Valentine’s Dining Guide 2014


Cary, NC — Chocolate, wine and a candlelit dinner for two are the essential ingredients for a romantic Valentine’s evening with your sweetheart. Check out where you can take your date in Cary to make him or her feel special.

In the past year, Cary has opened many new fine dining establishments and they are ready to entertain you and your date for a romantic night. From wine and chocolate pairings to an evening full of jazz these venues have a night sure to please your sweetheart.

Bark & Wine with Your Valentine

Thursday, February 13th, 6pm to 9pm, SPCA Curtis Dail Pet Adoption Center, Petfinder Lane, Raleigh.

Here’s something different: celebrate Valentine’s Day with a wine tasting surrounded by lots of companions ready to love you.

Fine wines & beers, tasty treats and wet puppy kisses await guests at the 9th annual Bark & Wine with Your Valentine. When someone asks about your Valentine’s Day plans, you can tell them that you are saving lives while searching for a soul mate. You can sample 6-8 varieties of wine and beer in a commemorative event glass and enjoy light fare to complement the beverage flavors. Twenty-five dollars of the ticket price is tax deductible. 

$30/ person. To reserve space visit their website

Corks & Cupcakes

Feb 14th, 8:30-11:30pm, UnVine’d Tapas and Wine Bar, 201 W Chatham St #103, Cary, NC 27511

Reserve your table now at UnVined for their Corks & Cupcakes Valentines Day Event. The evening features a special 5 course tapas menu just for the occasion and for dessert, you and your sweetheart will be treated to a special gourmet cupcake and wine tasting. Musical entertainment for the evening is soft jazz by Angela Bingham.

The Valentines Day Package includes a bottle of wine, special tapas menu and cupcake and wine pairing for $45.  Reservations required.
 Call (919) 481-0881 or email

Couples Cooking Class

Feb 14, 6:15pm, Whisk, 316 Colonades Way – Suite 214
Class Code: 401

Looking for a great alternative to crowded restaurants on Valentine’s Day? Come eat, drink, and be romantic with the perfect date night for you and your sweetheart! Joan and Liz will be teaching you how to cook a 4-course special occasion dinner you can replicate anytime; after all, the way to someone’s heart is always through his/her stomach! Wine included.

Couples pricing. $120 visit their website to reserve your spot or view other classes.

Chef/Instructor: Elizabeth and Joan

Prix Fix Dinner

Feb 14th, 5:30-9:30pm, Academy Street Bistro, 200 S Academy St, Cary, NC 27511

The newest restaurant to open in downtown Cary, Academy Street Bistro is offering a special prix fix dinner that includes a choice of three appetizers (Wild Mushroom Bisque, Hearts of Romaine Salad or Seared Bay Scallops) , four entrees  (Sauteed Sea Bass, Veal Chop, Heart Shaped Ravioli or a Surf and Turf), and a tasting trio of desserts including a raspberry cheesecake, chocolate dipped strawberries and a flourless chocolate truffle cake. The all-inclusive menu is offered at $54/per person. All created by chef Brian Fitzgerald.

Call to make your reservation  919-377-0509

Chocolate and Wine Pairings

Wed., February 5 & Tues., February 11 (6:00-7:00 pm or 7:30-8:30 pm)
UnVine’d Tapas and Wine Bar, 201 W Chatham St #103, Cary, NC 27511

UnVine’d has partnered with the Chocolate Boutique for two dates in advance of Valentine’s Day to offer something a little different. Pairing chocolate with the right wine will create an unforgettable sensory experience. For the optimal tasting experience join us for this special event. Try four different wines each paired with a different chocolate.  Wines and chocolates tasted will be available for glass and bottle purchase at special event pricing. $25/pp

When making reservations please indicate which date and time you are attending.  Sign up here, or call (919) 481-0881

Decadent Desserts

Feb 14th, 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury Odell Pl, Cary, NC 27513

Who knew you could enjoy some daytime Valentine’s fun, thanks to the Town of Cary’s very active Senior Center. Enjoy a variety of desserts in celebration of Valentine’s Day. This will be a fun-filled event for all who smile at the thought of Valentines, chocolates and love! Bring your sweetie, come with friends, or just come along – this celebration is for everyone! Registration for this tasty event ended on January 31.

Registration required through the town’s program guide, course number #71378, $7/ person. Call (919) 469-4081 for info.

Chocolate Valentine’s Night

Feb 14th, 7:00-9:00pm, The Chocolate Boutique, Village Market Place, Morrisville

The Chocolate Boutique opened in Morrisville’s Park West Village this past summer and has been host to many fun parties and chocolate-making events. This locally owned shop (with second location Raleigh) is holding their first ever Valentine’s events.

The evening includes a bottle of champagne or wine per couple, dipped chocolate strawberries, 10 truffles to share or take home, a shot of European sipping chocolate and a tasting discussion on how and why chocolate has become an important component of this special holiday. Tickets can be purchased for $75/ couple or $40 individually by calling the Morrisville location at 919-465-0770

Special Menus

Feb 14th, Enrigo’s in Waverly Place has special items, not usually featured on the regular menu. these include: Cocktail di Gamberi, Fresh pasta in a champagne sauce topped with edible rose petals, Cioppino soup, Veal Scaloppine and a cinnamon chocolate pastry. Call for your reservations: (919)854-7731.

All Month: Firebirds in Park West Village has Valentine specials all month and the restaurant is specially decorated for the occasion. Take in a movie next door after dinner at the new Stone Theater.

Date Night Dinner to Go

Feb 14th, The Matthews House, 317 W Chatham St, Cary, NC 27511

The Matthews House has two options for Valentine’s Dinner this year – dine in or take out. The annual Valentine’s Take Out Dinner will be ready to pick up on Friday, February 14th. This three course romantic dinner includes one dozen red roses, and is ready to heat, with detailed instructions. The price is $100 or $125 with champagne.

To view the full menu, please visit this website page or call (919) 467-1944 for additional info.

Saturday Wine Dinner

On Saturday, February 15th at 6:30, The Matthews House (The Matthews House, 317 W Chatham St, Cary, NC 27511) will host a Valentine’s wine dinner in partnership with April Schlanger and Sip. Guests will enjoy an elegant, six course dinner with wine pairings and dancing. Courses will each feature a wine starting with soup course of parsnip carrot ginger soup paired with a Pino Grigio, and on through to the main course of Beef Bourguignon served with an Argentinian  Mendoza and then dessert of flour-less cake and passion fruit coulis served with an Domain Agape. Other course include shrimp, pork and a duck confit.

Dinner is $100 per person.

To make reservations, please call 919-467-1944 or visit their website.


Events coverage on CaryCitizen is sponsored in part by Waverly Place and by Academy Street Bistro. Thank you sponsors! Photo by Andrew Rennie.