame oil in the rice. This makes these rolls very versatile, as they can be made with tofu, tuna, beef bulgogi or even ham, and are perfect for prepping ahead. Gluten-free and vegetarian.

Triple Citrus Ceviche with Shrimp – Ceviche is a delicious citrus and seafood dish usually made with tomatoes, onions and cilantro. This version calls for steamed shrimp to speed things up, avocado, jalapeño and a few orange and grapefruit wedges and juice. It’s refreshing, easy and makes an amazing appetizer. Gluten-free.

Butter and Sesame Braised Radishes with Grapefruit and Watercress – Cooking radishes changes the flavor and texture dramatically, creating a mild, delicious, tender result. For this recipe, braise fresh radishes and cook them slowly in butter and sesame oil, to serve atop mixed greens with grapefruit to create a simple yet beautiful salad. Gluten-free and vegetarian.

Seared Steak and Sheet Pan Gorgonzola Smashed Potatoes – We love this recipe because it is so easy, quick and delicious – most of the work is done directly on a sheet pan. Just roast some small potatoes alongside bacon, then add a vegetable and finish with a smash of cheese and butter. While that’s happening, sear a steak and, wow, you’ve just made a heaping plate of heaven.

Salmon with Citrus & Fennel – This salmon recipe features a bountiful, beautiful mix of several in-season citrus varieties, including grapefruit, blood oranges, Valencia oranges and Mandarins. We simply cut away the peel and white pith and pair them with fennel and salmon in the roasting pan for a gorgeous yet simple meal. Paleo and gluten-free.

Cacio E Pepe – Meaning “cheese and pepper” in Italian, this most simple of pasta dishes combines good cheese, a few grinds of peppercorns, melted butter and fruity olive oil. Like a perfect romantic dance – with a bit of music, low light and with a beautiful partner – this sublime and amazing mix, as if by magic, makes everything right in the world. Believe us, this pasta has that ability. As long as you choose high-quality ingredients, you are well on your way to a wonderful night. Vegetarian.

Be sure to serve a jaw-dropping dessert

Save the best for last and surprise your special someone with stunning dessert from your Market Bakery. We offer a variety of options that your date will love, like our Triple Passion Double-Layer Cake, Key Lime Tartlets, Chocolate Brownies with chocolate cream cheese icing or Chocolate Éclairs filled with our delectable vanilla custard, topped with dark chocolate ganache. Enjoy!

Published On: February 3rd, 2022

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