A Very Spicy Valentine

For some reason, Valentine’s Day – a holiday that is supposed to encapsulate any and all things romantic – has somehow become one of the more stressful and almost despised days of the year for many. So … we thought we’d try to change that.

February’s SPICE brought together couples and singles, a menu more affordable than the standard SF Feb. 14th pre fixed menu, and an atmosphere that discouraged dresses, sports coats and by any means, red roses!

Actually, I take that back … we did sneak in a few petals but at least these kind were edible.

We hope our guests left February’s dinner with a slightly new (and more optimistic) outlook on Valentine’s day, and perhaps even excited for it to roll around again next year. And for those that didn’t, well, we hope you at least enjoyed the food. The full menu is below and more photos here. Until next month …

Cheers from The SPICE Crew!

ON THE MENU

Amuse Bouche

“Breakfast In Bed”

Roasted Bacon Rubbed w/ Ras al Hanout and Cayenne Pepper on Pain de Mie

Brut Sparkling Wine with Fresh Pomegranate, Vanilla, and Lemon Essence

“A Dozen Roses”

Salad with Hearts of Palm, Blood Oranges & Beet Juice

2009 Domaine des Cassagnoles, Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne, France

“Steak & Lobster”

Lightly Seared Beef Filet with Lobster Powder and Fried Potato

2009 Domaine des Cassagnoles, Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne, France

or

2008 Strange, Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley

“Cupid’s Arrow”

Grilled Polenta Cakes with Sauteed Purple Cauliflower and Local Mushrooms

2008 Strange, Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley

or

2008 Vina Robles, RED4, Paso Robles

“A Box of Chocolates”

Roasted Chicken with a Homemade Chocolate Mole Sauce

2008 Vina Robles, RED4, Paso Robles

“Valentines Explosion”

Blue Velvet Cake, Conversation Heart Frosting, and Red Hots Ice Cream

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