Austin’s Best Food and Drink Events This Week: Dinner parties, farmer’s markets, beer, wine, and more for the week of February 4, 2021 – Food

Thursday 4

ABA’S MEDITERRANEAN VALENTINE FEAST How tasty is this offering from that excellent Mediterranean place just south of Downtown? Hint: Aba’s dinner for two will include lobster bisque, smoky garlic hummus with housemade bread, ahi tuna tabouli, brussels sprouts, beef tenderloin with truffled potatoes, Isot chocolate cake, and a bottle of Giuliana Prosecco. Note: Place your order up to one day prior (by 3pm) for pick-up or delivery on Feb. 12–14.

Aba,
1011 S. Congress, Bldg 2 #180.

$120.

www.abarestaurants.com/austin

AFWA: CITYWIDE SUGAR HIGH BAKE SALE The Austin Food & Wine Alliance is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a citywide online bake sale supporting local restaurants, featuring sweet and savory goodies crafted by Austin’s best
bakers and pastry chefs: Abby Jane Bakery, Chicken Salad Shoppe, Bakery Lorraine, Bento Picnic, Cold Ones Pops, Contigo, Cookbook Bakery, El Alma, Foreign & Domestic, Garbo’s, Julie Myrtille Bakery, Killa Wasi, Lola’s Donuts, SRSLY Chocolate, and Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop. Order by Feb. 10, and the love-inspired treats will be available for pickup at Last Straw (914 E. Sixth) on February 14. Or – get ’em delivered! See website for details on this amazing array of delectables.

Thu., Feb. 4 – Wed., Feb. 10,

$12-55.

www.texasfoodandwinealliance.org

AHS TAILGATE COMPETITION Austin Humane Society’s Puppy Bowl XIV Tailgate Competition is officially underway! Andrea’s Eats, Jo’s Coffee, Austin Daily Press, and Yard Bar each compete with a tasty treat – and they’re donating a percentage of sales to AHS. Try them all, and vote for your fave in the Facebook poll. The winning bite will be announced during the Puppy Bowl on Feb. 6.

Through Feb. 5

Various locations.

www.austinhumanesociety.org

ANTONELLI’S: VALENTINE’S GIFT BOX Leave it to the locally acclaimed, internationally celebrated cheesemongers of Antonelli’s to wrangle up the perfect dairy-forward foodie gift for expressing your love with. This festive “Spread the Love” box includes cheese, charcuterie, and an array of pairings like chocolate, pickles, nuts, and more – from Cowgirl Creamery, Carr Valley, Smoking Goose, SRSLY Chocolate, and more.

Order soon, supplies are v. limited

$85.

www.antonellischeese.com

AUSTIN OYSTER CO. X AUSTIN WINERY Austin Oyster Company and Austin Winery have teamed up to offer pre-packaged oyster shucking kits and wine selections for an at-home Valentine’s Day celebration. Packages include one or two dozen oysters, garnishes, one of three paired wine bottles, shucking knife and gloves, and Austin Oyster Co. swag and discount codes. Note: This is a hot, as they say, item – so it’s a good idea to place your orders STAT. Pickup options: Sat.-Sun., Feb. 13-14, noon-5pm.

One dozen + kit, $70; two dozen + kit, $90.

www.theaustinwinery.com

AUSTIN PROPER: IN-ROOM VALENTINE’S DINER Austin Proper debuts their first-ever in-room dining experience, with a private dinner that includes a self-service bar (which includes Louis Roederer Brut Champagne, Recanti Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Letherbee Gin, Casamigos Tequila, and Maker’s Mark Bourbon) and is centered on contactless service of The Peacock’s special three-course meal, delivered upon arrival: Fresh-baked pita with a trio of dips, red snapper tartare with herbs, shallots and avocado, mixed grill kebab, and traditional baklava with walnut, pistachio, and cardamom syrup. And, big bonus: You can stay the night in the beautifully appointed suite at no additional cost.

Make your reservations by Feb. 5

Austin Proper Hotel & Residences,
600 W. Second, 888/333-0546.

$200 per person.

https://www.properhotel.com/hotels/austin/

DESERT DOOR SOTOL X TEXAS BEES This delight isn’t Valentine-specific, no, but it is happening in February … and who doesn’t love bees? And who wouldn’t want to take a scenic drive out to Driftwood, to the Desert Door distillery and tasting room, where the acclaimed sotol-mongers are celebrating the Texas honey bee population by offering a special cocktail featuring wild-harvested, West Texas honey? Those are rhetorical questions, but we’ll guess the answer is “I love bees, and I want to take that drive.” Especially when you know that proceeds from every Rugged Flower cocktail sold will go directly toward adding more bee hives to the ranch, thus increasing the area’s biodiversity. Ah, who knew insects could have so much to do with love …

Feb. 4-28

Desert Door Sotol,
211 Darden Hill Rd. Ste. 200-A, Driftwood, 512/829-6129.

www.desertdoor.com

FOOD ACCESS RESOURCES FROM SFC A new year dawns, but we’ve still got a ways to go in dealing with this pandemic. The Sustainable Food Center has put together a thorough compilation of food access resources for Central Texans, ranging from farmers’ markets to CSAs to delivery options and everything in between, so you can ensure that healthy food stays on your table. And if you’re able to contribute they’re accepting online donations, which support farmers and low-income families facing food insecurity. Get all the details on their website.

Citywide.

www.sustainablefoodcenter.org

FREE VALENTINE’S DESSERT AT Z’TEJAS That’s right, lovebirds: On Valentine’s Day, order two entrees at either location of this popular bastion of fine Southwestern cuisine and you’ll get your dessert gratis: A dulce de leche “heart” cheesecake with chocolate glaze, strawberry reduction, and strawberry rose.

TIE: Z’Tejas; Z’Tejas,
Z’Tejas, 1110 W. Sixth, 512/478-5355; Z’Tejas, 9400-A Arboretum Blvd., 512/346-3506.

www.ztejas.com

GATI VALENTINE’S SPECIALS + COOKING CLASS Thai Fresh’s Jam Sanitchat is serving up some “hearty” Valentine’s yum at her pastry-forward Gati outpost, with heart-shaped cookies, red velvet cupcakes, and a six-inch, heart-shaped ice cream cake (chocolate cake with beet or strawberry ice cream) with custom writing on it. Impressive enough, but – if you want to do a DIY-together thing for this popular lovers’ holiday – we recommend taking chef Sanitchat’s virtual cooking class ($60) on that day (Sun., Feb. 14, 6pm), where she’ll teach couples something new and romantic in the kitchen. You’ll pick up the ingredients from Thai Fresh – menu items include papaya salad, drunken noodles, green curry, pad prik king, and more – and then cook along at home, slicing and dicing and mixing and frying and (ahem) billing and cooing, right?

Gati,
1512 Holly, 512/220-1077.

HOPFIELDS VALENTINE: PRE-FIXE PARADISE Hopfields says they’ve created “the ultimate dining package for you and your main squeeze to enjoy,” and – we know chef James Flowers’ culinary skills – we’re not going to argue. You can dine in with full service (there’s a beautiful patio) or get the whole shebang to-go and put the finishing touches on it at home. “The whole shebang” means, in this case, a five-course feast of bowfin caviar, oysters Louie, truffled white asparagus soup, whole roasted Berkshire porchetta, and a creamysweet dream of a dessert they’re calling bananacotta. They’ll also give you a pair of roses and a vintage French postcard, lovers – and of course you can add wine or beer pairings for extra.

Sun., Feb. 14, 5-10pm

Hopfields,
3110 Guadalupe, 512/537-0467.

$100 for two.

www.hopfieldsaustin.com

HOTEL ELLA’S VALENTINE’S DINNER TO-GO You could be extra and book a night at the hotel, too – and that would be such a romantic maneuver, wouldn’t it? But you can also “just” order this excellent meal for pickup from Goodall’s Kitchen and then return home, happily feasting on coconut lime ceviche, filet mignon (or seared, cold-smoked scallops), and devil’s food cake for dessert. Note: Place your order by Feb. 9, for pickup Feb. 12-14.

Mon., Feb. 1 – Tue., Feb. 9,

Goodall’s Kitchen,
1900 Rio Grande St., at the Hotel Ella, 512/495-1800.

$47.50 per person.

www.hotelella.com/goodalls

INTERO’S VALENTINE: MEAL KITS + CHOCOLATES + WHISKEY Couples who enjoy spending time together in the kitchen can create a delicious meal with one of Intero’s Valentine’s Day meal kits from chef Ian Thurwachter – featuring an appetizer, salad, entree course (options include a dry-aged Wagyu ribeye, hand-made pasta, and risotto) and easy-to-follow instructions. (Ah, the two of you, in the kitchen, rockin’ that fancy cuisine …) But, check this out, too: Pastry chef Krystal Craig is offering chocolate tasting sets for two, so you and your beloved can go on a romantic adventure of the palate. Tasting options include an amaro-and-chocolate pairing, and a whiskey-and-chocolate pairing with Milam & Greene’s finest. Note: Order by Feb. 10, for pickup on Feb. 12-14.

Intero,
2612 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/599-4052.

$45-100.

www.interorestaurant.com

L’OCA D’ORO: VALENTINE’S DAY AT HOME This intimate dinner for two from chef Fiore Tedesco includes a three-course meal of Spanish mackerel crudo with tomato and basil, burrata with blood orange and mint, and house spaghetti with shrimp bolognese. All dishes are finished at home so they can be as fresh as if they were being experienced at the restaurant, and there are additional options for wine pairings.

Sign up via Table22 between Feb. 2-8 for pickup on Feb. 12

[email protected], www.locadoroaustin.com

LICK HONEST ICE CREAMS: VALENTINE’S SPECIALS Lick’s bringing a double whammy of creamy goodness to your Valentine’s table this year, offering 1) Love Cake, an eight-inch cake (8-10 servings) that features Lick’s creamy strawberry ice cream (made with fresh Texas berries and local Mother Culture cream cheese), layered with buttery bits of graham crumble atop a decadent dark chocolate cake ($39.99), and 2) the Valentine’s Package Deal of two pints, two toppings, and two waffle bowls ($20). Note: You have to order the Love Cake by Feb. 7 for pickup Feb. 12-14, but you’ll be able to get that package deal through the end of February.

www.ilikelick.com

LUNAR NEW YEAR: OSEYO X CHOP CHOP Just in time for the inaugural Year of the Ox celebrations, Lynn Miller’s acclaimed Korean restaurant Oseyo on E. Cesar Chavez has collaborated with local favorite noodle-cup brand Chop Chop to present Lunar Firecracker: an ox-bone broth accompanied by noodles and Mandu dumplings with a spicy ox-and-shrimp filling. [Note: If this isn’t one of your favorite noodle cups of all time after just a few bites … well, reader, we don’t really know you at all, do we? Back away slowly and we’ll finish those dumplings for you instanter.] Pre-order is available now until they’re overwhelmed and sold out.

For pickup on Feb. 12

Oseyo,
1628 East Cesar Chavez.

$12.90.

www.oseyoaustin.com

LUNAR NEW YEAR: TSO’S HAPPY FAMILY “Happy families are all alike,” wrote Leo Tolstoy. This Happy Family, a holiday special from the busy kitchen at Tso Chinese Delivery, is made with shrimp, chicken, and beef with broccoli, carrot, sugar snap-peas, bamboo shoots, baby corn, and button mushrooms in a savory spicy brown sauce. (We reckon the author’s Anna Karenina would’ve loved this delicious amalgamation of flavor.) Bonus: Comes with a free order of Sesame Balls; they’re round, just like the moon, but much more tasty.

Available through Feb. 12

Tso Chinese Delivery,
3909 N Interstate 35.

MOZART’S VALENTINE: COFFEE & DESSERT TASTING Mozart’s Coffee Roasters has a fine event planned for the most romantic java fiends in town. “Three courses. Three coffees. Four nights available. All kinds of couples welcome.” We reckon you’ll enjoy listening to the live music on those lovely lakeside decks while you sip and nibble the sumptuous noms – and you’ll leave with a special gift from Mozart’s, too.

Feb. 11-14

Mozart’s Coffee Roasters,
3825 Lake Austin Blvd., 512/477-2900.

$206.50 per couple.

mozartscoffee.com

OLD THOUSAND: VALENTINE’S HOT POT & DINNER FOR TWO Valentine’s options at Old Thousand include a “Horny for Hot Pot” multicourse dinner for two ($110) with choice of mala beef tallow broth or smoked vegetable umami broth, a variety of meats, vegetables, noodles, signature sides and desserts; and a Dinner for Two option ($75) that includes a variety of signature dishes like Xiao Main noodles, General Tso’s, Smoked Pork Belly Char Siu, green beans, and cucumber salad. Available for pickup at both locations. Bonus: Both dinners include a refreshing adult beverage.

Note: Order by Feb. 11, 5pm

Old Thousand,
1000 E. 11th #150, 737/222-6637.

www.oldthousandatx.com

RED BEANS AND RICELY YOURS, AUSTIN This community initiative, headed by Chris Cubas and Maris Clegg, is dedicated to providing free meals (of red beans and rice, andouille sausage, cornbread, fruit, dessert, and a drink) to Austinites in need. “On Tuesdays, we will provide a link to sign up for a free home-made meal delivered to you with safety in mind,” goes their announcement on Facebook. “There is no judgment and the form is anonymous. If you have been affected by the impact of Covid-19 or are having a hard time, we would like to make a small portion of your day a little bit better.” Or, if you’d like to donate your time in driving, baking treats, or providing cases of non-alcoholic beverages, please reach out to [email protected]

[email protected]

ROCKET CINEMA: DRIVE-IN MOVIE VALENTINES Rocket Cinema and The Elegant Kid present the films True Romance (Fri., Feb. 12, 8pm), Mr. and Mrs. Smith (Sat., Feb. 13, 7pm), and Wild at Heart (Sun., Feb. 14, 7pm) with pre-show live music and classy concessions at three Austin locations this Valentine’s weekend. “Lounge pianist Beverly Larf Linn will serenade as lovely ladies deliver a sweet sidekick of snackery to your car window.” And those “sweet sidekicks” are? A heart-shaped cherry hand pie (from Tiny Pies, no less), white cheddar pimento cheese & crostinis, hand-rolled caramel “Milk Dubs,” a seasoned popcorn trio (chili lime, furikake, buttered herb garlic), and dipped chocolate pretzel sticks. Note: Limited space, get those tickets while you can!

Mon., Feb. 1 – Thu., Feb. 4, (2021)

$10-25.

www.rocketcinematexas.com

SALT & TIME’S VALENTINE MEAL KITS Valentine’s Day, these magisterial meatmongers remind us after a year’s gone by, marks the last major holiday to be celebrated in quarantine. Now they’ve put together several packages so you and your boo can have a wonderful dinner at home. The multicourse meals are partially prepared to finish at home and include either one large, dry aged steak to share or a pair of steaks – and a bottle of Cava sparkling wine and your choice of cocktails – from either a Steak House Classic or a Tuscan-themed Italian menu. Check their website, you carnivorous citizen, and get ’em while you can.

Mon., Feb. 1 – Tue., March 9,

Salt & Time Butcher Shop & Salumeria,
1912 E. Seventh, 512/524-1383.

$200-225, for two.

www.saltandtime.com

SUERTE’S VALENTINE: SUADERO TACOS, FTW Yes! Suerte is open for dine-in and will offer Valentine’s Day selections crafted with love by Fermín Núñez and his team. But, for couples wishing to stay at home, they’re bringing back those popular Suadero taco kits ($100), too – each will serve two and include all the ingredients for Suadero tacos, a salad, lentils, a dessert, and a bottle of sparkling rosé. Note: Order now for pick-up on Feb. 14 – and dine-in reservations can be made starting Feb. 5.

Suerte,
1800 E. Sixth, 512/953-0092.

www.suerteatx.com

THE APL’S COOKBOOK: VALENTINE’S POP-UP The Austin Public Library’s in-house Cookbook eatery is remaining pandemically closed, yes, but they’re briefly popping up (like a sort of pastry-bedecked Whack-a-Mole!) to present a special dessert menu available for Valentine’s weekend. Listen: Raspberry sweetie rolls, personalized cookie cakes, a dozen confectionary roses, a mimosa kit, and wines by the bottle – all available via easy online ordering, with contactless curbside pickup. Just select your preferred pickup day and time and your pastries will be fresh and ready upon arrival. Bonus: You can see the new mural by Austin’s own Billie Buck.

Pre-order through Feb. 13

Cookbook Bar & Cafe,
710 W. Cesar Chavez, 512/487-5166.

www.cookbookatx.com

TLC AUSTIN: TURF & SURF FOR TWO Treat yourself and your best beloved to an amazing dinner that includes two eight-ounce tenderloin filets, two crab-stuffed lobster halves, tarragon lemon butter, rosemary fingerling potatoes, asparagus, chocolate-covered strawberries, and a bottle of Taittinger Brut Champagne. Truth: Classic never goes out of style when it tastes this good.

TLC Austin,
1100 S Lamar Blvd. Suite 1150, 512/580-0971.

$250 per couple.

https://www.tlcaustin.com/

VANILLA ORCHID VALENTINE’S BIG COOKIE SIXER Those catering wizards at Austin’s Vanilla Orchid are reprising their famous Sixer for this day of sweets and lovers: A six-pack of their half-pound stuffed cookies, all adorned with Valentine’s finery in a fancy LED-lighted box.

$47.50.

www.chickensaladshoppe.com

VINAIGRETTE VALENTINE: CHERRY HEART PIES These scrumptious cherry pies are perfect for sharing – enough for two – and will have you wondering just why young George Washington chopped down that innocent tree in the first place. NM any of that history stuff, tho; love is in the present, and this is a great present for your love. Note: Order by Feb. 11 for pickup on Feb. 13-14.

Vinaigrette,
2201 College Ave., 512/852-8791.

$12.

www.vinaigretteonline.com/austin

Friday 5

ABA’S MEDITERRANEAN VALENTINE FEAST How tasty is this offering from that excellent Mediterranean place just south of Downtown? Hint: Aba’s dinner for two will include lobster bisque, smoky garlic hummus with housemade bread, ahi tuna tabouli, brussels sprouts, beef tenderloin with truffled potatoes, Isot chocolate cake, and a bottle of Giuliana Prosecco. Note: Place your order up to one day prior (by 3pm) for pick-up or delivery on Feb. 12–14.

Aba,
1011 S. Congress, Bldg 2 #180.

$120.

www.abarestaurants.com/austin

AFWA: CITYWIDE SUGAR HIGH BAKE SALE The Austin Food & Wine Alliance is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a citywide online bake sale supporting local restaurants, featuring sweet and savory goodies crafted by Austin’s best
bakers and pastry chefs: Abby Jane Bakery, Chicken Salad Shoppe, Bakery Lorraine, Bento Picnic, Cold Ones Pops, Contigo, Cookbook Bakery, El Alma, Foreign & Domestic, Garbo’s, Julie Myrtille Bakery, Killa Wasi, Lola’s Donuts, SRSLY Chocolate, and Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop. Order by Feb. 10, and the love-inspired treats will be available for pickup at Last Straw (914 E. Sixth) on February 14. Or – get ’em delivered! See website for details on this amazing array of delectables.

Thu., Feb. 4 – Wed., Feb. 10,

$12-55.

www.texasfoodandwinealliance.org

AHS TAILGATE COMPETITION Austin Humane Society’s Puppy Bowl XIV Tailgate Competition is officially underway! Andrea’s Eats, Jo’s Coffee, Austin Daily Press, and Yard Bar each compete with a tasty treat – and they’re donating a percentage of sales to AHS. Try them all, and vote for your fave in the Facebook poll. The winning bite will be announced during the Puppy Bowl on Feb. 6.

Through Feb. 5

Various locations.

www.austinhumanesociety.org

ANTONELLI’S: VALENTINE’S GIFT BOX Leave it to the locally acclaimed, internationally celebrated cheesemongers of Antonelli’s to wrangle up the perfect dairy-forward foodie gift for expressing your love with. This festive “Spread the Love” box includes cheese, charcuterie, and an array of pairings like chocolate, pickles, nuts, and more – from Cowgirl Creamery, Carr Valley, Smoking Goose, SRSLY Chocolate, and more.

Order soon, supplies are v. limited

$85.

www.antonellischeese.com

AUSTIN OYSTER CO. X AUSTIN WINERY Austin Oyster Company and Austin Winery have teamed up to offer pre-packaged oyster shucking kits and wine selections for an at-home Valentine’s Day celebration. Packages include one or two dozen oysters, garnishes, one of three paired wine bottles, shucking knife and gloves, and Austin Oyster Co. swag and discount codes. Note: This is a hot, as they say, item – so it’s a good idea to place your orders STAT. Pickup options: Sat.-Sun., Feb. 13-14, noon-5pm.

One dozen + kit, $70; two dozen + kit, $90.

www.theaustinwinery.com

AUSTIN PROPER: IN-ROOM VALENTINE’S DINER Austin Proper debuts their first-ever in-room dining experience, with a private dinner that includes a self-service bar (which includes Louis Roederer Brut Champagne, Recanti Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Letherbee Gin, Casamigos Tequila, and Maker’s Mark Bourbon) and is centered on contactless service of The Peacock’s special three-course meal, delivered upon arrival: Fresh-baked pita with a trio of dips, red snapper tartare with herbs, shallots and avocado, mixed grill kebab, and traditional baklava with walnut, pistachio, and cardamom syrup. And, big bonus: You can stay the night in the beautifully appointed suite at no additional cost.

Make your reservations by Feb. 5

Austin Proper Hotel & Residences,
600 W. Second, 888/333-0546.

$200 per person.

https://www.properhotel.com/hotels/austin/

DESERT DOOR SOTOL X TEXAS BEES This delight isn’t Valentine-specific, no, but it is happening in February … and who doesn’t love bees? And who wouldn’t want to take a scenic drive out to Driftwood, to the Desert Door distillery and tasting room, where the acclaimed sotol-mongers are celebrating the Texas honey bee population by offering a special cocktail featuring wild-harvested, West Texas honey? Those are rhetorical questions, but we’ll guess the answer is “I love bees, and I want to take that drive.” Especially when you know that proceeds from every Rugged Flower cocktail sold will go directly toward adding more bee hives to the ranch, thus increasing the area’s biodiversity. Ah, who knew insects could have so much to do with love …

Feb. 4-28

Desert Door Sotol,
211 Darden Hill Rd. Ste. 200-A, Driftwood, 512/829-6129.

www.desertdoor.com

FOOD ACCESS RESOURCES FROM SFC A new year dawns, but we’ve still got a ways to go in dealing with this pandemic. The Sustainable Food Center has put together a thorough compilation of food access resources for Central Texans, ranging from farmers’ markets to CSAs to delivery options and everything in between, so you can ensure that healthy food stays on your table. And if you’re able to contribute they’re accepting online donations, which support farmers and low-income families facing food insecurity. Get all the details on their website.

Citywide.

www.sustainablefoodcenter.org

FREE VALENTINE’S DESSERT AT Z’TEJAS That’s right, lovebirds: On Valentine’s Day, order two entrees at either location of this popular bastion of fine Southwestern cuisine and you’ll get your dessert gratis: A dulce de leche “heart” cheesecake with chocolate glaze, strawberry reduction, and strawberry rose.

TIE: Z’Tejas; Z’Tejas,
Z’Tejas, 1110 W. Sixth, 512/478-5355; Z’Tejas, 9400-A Arboretum Blvd., 512/346-3506.

www.ztejas.com

GATI VALENTINE’S SPECIALS + COOKING CLASS Thai Fresh’s Jam Sanitchat is serving up some “hearty” Valentine’s yum at her pastry-forward Gati outpost, with heart-shaped cookies, red velvet cupcakes, and a six-inch, heart-shaped ice cream cake (chocolate cake with beet or strawberry ice cream) with custom writing on it. Impressive enough, but – if you want to do a DIY-together thing for this popular lovers’ holiday – we recommend taking chef Sanitchat’s virtual cooking class ($60) on that day (Sun., Feb. 14, 6pm), where she’ll teach couples something new and romantic in the kitchen. You’ll pick up the ingredients from Thai Fresh – menu items include papaya salad, drunken noodles, green curry, pad prik king, and more – and then cook along at home, slicing and dicing and mixing and frying and (ahem) billing and cooing, right?

Gati,
1512 Holly, 512/220-1077.

HOPFIELDS VALENTINE: PRE-FIXE PARADISE Hopfields says they’ve created “the ultimate dining package for you and your main squeeze to enjoy,” and – we know chef James Flowers’ culinary skills – we’re not going to argue. You can dine in with full service (there’s a beautiful patio) or get the whole shebang to-go and put the finishing touches on it at home. “The whole shebang” means, in this case, a five-course feast of bowfin caviar, oysters Louie, truffled white asparagus soup, whole roasted Berkshire porchetta, and a creamysweet dream of a dessert they’re calling bananacotta. They’ll also give you a pair of roses and a vintage French postcard, lovers – and of course you can add wine or beer pairings for extra.

Sun., Feb. 14, 5-10pm

Hopfields,
3110 Guadalupe, 512/537-0467.

$100 for two.

www.hopfieldsaustin.com

HOTEL ELLA’S VALENTINE’S DINNER TO-GO You could be extra and book a night at the hotel, too – and that would be such a romantic maneuver, wouldn’t it? But you can also “just” order this excellent meal for pickup from Goodall’s Kitchen and then return home, happily feasting on coconut lime ceviche, filet mignon (or seared, cold-smoked scallops), and devil’s food cake for dessert. Note: Place your order by Feb. 9, for pickup Feb. 12-14.

Mon., Feb. 1 – Tue., Feb. 9,

Goodall’s Kitchen,
1900 Rio Grande St., at the Hotel Ella, 512/495-1800.

$47.50 per person.

www.hotelella.com/goodalls

INTERO’S VALENTINE: MEAL KITS + CHOCOLATES + WHISKEY Couples who enjoy spending time together in the kitchen can create a delicious meal with one of Intero’s Valentine’s Day meal kits from chef Ian Thurwachter – featuring an appetizer, salad, entree course (options include a dry-aged Wagyu ribeye, hand-made pasta, and risotto) and easy-to-follow instructions. (Ah, the two of you, in the kitchen, rockin’ that fancy cuisine …) But, check this out, too: Pastry chef Krystal Craig is offering chocolate tasting sets for two, so you and your beloved can go on a romantic adventure of the palate. Tasting options include an amaro-and-chocolate pairing, and a whiskey-and-chocolate pairing with Milam & Greene’s finest. Note: Order by Feb. 10, for pickup on Feb. 12-14.

Intero,
2612 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/599-4052.

$45-100.

www.interorestaurant.com

L’OCA D’ORO: VALENTINE’S DAY AT HOME This intimate dinner for two from chef Fiore Tedesco includes a three-course meal of Spanish mackerel crudo with tomato and basil, burrata with blood orange and mint, and house spaghetti with shrimp bolognese. All dishes are finished at home so they can be as fresh as if they were being experienced at the restaurant, and there are additional options for wine pairings.

Sign up via Table22 between Feb. 2-8 for pickup on Feb. 12

[email protected], www.locadoroaustin.com

LICK HONEST ICE CREAMS: VALENTINE’S SPECIALS Lick’s bringing a double whammy of creamy goodness to your Valentine’s table this year, offering 1) Love Cake, an eight-inch cake (8-10 servings) that features Lick’s creamy strawberry ice cream (made with fresh Texas berries and local Mother Culture cream cheese), layered with buttery bits of graham crumble atop a decadent dark chocolate cake ($39.99), and 2) the Valentine’s Package Deal of two pints, two toppings, and two waffle bowls ($20). Note: You have to order the Love Cake by Feb. 7 for pickup Feb. 12-14, but you’ll be able to get that package deal through the end of February.

www.ilikelick.com

LUNAR NEW YEAR: BAO’D UP’S OXENBAO That’s right, citizen, it’s the Year of the Ox – and this popular eatery is celebrating with soft and savory bao buns that feature an ox-head decoration on the outside and brisket on the inside. Timely and delicious, is the idea here, and it’s such a good idea that they’re also offering Valentine’s bao (with a heart on the outside and cheesecake inside) at the same time. But it’s for just one weekend, as that adventurous chef Ting Lin points out – so get ’em while you can.

Available Feb. 12-14

www.baodup.com

LUNAR NEW YEAR: OSEYO X CHOP CHOP Just in time for the inaugural Year of the Ox celebrations, Lynn Miller’s acclaimed Korean restaurant Oseyo on E. Cesar Chavez has collaborated with local favorite noodle-cup brand Chop Chop to present Lunar Firecracker: an ox-bone broth accompanied by noodles and Mandu dumplings with a spicy ox-and-shrimp filling. [Note: If this isn’t one of your favorite noodle cups of all time after just a few bites … well, reader, we don’t really know you at all, do we? Back away slowly and we’ll finish those dumplings for you instanter.] Pre-order is available now until they’re overwhelmed and sold out.

For pickup on Feb. 12

Oseyo,
1628 East Cesar Chavez.

$12.90.

www.oseyoaustin.com

LUNAR NEW YEAR: TSO’S HAPPY FAMILY “Happy families are all alike,” wrote Leo Tolstoy. This Happy Family, a holiday special from the busy kitchen at Tso Chinese Delivery, is made with shrimp, chicken, and beef with broccoli, carrot, sugar snap-peas, bamboo shoots, baby corn, and button mushrooms in a savory spicy brown sauce. (We reckon the author’s Anna Karenina would’ve loved this delicious amalgamation of flavor.) Bonus: Comes with a free order of Sesame Balls; they’re round, just like the moon, but much more tasty.

Available through Feb. 12

Tso Chinese Delivery,
3909 N Interstate 35.

MOZART’S VALENTINE: COFFEE & DESSERT TASTING Mozart’s Coffee Roasters has a fine event planned for the most romantic java fiends in town. “Three courses. Three coffees. Four nights available. All kinds of couples welcome.” We reckon you’ll enjoy listening to the live music on those lovely lakeside decks while you sip and nibble the sumptuous noms – and you’ll leave with a special gift from Mozart’s, too.

Feb. 11-14

Mozart’s Coffee Roasters,
3825 Lake Austin Blvd., 512/477-2900.

$206.50 per couple.

mozartscoffee.com

OLD THOUSAND: VALENTINE’S HOT POT & DINNER FOR TWO Valentine’s options at Old Thousand include a “Horny for Hot Pot” multicourse dinner for two ($110) with choice of mala beef tallow broth or smoked vegetable umami broth, a variety of meats, vegetables, noodles, signature sides and desserts; and a Dinner for Two option ($75) that includes a variety of signature dishes like Xiao Main noodles, General Tso’s, Smoked Pork Belly Char Siu, green beans, and cucumber salad. Available for pickup at both locations. Bonus: Both dinners include a refreshing adult beverage.

Note: Order by Feb. 11, 5pm

Old Thousand,
1000 E. 11th #150, 737/222-6637.

www.oldthousandatx.com

RED BEANS AND RICELY YOURS, AUSTIN This community initiative, headed by Chris Cubas and Maris Clegg, is dedicated to providing free meals (of red beans and rice, andouille sausage, cornbread, fruit, dessert, and a drink) to Austinites in need. “On Tuesdays, we will provide a link to sign up for a free home-made meal delivered to you with safety in mind,” goes their announcement on Facebook. “There is no judgment and the form is anonymous. If you have been affected by the impact of Covid-19 or are having a hard time, we would like to make a small portion of your day a little bit better.” Or, if you’d like to donate your time in driving, baking treats, or providing cases of non-alcoholic beverages, please reach out to [email protected]

[email protected]

SALT & TIME’S VALENTINE MEAL KITS Valentine’s Day, these magisterial meatmongers remind us after a year’s gone by, marks the last major holiday to be celebrated in quarantine. Now they’ve put together several packages so you and your boo can have a wonderful dinner at home. The multicourse meals are partially prepared to finish at home and include either one large, dry aged steak to share or a pair of steaks – and a bottle of Cava sparkling wine and your choice of cocktails – from either a Steak House Classic or a Tuscan-themed Italian menu. Check their website, you carnivorous citizen, and get ’em while you can.

Mon., Feb. 1 – Tue., March 9,

Salt & Time Butcher Shop & Salumeria,
1912 E. Seventh, 512/524-1383.

$200-225, for two.

www.saltandtime.com

SUERTE’S VALENTINE: SUADERO TACOS, FTW Yes! Suerte is open for dine-in and will offer Valentine’s Day selections crafted with love by Fermín Núñez and his team. But, for couples wishing to stay at home, they’re bringing back those popular Suadero taco kits ($100), too – each will serve two and include all the ingredients for Suadero tacos, a salad, lentils, a dessert, and a bottle of sparkling rosé. Note: Order now for pick-up on Feb. 14 – and dine-in reservations can be made starting Feb. 5.

Suerte,
1800 E. Sixth, 512/953-0092.

www.suerteatx.com

THE APL’S COOKBOOK: VALENTINE’S POP-UP The Austin Public Library’s in-house Cookbook eatery is remaining pandemically closed, yes, but they’re briefly popping up (like a sort of pastry-bedecked Whack-a-Mole!) to present a special dessert menu available for Valentine’s weekend. Listen: Raspberry sweetie rolls, personalized cookie cakes, a dozen confectionary roses, a mimosa kit, and wines by the bottle – all available via easy online ordering, with contactless curbside pickup. Just select your preferred pickup day and time and your pastries will be fresh and ready upon arrival. Bonus: You can see the new mural by Austin’s own Billie Buck.

Pre-order through Feb. 13

Cookbook Bar & Cafe,
710 W. Cesar Chavez, 512/487-5166.

www.cookbookatx.com

TLC AUSTIN: TURF & SURF FOR TWO Treat yourself and your best beloved to an amazing dinner that includes two eight-ounce tenderloin filets, two crab-stuffed lobster halves, tarragon lemon butter, rosemary fingerling potatoes, asparagus, chocolate-covered strawberries, and a bottle of Taittinger Brut Champagne. Truth: Classic never goes out of style when it tastes this good.

TLC Austin,
1100 S Lamar Blvd. Suite 1150, 512/580-0971.

$250 per couple.

https://www.tlcaustin.com/

VANILLA ORCHID VALENTINE’S BIG COOKIE SIXER Those catering wizards at Austin’s Vanilla Orchid are reprising their famous Sixer for this day of sweets and lovers: A six-pack of their half-pound stuffed cookies, all adorned with Valentine’s finery in a fancy LED-lighted box.

$47.50.

www.chickensaladshoppe.com

VINAIGRETTE VALENTINE: CHERRY HEART PIES These scrumptious cherry pies are perfect for sharing – enough for two – and will have you wondering just why young George Washington chopped down that innocent tree in the first place. NM any of that history stuff, tho; love is in the present, and this is a great present for your love. Note: Order by Feb. 11 for pickup on Feb. 13-14.

Vinaigrette,
2201 College Ave., 512/852-8791.

$12.

www.vinaigretteonline.com/austin

Saturday 6

ABA’S MEDITERRANEAN VALENTINE FEAST How tasty is this offering from that excellent Mediterranean place just south of Downtown? Hint: Aba’s dinner for two will include lobster bisque, smoky garlic hummus with housemade bread, ahi tuna tabouli, brussels sprouts, beef tenderloin with truffled potatoes, Isot chocolate cake, and a bottle of Giuliana Prosecco. Note: Place your order up to one day prior (by 3pm) for pick-up or delivery on Feb. 12–14.

Aba,
1011 S. Congress, Bldg 2 #180.

$120.

www.abarestaurants.com/austin

AFWA: CITYWIDE SUGAR HIGH BAKE SALE The Austin Food & Wine Alliance is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a citywide online bake sale supporting local restaurants, featuring sweet and savory goodies crafted by Austin’s best
bakers and pastry chefs: Abby Jane Bakery, Chicken Salad Shoppe, Bakery Lorraine, Bento Picnic, Cold Ones Pops, Contigo, Cookbook Bakery, El Alma, Foreign & Domestic, Garbo’s, Julie Myrtille Bakery, Killa Wasi, Lola’s Donuts, SRSLY Chocolate, and Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop. Order by Feb. 10, and the love-inspired treats will be available for pickup at Last Straw (914 E. Sixth) on February 14. Or – get ’em delivered! See website for details on this amazing array of delectables.

Thu., Feb. 4 – Wed., Feb. 10,

$12-55.

www.texasfoodandwinealliance.org

ANTONELLI’S: VALENTINE’S GIFT BOX Leave it to the locally acclaimed, internationally celebrated cheesemongers of Antonelli’s to wrangle up the perfect dairy-forward foodie gift for expressing your love with. This festive “Spread the Love” box includes cheese, charcuterie, and an array of pairings like chocolate, pickles, nuts, and more – from Cowgirl Creamery, Carr Valley, Smoking Goose, SRSLY Chocolate, and more.

Order soon, supplies are v. limited

$85.

www.antonellischeese.com

AUSTIN OYSTER CO. X AUSTIN WINERY Austin Oyster Company and Austin Winery have teamed up to offer pre-packaged oyster shucking kits and wine selections for an at-home Valentine’s Day celebration. Packages include one or two dozen oysters, garnishes, one of three paired wine bottles, shucking knife and gloves, and Austin Oyster Co. swag and discount codes. Note: This is a hot, as they say, item – so it’s a good idea to place your orders STAT. Pickup options: Sat.-Sun., Feb. 13-14, noon-5pm.

One dozen + kit, $70; two dozen + kit, $90.

www.theaustinwinery.com

DESERT DOOR SOTOL X TEXAS BEES This delight isn’t Valentine-specific, no, but it is happening in February … and who doesn’t love bees? And who wouldn’t want to take a scenic drive out to Driftwood, to the Desert Door distillery and tasting room, where the acclaimed sotol-mongers are celebrating the Texas honey bee population by offering a special cocktail featuring wild-harvested, West Texas honey? Those are rhetorical questions, but we’ll guess the answer is “I love bees, and I want to take that drive.” Especially when you know that proceeds from every Rugged Flower cocktail sold will go directly toward adding more bee hives to the ranch, thus increasing the area’s biodiversity. Ah, who knew insects could have so much to do with love …

Feb. 4-28

Desert Door Sotol,
211 Darden Hill Rd. Ste. 200-A, Driftwood, 512/829-6129.

www.desertdoor.com

FOOD ACCESS RESOURCES FROM SFC A new year dawns, but we’ve still got a ways to go in dealing with this pandemic. The Sustainable Food Center has put together a thorough compilation of food access resources for Central Texans, ranging from farmers’ markets to CSAs to delivery options and everything in between, so you can ensure that healthy food stays on your table. And if you’re able to contribute they’re accepting online donations, which support farmers and low-income families facing food insecurity. Get all the details on their website.

Citywide.

www.sustainablefoodcenter.org

FREE VALENTINE’S DESSERT AT Z’TEJAS That’s right, lovebirds: On Valentine’s Day, order two entrees at either location of this popular bastion of fine Southwestern cuisine and you’ll get your dessert gratis: A dulce de leche “heart” cheesecake with chocolate glaze, strawberry reduction, and strawberry rose.

TIE: Z’Tejas; Z’Tejas,
Z’Tejas, 1110 W. Sixth, 512/478-5355; Z’Tejas, 9400-A Arboretum Blvd., 512/346-3506.

www.ztejas.com

GATI VALENTINE’S SPECIALS + COOKING CLASS Thai Fresh’s Jam Sanitchat is serving up some “hearty” Valentine’s yum at her pastry-forward Gati outpost, with heart-shaped cookies, red velvet cupcakes, and a six-inch, heart-shaped ice cream cake (chocolate cake with beet or strawberry ice cream) with custom writing on it. Impressive enough, but – if you want to do a DIY-together thing for this popular lovers’ holiday – we recommend taking chef Sanitchat’s virtual cooking class ($60) on that day (Sun., Feb. 14, 6pm), where she’ll teach couples something new and romantic in the kitchen. You’ll pick up the ingredients from Thai Fresh – menu items include papaya salad, drunken noodles, green curry, pad prik king, and more – and then cook along at home, slicing and dicing and mixing and frying and (ahem) billing and cooing, right?

Gati,
1512 Holly, 512/220-1077.

HOPFIELDS VALENTINE: PRE-FIXE PARADISE Hopfields says they’ve created “the ultimate dining package for you and your main squeeze to enjoy,” and – we know chef James Flowers’ culinary skills – we’re not going to argue. You can dine in with full service (there’s a beautiful patio) or get the whole shebang to-go and put the finishing touches on it at home. “The whole shebang” means, in this case, a five-course feast of bowfin caviar, oysters Louie, truffled white asparagus soup, whole roasted Berkshire porchetta, and a creamysweet dream of a dessert they’re calling bananacotta. They’ll also give you a pair of roses and a vintage French postcard, lovers – and of course you can add wine or beer pairings for extra.

Sun., Feb. 14, 5-10pm

Hopfields,
3110 Guadalupe, 512/537-0467.

$100 for two.

www.hopfieldsaustin.com

HOTEL ELLA’S VALENTINE’S DINNER TO-GO You could be extra and book a night at the hotel, too – and that would be such a romantic maneuver, wouldn’t it? But you can also “just” order this excellent meal for pickup from Goodall’s Kitchen and then return home, happily feasting on coconut lime ceviche, filet mignon (or seared, cold-smoked scallops), and devil’s food cake for dessert. Note: Place your order by Feb. 9, for pickup Feb. 12-14.

Mon., Feb. 1 – Tue., Feb. 9,

Goodall’s Kitchen,
1900 Rio Grande St., at the Hotel Ella, 512/495-1800.

$47.50 per person.

www.hotelella.com/goodalls

INTERO’S VALENTINE: MEAL KITS + CHOCOLATES + WHISKEY Couples who enjoy spending time together in the kitchen can create a delicious meal with one of Intero’s Valentine’s Day meal kits from chef Ian Thurwachter – featuring an appetizer, salad, entree course (options include a dry-aged Wagyu ribeye, hand-made pasta, and risotto) and easy-to-follow instructions. (Ah, the two of you, in the kitchen, rockin’ that fancy cuisine …) But, check this out, too: Pastry chef Krystal Craig is offering chocolate tasting sets for two, so you and your beloved can go on a romantic adventure of the palate. Tasting options include an amaro-and-chocolate pairing, and a whiskey-and-chocolate pairing with Milam & Greene’s finest. Note: Order by Feb. 10, for pickup on Feb. 12-14.

Intero,
2612 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/599-4052.

$45-100.

www.interorestaurant.com

L’OCA D’ORO: VALENTINE’S DAY AT HOME This intimate dinner for two from chef Fiore Tedesco includes a three-course meal of Spanish mackerel crudo with tomato and basil, burrata with blood orange and mint, and house spaghetti with shrimp bolognese. All dishes are finished at home so they can be as fresh as if they were being experienced at the restaurant, and there are additional options for wine pairings.

Sign up via Table22 between Feb. 2-8 for pickup on Feb. 12

[email protected], www.locadoroaustin.com

LICK HONEST ICE CREAMS: VALENTINE’S SPECIALS Lick’s bringing a double whammy of creamy goodness to your Valentine’s table this year, offering 1) Love Cake, an eight-inch cake (8-10 servings) that features Lick’s creamy strawberry ice cream (made with fresh Texas berries and local Mother Culture cream cheese), layered with buttery bits of graham crumble atop a decadent dark chocolate cake ($39.99), and 2) the Valentine’s Package Deal of two pints, two toppings, and two waffle bowls ($20). Note: You have to order the Love Cake by Feb. 7 for pickup Feb. 12-14, but you’ll be able to get that package deal through the end of February.

www.ilikelick.com

LUNAR NEW YEAR: BAO’D UP’S OXENBAO That’s right, citizen, it’s the Year of the Ox – and this popular eatery is celebrating with soft and savory bao buns that feature an ox-head decoration on the outside and brisket on the inside. Timely and delicious, is the idea here, and it’s such a good idea that they’re also offering Valentine’s bao (with a heart on the outside and cheesecake inside) at the same time. But it’s for just one weekend, as that adventurous chef Ting Lin points out – so get ’em while you can.

Available Feb. 12-14

www.baodup.com

LUNAR NEW YEAR: OSEYO X CHOP CHOP Just in time for the inaugural Year of the Ox celebrations, Lynn Miller’s acclaimed Korean restaurant Oseyo on E. Cesar Chavez has collaborated with local favorite noodle-cup brand Chop Chop to present Lunar Firecracker: an ox-bone broth accompanied by noodles and Mandu dumplings with a spicy ox-and-shrimp filling. [Note: If this isn’t one of your favorite noodle cups of all time after just a few bites … well, reader, we don’t really know you at all, do we? Back away slowly and we’ll finish those dumplings for you instanter.] Pre-order is available now until they’re overwhelmed and sold out.

For pickup on Feb. 12

Oseyo,
1628 East Cesar Chavez.

$12.90.

www.oseyoaustin.com

LUNAR NEW YEAR: TSO’S HAPPY FAMILY “Happy families are all alike,” wrote Leo Tolstoy. This Happy Family, a holiday special from the busy kitchen at Tso Chinese Delivery, is made with shrimp, chicken, and beef with broccoli, carrot, sugar snap-peas, bamboo shoots, baby corn, and button mushrooms in a savory spicy brown sauce. (We reckon the author’s Anna Karenina would’ve loved this delicious amalgamation of flavor.) Bonus: Comes with a free order of Sesame Balls; they’re round, just like the moon, but much more tasty.

Available through Feb. 12

Tso Chinese Delivery,
3909 N Interstate 35.

MOZART’S VALENTINE: COFFEE & DESSERT TASTING Mozart’s Coffee Roasters has a fine event planned for the most romantic java fiends in town. “Three courses. Three coffees. Four nights available. All kinds of couples welcome.” We reckon you’ll enjoy listening to the live music on those lovely lakeside decks while you sip and nibble the sumptuous noms – and you’ll leave with a special gift from Mozart’s, too.

Feb. 11-14

Mozart’s Coffee Roasters,
3825 Lake Austin Blvd., 512/477-2900.

$206.50 per couple.

mozartscoffee.com

OLD THOUSAND: VALENTINE’S HOT POT & DINNER FOR TWO Valentine’s options at Old Thousand include a “Horny for Hot Pot” multicourse dinner for two ($110) with choice of mala beef tallow broth or smoked vegetable umami broth, a variety of meats, vegetables, noodles, signature sides and desserts; and a Dinner for Two option ($75) that includes a variety of signature dishes like Xiao Main noodles, General Tso’s, Smoked Pork Belly Char Siu, green beans, and cucumber salad. Available for pickup at both locations. Bonus: Both dinners include a refreshing adult beverage.

Note: Order by Feb. 11, 5pm

Old Thousand,
1000 E. 11th #150, 737/222-6637.

www.oldthousandatx.com

RED BEANS AND RICELY YOURS, AUSTIN This community initiative, headed by Chris Cubas and Maris Clegg, is dedicated to providing free meals (of red beans and rice, andouille sausage, cornbread, fruit, dessert, and a drink) to Austinites in need. “On Tuesdays, we will provide a link to sign up for a free home-made meal delivered to you with safety in mind,” goes their announcement on Facebook. “There is no judgment and the form is anonymous. If you have been affected by the impact of Covid-19 or are having a hard time, we would like to make a small portion of your day a little bit better.” Or, if you’d like to donate your time in driving, baking treats, or providing cases of non-alcoholic beverages, please reach out to [email protected]

[email protected]

SALT & TIME’S VALENTINE MEAL KITS Valentine’s Day, these magisterial meatmongers remind us after a year’s gone by, marks the last major holiday to be celebrated in quarantine. Now they’ve put together several packages so you and your boo can have a wonderful dinner at home. The multicourse meals are partially prepared to finish at home and include either one large, dry aged steak to share or a pair of steaks – and a bottle of Cava sparkling wine and your choice of cocktails – from either a Steak House Classic or a Tuscan-themed Italian menu. Check their website, you carnivorous citizen, and get ’em while you can.

Mon., Feb. 1 – Tue., March 9,

Salt & Time Butcher Shop & Salumeria,
1912 E. Seventh, 512/524-1383.

$200-225, for two.

www.saltandtime.com

SUERTE’S VALENTINE: SUADERO TACOS, FTW Yes! Suerte is open for dine-in and will offer Valentine’s Day selections crafted with love by Fermín Núñez and his team. But, for couples wishing to stay at home, they’re bringing back those popular Suadero taco kits ($100), too – each will serve two and include all the ingredients for Suadero tacos, a salad, lentils, a dessert, and a bottle of sparkling rosé. Note: Order now for pick-up on Feb. 14 – and dine-in reservations can be made starting Feb. 5.

Suerte,
1800 E. Sixth, 512/953-0092.

www.suerteatx.com

THE APL’S COOKBOOK: VALENTINE’S POP-UP The Austin Public Library’s in-house Cookbook eatery is remaining pandemically closed, yes, but they’re briefly popping up (like a sort of pastry-bedecked Whack-a-Mole!) to present a special dessert menu available for Valentine’s weekend. Listen: Raspberry sweetie rolls, personalized cookie cakes, a dozen confectionary roses, a mimosa kit, and wines by the bottle – all available via easy online ordering, with contactless curbside pickup. Just select your preferred pickup day and time and your pastries will be fresh and ready upon arrival. Bonus: You can see the new mural by Austin’s own Billie Buck.

Pre-order through Feb. 13

Cookbook Bar & Cafe,
710 W. Cesar Chavez, 512/487-5166.

www.cookbookatx.com

TLC AUSTIN: TURF & SURF FOR TWO Treat yourself and your best beloved to an amazing dinner that includes two eight-ounce tenderloin filets, two crab-stuffed lobster halves, tarragon lemon butter, rosemary fingerling potatoes, asparagus, chocolate-covered strawberries, and a bottle of Taittinger Brut Champagne. Truth: Classic never goes out of style when it tastes this good.

TLC Austin,
1100 S Lamar Blvd. Suite 1150, 512/580-0971.

$250 per couple.

https://www.tlcaustin.com/

VANILLA ORCHID VALENTINE’S BIG COOKIE SIXER Those catering wizards at Austin’s Vanilla Orchid are reprising their famous Sixer for this day of sweets and lovers: A six-pack of their half-pound stuffed cookies, all adorned with Valentine’s finery in a fancy LED-lighted box.

$47.50.

www.chickensaladshoppe.com

VINAIGRETTE VALENTINE: CHERRY HEART PIES These scrumptious cherry pies are perfect for sharing – enough for two – and will have you wondering just why young George Washington chopped down that innocent tree in the first place. NM any of that history stuff, tho; love is in the present, and this is a great present for your love. Note: Order by Feb. 11 for pickup on Feb. 13-14.

Vinaigrette,
2201 College Ave., 512/852-8791.

$12.

www.vinaigretteonline.com/austin

Sunday 7

ABA’S MEDITERRANEAN VALENTINE FEAST How tasty is this offering from that excellent Mediterranean place just south of Downtown? Hint: Aba’s dinner for two will include lobster bisque, smoky garlic hummus with housemade bread, ahi tuna tabouli, brussels sprouts, beef tenderloin with truffled potatoes, Isot chocolate cake, and a bottle of Giuliana Prosecco. Note: Place your order up to one day prior (by 3pm) for pick-up or delivery on Feb. 12–14.

Aba,
1011 S. Congress, Bldg 2 #180.

$120.

www.abarestaurants.com/austin

AFWA: CITYWIDE SUGAR HIGH BAKE SALE The Austin Food & Wine Alliance is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a citywide online bake sale supporting local restaurants, featuring sweet and savory goodies crafted by Austin’s best
bakers and pastry chefs: Abby Jane Bakery, Chicken Salad Shoppe, Bakery Lorraine, Bento Picnic, Cold Ones Pops, Contigo, Cookbook Bakery, El Alma, Foreign & Domestic, Garbo’s, Julie Myrtille Bakery, Killa Wasi, Lola’s Donuts, SRSLY Chocolate, and Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop. Order by Feb. 10, and the love-inspired treats will be available for pickup at Last Straw (914 E. Sixth) on February 14. Or – get ’em delivered! See website for details on this amazing array of delectables.

Thu., Feb. 4 – Wed., Feb. 10,

$12-55.

www.texasfoodandwinealliance.org

AUSTIN OYSTER CO. X AUSTIN WINERY Austin Oyster Company and Austin Winery have teamed up to offer pre-packaged oyster shucking kits and wine selections for an at-home Valentine’s Day celebration. Packages include one or two dozen oysters, garnishes, one of three paired wine bottles, shucking knife and gloves, and Austin Oyster Co. swag and discount codes. Note: This is a hot, as they say, item – so it’s a good idea to place your orders STAT. Pickup options: Sat.-Sun., Feb. 13-14, noon-5pm.

One dozen + kit, $70; two dozen + kit, $90.

www.theaustinwinery.com

DESERT DOOR SOTOL X TEXAS BEES This delight isn’t Valentine-specific, no, but it is happening in February … and who doesn’t love bees? And who wouldn’t want to take a scenic drive out to Driftwood, to the Desert Door distillery and tasting room, where the acclaimed sotol-mongers are celebrating the Texas honey bee population by offering a special cocktail featuring wild-harvested, West Texas honey? Those are rhetorical questions, but we’ll guess the answer is “I love bees, and I want to take that drive.” Especially when you know that proceeds from every Rugged Flower cocktail sold will go directly toward adding more bee hives to the ranch, thus increasing the area’s biodiversity. Ah, who knew insects could have so much to do with love …

Feb. 4-28

Desert Door Sotol,
211 Darden Hill Rd. Ste. 200-A, Driftwood, 512/829-6129.

www.desertdoor.com

FOOD ACCESS RESOURCES FROM SFC A new year dawns, but we’ve still got a ways to go in dealing with this pandemic. The Sustainable Food Center has put together a thorough compilation of food access resources for Central Texans, ranging from farmers’ markets to CSAs to delivery options and everything in between, so you can ensure that healthy food stays on your table. And if you’re able to contribute they’re accepting online donations, which support farmers and low-income families facing food insecurity. Get all the details on their website.

Citywide.

www.sustainablefoodcenter.org

FREE VALENTINE’S DESSERT AT Z’TEJAS That’s right, lovebirds: On Valentine’s Day, order two entrees at either location of this popular bastion of fine Southwestern cuisine and you’ll get your dessert gratis: A dulce de leche “heart” cheesecake with chocolate glaze, strawberry reduction, and strawberry rose.

TIE: Z’Tejas; Z’Tejas,
Z’Tejas, 1110 W. Sixth, 512/478-5355; Z’Tejas, 9400-A Arboretum Blvd., 512/346-3506.

www.ztejas.com

GATI VALENTINE’S SPECIALS + COOKING CLASS Thai Fresh’s Jam Sanitchat is serving up some “hearty” Valentine’s yum at her pastry-forward Gati outpost, with heart-shaped cookies, red velvet cupcakes, and a six-inch, heart-shaped ice cream cake (chocolate cake with beet or strawberry ice cream) with custom writing on it. Impressive enough, but – if you want to do a DIY-together thing for this popular lovers’ holiday – we recommend taking chef Sanitchat’s virtual cooking class ($60) on that day (Sun., Feb. 14, 6pm), where she’ll teach couples something new and romantic in the kitchen. You’ll pick up the ingredients from Thai Fresh – menu items include papaya salad, drunken noodles, green curry, pad prik king, and more – and then cook along at home, slicing and dicing and mixing and frying and (ahem) billing and cooing, right?

Gati,
1512 Holly, 512/220-1077.

HOPFIELDS VALENTINE: PRE-FIXE PARADISE Hopfields says they’ve created “the ultimate dining package for you and your main squeeze to enjoy,” and – we know chef James Flowers’ culinary skills – we’re not going to argue. You can dine in with full service (there’s a beautiful patio) or get the whole shebang to-go and put the finishing touches on it at home. “The whole shebang” means, in this case, a five-course feast of bowfin caviar, oysters Louie, truffled white asparagus soup, whole roasted Berkshire porchetta, and a creamysweet dream of a dessert they’re calling bananacotta. They’ll also give you a pair of roses and a vintage French postcard, lovers – and of course you can add wine or beer pairings for extra.

Sun., Feb. 14, 5-10pm

Hopfields,
3110 Guadalupe, 512/537-0467.

$100 for two.

www.hopfieldsaustin.com

HOTEL ELLA’S VALENTINE’S DINNER TO-GO You could be extra and book a night at the hotel, too – and that would be such a romantic maneuver, wouldn’t it? But you can also “just” order this excellent meal for pickup from Goodall’s Kitchen and then return home, happily feasting on coconut lime ceviche, filet mignon (or seared, cold-smoked scallops), and devil’s food cake for dessert. Note: Place your order by Feb. 9, for pickup Feb. 12-14.

Mon., Feb. 1 – Tue., Feb. 9,

Goodall’s Kitchen,
1900 Rio Grande St., at the Hotel Ella, 512/495-1800.

$47.50 per person.

www.hotelella.com/goodalls

INTERO’S VALENTINE: MEAL KITS + CHOCOLATES + WHISKEY Couples who enjoy spending time together in the kitchen can create a delicious meal with one of Intero’s Valentine’s Day meal kits from chef Ian Thurwachter – featuring an appetizer, salad, entree course (options include a dry-aged Wagyu ribeye, hand-made pasta, and risotto) and easy-to-follow instructions. (Ah, the two of you, in the kitchen, rockin’ that fancy cuisine …) But, check this out, too: Pastry chef Krystal Craig is offering chocolate tasting sets for two, so you and your beloved can go on a romantic adventure of the palate. Tasting options include an amaro-and-chocolate pairing, and a whiskey-and-chocolate pairing with Milam & Greene’s finest. Note: Order by Feb. 10, for pickup on Feb. 12-14.

Intero,
2612 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/599-4052.

$45-100.

www.interorestaurant.com

L’OCA D’ORO: VALENTINE’S DAY AT HOME This intimate dinner for two from chef Fiore Tedesco includes a three-course meal of Spanish mackerel crudo with tomato and basil, burrata with blood orange and mint, and house spaghetti with shrimp bolognese. All dishes are finished at home so they can be as fresh as if they were being experienced at the restaurant, and there are additional options for wine pairings.

Sign up via Table22 between Feb. 2-8 for pickup on Feb. 12

[email protected], www.locadoroaustin.com

LICK HONEST ICE CREAMS: VALENTINE’S SPECIALS Lick’s bringing a double whammy of creamy goodness to your Valentine’s table this year, offering 1) Love Cake, an eight-inch cake (8-10 servings) that features Lick’s creamy strawberry ice cream (made with fresh Texas berries and local Mother Culture cream cheese), layered with buttery bits of graham crumble atop a decadent dark chocolate cake ($39.99), and 2) the Valentine’s Package Deal of two pints, two toppings, and two waffle bowls ($20). Note: You have to order the Love Cake by Feb. 7 for pickup Feb. 12-14, but you’ll be able to get that package deal through the end of February.

www.ilikelick.com

LUNAR NEW YEAR: BAO’D UP’S OXENBAO That’s right, citizen, it’s the Year of the Ox – and this popular eatery is celebrating with soft and savory bao buns that feature an ox-head decoration on the outside and brisket on the inside. Timely and delicious, is the idea here, and it’s such a good idea that they’re also offering Valentine’s bao (with a heart on the outside and cheesecake inside) at the same time. But it’s for just one weekend, as that adventurous chef Ting Lin points out – so get ’em while you can.

Available Feb. 12-14

www.baodup.com

LUNAR NEW YEAR: OSEYO X CHOP CHOP Just in time for the inaugural Year of the Ox celebrations, Lynn Miller’s acclaimed Korean restaurant Oseyo on E. Cesar Chavez has collaborated with local favorite noodle-cup brand Chop Chop to present Lunar Firecracker: an ox-bone broth accompanied by noodles and Mandu dumplings with a spicy ox-and-shrimp filling. [Note: If this isn’t one of your favorite noodle cups of all time after just a few bites … well, reader, we don’t really know you at all, do we? Back away slowly and we’ll finish those dumplings for you instanter.] Pre-order is available now until they’re overwhelmed and sold out.

For pickup on Feb. 12

Oseyo,
1628 East Cesar Chavez.

$12.90.

www.oseyoaustin.com

LUNAR NEW YEAR: TSO’S HAPPY FAMILY “Happy families are all alike,” wrote Leo Tolstoy. This Happy Family, a holiday special from the busy kitchen at Tso Chinese Delivery, is made with shrimp, chicken, and beef with broccoli, carrot, sugar snap-peas, bamboo shoots, baby corn, and button mushrooms in a savory spicy brown sauce. (We reckon the author’s Anna Karenina would’ve loved this delicious amalgamation of flavor.) Bonus: Comes with a free order of Sesame Balls; they’re round, just like the moon, but much more tasty.

Available through Feb. 12

Tso Chinese Delivery,
3909 N Interstate 35.

MOZART’S VALENTINE: COFFEE & DESSERT TASTING Mozart’s Coffee Roasters has a fine event planned for the most romantic java fiends in town. “Three courses. Three coffees. Four nights available. All kinds of couples welcome.” We reckon you’ll enjoy listening to the live music on those lovely lakeside decks while you sip and nibble the sumptuous noms – and you’ll leave with a special gift from Mozart’s, too.

Feb. 11-14

Mozart’s Coffee Roasters,
3825 Lake Austin Blvd., 512/477-2900.

$206.50 per couple.

mozartscoffee.com

OLD THOUSAND: VALENTINE’S HOT POT & DINNER FOR TWO Valentine’s options at Old Thousand include a “Horny for Hot Pot” multicourse dinner for two ($110) with choice of mala beef tallow broth or smoked vegetable umami broth, a variety of meats, vegetables, noodles, signature sides and desserts; and a Dinner for Two option ($75) that includes a variety of signature dishes like Xiao Main noodles, General Tso’s, Smoked Pork Belly Char Siu, green beans, and cucumber salad. Available for pickup at both locations. Bonus: Both dinners include a refreshing adult beverage.

Note: Order by Feb. 11, 5pm

Old Thousand,
1000 E. 11th #150, 737/222-6637.

www.oldthousandatx.com

RED BEANS AND RICELY YOURS, AUSTIN This community initiative, headed by Chris Cubas and Maris Clegg, is dedicated to providing free meals (of red beans and rice, andouille sausage, cornbread, fruit, dessert, and a drink) to Austinites in need. “On Tuesdays, we will provide a link to sign up for a free home-made meal delivered to you with safety in mind,” goes their announcement on Facebook. “There is no judgment and the form is anonymous. If you have been affected by the impact of Covid-19 or are having a hard time, we would like to make a small portion of your day a little bit better.” Or, if you’d like to donate your time in driving, baking treats, or providing cases of non-alcoholic beverages, please reach out to [email protected]

[email protected]

SALT & TIME’S VALENTINE MEAL KITS Valentine’s Day, these magisterial meatmongers remind us after a year’s gone by, marks the last major holiday to be celebrated in quarantine. Now they’ve put together several packages so you and your boo can have a wonderful dinner at home. The multicourse meals are partially prepared to finish at home and include either one large, dry aged steak to share or a pair of steaks – and a bottle of Cava sparkling wine and your choice of cocktails – from either a Steak House Classic or a Tuscan-themed Italian menu. Check their website, you carnivorous citizen, and get ’em while you can.

Mon., Feb. 1 – Tue., March 9,

Salt & Time Butcher Shop & Salumeria,
1912 E. Seventh, 512/524-1383.

$200-225, for two.

www.saltandtime.com

SUERTE’S VALENTINE: SUADERO TACOS, FTW Yes! Suerte is open for dine-in and will offer Valentine’s Day selections crafted with love by Fermín Núñez and his team. But, for couples wishing to stay at home, they’re bringing back those popular Suadero taco kits ($100), too – each will serve two and include all the ingredients for Suadero tacos, a salad, lentils, a dessert, and a bottle of sparkling rosé. Note: Order now for pick-up on Feb. 14 – and dine-in reservations can be made starting Feb. 5.

Suerte,
1800 E. Sixth, 512/953-0092.

www.suerteatx.com

THE APL’S COOKBOOK: VALENTINE’S POP-UP The Austin Public Library’s in-house Cookbook eatery is remaining pandemically closed, yes, but they’re briefly popping up (like a sort of pastry-bedecked Whack-a-Mole!) to present a special dessert menu available for Valentine’s weekend. Listen: Raspberry sweetie rolls, personalized cookie cakes, a dozen confectionary roses, a mimosa kit, and wines by the bottle – all available via easy online ordering, with contactless curbside pickup. Just select your preferred pickup day and time and your pastries will be fresh and ready upon arrival. Bonus: You can see the new mural by Austin’s own Billie Buck.

Pre-order through Feb. 13

Cookbook Bar & Cafe,
710 W. Cesar Chavez, 512/487-5166.

www.cookbookatx.com

TLC AUSTIN: TURF & SURF FOR TWO Treat yourself and your best beloved to an amazing dinner that includes two eight-ounce tenderloin filets, two crab-stuffed lobster halves, tarragon lemon butter, rosemary fingerling potatoes, asparagus, chocolate-covered strawberries, and a bottle of Taittinger Brut Champagne. Truth: Classic never goes out of style when it tastes this good.

TLC Austin,
1100 S Lamar Blvd. Suite 1150, 512/580-0971.

$250 per couple.

https://www.tlcaustin.com/

VANILLA ORCHID VALENTINE’S BIG COOKIE SIXER Those catering wizards at Austin’s Vanilla Orchid are reprising their famous Sixer for this day of sweets and lovers: A six-pack of their half-pound stuffed cookies, all adorned with Valentine’s finery in a fancy LED-lighted box.

$47.50.

www.chickensaladshoppe.com

VINAIGRETTE VALENTINE: CHERRY HEART PIES These scrumptious cherry pies are perfect for sharing – enough for two – and will have you wondering just why young George Washington chopped down that innocent tree in the first place. NM any of that history stuff, tho; love is in the present, and this is a great present for your love. Note: Order by Feb. 11 for pickup on Feb. 13-14.

Vinaigrette,
2201 College Ave., 512/852-8791.

$12.

www.vinaigretteonline.com/austin

Monday 8

ABA’S MEDITERRANEAN VALENTINE FEAST How tasty is this offering from that excellent Mediterranean place just south of Downtown? Hint: Aba’s dinner for two will include lobster bisque, smoky garlic hummus with housemade bread, ahi tuna tabouli, brussels sprouts, beef tenderloin with truffled potatoes, Isot chocolate cake, and a bottle of Giuliana Prosecco. Note: Place your order up to one day prior (by 3pm) for pick-up or delivery on Feb. 12–14.

Aba,
1011 S. Congress, Bldg 2 #180.

$120.

www.abarestaurants.com/austin

AFWA: CITYWIDE SUGAR HIGH BAKE SALE The Austin Food & Wine Alliance is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a citywide online bake sale supporting local restaurants, featuring sweet and savory goodies crafted by Austin’s best
bakers and pastry chefs: Abby Jane Bakery, Chicken Salad Shoppe, Bakery Lorraine, Bento Picnic, Cold Ones Pops, Contigo, Cookbook Bakery, El Alma, Foreign & Domestic, Garbo’s, Julie Myrtille Bakery, Killa Wasi, Lola’s Donuts, SRSLY Chocolate, and Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop. Order by Feb. 10, and the love-inspired treats will be available for pickup at Last Straw (914 E. Sixth) on February 14. Or – get ’em delivered! See website for details on this amazing array of delectables.

Thu., Feb. 4 – Wed., Feb. 10,

$12-55.

www.texasfoodandwinealliance.org

AUSTIN OYSTER CO. X AUSTIN WINERY Austin Oyster Company and Austin Winery have teamed up to offer pre-packaged oyster shucking kits and wine selections for an at-home Valentine’s Day celebration. Packages include one or two dozen oysters, garnishes, one of three paired wine bottles, shucking knife and gloves, and Austin Oyster Co. swag and discount codes. Note: This is a hot, as they say, item – so it’s a good idea to place your orders STAT. Pickup options: Sat.-Sun., Feb. 13-14, noon-5pm.

One dozen + kit, $70; two dozen + kit, $90.

www.theaustinwinery.com

DESERT DOOR SOTOL X TEXAS BEES This delight isn’t Valentine-specific, no, but it is happening in February … and who doesn’t love bees? And who wouldn’t want to take a scenic drive out to Driftwood, to the Desert Door distillery and tasting room, where the acclaimed sotol-mongers are celebrating the Texas honey bee population by offering a special cocktail featuring wild-harvested, West Texas honey? Those are rhetorical questions, but we’ll guess the answer is “I love bees, and I want to take that drive.” Especially when you know that proceeds from every Rugged Flower cocktail sold will go directly toward adding more bee hives to the ranch, thus increasing the area’s biodiversity. Ah, who knew insects could have so much to do with love …

Feb. 4-28

Desert Door Sotol,
211 Darden Hill Rd. Ste. 200-A, Driftwood, 512/829-6129.

www.desertdoor.com

FOOD ACCESS RESOURCES FROM SFC A new year dawns, but we’ve still got a ways to go in dealing with this pandemic. The Sustainable Food Center has put together a thorough compilation of food access resources for Central Texans, ranging from farmers’ markets to CSAs to delivery options and everything in between, so you can ensure that healthy food stays on your table. And if you’re able to contribute they’re accepting online donations, which support farmers and low-income families facing food insecurity. Get all the details on their website.

Citywide.

www.sustainablefoodcenter.org

FREE VALENTINE’S DESSERT AT Z’TEJAS That’s right, lovebirds: On Valentine’s Day, order two entrees at either location of this popular bastion of fine Southwestern cuisine and you’ll get your dessert gratis: A dulce de leche “heart” cheesecake with chocolate glaze, strawberry reduction, and strawberry rose.

TIE: Z’Tejas; Z’Tejas,
Z’Tejas, 1110 W. Sixth, 512/478-5355; Z’Tejas, 9400-A Arboretum Blvd., 512/346-3506.

www.ztejas.com

GATI VALENTINE’S SPECIALS + COOKING CLASS Thai Fresh’s Jam Sanitchat is serving up some “hearty” Valentine’s yum at her pastry-forward Gati outpost, with heart-shaped cookies, red velvet cupcakes, and a six-inch, heart-shaped ice cream cake (chocolate cake with beet or strawberry ice cream) with custom writing on it. Impressive enough, but – if you want to do a DIY-together thing for this popular lovers’ holiday – we recommend taking chef Sanitchat’s virtual cooking class ($60) on that day (Sun., Feb. 14, 6pm), where she’ll teach couples something new and romantic in the kitchen. You’ll pick up the ingredients from Thai Fresh – menu items include papaya salad, drunken noodles, green curry, pad prik king, and more – and then cook along at home, slicing and dicing and mixing and frying and (ahem) billing and cooing, right?

Gati,
1512 Holly, 512/220-1077.

HOPFIELDS VALENTINE: PRE-FIXE PARADISE Hopfields says they’ve created “the ultimate dining package for you and your main squeeze to enjoy,” and – we know chef James Flowers’ culinary skills – we’re not going to argue. You can dine in with full service (there’s a beautiful patio) or get the whole shebang to-go and put the finishing touches on it at home. “The whole shebang” means, in this case, a five-course feast of bowfin caviar, oysters Louie, truffled white asparagus soup, whole roasted Berkshire porchetta, and a creamysweet dream of a dessert they’re calling bananacotta. They’ll also give you a pair of roses and a vintage French postcard, lovers – and of course you can add wine or beer pairings for extra.

Sun., Feb. 14, 5-10pm

Hopfields,
3110 Guadalupe, 512/537-0467.

$100 for two.

www.hopfieldsaustin.com

HOTEL ELLA’S VALENTINE’S DINNER TO-GO You could be extra and book a night at the hotel, too – and that would be such a romantic maneuver, wouldn’t it? But you can also “just” order this excellent meal for pickup from Goodall’s Kitchen and then return home, happily feasting on coconut lime ceviche, filet mignon (or seared, cold-smoked scallops), and devil’s food cake for dessert. Note: Place your order by Feb. 9, for pickup Feb. 12-14.

Mon., Feb. 1 – Tue., Feb. 9,

Goodall’s Kitchen,
1900 Rio Grande St., at the Hotel Ella, 512/495-1800.

$47.50 per person.

www.hotelella.com/goodalls

INTERO’S VALENTINE: MEAL KITS + CHOCOLATES + WHISKEY Couples who enjoy spending time together in the kitchen can create a delicious meal with one of Intero’s Valentine’s Day meal kits from chef Ian Thurwachter – featuring an appetizer, salad, entree course (options include a dry-aged Wagyu ribeye, hand-made pasta, and risotto) and easy-to-follow instructions. (Ah, the two of you, in the kitchen, rockin’ that fancy cuisine …) But, check this out, too: Pastry chef Krystal Craig is offering chocolate tasting sets for two, so you and your beloved can go on a romantic adventure of the palate. Tasting options include an amaro-and-chocolate pairing, and a whiskey-and-chocolate pairing with Milam & Greene’s finest. Note: Order by Feb. 10, for pickup on Feb. 12-14.

Intero,
2612 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/599-4052.

$45-100.

www.interorestaurant.com

L’OCA D’ORO: VALENTINE’S DAY AT HOME This intimate dinner for two from chef Fiore Tedesco includes a three-course meal of Spanish mackerel crudo with tomato and basil, burrata with blood orange and mint, and house spaghetti with shrimp bolognese. All dishes are finished at home so they can be as fresh as if they were being experienced at the restaurant, and there are additional options for wine pairings.

Sign up via Table22 between Feb. 2-8 for pickup on Feb. 12

[email protected], www.locadoroaustin.com

LUNAR NEW YEAR: BAO’D UP’S OXENBAO That’s right, citizen, it’s the Year of the Ox – and this popular eatery is celebrating with soft and savory bao buns that feature an ox-head decoration on the outside and brisket on the inside. Timely and delicious, is the idea here, and it’s such a good idea that they’re also offering Valentine’s bao (with a heart on the outside and cheesecake inside) at the same time. But it’s for just one weekend, as that adventurous chef Ting Lin points out – so get ’em while you can.

Available Feb. 12-14

www.baodup.com

LUNAR NEW YEAR: OSEYO X CHOP CHOP Just in time for the inaugural Year of the Ox celebrations, Lynn Miller’s acclaimed Korean restaurant Oseyo on E. Cesar Chavez has collaborated with local favorite noodle-cup brand Chop Chop to present Lunar Firecracker: an ox-bone broth accompanied by noodles and Mandu dumplings with a spicy ox-and-shrimp filling. [Note: If this isn’t one of your favorite noodle cups of all time after just a few bites … well, reader, we don’t really know you at all, do we? Back away slowly and we’ll finish those dumplings for you instanter.] Pre-order is available now until they’re overwhelmed and sold out.

For pickup on Feb. 12

Oseyo,
1628 East Cesar Chavez.

$12.90.

www.oseyoaustin.com

LUNAR NEW YEAR: TSO’S HAPPY FAMILY “Happy families are all alike,” wrote Leo Tolstoy. This Happy Family, a holiday special from the busy kitchen at Tso Chinese Delivery, is made with shrimp, chicken, and beef with broccoli, carrot, sugar snap-peas, bamboo shoots, baby corn, and button mushrooms in a savory spicy brown sauce. (We reckon the author’s Anna Karenina would’ve loved this delicious amalgamation of flavor.) Bonus: Comes with a free order of Sesame Balls; they’re round, just like the moon, but much more tasty.

Available through Feb. 12

Tso Chinese Delivery,
3909 N Interstate 35.

MOZART’S VALENTINE: COFFEE & DESSERT TASTING Mozart’s Coffee Roasters has a fine event planned for the most romantic java fiends in town. “Three courses. Three coffees. Four nights available. All kinds of couples welcome.” We reckon you’ll enjoy listening to the live music on those lovely lakeside decks while you sip and nibble the sumptuous noms – and you’ll leave with a special gift from Mozart’s, too.

Feb. 11-14

Mozart’s Coffee Roasters,
3825 Lake Austin Blvd., 512/477-2900.

$206.50 per couple.

mozartscoffee.com

OLD THOUSAND: VALENTINE’S HOT POT & DINNER FOR TWO Valentine’s options at Old Thousand include a “Horny for Hot Pot” multicourse dinner for two ($110) with choice of mala beef tallow broth or smoked vegetable umami broth, a variety of meats, vegetables, noodles, signature sides and desserts; and a Dinner for Two option ($75) that includes a variety of signature dishes like Xiao Main noodles, General Tso’s, Smoked Pork Belly Char Siu, green beans, and cucumber salad. Available for pickup at both locations. Bonus: Both dinners include a refreshing adult beverage.

Note: Order by Feb. 11, 5pm

Old Thousand,
1000 E. 11th #150, 737/222-6637.

www.oldthousandatx.com

RED BEANS AND RICELY YOURS, AUSTIN This community initiative, headed by Chris Cubas and Maris Clegg, is dedicated to providing free meals (of red beans and rice, andouille sausage, cornbread, fruit, dessert, and a drink) to Austinites in need. “On Tuesdays, we will provide a link to sign up for a free home-made meal delivered to you with safety in mind,” goes their announcement on Facebook. “There is no judgment and the form is anonymous. If you have been affected by the impact of Covid-19 or are having a hard time, we would like to make a small portion of your day a little bit better.” Or, if you’d like to donate your time in driving, baking treats, or providing cases of non-alcoholic beverages, please reach out to [email protected]

[email protected]

SALT & TIME’S VALENTINE MEAL KITS Valentine’s Day, these magisterial meatmongers remind us after a year’s gone by, marks the last major holiday to be celebrated in quarantine. Now they’ve put together several packages so you and your boo can have a wonderful dinner at home. The multicourse meals are partially prepared to finish at home and include either one large, dry aged steak to share or a pair of steaks – and a bottle of Cava sparkling wine and your choice of cocktails – from either a Steak House Classic or a Tuscan-themed Italian menu. Check their website, you carnivorous citizen, and get ’em while you can.

Mon., Feb. 1 – Tue., March 9,

Salt & Time Butcher Shop & Salumeria,
1912 E. Seventh, 512/524-1383.

$200-225, for two.

www.saltandtime.com

SUERTE’S VALENTINE: SUADERO TACOS, FTW Yes! Suerte is open for dine-in and will offer Valentine’s Day selections crafted with love by Fermín Núñez and his team. But, for couples wishing to stay at home, they’re bringing back those popular Suadero taco kits ($100), too – each will serve two and include all the ingredients for Suadero tacos, a salad, lentils, a dessert, and a bottle of sparkling rosé. Note: Order now for pick-up on Feb. 14 – and dine-in reservations can be made starting Feb. 5.

Suerte,
1800 E. Sixth, 512/953-0092.

www.suerteatx.com

THE APL’S COOKBOOK: VALENTINE’S POP-UP The Austin Public Library’s in-house Cookbook eatery is remaining pandemically closed, yes, but they’re briefly popping up (like a sort of pastry-bedecked Whack-a-Mole!) to present a special dessert menu available for Valentine’s weekend. Listen: Raspberry sweetie rolls, personalized cookie cakes, a dozen confectionary roses, a mimosa kit, and wines by the bottle – all available via easy online ordering, with contactless curbside pickup. Just select your preferred pickup day and time and your pastries will be fresh and ready upon arrival. Bonus: You can see the new mural by Austin’s own Billie Buck.

Pre-order through Feb. 13

Cookbook Bar & Cafe,
710 W. Cesar Chavez, 512/487-5166.

www.cookbookatx.com

TLC AUSTIN: TURF & SURF FOR TWO Treat yourself and your best beloved to an amazing dinner that includes two eight-ounce tenderloin filets, two crab-stuffed lobster halves, tarragon lemon butter, rosemary fingerling potatoes, asparagus, chocolate-covered strawberries, and a bottle of Taittinger Brut Champagne. Truth: Classic never goes out of style when it tastes this good.

TLC Austin,
1100 S Lamar Blvd. Suite 1150, 512/580-0971.

$250 per couple.

https://www.tlcaustin.com/

VANILLA ORCHID VALENTINE’S BIG COOKIE SIXER Those catering wizards at Austin’s Vanilla Orchid are reprising their famous Sixer for this day of sweets and lovers: A six-pack of their half-pound stuffed cookies, all adorned with Valentine’s finery in a fancy LED-lighted box.

$47.50.

www.chickensaladshoppe.com

VINAIGRETTE VALENTINE: CHERRY HEART PIES These scrumptious cherry pies are perfect for sharing – enough for two – and will have you wondering just why young George Washington chopped down that innocent tree in the first place. NM any of that history stuff, tho; love is in the present, and this is a great present for your love. Note: Order by Feb. 11 for pickup on Feb. 13-14.

Vinaigrette,
2201 College Ave., 512/852-8791.

$12.

www.vinaigretteonline.com/austin

Tuesday 9

ABA’S MEDITERRANEAN VALENTINE FEAST How tasty is this offering from that excellent Mediterranean place just south of Downtown? Hint: Aba’s dinner for two will include lobster bisque, smoky garlic hummus with housemade bread, ahi tuna tabouli, brussels sprouts, beef tenderloin with truffled potatoes, Isot chocolate cake, and a bottle of Giuliana Prosecco. Note: Place your order up to one day prior (by 3pm) for pick-up or delivery on Feb. 12–14.

Aba,
1011 S. Congress, Bldg 2 #180.

$120.

www.abarestaurants.com/austin

AFWA: CITYWIDE SUGAR HIGH BAKE SALE The Austin Food & Wine Alliance is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a citywide online bake sale supporting local restaurants, featuring sweet and savory goodies crafted by Austin’s best
bakers and pastry chefs: Abby Jane Bakery, Chicken Salad Shoppe, Bakery Lorraine, Bento Picnic, Cold Ones Pops, Contigo, Cookbook Bakery, El Alma, Foreign & Domestic, Garbo’s, Julie Myrtille Bakery, Killa Wasi, Lola’s Donuts, SRSLY Chocolate, and Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop. Order by Feb. 10, and the love-inspired treats will be available for pickup at Last Straw (914 E. Sixth) on February 14. Or – get ’em delivered! See website for details on this amazing array of delectables.

Thu., Feb. 4 – Wed., Feb. 10,

$12-55.

www.texasfoodandwinealliance.org

AUSTIN OYSTER CO. X AUSTIN WINERY Austin Oyster Company and Austin Winery have teamed up to offer pre-packaged oyster shucking kits and wine selections for an at-home Valentine’s Day celebration. Packages include one or two dozen oysters, garnishes, one of three paired wine bottles, shucking knife and gloves, and Austin Oyster Co. swag and discount codes. Note: This is a hot, as they say, item – so it’s a good idea to place your orders STAT. Pickup options: Sat.-Sun., Feb. 13-14, noon-5pm.

One dozen + kit, $70; two dozen + kit, $90.

www.theaustinwinery.com

DESERT DOOR SOTOL X TEXAS BEES This delight isn’t Valentine-specific, no, but it is happening in February … and who doesn’t love bees? And who wouldn’t want to take a scenic drive out to Driftwood, to the Desert Door distillery and tasting room, where the acclaimed sotol-mongers are celebrating the Texas honey bee population by offering a special cocktail featuring wild-harvested, West Texas honey? Those are rhetorical questions, but we’ll guess the answer is “I love bees, and I want to take that drive.” Especially when you know that proceeds from every Rugged Flower cocktail sold will go directly toward adding more bee hives to the ranch, thus increasing the area’s biodiversity. Ah, who knew insects could have so much to do with love …

Feb. 4-28

Desert Door Sotol,
211 Darden Hill Rd. Ste. 200-A, Driftwood, 512/829-6129.

www.desertdoor.com

EBERLY X PROHIBITION CREAMERY The Eberly chef team of Jo Chan and Sarah Seghi are giving Austinites one more chance to enjoy the recently shuttered Prohibition Creamery by inviting chef Laura Aidan to partner with them to create a special boozy, ice cream dessert flight ($16) during Valentine’s Week. The flight’s enough for two and features three different desserts served side by side – with components a specific cocktail would have, but conjured in dessert form. How about a bourbon pecan praline for you, liquor-lover? Some Earl Grey Mandarin Napolean ice cream? Prickly pear mezcal sorbet? Ahhhhh, it’s so good we can’t even.

Tue.-Sat., Feb. 9-13

Eberly,
615 S. Lamar, 512/916-9000.

www.eberlyaustin.com

FOOD ACCESS RESOURCES FROM SFC A new year dawns, but we’ve still got a ways to go in dealing with this pandemic. The Sustainable Food Center has put together a thorough compilation of food access resources for Central Texans, ranging from farmers’ markets to CSAs to delivery options and everything in between, so you can ensure that healthy food stays on your table. And if you’re able to contribute they’re accepting online donations, which support farmers and low-income families facing food insecurity. Get all the details on their website.

Citywide.

www.sustainablefoodcenter.org

FREE VALENTINE’S DESSERT AT Z’TEJAS That’s right, lovebirds: On Valentine’s Day, order two entrees at either location of this popular bastion of fine Southwestern cuisine and you’ll get your dessert gratis: A dulce de leche “heart” cheesecake with chocolate glaze, strawberry reduction, and strawberry rose.

TIE: Z’Tejas; Z’Tejas,
Z’Tejas, 1110 W. Sixth, 512/478-5355; Z’Tejas, 9400-A Arboretum Blvd., 512/346-3506.

www.ztejas.com

GATI VALENTINE’S SPECIALS + COOKING CLASS Thai Fresh’s Jam Sanitchat is serving up some “hearty” Valentine’s yum at her pastry-forward Gati outpost, with heart-shaped cookies, red velvet cupcakes, and a six-inch, heart-shaped ice cream cake (chocolate cake with beet or strawberry ice cream) with custom writing on it. Impressive enough, but – if you want to do a DIY-together thing for this popular lovers’ holiday – we recommend taking chef Sanitchat’s virtual cooking class ($60) on that day (Sun., Feb. 14, 6pm), where she’ll teach couples something new and romantic in the kitchen. You’ll pick up the ingredients from Thai Fresh – menu items include papaya salad, drunken noodles, green curry, pad prik king, and more – and then cook along at home, slicing and dicing and mixing and frying and (ahem) billing and cooing, right?

Gati,
1512 Holly, 512/220-1077.

HOPFIELDS VALENTINE: PRE-FIXE PARADISE Hopfields says they’ve created “the ultimate dining package for you and your main squeeze to enjoy,” and – we know chef James Flowers’ culinary skills – we’re not going to argue. You can dine in with full service (there’s a beautiful patio) or get the whole shebang to-go and put the finishing touches on it at home. “The whole shebang” means, in this case, a five-course feast of bowfin caviar, oysters Louie, truffled white asparagus soup, whole roasted Berkshire porchetta, and a creamysweet dream of a dessert they’re calling bananacotta. They’ll also give you a pair of roses and a vintage French postcard, lovers – and of course you can add wine or beer pairings for extra.

Sun., Feb. 14, 5-10pm

Hopfields,
3110 Guadalupe, 512/537-0467.

$100 for two.

www.hopfieldsaustin.com

HOTEL ELLA’S VALENTINE’S DINNER TO-GO You could be extra and book a night at the hotel, too – and that would be such a romantic maneuver, wouldn’t it? But you can also “just” order this excellent meal for pickup from Goodall’s Kitchen and then return home, happily feasting on coconut lime ceviche, filet mignon (or seared, cold-smoked scallops), and devil’s food cake for dessert. Note: Place your order by Feb. 9, for pickup Feb. 12-14.

Mon., Feb. 1 – Tue., Feb. 9,

Goodall’s Kitchen,
1900 Rio Grande St., at the Hotel Ella, 512/495-1800.

$47.50 per person.

www.hotelella.com/goodalls

INTERO’S VALENTINE: MEAL KITS + CHOCOLATES + WHISKEY Couples who enjoy spending time together in the kitchen can create a delicious meal with one of Intero’s Valentine’s Day meal kits from chef Ian Thurwachter – featuring an appetizer, salad, entree course (options include a dry-aged Wagyu ribeye, hand-made pasta, and risotto) and easy-to-follow instructions. (Ah, the two of you, in the kitchen, rockin’ that fancy cuisine …) But, check this out, too: Pastry chef Krystal Craig is offering chocolate tasting sets for two, so you and your beloved can go on a romantic adventure of the palate. Tasting options include an amaro-and-chocolate pairing, and a whiskey-and-chocolate pairing with Milam & Greene’s finest. Note: Order by Feb. 10, for pickup on Feb. 12-14.

Intero,
2612 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/599-4052.

$45-100.

www.interorestaurant.com

LUNAR NEW YEAR: BAO’D UP’S OXENBAO That’s right, citizen, it’s the Year of the Ox – and this popular eatery is celebrating with soft and savory bao buns that feature an ox-head decoration on the outside and brisket on the inside. Timely and delicious, is the idea here, and it’s such a good idea that they’re also offering Valentine’s bao (with a heart on the outside and cheesecake inside) at the same time. But it’s for just one weekend, as that adventurous chef Ting Lin points out – so get ’em while you can.

Available Feb. 12-14

www.baodup.com

LUNAR NEW YEAR: OSEYO X CHOP CHOP Just in time for the inaugural Year of the Ox celebrations, Lynn Miller’s acclaimed Korean restaurant Oseyo on E. Cesar Chavez has collaborated with local favorite noodle-cup brand Chop Chop to present Lunar Firecracker: an ox-bone broth accompanied by noodles and Mandu dumplings with a spicy ox-and-shrimp filling. [Note: If this isn’t one of your favorite noodle cups of all time after just a few bites … well, reader, we don’t really know you at all, do we? Back away slowly and we’ll finish those dumplings for you instanter.] Pre-order is available now until they’re overwhelmed and sold out.

For pickup on Feb. 12

Oseyo,
1628 East Cesar Chavez.

$12.90.

www.oseyoaustin.com

LUNAR NEW YEAR: TSO’S HAPPY FAMILY “Happy families are all alike,” wrote Leo Tolstoy. This Happy Family, a holiday special from the busy kitchen at Tso Chinese Delivery, is made with shrimp, chicken, and beef with broccoli, carrot, sugar snap-peas, bamboo shoots, baby corn, and button mushrooms in a savory spicy brown sauce. (We reckon the author’s Anna Karenina would’ve loved this delicious amalgamation of flavor.) Bonus: Comes with a free order of Sesame Balls; they’re round, just like the moon, but much more tasty.

Available through Feb. 12

Tso Chinese Delivery,
3909 N Interstate 35.

MOZART’S VALENTINE: COFFEE & DESSERT TASTING Mozart’s Coffee Roasters has a fine event planned for the most romantic java fiends in town. “Three courses. Three coffees. Four nights available. All kinds of couples welcome.” We reckon you’ll enjoy listening to the live music on those lovely lakeside decks while you sip and nibble the sumptuous noms – and you’ll leave with a special gift from Mozart’s, too.

Feb. 11-14

Mozart’s Coffee Roasters,
3825 Lake Austin Blvd., 512/477-2900.

$206.50 per couple.

mozartscoffee.com

OLD THOUSAND: VALENTINE’S HOT POT & DINNER FOR TWO Valentine’s options at Old Thousand include a “Horny for Hot Pot” multicourse dinner for two ($110) with choice of mala beef tallow broth or smoked vegetable umami broth, a variety of meats, vegetables, noodles, signature sides and desserts; and a Dinner for Two option ($75) that includes a variety of signature dishes like Xiao Main noodles, General Tso’s, Smoked Pork Belly Char Siu, green beans, and cucumber salad. Available for pickup at both locations. Bonus: Both dinners include a refreshing adult beverage.

Note: Order by Feb. 11, 5pm

Old Thousand,
1000 E. 11th #150, 737/222-6637.

www.oldthousandatx.com

RED BEANS AND RICELY YOURS, AUSTIN This community initiative, headed by Chris Cubas and Maris Clegg, is dedicated to providing free meals (of red beans and rice, andouille sausage, cornbread, fruit, dessert, and a drink) to Austinites in need. “On Tuesdays, we will provide a link to sign up for a free home-made meal delivered to you with safety in mind,” goes their announcement on Facebook. “There is no judgment and the form is anonymous. If you have been affected by the impact of Covid-19 or are having a hard time, we would like to make a small portion of your day a little bit better.” Or, if you’d like to donate your time in driving, baking treats, or providing cases of non-alcoholic beverages, please reach out to [email protected]

[email protected]

SALT & TIME’S VALENTINE MEAL KITS Valentine’s Day, these magisterial meatmongers remind us after a year’s gone by, marks the last major holiday to be celebrated in quarantine. Now they’ve put together several packages so you and your boo can have a wonderful dinner at home. The multicourse meals are partially prepared to finish at home and include either one large, dry aged steak to share or a pair of steaks – and a bottle of Cava sparkling wine and your choice of cocktails – from either a Steak House Classic or a Tuscan-themed Italian menu. Check their website, you carnivorous citizen, and get ’em while you can.

Mon., Feb. 1 – Tue., March 9,

Salt & Time Butcher Shop & Salumeria,
1912 E. Seventh, 512/524-1383.

$200-225, for two.

www.saltandtime.com

SUERTE’S VALENTINE: SUADERO TACOS, FTW Yes! Suerte is open for dine-in and will offer Valentine’s Day selections crafted with love by Fermín Núñez and his team. But, for couples wishing to stay at home, they’re bringing back those popular Suadero taco kits ($100), too – each will serve two and include all the ingredients for Suadero tacos, a salad, lentils, a dessert, and a bottle of sparkling rosé. Note: Order now for pick-up on Feb. 14 – and dine-in reservations can be made starting Feb. 5.

Suerte,
1800 E. Sixth, 512/953-0092.

www.suerteatx.com

THE APL’S COOKBOOK: VALENTINE’S POP-UP The Austin Public Library’s in-house Cookbook eatery is remaining pandemically closed, yes, but they’re briefly popping up (like a sort of pastry-bedecked Whack-a-Mole!) to present a special dessert menu available for Valentine’s weekend. Listen: Raspberry sweetie rolls, personalized cookie cakes, a dozen confectionary roses, a mimosa kit, and wines by the bottle – all available via easy online ordering, with contactless curbside pickup. Just select your preferred pickup day and time and your pastries will be fresh and ready upon arrival. Bonus: You can see the new mural by Austin’s own Billie Buck.

Pre-order through Feb. 13

Cookbook Bar & Cafe,
710 W. Cesar Chavez, 512/487-5166.

www.cookbookatx.com

TLC AUSTIN: TURF & SURF FOR TWO Treat yourself and your best beloved to an amazing dinner that includes two eight-ounce tenderloin filets, two crab-stuffed lobster halves, tarragon lemon butter, rosemary fingerling potatoes, asparagus, chocolate-covered strawberries, and a bottle of Taittinger Brut Champagne. Truth: Classic never goes out of style when it tastes this good.

TLC Austin,
1100 S Lamar Blvd. Suite 1150, 512/580-0971.

$250 per couple.

https://www.tlcaustin.com/

VANILLA ORCHID VALENTINE’S BIG COOKIE SIXER Those catering wizards at Austin’s Vanilla Orchid are reprising their famous Sixer for this day of sweets and lovers: A six-pack of their half-pound stuffed cookies, all adorned with Valentine’s finery in a fancy LED-lighted box.

$47.50.

www.chickensaladshoppe.com

VINAIGRETTE VALENTINE: CHERRY HEART PIES These scrumptious cherry pies are perfect for sharing – enough for two – and will have you wondering just why young George Washington chopped down that innocent tree in the first place. NM any of that history stuff, tho; love is in the present, and this is a great present for your love. Note: Order by Feb. 11 for pickup on Feb. 13-14.

Vinaigrette,
2201 College Ave., 512/852-8791.

$12.

www.vinaigretteonline.com/austin

Ongoing

BARTON CREEK FARMERS MARKET

Saturdays, 9am-1pm

Barton Creek Square,
2901 Capital of TX Hwy. S., 512/327-7040.

www.bartoncreekfarmersmarket.org

HOPE FARMERS MARKET

Sundays, 11am-3pm

Plaza Saltillo,
412 Comal, 512/727-8363.

www.hopefarmersmarket.org

LONE STAR FARMERS’ MARKET

Sundays, 10am-2pm

12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave.

www.lonestarfarmersmarket.com

SFC SUNSET VALLEY FARMERS’ MARKET

Saturdays, 9am-1pm

Toney Burger Activity Center,
3200 Jones, 512/414-2096.

www.sfcfarmersmarket.org

TEXAS FARMERS’ MARKET AT LAKELINE

Saturdays, 9am-1pm

Lakeline Mall,
11200 Lakeline Mall Dr., Cedar Park, 512/363-5700.

www.texasfarmersmarket.org/lakeline

TEXAS FARMERS’ MARKET AT MUELLER

Sundays, 10am-2pm

Mueller Lake Park & Browning Hangar, 4209 Airport.

www.texasfarmersmarket.org/mueller

BOGGY CREEK FARM STAND

Wed.-Sat., 8am-1pm

Boggy Creek Farm,
3414 Lyons, 512/926-4650.

www.boggycreekfarm.com

SPRINGDALE FARM STAND

Wednesdays & Saturdays, 9am-1pm

Springdale Farm,
755 Springdale, 512/386-8899.

www.springdalefarmaustin.com

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