Detroit couples seeking the ultimate romantic weekend getaway will find it at The Inn at Honey Run, where a lavish aphrodisiac feast, carefully designed to spark passion, is on the menu this Valentine's Day. Tucked away in the undulating hills of Ohio's scenic Amish Country, the Inn's Executive Chef, Scott Fetty, has created the special amore-inducing menu which is available by reservation at www.innathoneyrun.com or (800) 708-9394. Offered Thursday, Feb. 14 through Saturday, Feb. 16, the Aphrodisiac Dinner is served in the Inn's signature restaurant, Tarragon, and includes:
- An appetizer of baked blue point oysters is prepared with bacon, artichokes and spinach.
Oysters' age-old reputation for increasing sexual desire comes from their high zinc content, which helps produce sperm and increase sex drive. Artichokes also are believed to have libido-increasing qualities; so much so, that in 16th-century Europe, women were prohibited from eating them.
- For the entree, a Love Triangle of petite filet mignon is served with lump crabmeat cake, heirloom tomato/lobster risotto, baby vegetables in truffle butter and sauce maltais (orange-scented béarnaise).
The beef fillet helps curb prolactin production, a hormone that can dampen sex drive. Like oysters, crab serves up loads of potein, zinc and B12, all key for maintaining sexual desire. Vitamin E-packed veggies increase testosterone, estrogen and progesterone, which circulate in the bloodstream and stimulate sexual response. Truffles' pungent, earthy smell are proven to attract the opposite sex.
- For dessert, the “Hot Chocolate” is a warm cake is served with marinated strawberries, white chocolate gelato and peppered orange caramel.
Chocolate, the king of natural aphrodisiacs, contains anandamide and phenylethylamine which release dopamine in the brain's pleasure centers, inducing feelings of excitement, attraction and euphoria. It also boosts production of tryptophan, known to promote relaxation and feelings of wellbeing. The antioxidants in Strawberries and the capsaicin in fiery peppers improve blood flow and stimulate nerve endings, which are key to arousal. And the orange in both the dessert and the entree's sauce maltais increase levels of oxytocin, a hormone that encourages kissing and cuddling.
Chef Fetty encourages guests to select a red wine from Tarragon's extensive wine menu to accompany their dinner. In addition to increasing blood flow to ergonoeous zones, red wine relaxes couples and its bouquet -- or scent -- is said to increase production of pheromone, the chemical that cases sexual attraction.
Inn at Honey Run Guests can customize their own romantic escape by reserving their favorite Inn guestroom, Honeycomb Suite or cottage and then booking special add-ons designed to enhance romance, including:
· Snuggle up for a romantic Amish buggy ride (additional $125 for two)
· Sweetheart add on package: Exclusive In-room cocktails delivered upon arrival; chocolate-covered strawberries, two spa therapies or couples massage ($199 for two)
Located in Holmes County, the Inn at Honey Run is tucked away in the gorgeous rolling hills of Ohio Amish Country. A serene oasis of nature and wildlife, comfort and privacy, the Inn offers a fine dining experience with warm hospitality. The Inn is a Select Registry member and boasts a spa, 40 uniquely decorated rooms, suites and cottages, as well as unusual honeycomb rooms, built into a hillside. A conference center, nature trails, bird watching and other amenities add to the Inn at Honey Run experience. Reservations and complete information on the Inn, Spa and restaurant are available at www.innathoneyrun.com or (800) 708-9394.