This Week's Dish: STL Named Top City For Valentine's Day, Kakao Chocolate Wins Good Food Award

By Molly Rippinger
In Food

Celebrate St. Louis turning 250 years old this weekend by heading out to Forest Park’s Art Hill on Feb. 14 for the Burnin’ Love Festival. Beginning at 4:30pm, St. Louisans can enjoy live music along with drinks and snacks from local vendors situated around the grounds of the Saint Louis Museum of Art. Look for a long list of food including barbecue from Sugarfire Smokehouse, Sweetology cupcakes and a riff on vegan nachos from Local Harvest. Anheuser-Busch, Kaldi’s Coffee and Stone Hill Winery will also be there along with other local businesses. The main event will occur at 7:30pm when a 25-foot flaming heart is lit along with fireworks. More information can be found on the Burnin’ Love Festival website. 1 Fine Arts Dr., Forest Park.

Image courtesy of Kakao Chocolate

Image courtesy of Kakao Chocolate

Lovebirds need not fly far from St. Louis this Valentine’s according to the restaurant reservation website OpenTableOur city was named the second most romantic place to celebrate Valentine’s Day in America. From the list of 25 other cities, St. Louis was only beat out by San Antonio. The rankings were based on what restaurants OpenTable users called romantic, the number of two-top tables available and the amount of couples that went out for dinner on Valentine’s Day last year.

With all the pressures of the upcoming holiday weekend, procrastinators shouldn’t fret if options for Valentine’s Day seem slim. It may be a few days past the big day, but a great date night could still be had on Feb. 20 at a “Movie for Foodies” by Tenacious Eats. In honor of the holiday, Chef Liz Schuster and her crew are teaming up with Kakao Chocolate at Meyer’s Grove for a showing of “Chocolat.” The menu will transcend the love, passion and decadence from the screen onto your plate in five courses paired with cocktails. Tickets are $65 and the movie begins at 8pm. 4510 Manchester Ave., The Grove, 314.932.7003.

Speaking of Kakao Chocolate, late last month the chocolatier was the recipient of a Good Food Award in the confections category. Kakao’s lavender truffle wowed the judges in San Francisco along with 15 other confectionary winners from across the nation. Purchase the prized truffles at either of the Kakao locations or at retailers across the city. 2301 S. Jefferson Ave., Fox Park, 314.771.2310 or 7272 Manchester Rd., Maplewood, 314.645.4446.

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