Love is in the air (and the food) at these Vermont restaurants on Valentine's Day
Maybe you have a new sweetie who you’d really like to impress with a delicious and decadent dinner.
Maybe you and the object of your affection have been together so long that you’ve kind of forgotten what affected you all those years ago, and you need a romantic candlelit evening to relight that flame.
Either of those examples – or a love life that lies somewhere in between, for that matter – could benefit from a perfect night out. And with Valentine’s Day coming up, voila! There’s your reason to splurge.
The Burlington Free Press regularly highlights a few Vermont restaurants going all out for Valentine’s Day, and some of those we noted in 2022 — Bistro de Margot, Michael’s on the Hill and Chef’s Corner included — are at it again this year. Below we’re letting you know about five places we might not have told you about before, some of which are close to Burlington and some of which would require a bit of a trip (maybe even an uber-lovely overnight excursion) to make your love dreams come true.
Black Flannel Brewing & Distilling
The Essex brewer/distiller is also big on food, and is doing something of a Vermont-celebrity-chef event for Valentine’s Day. Black Flannel’s executive chef, James Beard Award semi-finalist Christian Kruse, is collaborating with Adam Monette, winner of the 2021 Holiday Baking Championship on the Food Network, for a three-course dinner with suggested beer pairings, with seatings between 5-8 p.m. Feb. 14. $75 per person.
Black Flannel Brewing & Distilling, 21 Essex Way, Essex. (802) 857-5629, www.blackflannel.com
Grange at Hill Farm
Between Manchester and Bennington in southern Vermont, the Hill Farm by Sagra inn recently opened a restaurant, Grange at Hill Farm, overseen by chef and Vermont native Austin Poulin. For Valentine’s Day, the restaurant is offering a five-course meal inspired by local farms. $95 per person, with the option of adding a curated wine pairing for $50.
Grange at Hill Farm, 458 Hill Farm Road, Sunderland. (802) 474-2508, https://sagrafarms.com/farms/hill-farm/dining
Jules on the Green
Another restaurant in Essex that’s going above and beyond on Valentine’s Day, Jules on the Green is open from 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. on Valentine’s Day and will serve its usual full menu. The restaurant is also planning Valentine’s Day a la carte specials and a five-course package for two, with details to be announced.
Jules on the Green, 1 Commonwealth Ave., Essex. (802) 857-5994, www.julesvt.com
Parsons Dinner House
Maybe the tiny Orleans County town of Barton hasn’t been on your dining radar before, but Parsons Dinner House would like to change that. The restaurant that’s open for dinner Tuesdays-Saturdays and brunch on Sundays is offering a Valentine’s Day special. A few examples from that menu include oysters and champagne, salmon in a red-wine reduction and coconut crème brulee with honey poached cranberries. $85 per person.
Parsons Dinner House, 14 Glover Road, Barton. (802) 525-4129, www.parsonsdinnerhouse.com
The France-meets-Vermont leanings of this homey restaurant off U.S. 7 in Addison County will be on display from 5-9 p.m. on Valentine’s Day. Tourterelle will serve up an amuse bouche, three courses and a dessert, with choices from the latter including pound cake with figs and gelato, apple fritters with ginger-saffron ice cream, chocolate-covered strawberries and a cheese assortment for two. $85 per person.
Tourterelle, 3629 Ethan Allen Highway (U.S. 7), New Haven. (802) 453-6309, www.tourterellevermont.com
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This article originally appeared on Burlington Free Press: Vermont restaurants ready to serve up Valentine's Day specials