So you're convinced that Valentine's Day is a manufactured holiday designed to extract more cash from outside your joint bank account, or further elucidate your status as single. In an effort to save you the inevitable backlash that comes from skipping a holiday built on being a sensitive romantic, here's a list of your available options in order of price.
Christopher Elbow Chocolates has a Valentine Collection with five hand-painted hearts with infused caramel centers and 12 seasonal chocolates for $36. These chocolates were released yesterday and need to be ordered by 12 p.m. on February 10 to arrive by Valentine's Day.
On Saturday, February 6, Christopher Elbow makes a stop at Leawood's Dean & Deluca to talk about his chocolates. From 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., you can get free samples along with heart-healthy caviar and biscotti with Dutch process hot cocoa. Bob Benish from Benish's Bakery will also be there to talk about the traditional Italian cookies.
Bo Lings has a Valentine's Day menu at all six of its locations, with 20 percent off the $38 price going to the Heart to Heart Relief Fund for Haiti. The three-course menu with your choice of two entrees features imperial shrimp, Beijing roast duck with duck bone soup and coconut panna cotta with caramel sauce.
Crestwood's Cafe Europa
has a three-course Valentine Menu for $45 per person.
There's a vodka and dill cured salmon, scallops with lobster bisque
risotto and honey pie with huckleberry ice cream.
At Tannahs Asian Fusion
in Leawood, it's $59 per couple for a four-course prix fixe dinner
highlighted by a black pepper surf and turf -- beef tenderloin and
diver scallops -- and mochi ice cream.
Chaz on the Plaza has a Valentine Romance dinner from February 12 to 14. The restaurant, located in the Raphael Hotel, has a five-course meal for $60. The menu includes crab cakes, brie in croute with figs and Chambord, petit filet over tourner vegetables and pots de creme of passion fruit, white peach, sweet ginger and papaya.