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Valentine cooking classes at Charlotte restaurants

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Several area restaurants are offering classes to help you celebrate Valentine's Day in style. Sign up for one of these classes to learn to prepare the latest in romantic dishes and put together a meal that will heat up your Valentine celebration.

Sweetheart Cooking Class
Passion8 Bistro
Saturday, February 8th
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Take your sweetie down to Rock Hill to learn to prepare a romantic meal at one of Charlotte's most romantic restaurants.
$75 per couple, includes a champagne toast.
Call to reserve a spot: (803) 802-7455
www.passion8bistro.com

A Little Romance, Please
Reid's Fine Foods
Saturday, February 8th
12 noon
Join the experts at Reid's in preparing the perfect Valentine's dinner. The menu includes:

  • Warm Lobster and Potato Salad with truffle infused mayonnaise
  • Roasted Carrot Soup with pancetta croutons
  • Filet Mignon with morel mushroom wine sauce and seasonal vegetables

$55 per person
Call (704) 377-1312 to reserve your seat, or reserve online.
www.reids.com

Aphrodisiac Foods!
Upstream
Saturday, February 8th
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Spend a romantic morning in the kitchen with the expert chefs at this Phillips Place stand-out, learning about the aphrodisiac properties of oysters and more.
$40 per person
Reservations: (704) 556-7730
www.upstreamseafood.com

For the Love of Chocolate
Bar Cocoa
Saturday, February 8th
9 a.m. to noon
Spend a morning learning the secrets of cooking with chocolate in Bar Cocoa's Cocoa Lab at the Ritz Carlton in Uptown. You'll learn to make:

  • Hand-Rolled Truffles
  • Warm Chocolate Cake
  • Chocolate Crème Brûlée

$75 per person (includes parking)
Reservations required: (704) 547-2244
www.ritzcarlton.com/charlotte

Mocktail Madness
Savory Spice Shop
Thursday, February 13
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Learn all the basics of drink construction, including simple syrups, infusions, and creative rimmers, at this shop in South End's Atherton Mill. You'll learn to make three mocktails:

  • Red Thai Bloody Mary
  • Orange Rose Water Fizz
  • Chocolate Raspberry Martini

Class includes non-alcoholic tastings and a complimentary bottle of rose water.
$15 per person
Register at the shop in person or call (980) 225-5419.
Savory Spice Charlotte Facebook page

Valentine's Eve Special Hands-On Cooking Class
Atherton Market
Thursday, February 13
6:30 - 9 p.m.
Learn to cook a healthy Valentine's dinner using sustainable foods with Chef Alyssa Gorelick. The menu includes:

  • Arugula Salad with baked goats cheese, pecans and apples
  • Sweet Potato Gnocchi with crisp bacon and asparagus
  • Chocolate Truffles topped with sea salt

$60 per person
Call (704) 817-7568 or register online.
chefalyssaskitchen.com

Annual That’s Amore cooking class with Nada Vergili of Nada’s Italy
Heidi Billotto
Saturday, Feb. 15
5:30-9:30 p.m.
Charlotte culinary insider and food writer Heidi Billotto offers cooking classes at her home and at area farms. This special Valentine edition features Nada Vergili, who organizes small group tours exploring Italy's food and culture. The class will cook a classic Italian meal, complete with wine pairings, while Nada shares hints on travel to Italy and even some Italian pillow talk.
$75 per person
Email Heidi at hlnc@carolina.rr.com to make reservations.
heidibillottofood.com

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