Valentine’s Date Ideas in MWM

There’s only one thing better than a perfect Valentine’s Day, and that is a perfect Valentine’s Week. Whether you and your partner are making plans or you want to surprise that special someone, there are some great events happening this week for unique date opportunities. Because who doesn’t like to mix it up a bit? Go to one of them or go to all for a full week of V-Day romance. Here are 6 Valentine’s Day date ideas:


  1. Cupids & Cocktails Valentine Gala

Surprise your Valentine the weekend before the holiday with tickets to this party in Downtown Monroe. Chef Pat Nolan is catering this event that takes place at Austin’s by the River on Saturday, Feb. 11. There will be live music, a dance floor, delicious dessert, and a champagne toast. This date will seem like it’s straight out of a movie, guaranteed.

Photo courtesy of Biedenharn Museum
  1. Valentine’s Day Concert at Biedenharn Museum and Gardens

The gardens alone make for a romantic staycation, but this event combines that with live music. Kick Valentine’s Week off right, with this event taking place on Sunday, Feb. 12. It starts at 3 p.m., so you can enjoy the concert, take a stroll through the gardens, and then make it in plenty of time for your dinner reservation. (Suggestion: Roma’s Italian Bistro)


  1. Health with Hope Cooking Class

On Valentine’s Day, learn how to prepare a healthy, delicious meal with Hope Anderson. Start the evening with appetizers and a glass of wine, then you’ll prepare and enjoy a 5 course meal. The menu includes a pork tenderloin with caramelized garlic and orange salsa, a whole roasted spicy cauliflower with tahini, and two decadent desserts. You and your partner are welcome to bring your own bottle of wine to enjoy throughout the evening. (Suggestion: Landry Vineyards’ Bayoutage Red Blend)


  1. Valentine’s Day Dinner with Chef Pat Nolan

Another unique dinner option for Valentine’s Day is an evening with Chef Pat Nolan. She prepares a delicious, 5-course meal. Enjoy a duck confit salad and veal chops cooked to perfection. Finish off the meal with a sinful chocolate pate with white chocolate. RSVP to this event by Feb. 10.

Photo by Restaurant Sage


      5.  Local Restaurant Specials

Our local restaurants are always serving up delicious food. On Feb. 14, Restaurant Sage— home of Louisiana Seafood King, Chef Blake Phillips— is having a special menu, curated specifically for a romantic dinner. Trapp’s is also hosting a special event that evening. Reserve your table, and choose from a special menu that includes 5 courses. Is your favorite local restaurant planning a special menu or event for Valentine’s Day? Check their Facebook pages or websites for information.


6.  The Wig and ‘Stache Bash

Waiting for the weekend to have your Valentine’s Day Date? Geneva Academy’s annual 1920’s themed fundraiser is a unique and fun date night. Dress in your 20’s best, and enjoy catering by Waterfront Grill. There will be live and silent auctions at this event, so you can buy gifts for your significant other here too! Dance the night away, and capture the evening with a picture from the Bash Booth photo booth that will be there.



Add a unique spin to your Valentine’s Day plans, with all of these date options. Choose one or go to several for a week-long celebration of you and your favorite person. Dress up, dance, and enjoy delicious food right here in Monroe-West Monroe.

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