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Love in the Time of Covid: Stay-at-Home Valentine’s Day Ideas for Philly Parents

Plan some creative date nights in after the kids go to bed!

Parents, you deserve some romance, and I don’t just mean breaking out the sexy (read: clean) yoga pants for a night on the couch. We’ve had so much togetherness this year, but we also haven’t been able to hire a babysitter this whole time, so for us “Date Night” is really more of a state of mind than an outing. This takes some effort and creativity (and wine), but luckily there are lots of options in Philly to help us out.

Bartender Barry’s Valentine’s Day Cocktail Grams

Order by January 29

Pickup on February 11 or delivery on February 12—13

Bartender Barry has crafted three unique Valentine’s themed cocktails, using all natural ingredients, and available for delivery or pickup in 750ml bottles. Choose from the deep red Love Potion No. 9 (vodka, pomegranate juice, raspberry syrup, and fresh lemon juice), the refreshing XOXO (grapefruit, gin, rose syrup, and sparkling rosé), or the bold Café Amoré (Uncle Nearest 1856 Premium Whiskey, Amaro Averna, strawberry syrup, and cold brew coffee). All orders also come with some Valentine’s Day candy!

Charcuterie Chic Valentine’s Workshop

February 10, 7—8 pm

Pickup kit on February 9 at 19th and Market streets

Charcuterie boards are all the rage right now, so have fun making your own in this hour-long workshop on box assembly, tips and tricks, fun facts, and wine and beer pairings. The box is filled with the charcuterie, cheese, and accompaniments that will be discussed—plus a shopping list and tips for your future creations. A Zoom link will be emailed to ticket holders in advance.

Chocolate & Beer: A Valentine’s Event with Arch Street Meeting House

February 12, 7 pm

After a 30-minute tasting of craft beers and Cadbury chocolate, Dr. Katherine Turner will give a presentation on the history of Quakers and Chocolate. Tickets include a variety of craft beer from Conshohocken Brewing Company, Duclaw Brewing Company, and Breckinridge Brewing Company, as well as candies from the delicious and Quaker-founded, Cadbury Chocolates. For an added bonus, VIP ticket holders will also receive additional chocolates from Shane Confectionery. Treats and beer will be delivered the day before the events (must be in Philadelphia). Pre-registration is required online.

Love Notes Dinner and Virtual Opera with Pistola’s and East Passyunk Opera Company

February 12—14

Photograph by by Colin M. Lenton

East Passyunk Opera Project teams up with Pistola’s del Sur, Sancho Pistola’s and Jose Pistola’s for a special three-course dinner and virtual concert taking place over Valentine’s Day weekend. An optional cocktail or beer add-on is available, featuring a choice of Lover’s Punch cocktail, a growler of margaritas or a growler of draft beer. Pick up your dinner and enjoy it at home as Philadelphia-based opera singers (and real-life couple) Ashley Marie Robillard, soprano, and Joshua Blue, tenor, serenade you—along with some guest appearances from several prominent opera singers. Ticket holders will receive a private YouTube link to the concert, which will continue to be available through February 18. Tickets are $75 which includes three-course dinner for two and performance, or $95 for the three-course dinner for two, drink pairing for two, and performance.

Valentine’s Day Comfort Crate from Thirsty Dice

Pre-order by February 10

Pickup on February 13, noon—5 pm at 17th St. and Fairmount Ave.

This limited-time Comfort Crate includes a Latin-inspired three-course dinner for two, with bottle of Grayson Cellars Pinot Noir to enjoy together. Plus, since this is Thirsty Dice after all, you can add on a two-player game: either the easy-to-learn “The Mind,” or a board game called “Fog of Love.” Pickup curbside on February 13.

Valentine’s Day Rosé Wine and Cheese Pack from Jet Wine Bar

Pickup at 1525 South St.

Jet Wine Bar has put together a special Valentine’s Day package which includes three bottles of different rosé wines, plus an artisan cheese gift box that comes with three gourmet cheeses, biscuits, pumpkin butter, and more. The $69 set can be reserved online and picked up at Jet Wine Bar.

Valentine’s Day Empanada Making Class with Jezabel’s at Home

February 14, 4—5:30 pm

Join Jezabel’s for an online, hands-on empanada making class where you’ll learn the secrets behind this Argentine staple, plus some sides too, for a full dinner for two. Price includes live instruction via Zoom, dough circles and fillings for 12 empanadas to be assembled by you, plus local cheese, Spanish-style pickled eggplant, housemade chimichurri, a roasted veggie side, and a dessert to share. Select delivery or pickup for your kit when you pre-order online.

Packages and Experiences from Garces Trading Company

Order by February 9

Pickup February 12—14 at 125 Walnut St.

Both Amada and Garces Trading Company are offering indulgent three-course tasting menus, both available for pickup in Old City. Amada offers a selection of its most popular tapas for $85 per person, while Garces Trading Company has a prix fixe menu at $70 per person. Or, you can get the “Breakfast in Bed” package for $45 per person! Whichever you choose, you can also add on cocktails, wine, and even expertly curated wine flights when you order—so don’t forget to scroll up and do that via Tinto’s menu on the same page.

The Expressive Hand’s Valentine’s Date in a Box

This all inclusive package from The Expressive Hand contains a heart-shaped frame, paints, and brushes to make a memorable Valentine’s Day keepsake together. Bring back your painted frame for them to paint and fire, or select acrylic paints at checkout and there’s no need for that. Plus, get chocolates, champagne bubbles, cookies, and a candle to complete the experience. Order online.

Lead photograph courtesy of Bartender Barry LLC

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