Sweet options to celebrate love

Area businesses are stepping up to provide a wide array of options for a covid-safe celebration of Valentine’s Day. Restaurants are operating below capacity for safe dining and many have upped their take-out options for those preferring to savor a decadent meal at home. Area wineries have both in-person and take-out options and sweet treats abound at area bakeries and chocolatiers.

Arugula Ristorante Italiano is offering a takeout or dine-in fixed price three-course dinner for $85 to $90. The special menu is available Feb 12-14. arugulachaddsford.com

Brandywine Prime offers a cook at home dinner for two, order by Feb 7 and pick up on Feb 13 or 14. The dinner includes starters, a main course, sides, and dessert and is priced at $80 - $100 depending on the main course selected. www.brandywineprime.com

Chadds Ford Tavern is offering a four-course dinner for two that can be ordered and eaten on site (reservations required) or taken home for a more intimate meal. Priced at $120 per couple and available Feb 12-14, the restaurant recommends calling earlier in the day to schedule take-out meals. www.thecftavern.com/menus/

Hank’s Place is offering a Lover’s Duo to go – a four-course dinner for two priced at $100. Place orders by Feb 10 for pick up on Feb 13 or Feb 14. Hank's Place (hanksplacechaddsford.com)

Talula’s Table is elevating their dinner to go to include more course and chocolate treats. Check out their website for more details. Talulastable.com

Tasting Events

Chadds Ford Winery offers an in-person tasting featuring sweet and savory selections from three local businesses including Éclat Chocolate, Birchrun Hills Farm, and Herman’s Coffee. They also offer an at-home tasting option with three wines paired with two sets of four chocolates. www.chaddsford.com.

Galer Estate Vineyard & Winery has three options available. At the vineyard, wine and chocolate pairings for Feb 12- 14, reservations required. Galer’s Valentine’s Date Night Bundle of local goods, including cheeses, meats, chocolate and Galer Estate wine can be enjoyed on site or picked up to go. Order online after Feb 8. http://www.galerestate.com/

For a unique gift, Galer is offering “Adopt a Vine for your Valentine". The $100 fee enables you to watch your vine during the growing season, from buds to grape harvest to tasting the wine in your glass! Your adoption includes a certificate, a bottle of Sparkling Chardonnay, and two Galer Estate Icon champagne flutes. Call 4848998013 to adopt a Chardonnay vine!

Penns Wood Winery is offering a wine and chocolate tasting for the month of February that includes on-site tasting or take-out options. Reservations required. www.pennswoods.com

Sweet Endings

Éclat has its Heart Collection boxes available in-store and online in either nine-piece or sixteen-piece boxes. www.eclat.com

OsoSweet Bakery Café has a special Valentine’s Day box featuring macaroons and chocolate-covered strawberries. Order in advance to customize your selection. www.ososweet.shop

Whole Foods has their double dozen roses on sale and chocolate-covered strawberries are also available to mark the occasion.

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About Karen Myers

Karen Myers lives in Pocopson Township and has written for several local publications. A strong supporter of our community, Karen has served on several non-profit boards, such as Pocopson Elementary PTO, The United Way of Southern Chester County, Chester County Art Association and Tick Tock Early Learning Center. She received her M.B.A. from the University of Delaware and worked in marketing and operations with a focus on banking.

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