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Take your valentine out — or stay in — with one of these entertaining options that offer options to restaurants.

Creative Chocolates Strawberry Heart BoxChoose a chocolate dessert-making class at Central Market, order a stay-at-home gourmet meal from GauchoGourmet or stop in for a tequila tasting at La Fogata. Or, bring in a made-to-order Valentine’s breakfast, complete with card and flower, from Crumpets.

GauchoGourmet’s Valentine’s Take-Home Dinners

You can order three- or four-course meals for a romantic Valentine’s Day at home from GauchoGourmet.

This is a perfect option for all food lovers who are thinking about avoiding the crowds but still enjoying a quiet and romantic dinner at home. The dinners will also feature wines from Alexander Vineyard’s to go along with your dinner – Champagne Grand Cru Brut & Rose, Bordeaux St. Emilion, Bordeaux Graves Red & White as well as a Sauternes dessert wine! You can pick them up at the the GauchoGourmet warehouse on Feb. 14 along with your meal and GauchoGourmet will also have them available to pre-order on their website in the next few days so you can make sure they’ll be ready for pickup.

Dinners for two

ravioli genericDuck à la’Orange — Fresh Duck Rillettes by award-winning producer Hudson Valley, Candied Oranges, Crostini (or upgrade to) fresh Hudson Valley Foie Gras Torchon; Ravioli for the Gourmet –Maryland Blue Claw Crab Ravioli, Italian Sundried Tomato Butter, with semidried Cherry Tomatoes, Parmigiano Reggiano, East Coast Baguette (or upgrade to) Native Maine Lobster Ravioli; Sweet Seductions: Fine Spanish Chocolate Truffles, House made Cheesecake with Amarena Cherries, Soft Italian Nougat (or upgrade to) Fine Filled Chocolate Truffles, House made Cheesecake with Amarena Cherries, Soft Italian Nougat & Ferra Organic Coffee.

The three-course dinner for 2 is $59.95. Upgraded, the dinner for two is $79.95.

For the four-course Dinner for Two, add the following course: Charcuterie Platter: Meats: Artisanal Finocchietta Salami, Prosciutto San Daniele; Cheeses: Irish Ardagh Cheddar, Camembert; plus Olive Medley, Spicy Calabrian Peppers, Balsamic Cipollini Onions. Or, upgrade to Upgrade to Artisanal Salami con Porcini, Culatello, Cacio di Bosco Black Truffle Cheese, La Grein Wine Cheese.

The four-course dinner for two is $79.95; the upgraded four-course dinner for two is $99.95.

Please order by order by 5 p.m., Wednesday Feb. 12th; pickup on Feb. 14 or 15. Gaucho Gourmet is at 935 Isom Road. Phone number is 210-277-7930. To order online go click on the weblink here.

Free Tequila Tasting

Make Valentine’s Day reservations at La Fogata, then toast your sweetheart with one of La Fogata’s award-winning margaritas served with one of the restaurant’s  signature orchids nestled at the top of the glass. The restaurant’s concoctions are so popular that their bar crafts more than 300 gallons of margaritas each week.

Partida Margarita -1aLa Fogata features monthly tequila tastings to allow its guests to explore different tequila flavors and enjoy special cocktails crafted by La Fogata’s experienced bar staff to highlight the featured tequila.

February’s featured tequila is Camerena Tequila. Enjoy Valentine’s dinner at La Fogata Friday, Feb. 14, and before you head to your table stop by the free tasting table that will feature Camarena served both straight up and mixed in margaritas.

The free tasting table will be open on La Fogata’s main patio from 6-8 p.m. La Fogata is at  2427 Vance Jackson Road. (210) 340-1337.

Crumpet’s Gourmet Breakfast Delivered

For $28.50 per person, plus tax and tip, you can have a Valentine’s Day breakfast delivered to your door. The delivery of a gourmet breakfast is something Crumpets always offers, but they’ll add a romantic touch if you order for this romantic day on Feb. 14.

The breakfast is delivered in a basket tray with a flower and a card, and there is a delivery fee. Call Crumpet’s at 210-821-5600.

Breakfast includes: Eggs Benedict; freshly squeezed orange juice, fruit fruit, croissants and European breakfast pastries, and condiments.

Pastry Chef Offers Chocolate Class at Central Market

This class has all the sweetness you’d want, lots of chocolate dessert ideas and instruction from an expert. French pastry chef Jean Francois Bonnet, pastry chef and owner of Tumbador Chocolates, will show you some of the secrets of the pros as he demonstrates how to make and garnish Chocolate Souffle; Chocolate Pot de Creme; Chocolate Cremeux and Milk Chocolate-Hazelnut Dacquoise.

The class is $50 and is from 1-3 p.m. on Feb 9. The class is recommended for those who are 13 years and older. Call Central Market Cooking School at 210-368-8617.

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