I Love Memphis Guide to Valentine’s Day 2015

Posted by Holly Whitfield | January 14th 2015 5038 0

Valentine’s Day is one month from today! Here’s how to celebrate the day of love, sweethearts, singlehood, commercialized holidays, chocolate, or whatever you like to call February 14. I’ll update this as I learn about more ideas – you can add them in the comments, too.

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1. Go to dinner. You will need reservations for all of these places, and most will fill up fast. Also note that the prices listed generally do not include tax, gratuity, or additional beverages.

B.B. Kings, Feb. 14, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. $60 per couple, all ages
The music starts at 5 p.m. with a $5 cover, or enjoy a Valentine’s Day menu for two for $60 until 10 p.m. Late night menu after that until close.

**Bleu, Feb. 13 and 14, call for times, $75 per person
Have five courses with a few choices each, plus live jazz, a champagne toast, long-stemmed roses for the ladies, and free valet parking.

Capriccio Grill, Feb. 14 – 15, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., $65+ per person
Have a three-course Italian dinner menu with a shared dessert.

Chez Philippe, Feb. 13 – 14, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., $95 per person
Enjoy a three-course meal, for an additional $30 you can have wine pairings, too.

Eighty3 Feb13 – 14, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m., $75 per person
Eighty3 restaurant at the Madison Hotel will offer a set four-course menu from new Executive Chef Max Hussey.

Felicia Suzanne’s, Feb. 14, call for times, $65 per person
Have a three-course meal with three choices for each course, plus a take-home treat.

Flying Saucer Memphis, Feb. 14, call for times, $14 per person, 21+
Couples will share a fondue appetizer, a steak entree for each and a chocolate fondue dessert to share. There will be speciality brews all day. Call (901) 423-8536 for reservations.

Lafayette’s Music Room, Feb. 14, all day 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., $140 per couple (incl. tax + grat.), all ages in the daytime, 21+ evening
V-Day at Lafayette’s is going to be an all-day affair. You can go to brunch with Susan Marshall and David Cousar onstage from 11 a.m .- 2 p.m. Then, for Valentine’s Dinner, enjoy a four-course meal and strawberries and champagne for two and with Den of Strings (5 p.m. 0 7:30 p.m.) or Shannon McNally (7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.) . Call (901) 232-3355 for reservations for dinner. At 9:30 p.m., the bluegrass afterparty with Devil Train gets going.

River Oaks, Feb. 14, reservations begin at 5 p.m., $100 per person with wine pairing, $75 per person without wine
Treat your special someone to a three-course meal prepared by Tennessee’s only French Master Chef, José Gutierrez at this East Memphis favorite, River Oaks.

Sweet Grass, Feb. 14, all night, $45 per person/+$20 wine flight, 21+
Let Chef Ryan Trimm prepare a three-course meal for you and your sweetie, with several options for each course. Optional wine flight pairing.

I’m still waiting on details from several restaurants’ Valentine’s Day dinner specials. In the meantime, here are some suggestions for romantic fine dining spots in Memphis:

Acre
Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen
Bari
Cafe 1912
Erling Jensen
Flight
Folks Folly
Itta Bena
Mesquite Chop House
Napa Cafe
Paulette’s
Texas de Brazil
Terrace at the River Inn

2. Go to a party/soiree/dance.

Mother Daughter Valentine’s Tea, Memphis Botanic Garden, Feb. 8, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., $15 members/$20 non-members.
Spend a “love-ly” afternoon at the MBG’s annual Mother Daughter Tea. Create valentine gifts for your sweetie, enjoy some Valentine treats, and sample a variety of teas. Reservations are required; space is limited. Call 636-4131 to confirm.

Whiskey, Wine and Chocolate Pairing, Memphis Botanic Garden, Feb. 13, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., $35 members/$45 non-members, 21+ 
Memphis chocolatier Phillip Ashley will pair his creations with whiskeys, beer, wine, cocktails and champagne. Light appetizers will be served. Call (901) 636-4131 for reservations or buy tickets online.

Valentine’s Sweetheart Tea at Chez Philippe, Feb. 14, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., $40 per person
Enjoy a selection of heart-shaped tea sandwiches, red and pink sweets and petit fours, scones, fine teas, and a glass of champagne.

Valentine’s Day Dance, Blue Suede Ballroom (3675 Southwind Park Cove), Feb. 14, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m., $12.50, 18+
From the Memphis Flyer: Join in for a seductive Waltz and Rumba dance class on Valentine’s Day and receive a gift from the studio.”

Valentine’s Soiree, Esplanade (Cordova), Feb. 14, 6:30 p.m. – midnight, $60 per person, 21+
Enjoy dinner, live music, and dancing with couples or singles tables of eight or sweetheart tables for two at the Esplanade Banquet Center in Cordova. Attire is semi-formal to formal, and you’ll get a bottle of champagne with your ticket, plus access to a cash bar.

Lonely Hearts Club Cocktail Party, Next Door, Feb. 14, all night, $3 martinis +, 21+
Next Door is hosting s Lonely Heart’s club Party on Valentine’s Day with $3 flavored martinis, i.e., orange, chocolate, espresso, mango rum, and cucumber and a selection of sparkling wines at various prices.

**Tennessee Shakespeare Company Valentine’s Gala, GPAC, Feb. 14, 6 p.m., $175 per person, 21 and up
From the website: “It’s a delicious dinner buffet with cocktails.  It’s a unique silent auction.  It’s a gleeful, rapid-fire-fast, live auction that will take your breath away.  It’s a Broadway performance.  It’s a wild selection of delectable desserts.  It’s an opportunity to support a remarkable Education Program and to share the love with tens of thousands of students.”

3. See a show/concert.

The Rocky Horror Show, Playhouse on the Square, Jan. 23 – Feb. 15, $24, 18+
Is offbeat, smart, sexy humor your version of romance? Then do the Time Warp with your sweetheart at Playhouse on the Square’s live-action version of the lusty musical film. The show is at 8 p.m. Thursdays – Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. It starts on Jan. 23 and goes through the day after Valentine’s Day.

The Lion King, Orpheum Theatre, Feb. 3 – March 1, $40 – $105, ages 5+ 
Feel the Love Tonight at the Orpheum’s touring Broadway production of the Lion King. Check online for days and times.

Memphis Monologues, Amurica Photo, Feb. 7, donations accepted, 13 and up
A Memphis twist on Eve Ensler’s classic “Vagina Monologues”, the Memphis Monologues is a chance for local women (including yours truly) to share their personal stories about the female experience. Stories range from funny to sad to heartwarming to challenging and everything in between, but they’ll all be true and truly entertaining. Proceeds from the event and cash bar will benefit Planned Parenthood of Greater Memphis.

Vagina Monologues, Circuit Playhouse, Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 14 at 2 p.m., $20 individual / $15 student /$10 per person for groups of 10+, 18+
This hilariously witty and moving collection of tales gives voice to a chorus of lusty, outrageous, poignant, brave and thoroughly human stories, performed by Memphis women. Bring extra cash for the bar and raffle, because a percentage of proceeds go towards Planned Parenthood and V-Day. All ages are welcome, but there will be adult topics and language.

Freddie Jackson & Angela Winbush, Minglewood Hall, Feb. 14, doors at 6 p.m., $49.40 – $69.50, all ages
Soul/R&B singers Freddie Jackson and Angela Winbush team up for the “All About Love” Valentine’s Day show at Mingelwood.

R. Kelly: “Valentine For Lovers Only” Tour, Landers Center in Southaven, Feb. 14, $42 – $102, 18 and up
If you are not a lover, you are not invited to the R. Kelly concert at the Landers Center on Valentine’s Day. Sorry. Tickets go on sale on Friday, Jan. 16 at 10 a.m.

Mavis Staples with Luther Dickinson, GPAC, Feb. 13, 8 p.m., $27.50 – $42.50, 18 and up
R&B and gospel legend performs for one night only at the Germantown Performing Arts Center. Luther Dickinson, who recently collaborated with Mavis Staples in the film “Take Me To the River”, opens.

Spaceface and Dirty Streets, Hi-Tone Cafe, Feb. 14, 9 p.m., cover TBD, 18 and up
Self-proclaimed “psychedelic rawk” band Spaceface teams up with Memphis rockers Dirty Streets for a show in the big room at the Hi-Tone.

4. Do something different.

Greetings of Love: Printed Valentines From the Late Victorian Era, Brooks Museum, through March 8, $3-$7, all ages
Check out a rare collection of the Victorian version of heart emojis: handmade and die-cut valentines.

Works of Heart, Memphis College of Art, Feb. 7, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., $75 general admission/$200 VIP, 21 and up
This annual valentine’s auction benefits the Memphis Child Advocacy Center. Enjoy beer, wine, and appetizers, and bid on 100 pieces of art from regional artists during an auction emceed by Joe Birch. The VIP “Big Heart Lounge” tickets include special gifts, artwork, and more.

Fall Back In Love With The Dixon, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Feb. 10 – 15, prices vary, all ages
Dozens of pieces from the Dixon’s permanent collection are back from a visit to the Tampa Museum of Art and will be on display in love-themed rooms like “Love and Lust” or “Date Night”. Each day during V-Day week, the Dixon hosts Valentine’s themed events. Visit dixon.org for more info.

Girls Day Out Valentine’s Day Party, Gia Marina (4726 Poplar Ave.), Feb. 14, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., prices vary, 13+
Gina Marina beauty boutique in East Memphis will host a Valentine’s daytime soiree and pampering session with $35 mini facials, bubbly and treats, free makeup applications with purchases, and the Henny Penny Mobile Boutique will be on site for shopping.

Love Reign, Forge Memphis (2493 Broad Ave.), Feb. 14, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m., $10, 21 and up
Memphis author and professor Zandria Robinson and Memphis hip-hop artist Marco Pave have put together something different for Valentine’s night. Robinson will lecture on “race, place, and love in the #blacklivesmatter moment” along with Jamey Hatley, with music by Pave and DJ Octavia Jones. Ticket includes two glasses of wine and desserts from Chef Tiara Jackson.

Chocolate Casting Workshop, Five In One Social Club, Feb. 14, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., $13.11, ages 13 and up
From the Five In One site: “Make sure you get the chocolate you want this Valentine’s Day by making it yourself! …we are going to create our own food safe molds using our vacuuform machine. We’ll have chocolate in lots of colors for casting and crunchy additives to make those treats extra delicious.”

Must Love Cats, Brooks Museum, Feb. 14, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., cost TBD, 21 and up
The internet cat video fest is back again, and this time there’s a party including a cash bar, musical performances by Opera Memphis, Misti Rae, and DJ Waht. There are three showings this year, and tickets go on sale on Fri., Jan. 16. This event tends to sell out, so buy ASAP.

Monster Jam, FedExForum, Feb. 13 – 14, 7 p.m., $15 to $50, plus fees, all ages/kid-friendly
As the perfect alternative to flowers and chocolates, take your loved ones with you to watch huge vehicles with names like “War Wagon” and “Raminator” smash each other to bits.

Internet Cat Festival for Kids, Brooks Museum, Feb. 15, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m., $5-$9, all ages/kid-friendly
This is the kid’s version of Must Love Cats, with showings of the 70-minute curated series at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Fall In Love With Binghampton, Carpenter Art Garden, Feb. 20, $10 donations accepted at the door
From the FB event: The Carpenter Art Garden invites you to “Fall in Love with Binghampton”. Artwork for sale by the kids from Binghampton and the local artists who have taught them: Danny Broadway, Melissa Dunn, Kenny Hays, George Hunt, Frank D. Robinson, Linda Ryan and Debra Taylor. Proceeds benefit the Carpenter Art Garden. $10 Donation at the door. Appetizers, beer and wine.”

Racine + Southern Dance Exchange Movement Research, Studio 688 (688 South Cox), Feb. 14, 7 p.m., $5 students and kids under 13, $8 general public, all ages/kid-friendly
The launch of Racine + Southern Dance Exchange’s monthly performance series dedicated to providing local artists with the opportunity to show innovative, investigative choreographic works and works-in-progess. Wine served to guests ages 21+ // Valentine’s Day sweets served to all.


Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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    Hi Holly – We're visiting Memphis for the first time for V-Day weekend. We're in our mid-20s and live in Chicago now but were most recently in Washington, DC for 5 years.  We've found all of your suggestions super helpful, but without local context, are having trouble deciding. What would you recommend to us? Thanks!

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