Valentine’s Day

The most popular way to celebrate Valentine’s Day is with a fancy dinner… you dress up a little, you order a fine wine and a few delicious morsels later romance is in the air! So here are some of my personal recommendations for an unforgettable Valentine’s dinner.

Rebecca’s of Greenwich is one of those sleek, exclusive and critically-acclaimed restaurants where the menu is designed to keep serious foodies on cloud nine throughout the evening. Rebecca Kirhoffer, General Manager, Co-Proprietor and namesake of the restaurant, is educated both as a designer and a Chef. Together with her husband and partner, Reza Khorshidi, she has put together one of the area’s most exclusive dining establishments. Reza has been whipping up some critically acclaimed dishes that Esquire magazine has called “delectable” with a “mix of sharp flavors and brittle textures exemplary of modern American cuisine.” The unobtrusive, modern décor allows us to focus all our attention on the cuisine. For reservations log onto Rebeccasgreenwich.com.

I was visiting Greenwich friends in Palm Beach recently and I was pleasantly surprised to learn just how many Greenwichites escape the winter months down there. More and more luxury hotels are offering long-term stays, a topic I know will interest many of you, so for those of you toying with the idea…

The Brazilian Palm Court Hotel Thebraziliancourt.com has 80 private residences with various ownership options. I didn’t stay long but I was impressed by the lush palm trees, the Mediterranean inspired inner courtyard infused with historic Dutch colonial accents all designed by Candela. Renovated in 2008, it evokes memories of a more glamorous era, of movie stars and glitzy socialites. Redesigned by owner and interior designer Leslie Schlesinger, whose design offices in Palm Beach and Stamford, have been a staple of the interior decorating repertory since 1989 and whose company is renowned for recent projects in Greenwich, the property is quite unique. The bar, lounge, and library are paved with limestone from the Corton Region of France and accented with natural burgundy colored veining, said to come from the fallen grapes and rainwater that seeped through the quarry since the reign of King Charlemagne.

If you are a true foodie it’s hard not to have heard of Chef Daniel Boulud. One of the great draws of the Brazilian Court is that it houses the infamous Cafe Boulud. If you plan on being in the area for Valentine’s Day, this is the place to go. The service is unparalleled and the French-American menu is well, mouth-watering. Executive Chef Jim Leiken has worked in Boulud Kitchens for ten years, surprising and delighting patrons with his fantastical creations, before this new promotion. If a memorable Valentine’s Day dinner is what you’re looking for, it’s hard to go wrong with Café Boulud.

Whether it’s in the sleek, polished décor of Rebbeca’s restaurant in Greenwich or the leafy paradise of Palm Beach’s Café Boulud, I wish you a beautiful Valentine’s celebration and many more romantic Valentine’s dinners in the years to come…

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