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Louisville Valentine’s Day guide: Perfect date ideas for your sweetie

By Bernheim

Source: Courier-Journal
February 5, 2019

This Valentine’s Day, treat that special one to a delicious meal at Decca, a romantic dining experience at White Castle, a heart-shaped pizza from Bearno’s Pizza or a hands-on cooking class. Plus, a lot in-between.

Here are some Valentine’s Day suggestions that are sure to put a smile on your sweetie’s face.


12th annual Four Roses Flower Hour

WHAT: Shop for that special Valentine gift, also Bourbon tasting, music by Swing Theory and a silent auction.

WHERE: Nanz & Kraft Florists, 141 Breckenridge Lane.

WHEN: 5:30-8 p.m. Feb. 8.

COST: $10, $20 VIP includes a gift pack from Four Roses, Nanz & Kraft, American Heart Association, Heine Brother’s Coffee and Cellar Door Chocolates, valued at $40.

MORE INFORMATION: Proceeds to benefit the American Heart Association. Attendees are encouraged to wear red. Visit for more details.

Beam My Valentine Cocktail Class

WHAT: Learn how to make two specialty cocktails featuring Jim Beam Bourbon while nibbling on paired appetizers.

WHERE: Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse, 404 S. 4th St.

WHEN:  7-9 p.m. Feb. 14.

COST: $30.

MORE INFORMATION: 502-855-8392.

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Louisville Chorus: Musique Romantique

WHAT: 25th Annual Valentine Dinner Show, Dance and Silent Auction.

WHERE: The Seelbach Hilton, Grand Ballroom, 500 Fourth St.

WHEN: Feb. 14. Cash bar and silent auction, 6 p.m.; dinner, 6:45 p.m.; classic love songs, 8 p.m.

COST: Advance reservations only. $125 per person.

MORE INFORMATION: 502-968-6300;

WHAT: A quartet in tuxes will sing two love songs, give that special someone a long stem red rose and a personalized card (in the Louisville area).

WHEN: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 14.

COST: Starting at $60.

MORE INFORMATION: 502-267-7464.

Valentine’s at the Vintage Fire Museum: Kindle the Flame

WHAT: Couples can have their photos taken on a vintage fire truck, receive a package of Schimpff’s heart-shaped red hots, champagne toast and tour the museum.

WHERE: 723 Spring St., Jeffersonville, Indiana.

WHEN: 5-7 p.m. Feb. 14.

COST: $6 per person, $3 members.


Valentine’s Love Jam with Tyrese, Monica, Avant, Dru Hill, Next

WHAT: Louisville, get ready for the Valentine’s Love Jam. Starring Tyrese, Monica, Avant, Dru Hill and Next.

WHERE: KFC Yum! Center, One Arena Plaza.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Feb. 15.

COST: Tickets start at $46.

MORE INFORMATION: 800-745-3000.

Valentines Weekend Bash

WHAT: All ages event with performances by Boss Heathen, WavyTheKing, Vibe.Like.Ty, & JD.

WHERE: Shelby County Fairgrounds, 1513 Midland Trail, Shelbyville.

WHEN: 7-11 p.m. Feb. 16.

COST: Tickets start at $46.


Louisville Orchestra, Midtown Men

WHAT: Four lead cast members from the original Broadway (Jersey Boys) show bring the hits of the sixties with their crisp Rat-Pack style for a Valentine treat.

WHERE: Whitney Hall, Kentucky Center, 501 W. Main St.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Feb. 16.

COST: Tickets start at $27.

MORE INFORMATION: 502-584-7777.

Fear Fair’s ‘Roses are Dead’ Experience

WHAT: Valentine-themed haunted house.

WHERE: 800 A Ave., Seymour, Indiana.

WHEN: 8 p.m.-midnight, Feb. 9 and 16.

COST: Admission $25, fast pass additional $5.



Valentine’s Dinner at Whitehall

WHAT: Chef Gregoire Guiot of Mirabelle Gourmet Catering will prepare a four-course dinner served by candlelight.

WHERE: Whitehall House & Gardens, 3110 Lexington Road.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Feb. 14.

COST: $80 per person, $100 per person with wine pairings.

MORE INFORMATION: Reservations are required. 502-897-2944.

90th Anniversary Valentine’s Dinner at Bernheim: The Roaring Twenties

WHAT: Features dinner by candlelight, cash bar, and dancing. Period dress is optional, and flappers and nonflappers will receive a commemorative 90th Anniversary wine glass.

WHERE: Bernheim Forest, exit 112 off Interstate 65, Clermont, Kentucky.

WHEN: 6:30-10 p.m. Feb. 14.

COST: Reservations and payment required by Friday, Feb. 9. $175. $150 per couple for Bernheim members.

MORE INFORMATION: 502-215-7159;

Louisville Nature Center Valentines Dinner and Candlelit Hike

WHAT: Enjoy valentine’s dinner and then a hike in the forest.

WHERE: Louisville Nature Center, 3745 Illinois Ave.

WHEN: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Feb. 14.

COST: Registration and payment due by Feb. 7. $50 per person includes dinner, dessert, non-alcoholic beverages and hike; $45 for Louisville Nature Center members.

MORE INFORMATION: 502-458-1328.

Artesano Vino Tapas Y Mas Valentines Dinner

WHAT: The casual and authentic Spanish tapas restaurant will serve a 3-course dinner.

WHERE: 1321 Herr Lane, #130.

WHEN: 5-9:30 p.m. Feb. 14.

COST: $100 per couple.

MORE INFORMATION: For reservations, 502-708-2196;

Brown Hotel Valentines Celebration at the English Grill

WHAT: Treat your sweetie to a special five-course dinner.

WHERE: English Grill, 335 W. Broadway.

WHEN: Feb. 14-16.

COST: Five-course dinner, Thursday, $99 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Valentine’s Day weekend menu (Friday and Saturday), $75 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

MORE INFORMATION: Overnight accommodations with upgrades are available.

Brown Hotel Valentines Celebration at the J. Graham’s

WHAT: J. Graham’s will offer a three-course Valentine’s Day lunch menu.

WHERE: J. Graham’s, 335 W. Broadway.

WHEN: Feb. 14.

COST: $24.95, plus tax and gratuity.

MORE INFORMATION: For more information or to make a reservation, call 502-583-1234.

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Valentines Day: Hard Rock Café Flavors of Love Menu

WHAT: Prefixed menu that includes New York Strip steak, shrimp scampi and a milkshake for two.

WHERE: 424 S. Fourth St.

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Feb. 13 and 14; 11 a.m. to midnight, Feb. 15 and 16.

MORE INFORMATION: 502-568-2202.

Pizza LUPO

WHAT: Special menu of Italian classics and the regular menu.

WHERE: 1540 Frankfort Ave.

WHEN: 5-10 p.m. Feb. 14.

MORE INFORMATION: Reservations: call 502-409-8440 or email

ALEX&NDER/Cooper & Kings

WHAT: A romantic cocktail party celebrating local music, hybrid chocolates and the classic Old Fashioned. Music by Casey Powell, ZLynn Harris and Pinky Liberachi (second-floor art gallery) and Otis Junior and Ninette (upstairs at Alex&nder). Also Brandy-infused chocolates and charcuterie.

WHERE: 1121 E. Washington St.

WHEN: Feb. 14. Doors open at 8 p.m., music from 8:30-10:30 p.m.

COST: $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

MORE INFORMATION: 502-561-0267.


WHAT: Three-course prix fixe menu from chef/owner Annie Pettry and her team. The Cellar Lounge will also be open for a more casual dining experience with bar bites and cocktails.

WHERE: 812 E. Market St.

WHEN: Feb. 14, 5:30-10 p.m.

COST: Choose an appetizer, entrée and dessert for $85 per person, plus tax and gratuity; also an optional pasta course available for an additional $22 and wine pairings available for $35.

MORE INFORMATION: Reservations: 502-749-8128 or

Anoosh Bistro

WHAT: Chefs Anoosh Shariat and Mark Ford will offer a special three-course menu. Diners will have their choice of vegetarian, fish and beef options for the appetizer and entrée courses, and pastry chef Amanda Hammad will prepare a variety of desserts.

WHERE: 4864 Brownsboro Road.

WHEN: 5-9 p.m. Feb. 14.

COST: $65 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Wines, local brews and house-made cocktails will be available from the bar for an additional cost to pair with the meal.

MORE INFORMATION: Reservations: 502-690-6585;

8 Up’s Valentine’s Weekend

WHAT: Three-course menu and a live electric violin performance.

WHERE: Hilton Garden Inn Downtown, 8th floor, 350 W. Chestnut St.

WHEN: Feb. 14-17.

COST: $65 per person plus tax and gratuity; $20 additional for wine pairing.

MORE INFORMATION: 502-631-4180 or

A Taste of Love at Varanese: Valentine’s Day Weekend Aphrodisiac Menu

WHAT: Heat up your Valentine’s Day with a menu of appetizers, entrees, and dessert made with aphrodisiac ingredients. Regular menu also available.

WHERE: 2106 Frankfort Ave.

WHEN: Feb. 14-16.

MORE INFORMATION: 502-899-9904;

Proof on Main and 21c Museum Hotel Valentines Celebration

WHAT: Executive chef Mike Wajda will prepare a special three-course, table d’hôte menu. The menu will feature a 30 Day Dry Aged Ribeye with charred sunchoke, turnip and green peppercorn beet jus; Coconut Roasted Cauliflower Steak with traviso salad, honeycrisp apple and pinakurat vin; Ham & Clams Spaghetti with bouillabaisse, mustard greens, fennel and rock shrimp; and Groce Family Farm Pork Chop with beer mustard, lentils, hibiscus turnips and rutabaga.

WHERE:  702 W Main St..

WHEN: Feb. 14, 5:30-10 p.m.

COST:  $68 to $78 per person. Reservations: 502-217-6360.

  • 21c Museum Hotel Louisville’s Love Birds package will extend the occasion as a romantic getaway or staycation. In addition to an overnight stay, the package includes sparkling wine and a chef’s treat upon arrival, a $50 credit to dinner at Proof on Main and a rose petal turndown. Reservations: or 502-217-6300.

Kentuckiana Stroke Association Heart Strings Dinner & Dance

WHAT: Cocktails, cash bar and complimentary 4 Roses Bourbon and Tito’s Vodka tasting, dinner and dancing to the music of Masters of Music.

WHERE: Louisville Boat Club, 4200 River Road.

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 16.

COST: $85 plus tax.

MORE INFORMATION: Cocktail attire. 502-499-5757.

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Bearno’s Pizza is serving heart-shaped pizzas for Valentine’s Day. Find a list of all Bearno’s locations online at

Chick-fil-A for Valentines. Chick-fil-A will be serving 30-count Chick-fil-A Nuggets and 10-count Chick-n-Minis in Valentine’s Day-ready heart-shaped containers.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts will sell Valentine conversation donuts. The heart-shaped donuts will come with about a dozen loving phrases printed on top of them. Including “DM Me,” “So Extra” and “Be Mine,” with your choice of four of the brand’s classic fillings, including cake batter, raspberry filling, strawberries & Kreme and chocolate Kreme filling.

Cellar Door Chocolates. 1201 Story Ave. Will have a variety of chocolates for that special day including an anatomical heart. 502-561-2940.

Celebrate Valentines Day at White Castle. All locations in Louisville, 4-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14. Table service available. Reservations requested:


MESA Celebrates Valentine’s Day

WHAT: Sign up for a variety of romantic and Valentine’s Day-themed cooking classes at MESA.

WHEN: Feb. 7-9, 12-16 and 19.

WHERE: MESA, A Collaborative Kitchen, 216 Pearl St., New Albany, Indiana.

MORE INFORMATION: For complete details or to purchase tickets,


  • Feb. 7, 7 p.m.: Galentine’s Three-Course Cupid Menu with chef Scott Dickenson 
  • Feb. 8, 7 p.m.: Romantic Comedy Trivia and Three-Course Tapas
  • Feb. 9, 5:30 and 8 p.m.: Valentine’s in Italy with chef Richard Britney
  • Feb. 12, 7 p.m.: Chocolate and Champagne with Cellar Door Chocolates
  • Feb. 13, 7 p.m.: Valentine’s on the Beach Three-Course Dinner with chef Eric Morris
  • Feb. 14, 7 p.m.: Hands-On Italian Pasta Making Class with chef Allan Rosenberg
  • Feb. 15, 7 p.m.: French Amour Three-Course Dinner with chef Andrew Welenken
  • Feb. 16, 6 p.m.: Three Courses of Love and One Glass of Wine with chef Carter Gross
  • Feb. 19, 7 p.m.: Hands-On Siopao Class with chefs Chona Camomot and Amabelle Camba.

Couples Valentine Dinner Cooking Class

WHAT: Join chef Kathy Douglas of the French Cooking Experience to learn how to prepare pan-seared chicken and sauce reduction to make a delicious Caprese Chicken.

WHERE: Old 502 Winery, 120 S. 10th St.

WHEN: 3:30-5 p.m. Feb. 10.

COST: $150.


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