How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Wisconsin

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Valentine’s Day might look a bit different this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still go all out in showing the people you love how much they mean to you—Wisconsin style. Here are some of the best ways to celebrate the holiday around the state.

In terms of gifts, if you’re looking to really tap into the culture of Wisconsin (or you know someone with a deep affinity for cheese) consider sending a complimentary heart-shaped box of delicious Wisconsin Cheese. These limited-edition boxes pay homage to the state known for its unparalleled food creations. This year, cheesy Valentine’s Day gifts are out, and literal gifts of cheese are totally in.

If you’re looking for something with a little more intention behind it though, there are a number of Wisconsin businesses and shops that you should consider supporting this season. Lev Apparel offers fair-trade clothing and jewelry that’s perfect for the special someone in your life. Hey Sugar Snap boasts photo-related crafts that can take a date night in from good to great. And Perfect Imperfections 608 sells natural body care products to spice up your already-romantic evening.

Many local restaurants are also jumping in on the Valentine’s Day fun with special dinner and dessert deals—many of which are take-out options, so you can enjoy a quaint night in while still indulging in the flavor of Wisconsin’s best dining attractions.

Amilinda will be offering a take-away dinner kit available for pick-up on Feb. 13. The kit will feature tapas for two (six dishes) to prepare at home, along with a bottle of Cava and a bottle of wine to enjoy alongside. Pre-orders can be placed online Feb. 8 to Feb. 11 with pick-up on Feb. 13, and the offer is $120. 

Another Wisconsinfavorite, Balistreri’s Bluemound Inn will be offering both dine-in and carry-out for Valentine’s Day, offering service on Feb. 14 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The full menu will be available, along with specials including oysters Rockefeller ($2 each); a 16-oz. New York strip crusted with coarse grain honey mustard glaze and cooked to order, served with vegetables and a choice of starch ($34); heart-shaped cheese ravioli seasoned with bread crumbs and fried, served with angel hair pasta tossed in garlic butter sauce and a side marinara sauce ($22); a seafood duet featuring two Maryland crab cakes and five deep-fried sea scallops served with cocktail sauce and spring greens with limoncello vinaigrette ($28); a 16-oz. Linz Heritage Reserve Prime Rib ($32) or 12-oz. Queen ($26); and triple layer raspberry mousse cake ($8). Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling the restaurant.

The Harbor House will be offering both a dine-in and curbside pick-up option for Valentine’s Day weekend. Dine-in customers can enjoy a three-course menu by Executive Chef John Korycki including items like lobster ravioli, raw oysters on the half shell and Alaskan king crab legs, along with a bevy of sides and desserts. The three-course menu will cost $65 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

Both North Shore Boulangerie locations will be offering a hot carry-out meal for Valentine’s Day. The four-course meal  ($85 per person) includes bacon-wrapped filet mignon, lobster thermidor, a vegetable tart, flourless chocolate cake and a rose. Pre-order online by Feb. 11 for pick-up on Feb. 14.

For a super decadent and luxurious Valentine’s dinner, The White House will be offering a special holiday menu for dine-in. The menu will feature options including first courses of White House salad, mushroom ragu, sea scallops and a cheese board as well as entrees of beef tenderloin, duck breast, veal osso bucco and Dover sole. Desserts will include white chocolate and raspberry tart, creme brulee or chocolate covered strawberries. Reservations can be made by calling 414.897.0495.

Triciclo Peru on Vliet will be offering a Wine & Dine (In or Out!) special featuring half-price wines on both Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 13 to Feb. 14). Reservations for dine-in can be made by phone at 414.239.8388. Curbside orders can be made by phone or online.

And while this will be the very first year that Rice n Roll won’t be offering dine-in service for Valentine’s Day, they will instead be hosting a special Valentine’s Day “Pic of my Valentines 2021” Instagram contest. Guests are invited to order their Valentine’s Day meal and post a photo of themselves with their dinner and tag Rice n Roll. One photo will be chosen from all submissions on Feb.15 to receive a $50 gift card for future redemption.

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