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    Austin Eastciders: Valentine's Picnic

    How about a whole picnic set-up to supercharge your Valentine's weekend interlude with, you romantic, outdoorsy fool? The folks at the Eastciders restaurant on Barton Springs have got it ready for you, featuring herb-encrusted cider-brined chicken, a pint of pickled potato salad, crispy cabbage salad (so fresh with, mmmmm, that Golden Apple Ponzu dressing), and a Whoopie cake (with its moist double chocolate, condensed milk, crushed toffee, and whipped brown sugar). Oh, and? Because this is from those gurus of apple-based adult beverages? A six-pack of cider of your choice – and you can mix-n-match flavors, even. And all of this ($50) will be packed in a souvenir Austin Eastciders tote bag for you to grab and go. Reckon this sweet deal's romantic to the core, alright.
    1530 Barton Springs Rd.
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    Eberly x Prohibition Creamery

    The Eberly chef team of Jo Chan and Sarah Seghi are giving Austinites one more chance to enjoy the recently shuttered Prohibition Creamery by inviting chef Laura Aidan to partner with them to create a special boozy, ice cream dessert flight ($16) during Valentine's Week. The flight's enough for two and features three different desserts served side by side – with components a specific cocktail would have, but conjured in dessert form. How about a bourbon pecan praline for you, liquor-lover? Some Earl Grey Mandarin Napolean ice cream? Prickly pear mezcal sorbet? Ahhhhh, it's so good we can't even.
    Tue.-Sat., Feb. 9-13
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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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    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.
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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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    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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    Summer House on Music Lane: Valentine's Prix Fixe

    Here's the first annual Saint Valentine's Day Prix Fixe ($58) menu from this recently debuted culinary powerhouse just south of the river. For the first course, choose between beef tartare toast and hamachi ceviche; the main course offers lamb sugo or oak-grilled swordfish, followed by white chocolate budino to share. Note: The regular a la carte menu will also be available, and there's indoor and outdoor-seating-with heaters.
    1101 Music Ln
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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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    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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