Interested in a Night of French Romance?
Last week, I was invited to sit down at The Ritz-Carlton in Clayton along with a handful of others to preview Soirée d’Amour–the Valentine’s Day dinner hosted by The Ritz. The romantic evening is hosted by chef Damien Faure (of The Grill at The Ritz) and his wife Simone Faure (of La Patisserie Chouquette).
Now, because I care about the people of St. Louis and want to make sure their Valentine’s Day is extra special, I ate every plate that was set in front of me at the preview—all 12 of them. The four-course dinner has three options for you and your loved one to choose from. And you won’t be disappointed, at all.
The best part, in my opinion, were the desserts—sorry, Damien! All were quite unique and had my sweet tooth roaring for more. However, since you can only choose one, I’d go for the chouquette. The giant puff filled with strawberry and rose, dripped in pink peppercorn meringue, sitting in a bed of pistachio nougat mousse? Yeah, I was licking the plate.
Check out the rest of the menu for yourself:
First Course (select one)
Oysters Ménage à Trois
Pomme Dorémi and Brie “St. André” Cappuccino
Couplet of Osso Buco, Georges Bank Sea Scallops and Heirloom Legumes
Second Course (select one)
Artichoke en Barigoule with Grilled Baby Romaine Hearts
Frisée and Arugula, Dried Cranberries, Duet of Roasted Duck and Foie Gras Poêlé, Champagne Sabayon
Exotic Greens, Rose Asparagus, Avocado Mousseline, Roasted Nuts, Lardons
Main Course (select one)
Filet Flambé au Cognac, Petite Chantenay Carrots, Grilled Jumbo Asparagus, Truffle Gratin de Pomme de Terre, Sauce Aux Trois Poivres
Sea Bass en Amandine, Kalettes, Romanesco, Lemon Creamy Stone-Ground Grains, Corn Shoots, Beurre Blanc
Coq Au Vin, Forest Mushrooms, Root Vegetables, Pearl Onions
Dessert (select one)
Liaison Raspberry White Chocolate Tiramisu Crêpe Cake
La Forêt-Noire Preserved Blackberries, Wine-Soaked Black Cherry Gelée, Vanilla- Scented Yogurt Mousse, Soft Chocolate Cake
Dauphine de Strawberry, Rose Petal, Pistachio Nougat Mousse, Pink Peppercorn Meringue
Assorted Petite Treats
The dinner is $149 a person (plus tax and gratuity), or if you’re too full to move afterwards, there’s always the Valentine’s Day package ($499) that includes dinner and a room. For more information, visit ritzcarlton.com.