Valentine’s Date Night Ideas for Local Food Lovers

Does your Valentine get heart eyes for local chocolatiers, Michigan wineries, and flower farms? Say no more: we’ve got all the ways to spread love for local businesses while celebrating your significant other this Valentine’s Day! 

Enjoy a Perfect Pairing at Brys Estate

From February 1st until the 16th, head over to the expansive 155-acre Old Mission Peninsula winery of Brys Estate. For Valentine’s Day, you and your favorite sipping partner can enjoy 2 glasses of sparkling wine paired with locally-made, wine-infused chocolate truffles for only $22. Reservations are encouraged to enjoy their outdoor fire pits or Old World-inspired tasting room: head to their website to save your celebration

Besos and Chicken Mole at Spanglish

This Valentine’s Day, Traverse City’s favorite quick-service Mexican eatery will offer their beloved chicken mole tamales! Available for dining in or take out, as well as preorders by the dozen, this is a surefire way to make your Valentine say, “bésame!”

Learn to Make Floral Arrangements with Michael B. Anthony 

Join award-winning floral designer and flower farmer Michael B. Anthony for the 5th annual Blooms and Bubbles Workshop, a collaboration with local purveyors The Royce Detroit and Easterside Roasterz. Support LGBTQ+-owned local businesses while crafting a stunning handmade floral arrangement with your sweetheart, all while sipping on sparkling wine or specialty coffee drinks. The two Saturday workshops during the season of love can be reserved online

A Limited Edition Valentine’s with the Grocer’s Daughter

Treat your favorite chocolate lover to something special! Grocer’s Daughter has released their once-a-year collaboration caramels with Boss Mouse; their Smoked Butter Caramels. Add a 2024 Limited Edition 4-piece Valentine’s Truffle box for ‘date-night’ themed chocolates: Lavender Latte, Parmesan & Chardonnay, Movie Date, and Chocolate Berry Torte. Ready to dive in? A great date idea is to schedule an in-person or virtual chocolate tasting! Find all of the options above on the Grocer’s Daughter website

Dine in the Vines at Chateau Chantal 

Ready to go all-out for your special someone? Chateau Chantal, located on the Old Mission Peninsula, offers a special Valentine’s Day Wine Dinner. Six courses include Surf and Turf paired with their ‘Naughty Red,’ a Grilled Peach Salad with their Semi-Dry Riesling, and a Mushroom Vol au Vent paired with their Pinot Noir. Beyond delighting the palate, guests are invited to take part in a cellar tour. Space is limited – reserve your $175 ticket on their website

Charcuterie Yays with Sister Lakes Brewing Company

It’s not too cheesy to learn to make your own charcuterie board with your Valentine! Head to Sister Lakes Brewing Company to take part in Do Something Lady’s charcuterie class, which not only includes all the supplies to make your own board, but all the know-how, including styling and photography tips. Your ticket, which can be purchased as a single or couple, also includes a Sister Lakes beverage of your choice. Book your date night here

How will you celebrate your love with local food? Let us know with #tastethelocaldifference on your social media pages!