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❤️ 10 Ways to Love Local on Valentine's Day. Eat, Drink, Listen, Dance, Relax, Taste, Indulge and more...

Dare we say that word again? You know... "unprecedented". This Valentine's Day will be, well... like no other in history. We've got lots of suggestions on how to support our lovely local businesses through dining, music, sweets, soaking and more. There's even an opportunity to unleash your anger and break things- as in really break and smash things. Read on to find what floats your boat this Valentine's!

10 Ways to Love Local this
Valentine's Day
Indulge in a Valentine's Feast 

Looking for a fancy socially distanced dine-in dinner experience? Bargello is offering a Valentine’s Day prix fixe meal by reservation on Sunday from 5pm-9pm. Pricing starts at $55 per person plus drinks and gratuity featuring shrimp tortellini served in a light shrimp bisque, prime sirloin served with parmesan polenta, charred Brussels, and a chocolate mousse cake for dessert.

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Drink a Dozen Roses 
Want to up your cocktail game this Valentine's Day? Introducing Cultivated Cocktails, "A Dozen Roses" Cocktail Kit. Includes all ingredients and recipe to create this cocktail, 15 times! The perfect bouquet for that special someone...or yourself. You deserve it. 
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Soak with Someone You Love
 Shoji Spa and Retreat has got your Valentine's Day relaxation hook up. Experience their unpretentious and unique destination spa nestled on a mountainside minutes from the vibrancy of downtown Asheville. Enjoy a massage, private salt hydrotherapy, or take a look at one of their spa packages. Purchase and print a gift certificate right off their website and you don't have to go shopping. Your special someone will love it.
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Love and Other Four-Letter Words 
Enjoy an evening of socially-distanced live music, food and drinks at Isis Music HallRuss Wilson will be singing songs of love and other four-letter words this Friday, February 12th at 7:00 p.m. Russ and his top-notch musicians will treat you to an evening of jazz-infused songs for a special Valentine’s Day treat. Reservations are highly recommended. Tickets are only $15 so get yours today!
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Strawberry Rose' and Red Velvet Cookies
Are you in love with a Cookie Monster? Or as a Cookie Monster do you need a little self-love this year? AVL Box is excited to offer a special Morsel Cookie Co. box this month, featuring their strawberry rosé and red velvet cookies!  They are also now carrying a Classic variety box (beyond February) with Chocolate Chip Sea Salt Nutella, Chai Butter and Red Velvet cookies. They freeze well, so don’t be intimidated to order a box of 6! 
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Get Whisked Away by Chef Michel 

Y'all know that the French know a thing or two about love. Chef Michel Baudouin has created a special menu in honor of the holiday of amour which includes classic steamed lobster, beef Wellington, and more. Dine with Bouchon or RendezVous (by reservation only), or get it to take home. RendezVous reservations can be made by calling 828.348.0909,  Bouchon reservations can be made on their website.

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Show your Love to Asheville Music Hall

For the love of music! This Sunday at 4 p.m., enjoy a whole evening of live tunes and good company. Some of the artists include: The Gunslinging Parrots, Lenny Pettinelli (Early Tuesday Funk Jam), Ethan Heller (The Lasso Twins), Derrick Johnson (Tuesday Night Funk Jam), the Dirty Dead, and more! 
We're so excited that after being closed for an entire year now, Asheville Music Hall is opening back up. Time to get out there to safely boogie and support live music! 

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Special Valentine's Creations
Posana has created 3 Valentine’s Day Specials for this Sunday evening including a special dessert in addition to the regular menu. Dine-in is by reservation only. Takeout is available for regular menu items.
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Nothing Says 'I Love You' Like 100% Grassfed Beef

There's nothing better than biting into a 100% grassfed, well charred, melt-in-your-mouth Filet Mignon or juicy, tender NY Strip steak. Hickory Nut Gap has the meat to elevate your at home Valentine's dinner to steakhouse material. This Valentine's Day, treat your loved ones (and yourself!) to this beautiful combination – it's the perfect way to say, 'I love you!'
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And finally- For the Anti-Valentiners

Have you experienced a pandemic break up? Disenchanted with the whole "love day" this year? Head out for a Smashing good time to unleash some pent up anger!! Literally... go smash plates, bowls, porcelain figurines, Catawba glasses, and more to get all your frustrations out while enjoying a beer or two with Catawba Brewing Company and Asheville Pandemic of Love this Saturday from 2-5 pm!

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Cheers to staying safe and happy this Valentine's, friends. MASK UP, practice social distancing, TIP WELL and DIG LOCAL.

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