Spoil your Valentine with food and gifts from local businesses

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As we head into February, our thoughts often turn to hearts, flowers, and all things love. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and for those who celebrate, it can be a perfect chance for a pick-me-up near the midpoint of winter.

Local businesses are ready to help you celebrate the annual day of love, however you choose to spend it. Spoil loved ones, or yourself, with these great Valentine’s Day ideas:

The Perfect Pair

Spend a night in with a virtual wine and cheese tasting hosted by Flight Cheese Shop. This online event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022.

“Participants will receive a box of cheese, a $50 LCBO gift certificate and a list of wines to purchase,” explained Emma Sulley, owner, noting that the wines will be set aside at the Midland Avenue LCBO for pickup on either Friday, Feb. 11 or Saturday, Feb. 12. “With each ticket purchase, the participants will also get admission to the online event, where I’ll talk about the cheeses, wines, how to pair/taste them, and they’ll also be receiving a special Valentine’s Day Gift!”

Tickets for the virtual wine and cheese are available on Eventbrite, and Sulley said there is a no wine option as well.

Flight Cheese Shop also offers customized tasting and charcuterie boxes. Custom orders require at least 48 hours to prepare. Details on all their boxes, as well as their Valentine’s event are available on their website.

Delicious Dinner for Two

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a five-course take-out tasting menu from Aquaterra. This delicious dinner includes Shrimp and Lobster Bisque, Fermented Blood Orange Salad, Skrei Cod, and Beef Striploin, followed by Molten Chocolate Lava Cake to complete the evening.

A vegan option and wine pairings are also available. Visit the AquaTerra website for more details, or to place your order. Please note the AquaTerra Valentine’s Day tasting menus are not picked up hot, and prep at home instructions will be included with your order.

Make the evening even more special with locally made and designed add-on options. A heart-shaped succulent garden by Loyalist Florist, freshly made chocolates from Cocoa Bistro, and a bottle of Nua Sparkling wine are available to order alongside your meal. Email [email protected] to add just one, or perhaps all three, for your Valentine.

Orders must be placed by end of day Wednesday, Feb. 9,, 2022, and pickup will be between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. February 10 through 14, at the AquaTerra hostess stand, inside the Delta Hotel at 1 Johnson Street.

Share the Love with Refillable Bundles

What better way to share the love than with a sustainable, all-natural, plastic-free, refillable gift box from The Keep Refillery? They have curated bundles of love for all your special valentines. Whether a gift for one or a couple’s night in, they’ve got you covered.

Choose between pre-made boxes (pictured above) or ‘choose your own adventure’ and build your own box (in store only.)  

“Party for One Bundle”: Body lotion (Lavender, Cedar and Sage, Goldenseal and Citrus or Scent Free), Bubble Bath (Lavender or Almond Blossom), Bath Milk (Lilac or Bergamot and Basil), Bath Bomb, and a Soy Candle

“Lovers Bundle”: Eucalyptus Shower Steams, Body oil (Lavender or Grapefruit), Bubble Bath (Lavender or Almond Blossom), and a Soy Candle

The Keep Refillery’s website is currently under construction – they are asking customers to please excuse the mess. Find the bundles here and add them to your cart!. Orders can also be placed at [email protected], or call in your order at 613-531-9699.

Indulge in Decadent Delights

Harmony Flavours has created a Valentine’s Day Charcuterie board, pictured.

The team at Harmony Flavours has put together a delectable Valentine’s Day Charcuterie board, perfect for sharing. This special Charcuterie option includes four gourmet cheeses, two gourmet meats, chocolate-dipped strawberries, assorted nuts, and fresh and dried fruit.

With a focus on local, Ontario, and Québec artisan foods, Harmony Flavours offers many unique and delicious options from around the world. They are located at 326 King Street East. Stop by the storefront, or browse their selection on their website.

Order your Valentine’s Day Charcuterie board online or by phone at 613-547-4208. Prepared trays must be ordered in advance, and some customization is available. Share the love this Valentine’s Day with these deliciously decadent delights.

Now that you’ve gathered some ideas, how will you treat your loved ones this Valentine’s Day? Whatever you choose to do, stay safe and enjoy quality time together.

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