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    AFWA: Citywide Sugar High Bake Sale

    The Austin Food & Wine Alliance is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a citywide online bake sale supporting local restaurants, featuring sweet and savory goodies crafted by Austin’s best: bakers and pastry chefs: Abby Jane Bakery, Chicken Salad Shoppe, Bakery Lorraine, Bento Picnic, Cold Ones Pops, Contigo, Cookbook Bakery, El Alma, Foreign & Domestic, Garbo’s, Julie Myrtille Bakery, Killa Wasi, Lola’s Donuts, SRSLY Chocolate, and Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop. Order by Feb. 10, and the love-inspired treats will be available for pickup at Last Straw (914 E. Sixth) on February 14. Or – get 'em delivered! See website for details on this amazing array of delectables.
    Feb. 4-10. $12-55.  
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    Satellite on Slaughter: Valentine's Feast

    Let those Kamburis Brothers and their culinary cohort send you out of this world with a three-course prix-fixe in their elegant south-of-the-river eatery, with a special Valentine’s Day dine-in menu offering entrees that include a decadent Beef Wellington, pork shank osso buco, lobster rissotto, and more – in addition to their classic starters of fried calamari, pork belly sliders, butternut squash soup, and – oh, there’s more, and we’ll let them surprise you with the desserts. And a rose for your sweetheart! (While supplies last.) (Supplies of roses, not sweethearts.)
    Sun., Feb. 14
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    Uchi & Uchiko: Valentine's Treats

    We know where Valentine's Day came from, and we really like where it's going: Directly to your palate, with love, from the virtuosi of viands at Uchi and Uchiko. Uchi's offering a Caviar Box ($120) filled with smoked trout roe and Kaluga hybrid caviar, vinegar and truffle potato chips, ume boshi shallot, chives, black garlic crème fraîche, and celery root chips. Uchiko touts a Caviar Box (also $120) featuring smoked trout roe and Kaluga hybrid caviar, sunchoke chips, crème fraîche, black onion soubise, chives/shallots, and egg yolk/whites. But if that's too, ah, fishy for your tastes, citizen, look here: Chef Ariana Quant has conjured a Sweet Box ($70) stocked with passion fruit marshmallows, pâte de fruit, chocolate nougat currants, chocolate bon-bon, and more – and a half bottle of brut rosé. Call them – yes, on your phone – to place an order before they've sold out.
    Order by Feb. 11
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    Valentine's Weekend at Treaty Oak Distilling

    One of our favorite places in Central Texas, Treaty Oak Distilling is celebrating this lovers' weekend with two jaw-dropping culinary events replete with their whiskeys and wines at their acclaimed on-site Alice's Restaurant. First, the Steak Pairings Dinner that includes choice Texas ribeyes from 44 Farms and bourbon-chocolate-dipped strawberries. (Fri.-Sat., Feb. 12-13, 5-9pm.) And then, on the actual day of St. Valentine, it's a Sunday Brunch that features grilled quail knots finished with a blackberry ancho demi glaze, a 14-ounce durrack heritage pork tomahawk, lamb chops, and housemade sopapillas, among other fine edibles – and all accompanied by pairings of Waterloo Gin. (Sun., Feb. 14, noon-4pm.) And, mmmmmmm, it's all right there on the edge of the beautiful Texas Hill Country …
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    Aba's Mediterranean Valentine Feast

    How tasty is this offering from that excellent Mediterranean place just south of Downtown? Hint: Aba's dinner for two will include lobster bisque, smoky garlic hummus with housemade bread, ahi tuna tabouli, brussels sprouts, beef tenderloin with truffled potatoes, Isot chocolate cake, and a bottle of Giuliana Prosecco. Note: Place your order up to one day prior (by 3pm) for pick-up or delivery on Feb. 12–14.
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    Austin Oyster Co. x Austin Winery

    Austin Oyster Company and Austin Winery have teamed up to offer pre-packaged oyster shucking kits and wine selections for an at-home Valentine's Day celebration. Packages include one or two dozen oysters, garnishes, one of three paired wine bottles, shucking knife and gloves, and Austin Oyster Co. swag and discount codes. Note: This is a hot, as they say, item – so it's a good idea to place your orders STAT. Pickup options: Sat.-Sun., Feb. 13-14, noon-5pm.
    One dozen + kit, $70; two dozen + kit, $90.  
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    Desert Door Sotol x Texas Bees

    Ah, who wouldn't want to take a post-snowpocalypse drive out to Driftwood, to the Desert Door distillery and tasting room, where the acclaimed sotol-mongers are celebrating the Texas honey bee population by offering a special cocktail featuring wild-harvested, West Texas honey? That's a rhetorical question, but we'll guess the answer is "I want to take that drive!" Especially when you know that proceeds from every Rugged Flower cocktail sold will go directly toward adding more bee hives to the ranch, thus increasing the area’s biodiversity.
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    Food Access Resources from SFC

    We have to admit it's getter better, but we've still got a ways to go in dealing with this pandemic. The Sustainable Food Center has put together a thorough compilation of food access resources for Central Texans, ranging from farmers' markets to CSAs to delivery options and everything in between, so you can ensure that healthy food stays on your table. And if you're able to contribute they're accepting online donations, which support farmers and low-income families facing food insecurity. Get all the details on their website.
    Citywide
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    Free Valentine's Dessert at Z'Tejas

    That's right, lovebirds: On Valentine's Day, order two entrees at either location of this popular bastion of fine Southwestern cuisine and you'll get your dessert gratis: A dulce de leche "heart" cheesecake with chocolate glaze, strawberry reduction, and strawberry rose.
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    Gati Valentine's Specials + Cooking Class

    Thai Fresh's Jam Sanitchat is serving up some "hearty" Valentine's yum at her pastry-forward Gati outpost, with heart-shaped cookies, red velvet cupcakes, and a six-inch, heart-shaped ice cream cake (chocolate cake with beet or strawberry ice cream) with custom writing on it. Impressive enough, but – if you want to do a DIY-together thing for this popular lovers' holiday – we recommend taking chef Sanitchat's virtual cooking class ($60) on that day (Sun., Feb. 14, 6pm), where she'll teach couples something new and romantic in the kitchen. You'll pick up the ingredients from Thai Fresh – menu items include papaya salad, drunken noodles, green curry, pad prik king, and more – and then cook along at home, slicing and dicing and mixing and frying and (ahem) billing and cooing, right? <3
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    Hopfields Valentine: Pre-Fixe Paradise

    Hopfields says they've created "the ultimate dining package for you and your main squeeze to enjoy," and – we know chef James Flowers' culinary skills – we're not going to argue. You can dine in with full service (there's a beautiful patio) or get the whole shebang to-go and put the finishing touches on it at home. "The whole shebang" means, in this case, a five-course feast of bowfin caviar, oysters Louie, truffled white asparagus soup, whole roasted Berkshire porchetta, and a creamysweet dream of a dessert they're calling bananacotta. They'll also give you a pair of roses and a vintage French postcard, lovers – and of course you can add wine or beer pairings for extra.
    Sun., Feb. 14, 5-10pm. $100 for two.  
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    Hotel Ella's Valentine's Dinner To-Go

    You could be extra and book a night at the hotel, too – and that would be such a romantic maneuver, wouldn't it? But you can also "just" order this excellent meal for pickup from Goodall's Kitchen and then return home, happily feasting on coconut lime ceviche, filet mignon (or seared, cold-smoked scallops), and devil's food cake for dessert. Note: Place your order by Feb. 9, for pickup Feb. 12-14.
    Feb. 1-9. $47.50 per person.  
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    Huckleberry: Valentine's Seafood Feast

    Treat yourself and your partner to a Gulf-sourced, take-and-bake dinner for two at home, as chef Davis Turner presents the four-course freshness of Bibb salad, deviled crabs, Gulf Coast bouillabaisse, and triple-chocolate cookies. (But, ah, you don't yet know how good this food truck outside Circle Brewing is? Then we'll tell you: It's so good that you'd best order early, as Chef Turner's culinary chops tend to make these specials sell out fast.)
    $100 for two.  
    2340 W. Braker
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    Ice Pick's Pies: Valentine AF

    One of our favorite bakers in Austin is offering her scrumptious homemade creations (with free delivery throughout the Austin and Dripping Springs area) at 15% off the entire order – until Fri., Feb. 12, if you use this special code: VDAYPIES. Oh, the fillings! Oh, the crusts! Oh, what that Gabrielle Faust can do with an oven!
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    Il Brutto: Valentine's Pizza & Pasta

    A special Valentine's to-go dinner kit for two, from this First Plates winner? Hell, we'll pretend to be in love, if we have to, to score such a fine repast: Easy-to-follow instruction and ingredients for making Margherita pizzas and goat cheese agnolotti pasta right there at home – and it comes with tiramisu that's fully done and ready to be your favorite dessert ever.
    Order now for pickup on Feb. 11-14  
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    Intero's Valentine: Meal Kits + Chocolates + Whiskey

    Couples who enjoy spending time together in the kitchen can create a delicious meal with one of Intero’s Valentine’s Day meal kits from chef Ian Thurwachter – featuring an appetizer, salad, entree course (options include a dry-aged Wagyu ribeye, hand-made pasta, and risotto) and easy-to-follow instructions. (Ah, the two of you, in the kitchen, rockin' that fancy cuisine …) But, check this out, too: Pastry chef Krystal Craig is offering chocolate tasting sets for two, so you and your beloved can go on a romantic adventure of the palate. Tasting options include an amaro-and-chocolate pairing, and a whiskey-and-chocolate pairing with Milam & Greene's finest. Note: Order by Feb. 10, for pickup on Feb. 12-14.
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    L'Oca d'Oro: Valentine's Day at Home

    This intimate dinner for two from chef Fiore Tedesco includes a three-course meal of Spanish mackerel crudo with tomato and basil, burrata with blood orange and mint, and house spaghetti with shrimp bolognese. All dishes are finished at home so they can be as fresh as if they were being experienced at the restaurant, and there are additional options for wine pairings.
    Sign up via Table22 between Feb. 2-8 for pickup on Feb. 12  
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    Lunar New Year: Old Thousand

    We're already over the moon about Old Thousand's Dope Chinese fare in general (omg, that brisket fried rice), so we're glad to sound a Year of the Ox huzzah about the acclaimed eatery's new year specials right now. Coming up this weekend (Feb. 12-14), there'll be char sui ribs and pork belly, beef-and-bleu gyoza (!), shrimp & pork shumai dumplings, five-spice oxtail, and more.
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    Lunar New Year: Oseyo x Chop Chop

    Just in time for the inaugural Year of the Ox celebrations, Lynn Miller's acclaimed Korean restaurant Oseyo on E. Cesar Chavez has collaborated with local favorite noodle-cup brand Chop Chop to present Lunar Firecracker: an ox-bone broth accompanied by noodles and Mandu dumplings with a spicy ox-and-shrimp filling. Pre-order is available now until they're overwhelmed and sold out.
    For pickup on Feb. 12. $12.90.  
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    Mozart's Valentine: Coffee & Dessert Tasting

    Mozart's Coffee Roasters has a fine event planned for the most romantic java fiends in town. "Three courses. Three coffees. Four nights available. All kinds of couples welcome." We reckon you'll enjoy listening to the live music on those lovely lakeside decks while you sip and nibble the sumptuous noms – and you'll leave with a special gift from Mozart's, too.
    Feb. 11-14. $166.50 per couple.  
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    Old Thousand: Valentine's Hot Pot & Dinner for Two

    Valentine’s options at Old Thousand include a "Horny for Hot Pot” multicourse dinner for two ($110) with choice of mala beef tallow broth or smoked vegetable umami broth, a variety of meats, vegetables, noodles, signature sides and desserts; and a Dinner for Two option ($75) that includes a variety of signature dishes like Xiao Main noodles, General Tso’s, Smoked Pork Belly Char Siu, green beans, and cucumber salad. Available for pickup at both locations. Bonus: Both dinners include a refreshing adult beverage.
    Note: Order by Feb. 11, 5pm
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    Red Beans and Ricely Yours, Austin

    This community initiative, headed by Chris Cubas and Maris Clegg, is dedicated to providing free meals (of red beans and rice, andouille sausage, cornbread, fruit, dessert, and a drink) to Austinites in need. "On Tuesdays, we will provide a link to sign up for a free home-made meal delivered to you with safety in mind," goes their announcement on Facebook. "There is no judgment and the form is anonymous. If you have been affected by the impact of Covid-19 or are having a hard time, we would like to make a small portion of your day a little bit better." Or, if you'd like to donate your time in driving, baking treats, or providing cases of non-alcoholic beverages, please reach out to redbeansaustin@gmail.com.
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    Sala & Betty: Valentine's Day Dinner

    It's Sala & Betty's sixth anniversary, yes, but what chef Teresa Wilson is serving up will help you celebrate with your Valentine: A multicourse meal that involves "several different cuisines to honor the many cultures that make us who we are." Choose among such delights as grilled oysters with bacon, goat cheese tourtes, Louisiana crab cakes, shrimp bisque, pomegranate-roasted pork chops, salmon with Brussels sprouts and chorizo, raspberry cheesecake, banana pudding, red velvet cupcakes, and more.
    Order now for pickup on Feb. 14. $50-55.  
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    Salt & Time's Valentine Meal Kits

    Valentine's Day, these magisterial meatmongers remind us after a year's gone by, marks the last major holiday to be celebrated in quarantine. Now they've put together several packages so you and your boo can have a wonderful dinner at home. The multicourse meals are partially prepared to finish at home and include either one large, dry aged steak to share or a pair of steaks – and a bottle of Cava sparkling wine and your choice of cocktails – from either a Steak House Classic or a Tuscan-themed Italian menu. Check their website, you carnivorous citizen, and get 'em while you can.
    $200-225, for two.  
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    Suerte's Valentine: Suadero Tacos, FTW

    Yes! Suerte is open for dine-in and will offer Valentine’s Day selections crafted with love by Fermín Núñez and his team. But, for couples wishing to stay at home, they're bringing back those popular Suadero taco kits ($100), too – each will serve two and include all the ingredients for Suadero tacos, a salad, lentils, a dessert, and a bottle of sparkling rosé. Note: Order now for pick-up on Feb. 14 – and dine-in reservations can be made starting Feb. 5.
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    The APL's Cookbook: Valentine's Pop-Up

    The Austin Public Library's in-house Cookbook eatery is remaining pandemically closed, yes, but they're briefly popping up (like a sort of pastry-bedecked Whack-a-Mole!) to present a special dessert menu available for Valentine’s weekend. Listen: Raspberry sweetie rolls, personalized cookie cakes, a dozen confectionary roses, a mimosa kit, and wines by the bottle – all available via easy online ordering, with contactless curbside pickup. Just select your preferred pickup day and time and your pastries will be fresh and ready upon arrival. Bonus: You can see the new mural by Austin's own Billie Buck.
    Pre-order through Feb. 13  
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    TLC Austin: Turf & Surf for Two

    Treat yourself and your best beloved to an amazing dinner that includes two eight-ounce tenderloin filets, two crab-stuffed lobster halves, tarragon lemon butter, rosemary fingerling potatoes, asparagus, chocolate-covered strawberries, and a bottle of Taittinger Brut Champagne. Truth: Classic never goes out of style when it tastes this good.
    $250 per couple.  
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    Vanilla Orchid: Valentine's Big Cookie Sixer

    Those catering wizards at Austin's Vanilla Orchid are reprising their famous Sixer for this day of sweets and lovers: A six-pack of their half-pound stuffed cookies, all adorned with Valentine's finery in a fancy LED-lighted box.
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    Vinaigrette Valentine: Cherry Heart Pies

    These scrumptious cherry pies are perfect for sharing – enough for two – and will have you wondering just why young George Washington chopped down that innocent tree in the first place. NM any of that history stuff, tho; love is in the present, and this is a great present for your love. Note: Order by Feb. 11 for pickup on Feb. 13-14.
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    Vixen's Wedding: Valentine's Weekend

    Is this elegant restaurant in the ARRIVE Austin hotel serving up a real Valentine's feast this weekend? Oh, c'mon – as romantic as the place is every day, how could they not? Lovers, you'll be glad to know there's a special prix-fixe menu featuring seafood staples from India’s western coastal region – oysters, caviar, and blue crab – along with seasonal vegetables, traditional garlic naan, and a wintery-spiced twist on bread pudding. And let us just whisper this in your ear: Lamb shank with tamarind molasses. Uh huh, that's right. Make your reservations now.
    Feb. 12-14. $69 per person (add wine pairings for $39).  

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