What's on the menu for Valentine's Day? This year, it's all about the salt, sugar, bacon and beer. And chocolate, of course, in every way from molten to heart-shaped. From sexy lollipops to wine for a cause, feed your sweetie(s) or your own fine self with a pick from our list of delectable local treats.
Work in the City? Skip the lines at See's and nip down to the Ferry Building instead to take your pick of Recchiuti Confections' dark and luscious Valentine's Day boxes, made in Dogpatch by owner Michael Recchiuti. Our favorite? Hearts in Motion, a 9-piece box of Recchiuti's signature burnt-caramel truffles, decorated with squiggly hearts on wheels. Perfect for your favorite Bike Coalition activist! There's also the XO Box of raspberry-Framboise and heart-shaped dark chocolate truffles in a deep crimson box. Or there's always a blindfold and the Sauce Duo, a jar each of the divine Extra-Bitter Chocolate Sauce and Burnt Caramel Sauce. Who needs dinner?
But if you do, Recchiuti's new Chocolate Lab is offering a full prix-fixe dinner menu for Valentine's Day, with champagne sorbet, shellfish ceviche, rack of lamb, with a lavish chocolate dessert to finish.
There's more burnt caramel and raspberry awaiting your pleasure at Socola Chocolatier, where the Aphrodite's Delight selection comes in 4-, 12-, and 24-piece boxes, enough to satisfy even the polyamorous among us. This year's box includes Hot Lava, a raspberry pate de fruit layered with champagne ganache and enrobed in dark chocolate stamped with the word "love" in many languages, paired with Burnt Baby Burnt, a dark chocolate truffle filled with burnt caramel chocolate ganache and topped with ruby grains of Hawaiian red sea salt. Both pieces are made with local E. Guittard dark chocolate and Straus Creamery organic butter and cream.
In the mood to break out the bubbly? Forget the champagne: this year, it's all about the beer (and the chocolate). On Feb 14, from 3pm-8pm, as part of SF Beer Week, the brand-new Hunters Point brewpub for Speakeasy Ales & Lagers will be tapping four of its limited-release beers, complemented by specially chosen Socola chocolates. Both Rosamunde Sausage Grill in the Mission and Steep Brew in Potrero Hill will also be offering beer and chocolate pairings, while Blackbird on Market Street will be pouring a beer-based cocktail to pair with three different made-in-Dogpatch Barbary Brix caramels, including everyone's favorites, the Salty Dog (Balinese sea salt) and the Morning Glory (maple and bacon). Check out the listings at SF Beer Week for details.