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  • Writer's picturePeter Jr

Valentine's Dinner

By Peter McKinney, Jr.

Here's a great menu for a special occasion, Valentine's Day or otherwise!


  • Blue Point oysters on the half shell with the usual fixings.

  • Shrimp Cocktail

  • Champagne

Main Course


  • Mini-Cupcakes


  • If you can't get the fish market to shuck the oysters for you (they won't do it here in NC), it's not that hard, just takes a little practice. Also, make sure you have the right equipment! And here's an instructional video too from the Executive Chef at Legal Seafood!

  • As good as California sparkling is, nothing beats French champagne! Our favorite is Veuve Clicquot!

  • Michelle loves napkin folding videos. Here's one with the rose!

  • While sticking with champagne or good crisp sauvignon blanc is fine with dinner, the richness of the truffles can certainly stand up to a good red. My favorite with this pasta is a Red Zinfandel called Saldo, from The Prisoner Wine Company. Prisoner has a bunch of amazing reds and this one is well worth the $25 price tag.

  • Last but not least... the cupcakes are from Saarloos & Sons, one of our favorite vineyards just up the hill from Santa Barbara in Los Olivos. They have great reds too and free shipping if you buy a case!

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