Saturday, February 1

A Vegetarian Valentine's Day!


Hello peanut butter and chocolate. My favorite thing ever.

There are many ways to celebrate a vegetarian Valentine's Day in Salt Lake City this year. Let's start with dessert! :) 
 
There are TWO vegan options for chocolate this year. TWO! Debbie and Nathan Larson from Velo City Bags will be making vegan chocolates this year to support their small business. Here are the details from the Facebook event page:


Chocolates are all vegan and gluten-free and come in two different package options, including:

Peanut butter and caramel package:
*5 peanut butter cups
*5 caramel-filled

Variety package:
*2 peanut butter cups
*2 caramel-filled
*2 mint creams
*2 orange creams
*2 coconut-agave-almond

$12 per package or $20 for both (or two of the same)

Orders need to be in and paid for by February 7. Sooner would be really helpful, though. To place your order you need to email me and I will email you back with a Paypal payment request. Credit cards can also be used on Paypal.

Email me with your order and I will send the request for the appropriate amount.

Email: debalarsen@gmail.com

Pick up will be on Thursday, February 13. Location to be determined. I will let you know the pick up location as soon as possible.


This is what awaits you in heaven, I'm pretty sure. Just pans and pans of handmade chocolates!

And secondly, there is the annual fundraiser for Ching Farm Sanctuary.  I bought these last year and they were amazing. Here's the info from the Facebook event page:



Whoa, get vegan Valentines chocolates for that special someone (or yourself, I won't judge) AND support a local non profit animal rescue? Yes please!

All proceeds go to feeding and providing medical care to the animals in need at Ching Farm Rescue and Sanctuary.

These artesian chocolates will be handmade by locals Alyssa and Dani Frisk. The chocolate we will be using is a fine Belgian chocolate with 53% cocoa, and the white chocolate will be handmade.

We are going to have 3 different packages, $15 each or get all 3 for 35!!

**Fancy Package**
-Orange Cardamom
-Lavender Lemon
-Peach Habañero
-Pistachio Rose
-White Chocolate Amaretto
-Salted Peanut Butter
-Red Velvet Cakeball
-White Cakeball

**Regular Package**
-Raspberry Cream
-Marshmallow
-Peanut Butter Cup
-Caramel Filled
-Cordial Cherries
-Maple Butter
-Peppermint Patty
-Coconut

**Truffle and Caramel Package**
-Cookies 'n Cream Truffle
-Toffee Crunch Truffle
-Mexican Chocolate Truffle
-Creamy Almond Truffle
-Irish Cream Truffle
-Peanut Butter Chocolate Truffle
-Hand Rolled Caramel
-Toffee Squares

To order you MUST send an email to benefitbakery@gmail.com. I will email everyone back to verify we received your order.

The very last day to order will be February 9th, but order before if you can!

The chocolates will be packaged in cute boxes, ready to be given as a gift or enjoyed at your leisure. They will also be labeled so you know what deliciousness you are about to eat!

The pick up place will be at Frisch's new location on 1300 s and State Street which they will be moving to in February. It is in the same strip mall as House of Tibet. The pick up time will be at 6:00 pm until 8 pm when they close.

We will be accepting cash, check, or credit card a the time of pick up.





Since Cakewalk Baking Company is moving to their new location, they won't be doing their usual Valentine's Day box. But don't worry, they'll be offering cute cookies and will be taking orders. Here's Kelly's Facebook page update: 

Because we are so busy with the move we have decided to not to Valentine's boxes this year... but we ARE accepting special orders for anything on our menu. Cheesecakes, Cakes, Cupcakes, Dillos, Eclairs, Cupcakes, Cookies, etc. If I get really crazy this week I might work out a cookie bouquet option for those interested... we can also do a giant cookie with a message on it. E-mail us from our website to make sure we can get your order on our schedule. Thanks!
www.cakewalkbakingcompany.com





Betty Turbo makes some neato valentines.

Okay. Now time to talk about fancy Valentine's Day dinners. There are quite a few options throughout Salt Lake City, but here the ones that have popped up on my food radar. 


The premier vegan Valentine's Day event is the benefit dinner for Ching Farm Sanctuary. Here's a sample of what they'll be offering this year: 

Five course gourmet vegan dinner.
$45 per person; singles, couples, or groups welcome.
The menu will be prepared by Ching Sanctuary's renowned vegan chefs Larayn Clegg and Jordan Toland.

Saturday February 15, 2014 at 5:30 pm.
Located at Frisch Vegan Eatery in their new location on the corner of 13th South and State Street.




Hours d'oeuvre

Almond creme bruschetta
Muhammara
Tabbouleh

Salad

Beet root ravioli with pistachio ricotta

Soup

Vichyssoise with creme fraiche and fresh chive

Dinner

Mushroom and spring vegetable Fricasse with wild rice.
Or
Penne Puttanesca with roasted eggplant.

Dessert to be announced.

Click here to buy tickets.

 
Faustina is also looking pretty good. Faustina's new Chef de Cuisine Joe Kemp has been busy in the kitchen with love on his mind! He has created a special $50 four-course menu to tantalize the senses for Valentine's Day, Friday, Feb. 14. Suggested wine pairings in 2 oz. flights are available for an additional cost of $20. Reservations are highly suggested, available from 4:30 until 10 p.m.  and can be made by calling 801-746-4441. Faustina is located at 454 East, 300 South in Salt Lake. /www.faustinaslc.com.

"This is my first Valentine's Day at Faustina," said Chef de Cuisine Kemp. "I'm excited to introduce our diners to some of my new menu creations just for the holiday."

APPETIZER
- Mediterranean dip duo with roasted eggplant puree, olive tapenade, feta cheese, grilled pita

SOUP AND SALAD 
- Pear and spinach salad, with fried goat cheese, candied walnuts, raspberry balsamic vinaigrette
- Potato leek soup with local white cheddar, crispy leeks, truffle oil


ENTREES
-Vegetable Stuffed Portabello Mushroom with spinach, eggplant, tomato, fresh mozzarella and asiago.  Served with sundried tomato basil cous cous & red pepper coulis
 
Caffe Niche on 300 South is offering a special five-course $50 Valentine's tasting menu. "I wanted to create an intimate menu that reflects our close associations with local farms and ranches," said Executive Chef Ethan Lappé. "It's a great way for us to celebrate our love for our local producers in a meaningful way." The cost is $50 per person and reservations will be taken between 5 and 9:30 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 801-433-3380 or on the website www.caffeniche.com.

Caffe Niche's $50 Valentine's Menu includes:

AMUSE BOUCHE

fig and Point Reyes blue cheese tart with sherry vinaigrette reduction

SOUP

lentil soup: organic lentils with roasted vegetables puréed and topped with roasted tomatoes and red wine reduction

APPETIZER

goat cheese and black truffle pillow: custard made with goat cheese and fresh black truffles wrapped in puff pastry

ENTREE

butternut squash lasagna: Italian béchamel, Bloomsdale spinach, tomato, pine nut vegetarian ‘sausage’  and herbed ricotta

DESSERTS (please chose one)

Champaign crème brûlée  with chocolate covered strawberries

spiced triple chocolate torte: Cinnamon and ancho chili spices, rum crème anglaise

dessert fondue for two with three sauces: dark Chocolate, salted caramel and cherry cream puffs, madeleines and heart shaped meringues


There are plenty of options for Valentine's Day in Salt Lake City! My sweetie and I will probably stay home eating chocolate and watching horror movies. I can't wait. 

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