According to History.com, people in America began exchanging valentines that were handmade in the early 1700s. The “Mother of the Valentine” Esther Howland began creating and selling the first mass-produced valentines in the 1840s. The Greeting Card Association says Valentine’s Day is the second most popular card-sending event in the United States after Christmas. Besides cards, chocolate and flowers, going out to dinner is a particularly popular way to celebrate.
Many local restaurants are offering Valentine’s Day specials this year. Magnolia Grill is proud to present a special event on Sunday, Feb. 11. “It’s the Music of Love” will take you back to the era of elegant nightclubs of the 1930s and the familiar music of love.
“It’s the Music of Love” will feature singing sensation Kara Bishop and the David Ott Trio for an evening of dinner and dancing. This event is reservation only, with doors opening at 5 p.m. and dinner at 5:30. Magnolia Grill is located at 157 Brooks Street NE in Fort Walton Beach. For more information and reservations, call 850-302-0266.
Clemenza’s at Uptown Station in Fort Walton Beach offers a Valentine’s Day cooking class from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 14. Participants will prepare lobster and steak, along with prosecco, chocolate, and lots of love. The cooking class is $65 per person, and reservations must be made ahead of time. Call 850-243-0707.
Taste Tapas and Wine Bar will offer the “Perfect Pairs Valentines Dinner” on Feb. 14 from 3 to 10 p.m. This is a five-course wine dinner with a choice of two entrees, dessert, and perfectly paired wine with each course. There will be live music from Beachcomber Music Awards Hall of Famer Joe Fingas beginning at 5 p.m. Taste is located at 196 Miracle Strip Parkway SE in Downtown Fort Walton Beach. Call 850-226-7417 for reservations.
For the entire month of February, The Melting Pot in Destin will sell you a box of their signature chocolate-covered strawberries for $15. Orders must be placed 24 hours in advance—call 850-269-2227. On Feb. 14, the Melting Pot serves up a four-course dinner created with exclusive items available for one night only. The menu can be found online at www.meltingpot.com/destin-fl, and reservations are required. The Melting Pot is located at 11394 U.S. 98 W in Destin.
Giovanni’s One89 Italian Restaurant in Fort Walton Beach is planning a six-course special menu dinner on Valentine’s Day. Each couple will receive a complementary rose and chocolate-covered strawberries. There will be live entertainment with 2017 Beachcomber Music Award winner for Best New Artist Mari Gleason. Reservations are highly recommended. Giovanni’s One89 is located at 189 Brooks Street. Call 850-664-0035.
Editor’s Note: These are the recommendations of our writer and no compensation was provided to Beachcomber by the restaurants mentioned here. However, we would love it if any and all of these places would advertise heavily in our magazine.