10 ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Madison

Spread the love with food, drinks and celebratory events in Madison this week.
A plate of chocolates with two glasses of wine, one being poured into from a bottle
L’Etoile, will host a Port, Chocolate and Cheese Tasting ahead of Valentine's Day on Wednesday, Feb. 12. (Photo courtesy of L'Etoile from Adobe Stock)

While love should be spread year-round, Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to treat yourself or someone you care about to something new and special. Choose from romantic dinners for two, Galentine’s Day parties, beer and wine tastings and more this week to celebrate love.

Wednesday, Feb. 12
Make reservations at Madison’s fine-dining hot spot, L’Etoile, for a Port, Chocolate and Cheese Tasting. This classic pairing will satisfy your sweet tooth as you enjoy rich wine, cheese and delectable chocolate. Stay for dinner after the tasting and receive 25% off of your meal. $85. 6-7:30 p.m. Click here for more information

My Berry Valentine, a chocolate-covered strawberry imperial stout from Karben4 and Rockhound Brewing Co., will be released on Wednesday, Feb. 12. (Photo courtesy of Nate Warnke)

Join fellow stout enthusiasts at Karben4 and Rockhound Brewing Co.’s Collaboration Beer Release of My Berry Valentine, taking place at Rockhound. This rich, chocolate-covered strawberry imperial stout is infused with real cocoa nibs and strawberries, and will be available on tap and in a set of limited edition four packs until they sell out. 4:30-6 p.m. Click here for more information

If you would rather prepare your own special meal, grab some friends and head to vomFASS for a Valentine’s Party Cooking Class with Chef Joel Olson. Prepare dishes like roasted red pepper bisque, cream-braised pork, oven-baked rösti potatoes, double chocolate brownies and more under the guidance of chef Olson, who is a nationally recognized culinary instructor with more than 20 years of teaching experience. Plus, enjoy a glass of Kir Royale upon arrival. $69. 6-8:30 p.m. Click here for more information

Thursday, Feb. 13
If you’re not familiar with Galentine’s Day, stop by Karben4 Brewing with your girlfriends to see what it’s all about for the third annual Galentine’s Day Celebration. The kitchen will close at 6 p.m. to serve nothing but waffles from WeGo Waffles, Madison’s gourmet, Belgian-style waffle food truck. Leslie Knope would be proud. 6-9 p.m. Click here for more information

A Galentine’s Day Special is also taking place at Garth’s Brew Bar. Celebrate friendships by catching up over American craft beer and free sweets, as well as a variety of games and raffle drawings. 4-10 p.m. Click here for more information

Brennan’s Cellars will host a Wines from the Heart Free Pre-Valentine’s Tasting to get you in the mood for Feb. 14, as well as to raise funds for charitable organizations. The tasting menu includes a pink moscato and white blend from Del Rio Vineyards and Winery, and a merlot and rosé from ONEHOPE Wine. Buy a bottle and drink for a good cause, with proceeds benefiting the fight against heart disease and ovarian cancer. 3-6 p.m. Click here for more information

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There’s plenty to do, drink and eat this week in Madison in honor of Valentine’s Day, including a special Valentine’s Dinner at Pasture and Plenty. (Photo courtesy of Christy McKenzie)

Friday, Feb. 14
Take date night to Pasture and Plenty for a Valentine’s Day Dinner, or take home a chef-prepared cook kit of the same meal to your own kitchen. The meal is made up of two courses that come with multiple selections, plus dessert. Lamb, beef medallion and Wisconsin trout are among some of the items to choose from, with options of decadent dark chocolate cake, blood orange and almond gallette or Door County cherry panna cotta for dessert. $80. 6 p.m. for seated dining, 4-10 p.m. for pick-up. Click here for more information

Celebrate love like a true Wisconsinite with Avenue Club’s Fish Fry is for Lovers dinner. This Valentine’s Day date night includes two Original Avenue Old-Fashioneds, two orders of fried or baked cod served with coleslaw, rye bread and choice of potato, and a dessert to share. $25. 3-10 p.m. Click here for more information

Cider in a glass next to bottle labeled "Hidden Cave Cidery"

Hidden Cave Cidery is releasing 60 bottles of its Chocolate Hazelnut Hard Cider on Valentine’s Day. (Photo courtesy of Walker Fanning)

Reserve a ticket for the Chocolate Hazelnut Hard Cider Release at Hidden Cave Cidery to enjoy cider, a scoop of Sassy Cow ice cream and a dark chocolate brownie from Origin Bread. The result of a collaboration between Wm. Chocolate and Hidden Cave Cidery, this Chocolate Hazelnut Hard Cider is a blend of locally sourced McIntosh, Cortland, Greening, Granny Smith, Red Delicious and Haralson apples, and is infused more than 10 days with Ghana 75% dark chocolate from Wm. Chocolate and finished with hazelnut syrup and local honey. $20. 8-10 p.m. Click here for more information

While we are on the topic of cider, The Cider Farm is hosting a Be Mine Valentine’s Cider Dinner with a special prix fixé menu. Some of the options for this three-course meal include shrimp bisque, warm potato and artichoke dip, roasted vegetable and mushroom risotto, galantine of chicken, and surf and turf to name a few. Finish with passion fruit and blood orange ice cream for dessert, and enjoy a glass of classic cider included with your meal. $45. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Click here for more information