• Ways to incorporate food (and wine) into your Springfield, IL V-Day Celebration

    July 17, 2019 | Blogs
  • Here are some delicious ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day

    Of all the pleasures in life, food is about as good as it gets. It’s the perfect complement to any day, whether it’s a wonderful day on the beach or an icy cold winter evening. Food is an especially great way to enjoy a Valentine’s Day with your loved one—especially if you pair it with the right wine. But where can you go to enjoy a fine dining experience where the food and wine pairings are well thought out?  Loukinens’ on 4th, of course!

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    High Steaks Cooking

    One of the most simple, yet most spectacular dishes you can make for Valentine’s Day is a good steak. Steak is one of the most delectable meats and comes in many varieties so that you can make a delicious V-Day dinner on any budget.

    Spice your steak dinner up a bit with some mashed potatoes, baked vegetables, and some good wine. For red meats like steak and lamb, good red wines like a cabernet sauvignon will complement the flavor and add a romantic element to your V-Day dinner.

    valentine's day steak dinner

    Fishing for Love

    Fish is another great dinner to cook for Valentine’s Day. The best part is that there are so many fish that there’s something for just about anybody. If you really enjoy the seafood flavor, a good salmon filet will be right up your alley. If you’re not quite as into seafood, a crusted halibut or cod filet will give you a lighter flavor.

    Wine pairings for fish depend on your method of preparation. If you’re making a light fish dish with citrus, you’ll want something light like a chardonnay. For heavier fish dishes, you may want to consider a red wine like a pinot noir.

    fresh seafood on valentine's day

    Italian Classics

    Steak and fish are great, but the reigning champion of V-Day meals is always going to be pasta. Whether you’re making a delectable Fettucine Alfredo or a Bolognese pasta dish, you really can’t go wrong with good pasta and some garlic bread.

    Wine pairings vary greatly when it comes to pasta because you can make so many varieties. If you’re making spaghetti, you’ll probably want to go with a nice, rich red wine. If you’re making Fettucine, you should opt for a lighter wine like a chardonnay.

    If all of this cooking and pairing wines business sounds like a bit too much for you to handle, you can always spend your Valentine’s Day at Loukinens’ on 4th. We’ll make you a delicious meal with a wonderful wine pairing that’s sure to deliver a special memory for you and your loved one!