Romantic Dates in Memphis, TN
An Evening of Love Letters and Love Songs: The Valentine's Masque, is a beautiful way to enjoy and express your affection to your dear one this year.
This year, the event will be held on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, inside the new Holiday Inn Hotel Memphis Ballroom, near the University of Memphis. Put on by the Tennessese Shakespeare Company, celebrity actors will bring to life some of history's most famous songs and letters. The gala is the perfect sweetheart weekend event for dancing, singing, and bidding on getaways. With tickets starting at $125, this is not a cheap date, but it will no doubt be a very memorable one!
Set in a 20th Century bungelow in Midtown near historic Overton Square, the location is cozy and romantic, and even features a fireplace. The young chef Kelly English has already been impressing Memphians and others for two years with his French-Creole cuisine, using fresh local seasonal ingredients. He was named best new chef by James Beard for the Southeast region. The results are award after award, and a romantic ambiance sure to impress your dear one.
Be prepared for a five-course "degustation" meal, including appetizers like sweet corn griddle cakes with crab ravigote, entrees such as amandine of grand isle speckled trout and cauliflower, fried bonnie blue goats cheese, and desserts like warm chocolate cake with strawberries "gluwein." $55.00 per without wines, $75.00 with wine.
Although not a fancy or expensive date, Coletta's is a nice place to enjoy some homemade Italian food, including their famous barbeque pizza and spumoni. Since few people in the Mid-South knew what pizza was when Coletta's opened in the 1923, it wasn't much of a hit. However, when the owners decided to add barbeque sauce to the concoction, sales took off. The result was a barbecue pizza so famous it is even shipped to other locations. For a date effect, try asking for unusual rooms like the Elvis Room or the Blue Grotto for a quirky romantic setting. This is a place where the two of you will no doubt want to return.
Looking for some special treats for your sweetheart this Valentine's Day? Try some handmade chocolate covered strawberries from Dinstuhl's. This company has been around for more than a century in Memphis and has four locations where you can buy their offerings. However, if you go to the main location at 5820 Pleasant View Road, you'll even be able to watch the candy makers at work. Dinstuh's serve some of the best hand-made confections in the city. The shiny display cases are filled with fudges, brittles, trifles, and Southern treats like divinity and pralines. There are even Elvis CDs and guitars made from chocolate. All are sure to please your loved one with the sheer variety.
Famous for providing flowers for the Peabody Hotel, Holliday's Flowers has won dozens of reader awards from area publications, as well as the Top 100 Teleflora Florists. For more than three decades, Holliday's has been decking the halls, proms, banquets and weddings of Memphis and surrounding areas. They provide a wide variety of flowers, from single blooms to unique arrangements, plus they pride themselves on providing last minute service. So, you waited till the last minute to get your love anything? Don't worry! Holliday's can shoot an arrangement out as fast as Cupid's bow for just the right effect.