Valentine’s Day Personal Chef Services

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You set the time, we'll set the table and together we'll set the mood for a very special celebration. In addition to our full menu, we offer romantic dinners for YOU!

Sampling of Desserts 

Chocolate Tasting Bar - a beautiful display of chocolate from around the world for guests to sample

Rose Pavlova - rose scented meringue with fresh strawberries, cream, toasted pistachios

Chocolate hazelnut tartschocolate sable shell, hazelnut butter, chocolate ganacheand sea salt garnish

Dark Valrhona Chocolate pot de crème -layered with passion fruit curd

Chocolate covered strawberry - vanilla vodka, Godiva chocolate liquor, strawberry puree

The Passion- passion fruit vodka, passion fruit puree, simple syrup, champagne

The Crush  - kumquat puree, Pomegranate Liquor Vodka, Splash Cranberry

A History of Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day started in the time of the Roman Empire. In ancient Rome, February 14th was a holiday to honour Juno. Juno was the Queen of the Roman Gods and Goddesses. The Romans also knew her as the Goddess of women and marriage. The following day, February 15th, began the Feast of Lupercalia.

To begin the festival, members of the Luperci, an order of Roman priests, would gather at the sacred cave where the infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were believed to have been cared for by a she-wolf or lupa. The priests would then sacrifice a goat, for fertility, and a dog, for purification.

The boys then sliced the goat's hide into strips, dipped them in the sacrificial blood and took to the streets, gently slapping both women and fields of crops with the goathide strips. Far from being fearful, Roman women welcomed being touched with the hides because it was believed the strips would make them more fertile in the coming year.

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The lives of young boys and girls were strictly separate. However, one of the customs of the young people was name drawing. On the eve of the festival of Lupercalia the names of Roman girls were written on slips of paper and placed into jars. Each young man would draw a girl's name from the jar and would then be partners for the duration of the festival with the girl whom he chose. Sometimes the pairing of the children lasted an entire year, and often, they would fall in love and would later marry. Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine's Day around 498 A.D.

Emperor Claudius II Rome was involved in many bloody campaigns. Claudius the Cruel was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join his military leagues. He believed that the reason was that roman men did not want to leave their loves or families. As a result, Claudius cancelled all marriages and engagements in Rome. The good Saint Valentine was a priest at Rome in the days of Claudius II. He and Saint Marius aided the Christian martyrs and secretly married couples, and for this kind deed Saint Valentine was apprehended and dragged before the Prefect of Rome, who condemned him to be beaten to death with clubs and to have his head cut off. He suffered martyrdom on the 14th day of February, about the year 270.

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According to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first "valentine" greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl — who may have been his jailor's daughter — who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed "From your Valentine" .

The pastors of the early Christian Church in Rome endeavoured to do away with the pagan element in these feasts by substituting the names of saints for those of maidens. And as the Lupercalia began about the middle of February, the pastors appear to have chosen Saint Valentine's Day for the celebration of this new feast.

Chocolate - Legend says that the Mayan civilization worshipped chocolate, believing it was "food for the Gods." Scientists have studied this candy, and found that chocolate releases serotonin and phenylethylamine, chemicals which make people feel blissful.

Bananas - Set aside their shape. Bananas are rich in potassium and Vitamin B, bananas are a feel-good food. They also increase blood sugar instantaneously. Banana’s Foster would be a GREAT way to end a romantic meal

Oysters - Oysters have thought to have been aphrodisiacs for thousands of years. They are known to be high in zinc, which has been associated with improving sexual potency in men. At one time both men and women ate raw oysters, believing that doing so would increase both arousal and fertility.

Chillies/Spicy Food - Chillies can literally add "spice" to your life! These invigorating spices has an exotic reputation and can stimulate endorphins, which in turn, can really turn you on.

Honey - Honey is made through pollination and is a symbol of procreation. The word "honeymoon" got its name from mead, an alcoholic beverage made from honey, which was given to the happy couple. This pure form of sugar can sure prove to be handy as you plan your romantic meals!

Fennel - In the 1930's fennel was found to be a source of natural plant estrogens. Use of fennel as an aphrodisiac dates back to the Egyptian times where it was used as "libido enhancement".

Ginger and Garlic - Extremely strange, but true! Both these spices have been known to increase blood circulation, and hence libido.

Vanilla - This age-old bean is said to induce passion due to its erotic scent and fragrance.

Raspberries and Strawberries - Perfect foods for hand feeding your lover, both these luscious fruits are high in vitamin C and make a sweet light dessert. They also pair the best with chocolates and champagne!

There is no conclusive scientific research to prove this true. Who does not like to have a “bit of an advantage”, so go ahead give it a try.