Food & Wine

Eat All About It: Valentine’s Day options for couples, singles

Still haven’t booked a restaurant for dinner for Valentine’s Day? For shame.

Oh, who am I kidding, I’m in the same boat.

Luckily, Tri-Cities Washington Guide has a long listing of restaurants, wineries and bars that are offering special Valentine’s Day menus and promotions for procrastinating lovers.

All take place Feb. 12-14, so you’ve got some flexibility if having a late night on a Sunday, where Valentine’s Day falls this year, threatens to throw off your Monday. The variety of dinner packages range from $35 per person to $150 per couple, if you’ve got the money to splurge this year.

Those wanting a romantic daytime excursion can hit up Yakima Valley wineries for pairings of wine and chocolate. For a more raucous night out, head to the Nomad Lounge at the Columbia Center Red Lion, 1101 N. Columbia Center Blvd., for its masquerade party or live music at the Clover Island Inn, 435 N. Clover Island Drive, Kennewick.

And if you’re just not a fan of the annual reminder of being single, Paper Street Brewing in Richland’s The Parkway will have an Anti-Valentine’s Day Bash where there will be ale-infused cookies from the local TSP Bakery.

Beer and bacon at new brew festival in Kennewick

If you’re looking for something a little closer to home that’s guaranteed to also have bacon, there is the Three Rivers Craft Brew & Bacon Festival on Feb. 20.

The second annual event is from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick’s entertainment and shopping district off Columbia Center Boulevard, 7016 W. Grandridge Blvd.

General admission is $30 if paid in advance and $35 at the door. That will get you a beer sampling glass and four tokens good for a beer sample each. Additional tokens are $1.50.

Local caterers and restaurants will provide bacon-inspired tastings to attendees. They can be bought at the box office at the neighboring Toyota Center or online through Ticketmaster.com.

VIP tickets also are available for $75 and come with eight sample tokens, a commemorative glass and T-shirt and early entrance to the festival.

And sorry, parents, but you’ll have to leave your kids at home. Only those 21 and older will be allowed at the event.

Inlander Restaurant Week coming up in Spokane

If you’re suffering from a little cabin fever, Spokane offers a chance for you to get out and exercise your foodie cravings.

Inlander Restaurant Week is planned from Feb. 26 to March 6 and will have more than 100 restaurants in the Spokane metropolitan area and northern Idaho participating. They’ll all be offering fixed-price three-course meals for $19 to $29.

It’s the event’s fourth year, said communications manager Peyton Scheller with Visit Spokane. Each restaurant offers different options for each course, and they’ll also be promoting drinks from area breweries, cideries, wineries and even a coffee roaster.

The prices are set but reflect the type of dining experience each offers. The $19 meals will largely be gastropubs and taphouses, while the $29 offerings are more fine dining. As for variety, Scheller says there is plenty available.

“It’s everything from classic American to Thai,” she said.

She recommended making a reservation after previewing the menus for the event in order to save a spot. And if you don’t want to worry about driving back to the Tri-Cities after dinner, Visit Spokane also is offering hotel packages.

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