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We food writers never feel so loved as when our inboxes are full of Valentine's Day pitches from PR people. We have lots of events for Valentine's Day, and a few against it; one of them will be just right for you and your sweetie. Starting with the picture above, from Bad Wolf Coffee's baker extraordinaire, Jonathan Ory (who I wrote about here), $65 gets you a whole box of his wonderful handmade treats including a chocolate-raspberry cake, macaroons, marshmallows, and his much-loved, quick-to-sell-out chocolate caneles. Preorders need to be in by February 11; he says he may have a few extras on the day of, but expects them to go quickly. Hey, if he could mass produce the stuff, he wouldn't be him, and if mass produced was good enough for your beloved, you wouldn't be so special. More:
• Tesori, which Kate Schmidt reviewed here, will have special heart-shaped pizzas for $15; one is truffle-oriented, one has strawberries and chocolate drizzle. Dark chocolate will also be the theme through April of their One-Ingredient Dinner Party series in the private dining room.
• Found, which has books on shelves, will have dinner specials honoring five legendary cultural couples: Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre (no Nausea jokes please), John and Yoko (no Cold Turkey jokes please), and Liz and Dick.
• 2 Sparrows will have special brunch sweets like a red velvet doughnut with cream cheese frosting or brioche donuts with espresso anglaise and cocoa nibs, and Valentine's Day cocktails.
• Atwood Cafe, which has recently reworked its menu, will have a four-course heart menu including hearts of palm with crab, artichoke hearts, and—you didn't think it was all going to be metaphorical—a pig heart and pork tenderloin main course. It's $55 per person, plus $20 for pairings.
• 676 Restaurant & Bar in the Omni Hotel will have a three-course $59 prix fixe using local ingredients and meats. They just put in a new smokehouse, by the way, and have a pretty impressive-looking charcuterie program.
• Tre Soldi will offer a four-course tasting menu for a very reasonable $34 per person called "The Romance of Rome," including pizza, pasta, main course and dessert; it's all week, February 11-16.
• On February 13, the Bar on Buena will highlight Allagash beers with its third annual Valentine's-themed Allagasm; three different styles will be featured for $6 each.
• Protein Bar will host a Eat 'n' Meet Valentine's Day Mixer with the American Heart Association on February 14 at its new Lincoln Park location, which opens the next day.
• Deleece will have a three-course, $100-per-couple prix fixe menu, ending with chocolate fondue for two.
• Jellyfish will have a $50-per-person four-course menu including oysters, sashimi, short ribs, and a dessert assortment.
• Latin-themed Barbakoa in Downers Grove will have a romantic Latin dinner themed around the greatest love story in all of Latin culture, I Love Lucy, including a band playing bongos a la Ricky Ricardo. No word if the chocolates will be made on a conveyor belt as you watch, or if the drink menu will include cocktails made with Vitameatavegamin.
• Parson's Chicken & Fish will celebrate the individual with Anti-Valentine's Day specials on Saturday, February 15, including a cocktail called "Loved and Lost" with mezcal and chocolate bitters, skewered duck hearts (take that!) and the ultimate dining-alone comfort food, chicken-fried steak.
• And once the holiday's passed, you can console yourself with cheese at Bar Pastoral, where chef Chrissy Camba and Found chef Nicole Pedersen will do a five-course menu highlighting cheese, paired with wines from Candid Wines. It's $80, and benefits the Lakeview Pantry; tickets are here.