‘Chopped’ chefs lead virtual cooking classes, plus dinners, specials, and more


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Nothing says love like Big Bowl's Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse Cake.

‘Chopped’ chefs lead virtual cooking classes, plus dinners, specials, and more

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Since Valentine’s Day falls on a Monday this year, many suburban restaurants are choosing to celebrate Love Day over the weekend. Dining options range from recent “Chopped” contestants and virtual couples cooking classes led by Scratchboard Kitchen Executive Chef Grace Goudie, to ultra-upscale dinners, to affordable specials (everyone Both love ice cream, right?) and everything in between. Book as soon as possible to avoid missing out.

Aboye

64 Green Bay Road, Winnetka, (847) 441-3100, georgetroisgroup.com/aboyer. Book now for Valentine’s Day dinner at Aboyer on February 14th for $109 per person. Enjoy smoked Scottish salmon rolls and hot crepes with kaluga caviar. A duo of bouillabaisse-style de poisson soup, roasted foie gras-stuffed quail and New Zealand venison saddle or braised beef rib ravioli and roasted tenderloin; and warm cider doughnuts or citrus chocolate cake with Grand Marnier chocolate truffles.

Strawberry Sweetheart Shakes are on Andy's Frozen Custard Menu for Valentine's Day.

Strawberry Sweetheart Shakes are on Andy’s Frozen Custard Menu for Valentine’s Day. – Courtesy of Andy’s Frozen Custard

Andy’s Frozen Custard

Locations throughout the suburb; eatandys.com/. For Valentine’s Day, Andy’s Frozen Custard is serving up Strawberry Sweetheart Shakes, LoveMonster Concrete (frozen custard mixed with strawberries and melted chocolate chips) and Cupid’s Cookie Casanova Sundae.

Antico Posto

118 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 586-9200, antico-posto.com/. This Italian café will be serving Valentine’s Day specials from Thursday to Monday in February – branzino peperonata with grilled fregula ($27.95), truffle beef risotto with creamy mushrooms ($27.95), strawberry cheesecake with Oreo crust and Strawberry Jam ($8.95) – . 10-14 for dine-in (reservations required), takeout and delivery.

Atwater

At Herrington Inn & Spa, 15 S. River Lane, Geneva, (630) 208-8920, herringtoninn.com/dining. Friday-Monday, February 11-14, Valentine’s Day specials include giant sea scallops and triple chocolate cherry cheesecake. Reservations are required.

Baskin-Robbins

Locations throughout the suburb; baskinrobbins.com/en. This month’s February flavor is Secret Admirer (pink cake flavored ice cream with rose ice cream and strawberry flavored ribbon). Or give your sweetheart the Chocolate Cake Box, which looks like a classic heart-shaped candy box made from ice cream, topped with fudge, and decorated with milk chocolate candies. Order now for pickup on or before February 14th.

beatrix

272 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 491-1415, beatrixrestaurants.com/beatrix/oak-brook/. Beatrix’s Valentine’s Day Dinner for Two, $110.95, includes burrata cheese, roasted Brussels sprouts and honeycrisp apple salad, grilled fish fillet medallions, and Tall Blackberry Handsome Chocolate Cake. To-go cocktails, Flowers For Dreams bouquets and a dozen chocolate strawberries. Dinner will be available for pickup or delivery Friday through Monday, February 11-14, 11am-3pm. Order by noon the day before pickup. Get creative with Beatrix’s Valentine’s Day Cookie Decorating Set of six sugar cookies, four icing bags and sprinkles for $17.95. Available February 8-14, order by noon the day before pickup or delivery.

Nothing says love like Big Bowl's Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse Cake.

Nothing says love like Big Bowl’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse Cake. – Provided by the business that serves your lettuce

big bowl

215 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire, (847) 808-8880, and 1950 E. Higgins Road, Schaumburg, (847) 517-8881, bigbowl.com/. Valentine’s Day specials from February 11-14 include Blood Orange Sangria, General Tso’s Chicken Meatballs, Szechuan Shrimp and Pork Noodles, Crispy Ginger Cod, Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse Cake and Banana Cheesecake.

Blossom Cafe

8349 W. Lawrence, Norridge, (708) 453-5300, theblossomcafe.com/. From Saturday 3-10pm to Monday, February 12-14, you can enjoy a 5-course dinner for two to dine in or to take with you. Enjoy prawns or fried calamari, soups and salads, choose filet mignon and lobster tails, double lobster tails, filet mignon and king fried prawns or grilled prime rib. Dessert was tiramisu for two. It’s $129.99. It is recommended to keep.

Bonefish BBQ

1604 Randall Road, Algonquin, (847) 658-9268, 180 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg, (847) 534-0679, bonefishgrill.com/. Takeout or delivery will offer scallops and shrimp filet mignon for $32.90.

boucati bepo

90 Yorktown Road, Lombard, (630) 932-7673, and 604 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling, (847) 808-9898, bucadibeppo.com/valentines-day/. It’s time for Bucca’s Valentine’s Day Lasagna Lovefeast. Available Feb. 11-14, dinner for two includes salad, garlic bread, heart-shaped lasagna and mini brioche for $59.99. Order for dine in or take away.

California Pizza Kitchen

20502 North Land Road, Deer Park, (847) 550-0273; 1202 Commons Drive, Geneva, (630) 845-1731; Northbrook Court, 1515 Lake-Cook Road, Space 1022, lower level near Macy’s, Northbrook, (847) 897-5106; 551 Oak Brook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 571-7800; and 1550 E. Golf Road, Schaumburg, (847) 413-9200, cpk.com/valentinesday. This year, CPK is offering $40 for Classic (an app with a choice of two entrees (salad, pizza or pasta) and a dessert) or $50 Adventure (one app, two entrees) (salad, pizza, pasta or main dish) and a dessert). The heart-shaped thin-crust pizza makes the meal special and is only available for dine-in upon request. Available February 9-14, these packages are for dine-in or to-go.

Cantieri Golf

27W270 Mack Road, Wheaton, cantignygolf.com/. Cantigny is offering a five-course dinner for meals on Friday and Saturday, February 11-12, 6-8:30pm, February 11-12, 5:30-8pm, and Monday, February 12 at 5pm 14. Meal includes appetizer, lobster bisque, two salads, one main course (rib eye with bone, filet mignon, sous-vide chicken, tortellini) and two desserts (Salted Caramel Cheesecake, Creme Brulee, Flourless Chocolate Cake). $75 per person; reservations required. A packed dinner for two costs $135, including a bottle of wine. Order by February 11th. For questions, please email Patrick Duquette at pduquette@cantigny.org.

catch 35

35 S. Washington St., Naperville, (630) 717-3500, catch35.com/valentine-specials-available-all-february-2022/. Catch 35 celebrates Valentine’s Day all month with specials like Asian Sesame Oysters ($22), Scallops and Braised Short Ribs ($38), BBQ Shrimp and Skirt Steak ($38), Crab Stuffed Shrimp and Braised Short Ribs ($38) and more vegetable. Maine Lobster Tail and Filet Mignon ($46) and Bourbon Pecan Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream ($12).

fare gata

2155 CityGate Lane, Naperville, (630) 579-3210, chefigatkitchen.com/. Chef Ian has created a four-course menu for $85 per person that will be served Thursday-Saturday, February 10-12. Enjoy appetizers, caccio e pepe, mare e monti (prawns, local grilled steak, saffron fudge potatoes, walnut farmhouse) and chocolate hazelnut semifreddo. Reservations are required.

city ​​gate grille

2020 Calamos Court, Naperville, (630) 718-1010, citygategrille.com/valwk22. Celebrate Valentine’s Day for a week – Friday-Thursday, February 11-17 – CityGate’s special menu includes Lobster Pile ($18), Chilean Sea Bass ($49) and Valentine’s Day Desserts (Red Velvet Cake and Red Velvet) Cheesecake, $10). Or enjoy a three-course Valentine’s Day dinner for two for $150 per couple. Try avgolemono or beet blue salad, grilled Kobe steak and prawns, hand-dipped chocolate strawberries and a bottle of Slytbar Prosecco. Enjoy live music on Friday, Saturday and Monday. Reservations are required.

Di Pescara

2124 Northbrook Court, Northbrook, (847) 498-4321, di-pescara.com/events/valentines-dine-in-specials-carry-out-package/. From Friday to Monday, February 11-14, treat your special someone to specials like Crispy Crab and Shrimp Roll ($14), Zucchini Wrapped Scallops with Corn and Roasted Red Pepper Risotto ($30) , Waves and Turf ($38) and Chocolate Lava Cake ($10). Valentine’s Day reservations require a $25 deposit. Or order the $100 grab-and-go set for two, which includes Maine lobster bisque, prawn cocktail, quinoa arugula salad, truffle macaroni and cheese, New York brisket, chocolate lava cake and chocolate strawberries. Order by noon on February 10th for pickup on Monday, February 14th between 11am and 4pm.

Strait of Dover

890 EUS Highway 45, Mundelein, (847) 949-1550, doverstraits.com/. Make dinner reservations for Valentine’s weekend now. Live music includes Mike Valentine Duo at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday, February 11-12, and Chi Town Duo at 7:30 pm on Monday, February 14.

drake oak creek

2301 York Road, Oak Brook, (630) 571-0000, thedrakeoakbrookhotel.com/. Wine and dine with your date with a special four-course Valentine’s Day dinner for $109 per person, including Creamy Chowder, Brussels Sprouts Salad, Surf & Turf & Lava Cake. Doors open at 6pm on Monday, February 14 with live music by Terry Higgins from 7pm to 10pm. Reservations required at eventbrite.com/e/valentines-day-dinner-tickets-244017893087.

Eli’s Cheesecake

6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive, Chicago, (773) 205-3800, elicheesecake.com/. From Feb. 11-14, for every Valentine’s Day cheesecake purchased, Eli’s will donate one to frontline workers at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital in Cook County, Chicago and Alivio Medical Center in Pilsen on Monday, Feb. 14 .

Fleming’s

960 Milwaukee Ave., Lincolnshire, (847) 793-0333, flemingssteakhouse.com/promotions/valentines-day/. How does a three-course Valentine’s Day dinner sound? Available Feb. 11-14, the Prime Surf & Turf Menu for two includes salad; a shareable 35-ounce Prime Tomahawk with North Atlantic Lobster Tail and Crab Shrimp ($245), Filet Mignon and Crab is optional meat prawns ($90) or small filet mignon and lobster tail prawns ($100); and chocolate gooey butter cake, New York cheesecake or lime pie. Reservations are required.

Shaved Fennel and Citrus Salad is part of Found Kitchen + Social House's prix fixe Valentine's Day menu.

Shaved Fennel and Citrus Salad is part of Found Kitchen + Social House’s prix fixe Valentine’s Day menu. – Courtesy of Nielberg

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