Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center
13653 Lodge Blvd.
Grafton, IL 62037
Price: $161.92 My Valentine Package
Join in a romantic evening atop the bluffs at a cozy spot known for eagle watching, hiking and delicious weekend buffets. Make an advanced reservation by requesting the My Valentine Package. Have your vows renewed in front of a warm and beautiful fireplace followed by a quiet romantic ceremony or an eventful one conducted by Elvis himself. Dance all night in the Great Room or retreat to your cabin or lodge room where you will be greeted with a dozen red roses, chilled champagne and a one-pound box of chocolate. For an additional cost, spice up the evening from the start with an order of blackened chicken Cajun style for $15.95 from the lodge restaurant, or for just $1 more savor a mouth-watering Grafton strip steak grilled over an open fire. Both entrées are served with a Caesar salad.
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Kenrick’s Meats and Catering
4324 Weber Road
St. Louis, MO 63123
Price: $29.95 Sweatheart SpecialPick up a special Valentine’s meal to prepare at home. Enhance a quiet evening at home with the Sweetheart Special which includes a bottle of wine and your choice of two fresh ready-to-cook meats. Choose from strip steaks, ribeye steaks, bacon-wrapped filet mignon, chicken spedini or apple-stuffed pork chop. Also, choose a side item for two people such as gourmet twice-baked potatoes, green bean almondine, Caesar salad, Italian bread with butter or cheesecake squares.
1059 S. Big Bend Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63117
Price: $60 to $70 per person prix fixe
Savor a four- or five-course prix-fixe Valentine’s Day dinner from this local farm-to-table restaurant. Choose from food choices that are fresh and very seasonal. The precise menu items depend on local farmers and what they have available, but the selections are always fabulous. Some of the menu items in the past have included a selection of roasted duck, steaks prepared in a variety of succulent ways and chicken topped off with specialties like sweet potato ravioli and a mixed organic field green salad.
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6504 Delmar Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63130
Enjoy a casual dining experience as you bite into a special sandwich packed with meat or an incredible burger of your choice, including one of the best veggie burgers in town. Play a game of darts or sit and gaze into each other’s eyes over a mini chocolate bundt cake. Your date is sure to enjoy the evening with you and realize that the only jerk of the evening is in the name of the delicious Jerk chicken breast. Touch off the romance with a red rose given to the lady of each couple who reserves a table at least four days in advance.
4426 Randall Place
St. Louis, MO 63107
Price: $52.95 per person for dinner theater
Don’t just sit back to be entertained. Be a part of the show on Valentine’s Day starting at 7 p.m. with a five-course meal served with wine. The mystery theater entertainment for February will evolve around “Nursery Crimes” which play out fairytales and childhood stories like you’ve never heard before. On Valentine’s night, start with an appetizer of your choice of St. Louis local’s favorite toasted ravioli or other cheese, vegetables, crab Rangoon or zuchinni bread options. Follow this up with a dinner salad and your choice of steak, chicken or fish served with a potato and a vegetable. Take time to savor a special toast as each meal is served with two glasses of white wine and accented with a special dessert.
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