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Dinner for your Valentine

posted Feb 3, 2016, 5:52 PM by Old Lex Mercantile, LLC   [ updated Feb 11, 2016, 6:39 AM ]
We can help you create this elegant dinner for your Valentine.  
Just follow these simple step-by-step instructions.
Easy. Delicious. Perfect.

Bruschettini, Chevre, Cognac Fig Sauce
This fresh chevre topped with a Courvoisier cognac and fig syrup makes a terrific hors d'ouevre.  The cheese has won numerous national awards and is one of our favorites!  Pair the chevre with Asturi Bruschettini.  These little toasts are baked using only the highest quality olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt.
1. Several hours before your meal, take the chevre out of the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature
2. When you are ready for this first course, open the cheese, invert onto a plate, and squeeze slightly to remove the container.
3. Arrange bruschettini on the plate and serve

Heart of Palm, Roasted Red Peppers, Balsamic Vinaigrette
This simple salad requires just four ingredients:  Hearts of Palm, Roasted Red Peppers, White Balsamic Vinegar, and Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  We recommend our best-selling Cattani White Balsamic...it is truly extraordinary!

1. Open and gently drain the hearts of palm and roasted red peppers
2. Slice 2 - 4 hearts of palm into 1" - 2" segments
3. Slice 2 - 3 roasted red peppers into strips about 1/2" wide
4. Arrange the hearts of palm and roasted red peppers on serving dish
5. Pour about 2 - 4 tablespoons olive oil and 1 - 2 tablespoons vinegar into a measuring cup  
6. Rapidly wisk the oil and vinegar to create a thick vinaigrette
7. Pour the vinaigrette over the hearts of palm and roasted red peppers

Porcini Mushroom &Truffle Triangles, Olive Oil, Shaved Parmesan
These filled pasta triangles are so incredibly flavorful that we recommend serving them with just a little extra virgin olive oil and parmesan cheese shavings.  No sauce needed!


1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil
2. Gently add the pasta triangles to the water, reduce heat to simmer, and cook for 4 minutes
3. While the pasta is cooking, pour 2 - 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil in a mixing bowl
4. Gently drain the pasta in colander
5. Add the pasta to the mixing bowl and gently stir to coat with the olive oil.  Drizzle on another tablespoon or two of oil, if needed
6. Arrange the pasta on a serving platter
7. Top with grated or shaved parmesan cheese and fresh basil (if desired)

Vanilla Ice Cream, Balsamic Vinegar, Strawberries, Amaretti Cookies
This is one of the simplest and most delicious desserts we've ever made.  It's always a big hit.

1. At least one hour before dinner, wash and slice a small pack of fresh strawberries
2. Place the sliced strawberries in a mixing bowl and liberally coat with Cattani Olivewood Balsamic Vinegar
3. Stir the strawberries; repeat stirring every 30 minutes or so (as the vinegar draws the sugar out of the strawberries, a sweet syrup will form).  Add additional balsamic vinegar, if needed.
4. Scoop vanilla ice into serving dishes
5. Top with strawberries and syrup
6. Serve Amaretti cookies on the side or crumble on top

Gearhart's Pod and Vine chocolates are the perfect ending to a delicious meal. Crafted with Gearhart's signature Dark Chocolate Blend and premium Virginia wine, they will melt in your mouth.

Champagne or Sparkling Wine
No Valentine's Day meal is complete without a glass of bubbly.  Treat yourself to a bottle from our selection of Champagne, Prosecco, or Sparkling Wine.