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BIG LOVE NFK: The Valentine’s Day MegaGuide to food, music, shows, & more

Show ya sweetie some love

Valentine's Day falls on a Wednesday this year in Norfolk (and presumably every city, right?) which means there are two weeks that are full of Valentine's festivities. We threw together a massive guide to all the dinners, activities, shows, and more to celebrate your sweeties. Information featured was accurate as of Feb 1. Late-announced events may be added at a later date. 

Four Eleven York Valentine’s Day Four Course Menu & Wine Pairings.
Feb 14th. 
Four Eleven is overflowing with elegant ambiance. Menu specials include: ancho glazed octopus, veal wellington, dragon fruit barbecue.
Rip it. 

Grandiflora’s Valentine Celebration.
Feb 14th.
Seven courses of vegan delights from owner and chef Jason. The event has only one seating to give you time to enjoy the company. Before that single seating though, there’s a cocktail hour to warm you up. Wine pairings are available as well as an alcohol-free pairing.
Rip it. 

Mermaid Winery Valentine’s Day Dinner.
Feb 14th. 
Four courses served family-style because sharing is caring. The gnocchi with bacon jam sounds particularly slick, but I couldn’t help but point out that the menu includes a perfect “Lady and the Tramp” choice.
Rip it. 

Only You Lounge “Love is in the Air” Valentine’s Day Dinner.
Feb 14th. 
Live jazz by the Hamm Hawks and three course pairing meal that includes Rockefeller oysters and short ribs. Presumably all basked in Only You’s signature red-orange glow.
Rip it. 

Press 626’s Valentine’s Coursed Dinner by Chef Leeroi.
Feb 13th, 14th, 15th.
Classy caviar?! Scallop crudo?! Confit duck leg?! Four stunning courses of await you at Press 626. Dinner includes a sparkling rose, but you can get a full wine pairing from some of the best wine somms in town. Their coursed dinners are so popular, they’re running it back for three nights.
Rip it. 

Glass Light Hotel’s Three Course Dinner
Feb 14th.
Nothing’s quite as romantic as eating surrounded by fine works of glass art. The time it takes to make, the delicate nature of the art is just chef’s kiss. The incredible team at Glass Light is serving up special items like escargot, scallop tartare, and a lamb chop.
Rip it.

Syd’s FishPig Cafe Dumbwaiter Throwback Valentine’s Dinner.
Feb 14th.
Cowboy Syd Meers is a legend of local kitchens and he’s bringing recipes out of the vault for this one. He’s cooking up specials from “Dumbwaiter,” a Norfolk restaurant that first opened over 34 years ago. Details are sparse, but mystery & nostalgia are definitely romantic.
Rip it.

Codex’s Four Course Wine Dinner with Roanoke Valley Wine Co.
Feb 14th.
That orange door on Granby Street is a gateway to incredible dining. The Brussel Sprouts are to die for, but no telling what they’ll pull out for this menu. Only two seatings and sure to fill up quick.
Rip it.

Saltine’s “Pearl In My Oyster” 3-Course Menu.
Feb 14-17.
It’s Saltine, so you already know it’s going to be seafood-forward. What’s going to be harder? Choosing between steak and lobster or oysters and scallops?
Rip it. 

Varia’s That’s Amore Valentine’s 3-Course Menu.
Feb 14-17.
There’s something particularly romantic about Italian food and Varia is leaning in. Finger’s crossed the in-house piano is making sweet melodies too.
Rip it. 

Union Taco’s Four Course Tequila Dinner.
Feb 14.
Chef Kair Saejung is behind the magic of pairing each of the four courses with tequila or mezcal. On top of that you get a welcome cocktail and a swag bag. But maybe call an Uber ahead of time.
Rip it. 

Cure’s Barbie-Inspired Galentine’s Brunch.
Feb 10th & Feb 11th. 
President Barbie, Mermaid Barbie, Surfer Barbie, Popstar Barbie ….. And beach Ken and Allan. Food’s not all, a cocktail menu is out too with a mimosa flight. Take the gals to Barbieland. 
Rip it. 

Lunchroom Pop-ups at Smartmouth’s Lunch Lady Land
Feb 10th.
The much-hyped Yorkies, alongside Ghost Kitchen and Chelsea Bakehouse, are rolling out nostalgic lunchroom-inspired grub. Is it specifically Valentine’s Day? No. But is it a ton of fun and great chow. Yes. 
Rip it. 


Days Other Than Feb 14th.
Smooches for Pooches - A Dog Kissing Booth at Reaver Beach. Feb 2. Rip it. 
Match Makers Market at Benchtop Brewing. Feb 3. Rip it.
Love Is Blind Total Blackout Haunted House at MacArthur Center. Feb 9 -11 & Feb 16-18. Rip it.  
Valentine’s Weekend Murder Mystery Dinner at Granby Theater. Feb 9. Rip it. 
Valentine’s Date Night w/ Live Jazz at Coalescence Coffee. Feb 9. Rip it. 
Heart Necklace Workshop at Zion’s Creations. Feb 10. Rip it.  
Yin + Chocolate Tasting at Sky’s The Limit Yoga. Feb 10. Rip it. 
Taylor Swift Anti-Valentine’s Day Party “You’re On Your Own Kid” at Grain. Feb 10. Rip it. 
Mermaid City Flowers Galentine’s Day Floral Workshop. Feb 10. Rip it.
Kiss & Tail Walking Brunch Tour at The Virginia Zoo. Feb 10. Rip it.  
Baking Class and Crafting with Cafe Genevieve at Selden Market. Feb 10. Rip it. 
Awkward Couple Photos & Custom Love Poems at Selden Market. Feb 10. Rip it. 
Speed Dating w/ Meet, Drink, Connect at Selden Market. Feb 10. Rip it. 
NEON District Art Lover Tour with Norfolk Tour Co. Feb 11. Rip it. 
Bridesmaids Galentine’s Screening at Naro Cinema. Feb 13. Rip it.
Vino Culture Wine Pairing With Chocolate. Feb 13 & Feb 15. Rip it. 
Love Trivia at Bold Mariner Brewing. Feb 15. Rip it. 
Spoken Word Poetry Workshop at Slover Library. Feb 15. Rip it.
Tap Into Virginia Opera at Harrison Opera House. Feb 15. Rip it. 
Slow Flow Yoga with live Jazz at Sky’s The Limit. Feb 15. Rip it. 
Galentine’s Hearts Stained Glass Class at 757 Makerspace. Feb 16. Rip it.  
Pink & Red Open House Wine Tasting with Vino Culture supporting Samaritan House. Feb 17. Rip it.  
Murder Mystery Party at the VFW Post 4809. Feb 17. Rip it.  
Heartshaker Popup at Cafe Mudita. Feb 17. Rip it. 

February 14th AKA The Big Day.
Flippin' Good Rom Com Trivia at Reaver Beach. Rip it. 
Valentine's Day Vow Renewals with Elvis at Hank's Filling Station. Rip it. 
Valentine’s Day Sip & Paint at The Ghent. Rip it. 
Love Is In The Air Family Night at Crossroads Rec Center. Rip it. 
Planetarium Show at Michael and Kimthanh Lê Planetarium. Rip it. 
Fireside Jams at Elation Brewing. Rip it. 


Matchmaker’s Market at Benchtop Brewing. Feb 2. Rip it.
Lonely Hearts Night Market at the Veil. Feb 9. Rip it. 
Galentine's Day Market with 40+ Vendors at Reaver Beach. Feb 10. Rip it. 
Lunch Lady Land Bookfair & Vintage Market at Smartmouth. Feb 10. Rip it. 
Sweetheart’s Saturday at Selden Market. Feb 10. Rip it. 
Galentine’s Market at Coalescence Coffee. Feb 10. Rip it. 
Valentine’s Market at Vessel Craft Coffee. Feb 10 & 11. Rip it. 
Valentine’s Day Market at Maker’s Craft Brewery. Feb 11. Rip it. 


Admirals Hockey at Scope. Various Dates. Rip it. 
Live Music at Gershwin’s. Wed- Sat. Rip it. 
To Kill A Mockingbird at Chrysler Hall. Feb 1 - 4. Rip it. 
Dial M For Murder at Wells Theater. Feb 1 - 11. Rip it. 
Soporus, TLVS, Silence & the Unwinking Minds, Holy Love Incorporated at Vessel. Feb 2. Rip it.
False Cape, Wallpaper, Killer Feels at Back Bay Beach House. Feb 2. Rip it. 
Kendal Street Is For Lovers Tour at the Bunker. Feb 3, 10, 17, 24. Rip it. 
Rajazz Trio at Brother’s. Feb 8th & Feb 15th. Rip it. 
Jazz Grits at Toast. Feb 8 & 22. Rip it. 
Mania, the ABBA Tribute at Harrison Opera House. 7:30 pm. Rip it. 
The Viewing Room at Generic Theater. Feb 9-25. Rip it. 
Flirty February Valentine’s Day Drag Show with Javon Love at Reaver Beach Feb 10. Rip it.  
Will You BEer My Valentine with music by Nick Franzitta at Afterglow Brewing. Feb 10. Rip it. 
Panties in a Twist All Women Comedy Show at the Norva. Feb 10. Rip it. 
DJ T-Mobyle & Soft Plan at Smartmouth. Feb 10. Rip it. 
Galentine’s Drag Brunch at Waterside. Feb 11. Rip it. 
311 at the Norva. Feb 13. Rip it. 
Naro Minded: Love and Basketball Screening at Naro Cinema. Feb 15. Rip it.  
Nightcap Live Music at Brother’s. Feb 16. Rip it. 
Norfolk Comedy Festival at Chrysler Hall. Feb 16. Rip it. 
Zach Desocio performs live at Elation Brewing. Feb 16. Rip it. 
The Sand Tones, Work Wear, Feminine Death at Chicho's Pizza Backstage. Feb 16. Rip it. 
Padfoot and Spirit Gun perform at Norfolk Taphouse. Feb 16. Rip it. 
Colin of Arabia vs Street Power w/ Power of Fear at Norfolk Taphouse. Feb 17. Rip it. 
Janis Siegel Jazz at Attucks Theater. Feb 17. Rip it. 

More Random Sweets & Treats

Tomahawk Steaks at Redwood Smoke Shack. Pre-ordered for Feb 14 pickup. Rip it. 
Smore’s Amore Smores & Plushies. Rip it. 
Valentine’s Day Donut & Flowers Popup at O’s Donuts. Rip it. 
Pownd Cakes by Jen Rip it. 
Tortes & Macarons at La Brioche. Rip it. 
Convo Heart Macarons at Cafe Genevieve. Rip it. 

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