Ah, love is in the air.

Not sure what to do for Valentine’s Day this year? Check out these great special events happening around town.

Encantada at the American Visionary Art Museum, at 800 Key Hwy., is offering a four-course dinner that includes scallops, steak, their signature (and seriously tasty) veggies and red velvet cupcakes.

Chef Jerry Edwards, owner of Chef’s Expressions in Lutherville-Timonium, will present a fabulous wine supper at Gramercy Mansion in Greenspring Valley. This is one of the most beautiful and romantic locations in town.

The Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore has it going on for Valentine’s Day! The hotel offers couples a night — or a weekend — of romance and R&R that will include chilled sparkling wine and — get this! — a “romance concierge” to assist with planning romantic activities and any proposal assistance! The Spa is presenting exclusive late-night access from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. to include couples’ massages, monogrammed bathrobes and a candlelit, rose-petal-drawn bath in a private soaking tub. Champagne and a multi-course tasting menu prepared by Wit & Wisdom will be served on the VIP Spa Suite’s terrace under the stars.

Wit and Wisdom, a tavern by Michael Mina, also is offering a three-course dinner paired with wines.

The BoatHouse Canton will have a prix fixe couples’ menu with shared appetizers and desserts and choice of entrée with sparkling wine and chocolate-dipped strawberries. What’s better than crabcakes on the waterfront?

One of my all-time fave spots and Baltimore’s quintessential romantic restaurant, the Milton Inn, has created a special V-Day menu. My favorite dessert is the flourless chocolate cake — to die for!

Wanna do something a li’l different this year? On Feb. 13, Pierpoint Restaurant in Fells Point is offering a couples’ cooking class. Dishes will include beef wellington with lobster scampi and chocolate mousse and bomboloncini (Italian lava cake) and champagne. They’ll also have a special couples’ menu on the 14th.

Vegans, Unite!

The second annual Baltimore Vegan Restaurant Week is slated for Feb. 9-18. The mission is to increase the awareness, benefits and accessibility of a plant-based diet through a fun, innovative and community-based experience across multiple neighborhoods.

The inaugural Baltimore Vegan Restaurant Week took place last August with more than 40 participating restaurants, and it was a huge success. This year, participating restaurants include Encantada (FYI, their cauliflower steaks are excellent), the Land of Kush and Golden West Café.

Call Me Hungry

The Moby Dick House of Kabob, a Persian restaurant, opened at The Rotunda in Hampden. Menu options include falafel, kabobs (marinated salmon, grilled lamb) and sandwiches.  

Play Café Baltimore in Hampden closed for a little refreshing, but it’s now open again. Haven’t been? If you have kids (toddler to 5), check out this place. They have games, toys and activities in a play area — and you can see your kids from anywhere in the café. The menu offers nutrish/delish options for kids and adults.

The Shake Shack recently opened in The Mall in Columbia. Look for double-stacked burgers, flat-top hot dogs, crinkle-cut fries and hand-spun milkshakes. Yum!

Get Your Fry On!

A new location of Federal Hill’s — The Local Frywill open at The Rotunda later this year. The menu will feature sandwiches, bowls and fries with serious toppings! Like french fries? You’ve gotta get over there!

Fare Thee Well 

By now, you’ve probably heard that Pikesville’s iconic Suburban House — aka S&H — has closed. No more coddies, rainbow cake or matzoh ball soup. Bummer!

In the recent past, Steve’s Deli in Owings Mills and Lenny’s Deli Lombard Street also have closed. Now, another Pikesville landmark, Goldman’s Kosher Bakery, has closed its doors, including its location in Seven Mile Market.

No chocolate-top cookies. So very sad.

Randi Rom is the president of RJ Rom & Associates, a marketing, branding, events and public relations firm specializing in the hospitality and entertainment industries. She is a freelance columnist and writer who represents some of the region’s top restaurants and food-related events. Contact her at randirom@comcast.net.



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